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Let's take a look at the past performances of the last three female Horse of the Year winners along with those of 2009's Big Two:
Let's go back to 1983 and relive All Along's championship campaign through the words of the legendary Joe Hirsch from his "1983 Racing in Review" column from the 1984 American Racing Manual.
"There was just a modicum of doubt remaining. The Grade I, $585,700 Turf Classic at Aqueduct Race Track on October 29 drew a moderate field of 10, and none of the others had really distinguished themselves this season. The French filly had signaled her class by winning the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in October 2, and had confirmed her fine form by capturing the Grade I Rothmans International at Toronto's Woodbine Race Course on October 16.
Still, New Yorkers are inclined to be skeptical about horses from out of town until they prove themselves in the Big Apple. And so the 22,439 on hand at Aqueduct made All Along the 9-10 favorite, but maintained a bit of reserve in their assessment of her quality.
With young Wally Swinburne in the saddle, All Along stalked the early pace set by Sprink, who opened a four-length lead. When the stakes-winning Sprink began to run out of gas, after the first half-mile, it was Thunder Puddles, another stakes winner, who took over the leader's role."
"All Along began to move on the turn and, with eye-catching acceleration, flashed to the lead at the head of the stretch. The crowd roared its appreciation as she quickly opened a four-length lead at the eighth pole, and this acclamation built into a crescendo of applause as she went on to win by eight and three-quarter lengths with Thunder Puddles a distant second. Erins Isle, winner of more than $1,000,000, was third.
The French filly was indeed something special, and after she went on to capture the Washington D. C. International at Laurel, her fourth Grade I victory in the space of six weeks, there was no question that this filly was a champion. Although she had run only twice in America, she was, at season's end, voted this country's Horse of the Year 1983.
The Horse of the Year poll, originated by Daily Racing Form in 1936, was merged with the TRA poll in 1971, at which time the National Turf Writers were also invited to participate in the balloting. In the 47-year history of the poll, All Along became the first thoroughbred, based in a foreign land, to be voted America's Horse of the Year.
Despite her limited campaign in the United States, she was so impressive in what she did, and the way she did it, that she was a solid choice in the balloting over two other formidable contenders for this coveted honor: the undefeated 2-year-old, Devil's Bag, and the hard-hitting 3-year-old, Slew o' Gold, who won two of the three NYRA championship events, and who was probably the best horse in the third of those events."
"When she captured the International at Laurel on November 12, All Along also earned a $1,000,000 bonus hosted by the management of Laurel Race Course, Woodbine and the NYRA for the horse who could complete the sweep of the Rothmans, the Turf Classic at Aqueduct, and the International.
The bonus increased her earnings to $2,439,299, based on a career record of nine victories in 17 starts with three seconds and a third. All Along was literally a world-class horse, but the world didn't know about it until she was 4, and late in her 4-year-old career at that.
She raced only once as a 2-year-old, this strong-looking bay daughter of Targowice out of Agujita, by Vieux Manoir. Owned and bred by Daniel Wildenstein, an international art dealer with galleries in Paris and New York, she was trained by young Patrick Biancone, 31, and ridden during the award-winning portion of her 4-year-old season by 22-year-old Wally Swinburne Jr.
All Along showed signs at 3 that she was going to be a good one. She won the Grade I Prix Vermeille at Longchamp and later that fall journeyed to Tokyo where she finished second in the Japan Cup."
"Her people, anticipating an outstanding 4-year-old season, gave her ample time to recover from the arduous Japan trip and All Along didn't make her first start as a 4-year-old in 1983 until June 12. She raced only twice during the summer and then was second in the Grade III Prix Foy, a traditional prep for the Arc de Triomphe. Despite her good form as a 3-year-old, French bettors regarded her no better than 17-1 when she went postward in a competitive field of 26 in the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 2.
The weeks prior to the Arc were eventful for All Along. Lester Piggott, England's greatest jockey, had been engaged to ride the filly in the Arc. However, he subsequently received an offer for what appeared to be a better mount, and availed himself of that opportunity, leaving All Along riderless.
It was then that Biancone made an offer to young Swinburne, son of the great Irish jockey. With Swinburne in the saddle, All Along was always well placed in the Arc de Triomphe, and with a strong bid through the three-furlong run in, prevailed by a length from the highly regarded Sun Princess, to whom she conceded seven pounds, with the speedy Luth Enchantee third.
Immediately following the Arc, All Along was flown to Toronto, where on October 16 she contested the Grade I $520,380 Rothmans International Stakes. In a field of 11, she was the 8-5 favorite. Far back during the early stages on a yielding course, it took her more than a mile to get in high gear. In the meantime, Half Iced, the 1982 Japan Cup winner, was setting the pace while Nijinsky's Secret, the Hialeah Turf Cup winner, was a solid second, ahead of Thunder Puddles."
