12/20/2008 3:51PM

Happy Holidays!

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***FormBlog Will Return on January 1, 2009***

Hey guys,

I had a post up, and it was lost when my computer crashed.  Just my luck, I guess. 
I think somebody is trying to tell me something so I'm going to call it a night...and perhaps call it a 2008 as well.  I still have several vacation days, and it's time to use them!
Although I won't be posting much, if at all, for the remainder of the year, I'll still be updating all of your comments, and collecting questions and requests for what should be a superduper-long January 1, blog. 
I want to thank all of you for another wonderful year at FormBlog.  The community has grown to record numbers, and you have all contributed with intelligence, wit, and sensitivity.  There's a family atmosphere here on FormBlog, and I'm honored to serve as your host. 
Blackstone gave a great performance in the most recent HandiGambling contest, and he'll get to pick the race when we return from this brief hiatus.   

Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Thanks again,

Dan

cayman01 More than 1 year ago
FLIP!! FLOP!! All drains lead to the ocean! FLIP!! FLOP!! Hope Dan doesn't miss me... Happy Birthday Annie!! FLIP!! FLOP!! Watch the horse hair and what's that green stuff?? "EWwwwweeeeeeeeee". FLIP FLOP FLIP FLOP....
Annie More than 1 year ago
Cayman, Boy, did you come close! You wished me a happy birthday two minutes before my birthday was over. lol Well, better late than never. Thank you! Have a happy and prosperous New Year! Annie
slewofdamascus More than 1 year ago
Although I will always wish Casual Lies and Shelly Riley had made history together by winning the 1994 Derby, if I had to make a future wager on the female who will be the first to train a KD winner, Carla Gaines would be my morning line favorite - she's just a remarkably talented horsewoman. A punter could do a lot worse than backing anything she throws out. We like to think of her as one of our own (Bay Area) having trained many winners at GGF and the old BM before venturing southward with some of her better stock. Casual Lies was a neat horse, btw. I think he became a fairly useful sire in NZ? Somebody help me there. Speaking of, "where are they now?", I wonder what Shelley Riley is up to these days? Still pinhooking? Maybe she's a blue thonger? More later.
Annie More than 1 year ago
Teri, Well, feel free to post more often. Glad you're playing the Derby game! BTW, are you a Blue Thong or a Blue Boxer? I think you will have lots to post about now, because not only did you get a California horse, he looks like a good one! Your horse is I WANT REVENGE. He is a dark bay or brown colt by Stephen Got Even out of Meguial(ARG) by Roy. He was born on 3/26, and was purchased at the 2008 Barretts May Sale of 2-yr-olds for $95K. Your trainer is Jeff Mullins. This is what Steve Haskins had to say about him: "Runner-up (in the Cash Call Futuriy), I Want Revenge, who ran a bang-up race rallying from between horses to just get nipped at the wire, will get better as he goes longer, being by Stephen Got Even out of a Roy mare." 7/13 3rd Md at 5-1/2F 8/19 3rd Md at 6-1/2 10/4 3rd Md at 6F 10/29 Broke Md at 1-1/16 12/20 2nd by a nose GR1 Cash Call Futurity at 1-1/16 Worked at Hol on 12/29 in :48.60H Maybe preparing for the San Rafael? Oh, oh, he'll probably be running against my horse, Chocolate Candy. Well, good luck, anyway! Annie BTW, Steve T, This was another horse who had worked 1:25 1/5 and darn near did it!
Calvin Carter More than 1 year ago
Annie, I'm glad the link was helpful. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year to you and all of the other FormBloggers. May 2009 be your best year yet and the beginning of many more to come. Please pick a Derby horse for me.
johnnyz More than 1 year ago
Dan, Big thanks to you for providing all of us a place to express our opinions, thoughts, losing picks, and a place to vent frustration, bad beats etc. All your hard work is greatly appreciated! David W, want to wish your son a speedy recovery with his hip replacement. I assume your son is a young man so all should go well. I say that as a business associate of mine had her hip replaced last summer and, she was back on the golf course in less than two months after surgery. The amazing part of that story is; she had her hip replaced on her 76th birthday! Good Luck. As I have done the last couple years, will post some racing thoughts regarding the past year. While racing displayed and exposed a few bags of dirty laundry this year, such as Eight Belles breaking down in the Derby, the AWD conflict, the track problems at SA earlier this year and the Senate hearings on drugs I for one feel that overall 2008 was a good year at the *track*. While 2008 was no reincarnation of the glory days of Dr Fager, Ruffian, Seattle Slew, Graustark, and Spectacular Bid there was much to be excited about and enjoy. Curlin kicked the year off in Dubai, (drug free) with a record setting win in the world cup. Big Brown did the impossible at Gulfstream in winning the Florida Derby from the #12 post, then went on to win the Derby from the #20 post like it was child’s play, while hardly breaking a sweat and running the best ThoroGraph number in Derby history! There was Colonel John’s great stretch run in the Travers besting Mambo In Seattle. Commentator’s 14L win in the Mass Hdcp. Tin Cup Chalice winning the NY Triple Crown and, then defeating a good field including Pyro while winning the Indiana Derby. The real story in 2008 and, maybe one for the ages was the show the filly’s and mares put on. I have to start with Zarkava. The Aga Khan filly if given the chance to race as a four year old IMO might very well have stamped her place in history as the the best to ever grace a race track, male or female. Her win in the Arc de Triomphe because it was done with such ease really did not receive the press it should have. Zarkava not only defeated a talented group of older males, an undefeated three year old in Vision D’etat, who owned the same perfect 6/6 win streak that she did but, Zarkava also won from the rail, which hadn’t yielded an Arc winner in over 20 years. To put in perspective how special I think Zarkava was leads to the BC Mile. In what I think was the most impressive peformance on a US track this year, the BC Mile winner Goldikova, who ran by Kip Deville in the stretch like he was a 5k claimer raced against Zarkava twice and the best she could do was 2nd by two lengths. The real impressive part of Zarkava’s wins was while Soumillion is a very good jockey he was merely a passenger in all her races, as she was so dominant that within 100 meters of the finish in all her races she was on cruise control!