07/30/2008 3:04PM

Cougar II, questions


Hi Dan,
Love the blog & taking questions.   Please help us all understand how stewards determine DQs, since it seems each track has its own set of rules.   What LAD's Race 2 from today (7/25/08) & tell me how they can DQ the 2 horse??   It's the worst I have ever seen.   If the 6 horse had gotten 3rd, then I understand, somehow/maybe, how they could have DQ'ed, but its sickening how just about everyday there is a controversial call.

Unfortunately, there is no uniformity when it comes to a steward's decision-making process.  This is completely subjective stuff.  I don't think each track/state has a different set of rules, but the stewards at different tracks probably have different interpretations of the rules.  One of the many problems that racing has is the credibility issue.  There are always going to be misinformed people that think a race was "fixed" when there is a questionable disqualification. 
Have you ever seen a steward come on the track feed immediately after a disqualification to give an in-depth explanation of the ruling?  Whether or not the fans would agree with said ruling is irrelevant.  At least we would get a reasonable explanation, and the stewards would transform from these faceless wraiths roaming the bowels of the racetrack to real people with real opinions. 
As for the rules themselves, I would think that any sort of bumping, impeding, or causing other horse to check and take up would be grounds for an inquiry, if not a disqualification. 


Dan, Have you heard of a horse called Sleepy Tee. I acquire a hand painting and would like to get some info on him, other than buying a life time past performance. Do you or anyone know where I can find something out about Sleepy Tee

Here are Sleepy Tee's lifetime past performances:

Download SleepyTee.pdf

Sleepy Tee is a son of Aly Tudor, a four-time winner from 44 starts.  His dam, Marge's Gem (by Ali's Gem), won four times from 40 races, and was a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Fighting Hodge as well as stakes-placed performer Quasar. 


Gunbow, thanks for that! I totally agree with you - Southern Image was a beast, simple as that. I'm trying to remember who trained him...???? Unbelievable, anyway, he deserves more credit, and so, too, I think Peace Rules deserves more credit (I have a long opinion about that, but I'll save it for the proper time).

I agree that both didn't get their just due on the track.  Southern Image won six of eight starts including the Grade 1 Malibu at seven furlongs, the Big 'Cap at 1 1/4 miles, and the Pimlico Special at 1 3/16 miles.  Southern Image was trained by Michael Machowsky.  He stands in Kentucky, and his first crop will hit the track in 2009.

Here is Southern Image's stallion page from Taylor Made Farms:


Peace Rules won the Grade 3 Generous at two going a mile on the grass, then took the Grade 1 Haskell and Grade 1 Blue Grass going nine furlongs on dirt at three (not to mention his Louisiana Derby win over Funny Cide, his second in the Travers, and third in the Kentucky Derby).  He came back at four, and won the Suburban, Oaklawn Handicap, and New Orleans Handicap.  Peace Rules stands in Florida.  His first foals reached the track this year, and they are led by stakes-winner Trifecta King. 

Here is his stallion page from the Vinery website:


Here are their lifetime past performances:

Download PeaceImage.pdf


Dan. I know you have your hands full with Saratoga but can you see if they have retired Indy Wind @ Monmouth? He has put up two lackluster races in a row.

Trainer Amy Tarrant is on record that the horse would be retired at the end of this year.  The goal was to get Indy Wind a graded stakes win before he leaves the track.  I haven't heard any official word of a retirement, but will keep you posted.


Dan- I was out watching the works this morning and Mike would like to know if you'd give him the Beyer for Oro Gratia (He was second in the 7th race on Wed. 7/23) Mike had told me about the horse and it slipped my mind-paid $27 to show! Thanks in advance
Stephen Taylor

Oro Gatita received a 55 Beyer for the debut run at Arlington


Howdy Folks...can anybody tell me where Pedro Cotto is???..kinda like "where's waldo???"...he's been banging at monmouth park and "poof" he's gone???? anybody know what's up???

Cotto won today's second race at Monmouth with Smitty's Classic.