"All Along launched her bid on the outside around the far turn, picked up horses with alacrity, and was in front at the eighth pole. She went on to win by two lengths, beating Thunder Puddles, with Majesty's Prince third and Nijinsky's Secret fourth.
Her victory in the Turf Classic on October 29 stirred interest in the International and the $1,000,000 bonus that would accrue for a sweep. In a field of eight at Laurel she was favored at 2-5, and proceeded to remove all doubt early in the race.
Reserved off the pace set by Lovely Dancer, she rushed to the front after the first mile, accomplished in a tedious 1:43 1/5. Swinburne, to his credit, saw no point in choking her to death behind those kind of fractions - a quarter in 26 3/5, the half in 51 4/5, the six furlongs in 1:17 3/5 - and so she went to the front and proceeded to cashier her field.
With a quarter of a mile remaining she was more than three lengths in front, increased her lead to six lengths at the eighth pole, and cantered home to resounding applause to win the International by three and one quarter lengths over Welsh Term, with Majesty's Prince third, just ahead of the good mare Hush Dear. The yielding nature of the course was best illustrated by the winner's time of 2:35, more than 11 full seconds off the course record."
"'Her race in the Arc de Triomphe was excellent,' Wildenstein said after the International. 'She seems to do even better in the United States than in Europe. She loves your small racetracks with their tight turns. Here at Laurel she went to the front at the half-mile pole and had never done that before. She really enjoys your racing, which is why we are planning an almost exclusive season in the United States for her in 1984, with the Breeders' Cup her major goal.'
Wildenstein, and his sons, Guy and Alec, have raced many outstanding fillies, including Allez France, winner of the Arc de Triomphe; Pawneese, winner of the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in England; Madelia, winner of the French Oaks; Flying Water, winner of the English 1,000 Guineas, and Waya, an outstanding filly both in France and the U. S. But none of their fillies had ever done as much in such a short time as All Along.
In addition to being voted Horse of the Year, All Along was also voted champion female grass horse of 1983."
just wondering if you happen to know what the highest synthetic beyer for a route is? The highest beyer of any synth race I can think of in the last few years in Cali is Minight Lutes 112 in the B.C. sprint....
Here are the top synthetic route Beyers in history:
1. Zenyatta - 112 - Breeders' Cup Classic
2. Rail Trip - 111 - Hollywood Gold Cup
3. Gio Ponti - 110 - Breeders' Cup Classic
4. Twice Over - 108 - Breeders' Cup Classic
T5. Richard's Kid - 107 - Pacific Classic
T5. Einstein - 107 - Pacific Classic
T5. Life Is Sweet - 107 - Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic
T5. Summer Bird - 107 - Breeders' Cup Classic
T5. Ball Four- 107 - Mervyn LeRoy Handicap
T5. The Pamplemousse - 107 - Sham Stakes
Interesting angles on Twice Over...I'll have to look at him a little more on race day and will include him on some saver bets at least. I'll be there Saturday and I can't wait.
HG BC Classic 2009:
80 dollar exacta 4-7(Zenyatta over Gio Ponti) and
20 dollar exacta 7-4
I think these are the best two horses for the course, the distance, the moment. If Zenyatta wasn't in the race I'd be all over Gio Ponti, but I think she will sustain her kick through the wire and as long as she has a target I think she'll pass that target. I think the draw hurts Rip Van Winkle, as Girolamo, Regal Ransom and Quality Road could all hurt his chances early. I will cover up to 7 horses in the pick 4 in this race but for just this race I like the forty seven the best.
Congrats to wilson for finishing first in the Breeders' Cup HandiGambling contest. He chooses race five at Hollywood Park on Friday night for HG 159. Here are the past performances:
Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan." Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified. In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference.
I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place. The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are. I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.
Talk to you soon,
Delta Jackpot : $5 Trifectas : 3-1-7 , 3-7-1 , 3-8-5 , 3-5-8 $30 Exactas : 3-8 , 3-5 $20 Exacta : 3-1 $100 total
To Dan Allman & All Fellow Members: Does anyone know what maybe a correct, suitable, or appropriate means to gauge a race horses weight, albeit via adding or subtracting fractions of seconds per each horses past performances? In other words how can we successfully and prudently extrapolate such an important, yet vulnerable detail or handicapping factor? I am bringing this pertinent, often overlooked new subject, or topic up namely because of each years annual breeders cup championship races; whereby the Europeans are often grossly favoured by their drastic weight reductions or allocation. Another interesting observation would be that of our Classic Mare Winner Zenyatta. If you look back at her PP you shall quickly rediscover that she ran a flat 1:48 @ Holl, with a weight of 129pounds! In this specific Case or and context how many fractions or seconds should we have deducted off Zenyatta's time of 1:48 flat, regarding this specific race example? All of your expertise, comments and remarks are all greatly appreciated and recognized. Thanks to please reconfirm your feed back.