+ BTW, while she will probably won’t come close to Zarkava’s accomplishments Rainbow View is a very talented 2 yr. old UK filly. Let’s stick with the Z’s. Easy for me to do, growing up on EZ farms. The filly with a Z, Zenyatta was quite impressive this year. While impressive every step of the way in 2008, I don’t think she deserves horse of the year. I think what she did was very impressive but, Big Brown and or Curlin meets the criteria that deserves a HOY vote. I like Jerry Moss and respect him as an owner but, if he wanted the HOY Eclipse he should have ran Zenyatta in the Classic. I don’t blame him for taking the for sure $$$ in the Ladies Classic but, please don’t sugar coat the fact that she ducked the race she should have been running in. I will state that her win at Oaklawn Park on conventional dirt just smoking a very good one in Ginger Punch merits attention. 8/8 is impressive but, doesn’t hold a candle when compared to winning the Derby, or the Dubai World Cup and becoming the all time money winner in North America. BTW, if Zenyatta does win HOY that will be fine with me. I am a big fan of hers, just feel Curlin or Big Brown are more deserving. Zenyatta is coming back to run next year, hopefully she will be entered in races that will really show her brilliance and, a year from now it will be clear that she is HOY!` Eight Belles, what can justly be written about this incredible race horse? I can only hope that when they pay tribute to her with the “8” bells toll at the 2009 Derby, that William Nack will narrate her legacy. Proud Spell, Music Note, Goldikova, Forever Together, Indian Blessing, Stardom Bound, Ventura, Zaftig, and Pepper’s Pride. Just a few filly and mares that left a memory with me that I won’t forget easily. Proud Spell’s tenacity in the Alabama stretch against Music Note is one for the ages. Pepper’s Pride winning 19 in a row! I don’t care if she was running against 5k claimers at Remington Park, that record deserves a special place in racing history.*- The last seven days I have spent many hours each day watching replays. Mostly 2 yr. old races but also stakes races from 2008 to pick what I think is the best race of 2008. And the WINNER IS---the Humana Distaff on Derby Day. Here is the YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sVBYCQ2q7k Intangaroo, Hysterical Lady, and Baroness Thatcher put on quite a show in this race. The reason I picked it as the best race in 2008 was the fractions, the competiveness from all that ran, the close finish, and from a sentimental stand point, Luke Kruytbosch called the race. IMO, Luke was simply the best! What a shame someone with that talent left this world way to soon. Would love to hear, or watch others thoughts on race of the year for 2008. One more thought on the filly’s, Elusive Heat who won her first with a 101 BSF is in a regular training pattern, which would indicate an early race at Gulfstream. This filly out of Xtra Heat could really be something special. Won’t be any odds in her next but, there is nothing bad about a rock solid single in a multi-race ticket. Calvin, Vicstu, and SR Vegas, I have many, many thoughts on Derby prospects. The early top 25 I sent email a few weeks ago has changed considerably. BTW Vicstu, I think Big Drama could be a serious player. Has tenacity, displayed athletic ability in the Delta and appears to have connections that want to do the right thing for the horse. Will be a fun spring as many of the horses in the limelight also have decent 10F pedigrees. Wright Stuff: YOU got a good pick with Charitableman IMO. From a talent perspective, Charitableman, Old Fashioned, and Vineyard Haven from a talent point of view rank at the top. Happy New Year to All
Annie More than 1 year ago
Steve T, LOL! I wonder how many of those 350 posts laying around I am responsible for. No, no don't count them. The blog police will come after me. Annie
Annie More than 1 year ago
Gary, Here's a brand new three year old for you! You can celebrate his actual birthday on 3/13. Your horse is BREAK WATER EDISON. He is a bay colt by Lemon Drop Kid out of August Storm by Storm Creek. He sold at the 2007 Keeneland Sept. Yearling Sale for $150K. Then sold again at the 2008 Ocala Selected Sale of 2-yr-olds in training for $525K. Your trainer is John C. Kimmel. He was on Steve Haskins list of top quality colts who look like Derby material. 7/17 Broke Md at 5-1/2F 8/14 2nd GR2 Saratoga Special at 6-1/2F 9/1 4th GR1 Hopeful S. at 7F 10/4 8th GR1 Champagne at one mile 11/2 Won GR3 Nashua S. at one mile 12/31 Pay :50.00B 12/24 Pay :50.20B 12/17 Pay :50.60B Working every 7 days like clockwork. He looks good to go! Good luck with your Derby prospect! Annie
Carol W. More than 1 year ago
Hey Annie, Been following the posts for about six months - resolved to join the fun in 2009. Would love to start with a derby horse of my own. Can you draw one for a first time poster?
John N. More than 1 year ago
Annie, OK, please give me one of the dozen or so horses left. I didn't understand that some of the horses were feeling left out; who am I to prevent any potentially good horse from hopefully running faster and further. The horse will get my full support upon assignment! Thanks,