How much ground did Street Boss lose according to Trakus (sic?) and who do you feel was best between him and In Summation? I singled SB but after watching the replay a few times I have to give IS the nod.

I didn't catch the exact ground loss from Trakus, but Street Boss was forced to angle eight wide or so at the quarter-pole.  In Summation was boxed in for most of the turn, and into upper stretch, and while Street Boss may have had a momentum edge at the eighth pole, I don't think In Summation would have gunned him down.  I'll give a slight nod to Street Boss as to who the "best" horse was that day in a thrilling race.


How can Commentator get a Beyer of 120 for the Whitney with an ordinary time of 1:50.23 for nine furlongs when, just a few races ago, Acai ran 1:50.42 for nine furlongs in winning a N1X, less than a fifth of a second slower?  What Beyer did Acai get?
Michael B. Farber

Acai received a 93 Beyer.


So, the question is do you watch replays or listen to stretch calls if you can do so without knowing the results beforehand?  Do you think Steve Crist or other professional handicappers watch replays or listen to stretch calls?  Or do they just click on "results"...?

I don't know about anyone else, but if I can't be at the track live, and have to catch up on my bets after the fact, I always look for the replay.  Perhaps I just need my "fix" of the action, even if the action ended hours beforehand.
I also like to look for trips so video watching for me is necessary, but most of all, I want to "see" the race.


Time for something new, the all time overhyped horse list - you know the "next Secretariat", the Green Monkey's of horse racing, El Floppo Supremo. I will start the bidding with Houston - D. Wayne's "best horse I ever had", quite a claim for a glorified allowance runner.
Steve T

Although Houston was considered a disappointment considering all of the Lukas hype, he did win three graded races including the King's Bishop (then only a Grade 3).  My favorite Lukas hype horse was Dr. Caton, a $325,000 "bargain" yearling buy that was supposed to be the next big thing.  He won the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth, but otherwise had an uninspiring career. 
A lot of people were talking Kentucky Derby after Scipion won first-out at Saratoga a few years ago.  He won the Risen Star at three, but was mostly a disappointment.


Annie has access to the Vet scratches on her basic PDF PP's but I don't on the basic Formulator PP's. Is she special or do I have the navigational skills of Humphrey the Humpback?

Before you open the past performance file, on the top part of the page, there are several clickable links (Selection, Analysis, Jockey Stats, Closer Look, Graded Entries, Track Records, Trainer Stats, Standings, Winning Post, Post Positions by Distance, and Scratch Board) that can be retrieved.  Click on "Scratch Board," and you'll receive the prior vet (and other) scratches for that day's entrants.


Can you post the lifetime PP's for Norway House?
Steve T

Download norway_house.pdf


I don't have Stephen Got Even's AWD for his offspring handy. Anyone have that?

It's 7.3 furlongs.


Dan, Now that you are getting into the real start of the 2yo season, have you heard anything about Colors Flying (2yoc A.P Indy / Storm Flag Flying ) at Saratoga? I know Shug has been working him from the gate the last 2 works. He usually doesn't have them ready first time out, but SFF won her debut at SAR, not to meation 2yof of the Year. Thanks

From Fran LaBelle's "Saratoga Race Course Notes" from July 23:

"There are some two-year-olds who will be starting later in the meet that could be okay, plus we have a couple of three-year-old maidens I am looking forward to running." said McGaughey, referring to a son of Storm Cat out of Educated Risk named Bet the Limit and a Giant's Causeway colt who his a half-brother to Pine Island named Offshore. 

Among the two-year-olds who should be making their debut at Saratoga is the first foal out of Storm Flag Flying, the McGaughey-trained Eclipse Award winner as the nation's top two-year-old filly in 2002.  The colt, by A.P. Indy, is named Colors Flying. 

"Like I said, I don't think I have any superstars among the two-year-olds, but then again, I could have said the same thing about Storm Flag Flying before she ran," said the trainer.


Back Friday with some stakes opinions.

Take care,