I figured it was Zenyatta that was upsetting QR, then it lasted several days with him balking at loading on to the plane...that's when I knew it had to be a woman. I guess they wouldn't consider gelding QR? He'd undoubtedly become a more focused thoroughbred racehorse. smile
Revising the BC Lineup I've been thinking about this ever since the pre-entries came out and the fields for several races came up short. I read cayman's idea and after doing a little statistical research I came up with the following lineup: R1 Juvenile Fillies R2 Juvenile Turf R3 Juvenile R4 Turf Sprint R5 Sprint R6 Dirt Mile R7 Mile R8 Distaff R9 Turf R10 Classic The races eliminated were the Marathon, Juvenile Fillies Turf, F&M Sprint and F&M Turf. The Marathon needs little justification, weak fields, lack of preps, etc. There is no reason to have two Juvenile turf races when there are so few graded prep races. The F&M Sprint has cannibalized the Sprint. Prior to the F&M Sprint the Sprint averaged 13 runners and had only 1 single digit field in 23 years, since then it has averaged 9 runners and had 2 single digit fields in 3 years. Fillies have won and finished in the money in the Sprint so there is no reason to keep the F&M Sprint. The reason I chose to keep the Dirt Mile is it gives horses (both male and female) that prefer 7f - 9f a race and has many graded prep races. The F&M Turf might suprise people but just like the F&M Sprint it has cannibalized its counterpart the Turf. Prior to the F&M Turf the Turf averaged 12 runners and had only 1 single digit field in 15 years, since it has averaged 10 runners and has had a single digit field in 5 of the last 8 years. The newer races I kept were the Juvenile Turf, Turf Sprint and Dirt Mile. The Juvenile Turf does lack a sufficient number of graded preps but eliminating the Juvenile Fillies Turf and based on the short history of the race will ensure a full field. The Turf Sprint needs more graded prep races as well but the abundace of turf sprints around the country justify its inclusion. This race will no doubt oversubsribe every year. (See above for Dirt Mile justification) The wagering menu would include WPS, Ex, Tri ($0.50 min) and Super ($0.10 min) on every race. A Super High 5 would be offered on one of the early races and the carryover would be transfered to the Classic. The Place Pick All would begin in race 1 and go through race 10, rolling Doubles and Pick 3's ($0.50 min) would be offered on each race, Pick 4's ($0.50 min) would be offered on races 1-4, 4-7 and 7-10 and a Pick 6 would be offered on races 5-10. So that's 10 races that would likely attract full fields and a wagering menu with lower minimum's on Tri's. P3's and P4's that will allow smaller bankrolled players a chance to get in on the action and will hopefully help people avoid the IRS window. Lenny
Blackstone: SR Vegas is either just waking up to the coffee, or had an early "Tee" time on the local course, so I'll enlighten you. PHG probably stands for Public Handicapper's Goodthing (alternate Public Handicapper's GoldMine). But, I think maybe you meant to inquire about PGH...and that is, of course, Sharon's PRETTY GRAY HORSE initialized!
HG 159 TurfRuler Order 6-1 #4 Christmas Ship TR 98 7-2 #2 Flashover TR 71 5-2 Fiery Red TR 64 7-2 #3 Carmel Coffe TR 53 3-1 #5 Made for Music TR 50 6-1 #6 Theodora TR 49 $15 superfecta 1 // 4 // 6 // 2-3 = #30 $15 superfecta 6 // 1 // 4 // 2-3 = $30 $15 superfecta 4 // 6 // 1 // 2-3 = $30 $5 superfecta 2-3 // 1 // 4 // 6 = $10 Total $100
hg 159 50 tri key 1/3-4 good luck
Oh... and Mickey, always remember, when I say I'm going for it, or taking a flyer, or anything except I'm betting seriously, the horse I key on is just what I say sometimes, a flyer. Pay attention to the ones I have with him, as yesterday showed, In the 7th the horses with Always for love ran 1-2, in the 9th, the horses I had with Irish lady ran 123, see what I mean? Keep it in mind, When you bet. I have the money to lose, so once and awhile, when I'm on a streak, I'll play around, I don't mind taking a chance and losing to me is just what happens inbetween wins. Knock em dead today. Mike A
Annie, Thanks for stepping up to the plate with your thoughts on Quality Road. My comment was not pointed nor intended to implicate anyone. I was just upset that anyone could find humor whether "tongue in cheek" or not with what happened with him before the Classic. QR was my Derby pick before the quarter-crack problem. So my feelings might be biased. With that said, I really like Edward Evans, owner and breeder of Quality Road. Just got an emergency phone call so have to run. Maybe can continue my thoughts later, but will say getting QR in Bobby Duncan's care is the right move whether by van, train or how ever. Gotta run!
Take a look at #12 Mojito Man in Race 4 at Hawthorne on Friday the 13th. He has really strong form lines and appears to be the fastest horse in the race as well. Mojito Man has a 3/1 ML, 5/2 would probably be a good price.