08/22/2012 12:08PM

Frankel, Frankel, Frankel


"Look," a racing fan pointed to her arm.  "He just gave me goosebumps." 

Trust me, she wasn't the only one thrilled by the phenomenal FRANKEL, who extended his undefeated record to thirteen with a scintillating victory in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York Racecourse in England. 

Frankel, sent off the prohibitive 1-10 favorite, was attempting to stretch his vaunted ability past one mile for the first time in his remarkable career.

He handled the extra distance with aplomb, to say the least. 

After breaking poorly, perhaps by design, FRANKEL and jockey Tom Queally relaxed comfortably near the rear of the nine-horse field as pacesetters BULLET TRAIN and ROBIN HOOD tussled for early supremacy.  Robin Hood attempted to steal the race after three furlongs, but Frankel was merely idling along the wide outside rail when the real racing began.  In a flash, Frankel was in front and he powered away to win by seven lengths in 2:06.59.  FARHH outgamed defending Breeders' Cup Turf winner ST NICHOLAS ABBEY for the place position.  TWICE OVER, the 2011 Juddmonte International winner and stablemate of Frankel, finished a well-beaten fourth. 

The Juddmonte International was Frankel's eighth consecutive Grade 1 victory, an amazing feat from a horse widely considered the best in the world. 

Although one would love to simply celebrate another fantastic victory, Frankel's class is so pronounced, his acceleration so breathtaking, that observers immediately turn to what's next for the Sir Henry Cecil-trained son of Galileo. 

Now that ten furlongs is a piece of cake for Frankel, will Cecil opt to race the superstar in October's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, contested at 1 1/2 miles?

Or, will Frankel remain home to contest the Qipco Champion Stakes at 1 1/4 miles?

A longer shot is an appearance in the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, although American racing fans yearning to get a look at this monster can certainly hope and pray.

One thing remains certain.  Wherever Frankel shows up next, he will be a short price.

*On our side of the great pond, there were some notable peformances over the past week.  QUESTING ran an extremely ambitious race in the Grade 1 Alabama, throwing down the gauntlet to her opposition from the start.  She set blazing fractions of 22.84, 46.01 and 1:09.74 in the ten-furlong test and refused to stop.  In fact, she extended her lead to nine lengths at the winning post despite bobbing and weaving in the stretch.  Questing has now vaulted to the top of the sophomore filly division. 

*POINT OF ENTRY may be America's best hope for the Breeders' Cup Turf.  Trained by Shug McGaughey, Point of Entry turned the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational into a laugher.  He parlayed a perfect pace-tracking, ground-saving trip into four-length triumph, but he finished with pure gusto, completing his final quarter mile in 23.93 seconds. 

*LITTLE MIKE is such a cool campaigner.  Few handicappers thought that the speedy turfer would be as effective at ten furlongs as he is at shorter trips, but he made us pay with yet another quality gate-to-wire performance.  Major credit goes to trainer Dale Romans, who nursed Little Mike back from a condylar shin fracture to win four of his last six races.  Ramon Dominguez gave Little Mike a perfect ride, nursing him along through moderate fractions before setting his mount loose at the most opportune time. 


Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from last week's races (8/13/12 - 8/19/12):

1. QUESTING (GB) - 108 - Alabama Stakes (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles - Saratoga
2. POINT OF ENTRY - 103 - Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
2. SAN PABLO - 103 - Philip H. Iselin Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - Monmouth
4. LITTLE MIKE - 102 - Arlington Million Stakes (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
5. BRIDGETOWN - 99 - Troy Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Saratoga
6. CHINA - 98 - OC 40k/C -N - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
6. TAYLOR SAID - 98 - Longacres Mile Handicap (G3) - 1 Mile - Emerald
8. I'M A DREAMER - 97 - Beverly D. Stakes (G1) - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
8. JAKKALBERRY (Ire) - 97 - American St. Leger Stakes - 1 11/16 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
10. AMANECER DE ORO - 96 - Louisiana Cup Sprint Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Louisiana
10. TRAFFIC LIGHT - 96 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Parx
12. CIRCA'SGOLDENGEAR - 95 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Del Mar
12. J J'S LUCKY TRAIN - 95 - OC c-60k/N3X - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
14. LUBASH - 94 - West Point Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
14. SHREWD ONE - 94 - OC 50k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs - Saratoga
16. GET HAPPY MISTER - 93 - Gold Rush Futurity - 6 Furlongs - Arapahoe
16. HOORAYFORHOLLYWOOD - 93 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Del Mar
16. ISLAND SUNSET - 93 - Alw 6250s - 6 Furlongs - Calder
16. LADY OF SHAMROCK - 93 - Del Mar Oaks (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar
16. RYAN'S GIFT - 93 - Alw 25000NC - 1 1/8 Miles - Finger Lakes
21. DON DULCE - 92 - Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - Remington
21. FLOATING FEATHER - 92 - Clm 25000(25-22.5) - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar
21. FORTE DEI MARMI (GB) - 92 - Sky Classic Stakes (G2-C) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine
21. I'M STEPPIN' IT UP - 92 - Eight Thirty Stakes - 1 Mile - Delaware
21. STRONG IMPACT - 92 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Saratoga
21. TAKE DOWN TWO - 92 - OC c-25k/N1X - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Saratoga

*QUESTING's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*J J'S LUCKY TRAIN was claimed for $60,000 by trainer John Servis from trainer Jane Cibelli.

*TAKE DOWN TWO was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Dominic Galluscio from trainer Bruce Levine.


"Pills, Paddock & Peyote"

In this week's episode, Tim introduces us to another aspect of the racing game - The Jockey Agent. Find out more about what goes into getting the races set up, and why a Jockey needs an agent. Also, Seattle Train acts up in the paddock and Tim's favorite horse, Peyote Patty, runs in the Illinois Owner's Stake - a race she won in 2009.


The whole series, episodes 1-13, can be found here:



LSD I know you don't bet mules buttZ... if you can get Black Ruby's PPs from the wayback machine ??

Trust me, I've bet on plenty of mules.  Unfortunately, they were running in thoroughbred races.  BLACK RUBY's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post. 


Dan, will you please post the lifetime pp's for Awesome Gem?

The past performances for a hickory veteran, AWESOME GEM, are available at the bottom of this blog post.


Dan, since it seems Amani might be seriously considered for the Pacific Classic, I was wondering if you could post the PP's for previous highly accomplished South American imported fillies Bayakoa, Paseana, and Ema Bovary. I liked the look of Amani's acceleration in the stretch; she looked pretty comfortable.

The lifetime performances for those classy mares are available at the bottom of the blog post. 


Congrats to Rick  for winning last week's HandiGambling exercise.  Let's go with Friday's eighth race at Arlington for this week's event.

Penn National Rick's scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.


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