08/22/2012 1:08PM

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.


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.
Please post your plays and analysis to the blog.

Please separate the play from the analysis and label the play "HG" with the program numbers (instead of the horse's name) for easier scoring.

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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.

Best of luck to all.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dick W. thanks for the clarification. MH01
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CV Slewster I stand corrected curt I got the payoff mixed with your net profit of $16.80 for the PH. MH01 PS the other comment was just my opinion as I have seen most of out great ones run over the last 50 years and Seattle Slew and Secretariat are my all time favorites. Never have seen many Euros run at all and cant really give an opinion only what you and Bernie say about them I take at full value. MH01
P More than 1 year ago
As requested by a couple of forum members, here is my quick take on the colitis issue. There was a time when such issues were associated with performance enhancing substances, notably milkshakes. They were deadly in some cases. But given that testing has pretty much rendered milkshaking a thing of the past, I doubt that any recent instances are related to that. There are, however, "theraputic" medications that can contribute to such problems, notably bute and banamine. Also, some antibiotics (or overuse of them) can create serious problems along those lines. So, while a good deal of Baffert's success stems from a period of time when he (like many others) was using PEDs, I have no reason to be particularly suspicious of Paynter as a result of his current illness. Tinky
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curtis V, This is not about Frankel or the Arc, its about some clarification that appears to be needed if your last post is anything to go by. I try on here to give a general view of racing matters from a European perspective, not just a British one. So when I refer to Euro horses, Euro trainers and jockeys, Euro racing and training styles, I am referring to Europe, predominantly Britain, Ireland and France, the racing I know best. Where I want to draw a distinction, I do so, as in the case of the French style of racing which is usually very different (i.e. even slower) than the normal Euro jog. When I put my boasting cap on, however, it can either be for Britain or for Europe as a whole, but my post will make it clear which is the case. Hope that clarifies matters. Best Regards - Bernard Downes P.S. With regard to your wife and child, I have already explained that I am no expert on breeding matters, but isn't your child 25% Scottish. Whatever, I am sure they are both fine examples of European superiority.
VanSavant More than 1 year ago
TBTA; I sent tinky an email. We'll see if he replies back here or stays out of it. Thanks for your explanation, though. You are the best. vs
Laura More than 1 year ago
Today at Del Mar, Race 5 is a MSW for 3 YO Fillies. Point Cadet, a Distorted Humor half sister makes her long awaited debut. I saw this filly at the 2010 Saratoga FT Preferred sale and she was my top pick, due to not only her pedigree, but her conformation, intelligent eye and curious, but calm demeanor. She went on to command the 2nd highest price at that auction. Also in the race is Elusive Jackpot, an Elusive Quality daughter of Champion Silverbulletday and Wunderbar, a half sister to the G-1 winning dam of Champ Pegasus. In Race 8, Baffert sends out Light Up, The $400k yearling purchase is descended directly from Champion Queena. This guy must have serious issues since he is now a gelding and debuting for a $20K claiming tag. TBTA, I keep in sporadic tough with Tinky. I'll email him and see if he has anything to say about Paynter and the designer drugs that nobody tests for. Laura
CalvinLCarter More than 1 year ago
Bernard Downes, I haven't looked at the entire field yet, but Craving Carats is a horse that I've been following since June and he's entered in the With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga on Thursday. He's 8-1 on the morning line and he's improved in all four of his previous starts. He's also owned and trained by the same connections that ran Dullahan in the With Anticipation last year and eventually ran him to a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Craving Carats pedigree suggests that he may have classic potential and if he continues to improve, I can easily see him listed in my top five when I write my 2013 Kentucky Derby Outlook in December. Time will tell.
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
Bernie, I'm glad to see you can do addition. Now you like Ireland ? The cogent point was that the US breed has more Arc winners than Great Britain. Obviously Europe leads. I thought you might figure a way to twist the results. Maybe GB isn't all that you crank it up to be. Not when the US of A is well ahead of GB. & just to be fair, I'll give you this list. Does this make you feel better ? It's Europe 100% & the rest of the World, 0..... Arc Winners by Country Trained..... France......... .63 GB................ 12 Ireland........ 07 Italy............. 06 Germany... 02 Now you feel redeemed ? How about this ? My wife is 50% Scottish.. What's that make my child ? TTYL.......... Curtis V. Slewster.............
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yuwipi, You asked whether I saw the Artist's Booth at Saratoga. Regrettably, no I didn't. My first visit was a flying one, less than 4 hours, and I only had time to bet and watch the horses. The next time I had 2 days racing, but I was a little under the weather both days (regular readers will probably guess why) and I did very little walking of the grounds behind the grandstand. I spent most of the time between races drinking lemonade trying to re-hydrate myself. You mentioned Arsenal. We play Liverpool on Sunday, so it is not going to be easy to get that first goal. Have you heard the latest piece of bad news? Theo Walcott doesn't like the wage offer and is considering his future. What next? Best Regards - Bernard Downes
pschweigel More than 1 year ago
To all the Del Mar players out there, spotted what could be a pretty big false favorite in the last race. 8-Light Up by Baffert/Bejarano as the 3/1 M/L fav. In for a $20K tag first out, while being a $400K purchase at Keeneland. Caught my eye, and will be a throw-out on the late Pick-4 ticket (using 4-6-11, and 14 if he draws in). Patrick S