01/01/2009 3:54PM

Happy New Year

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Start the new year off right with a calendar that features not only major races from coast to coast, but photos of your favorite female bloggers wearing only their blue thongs. 
And the cost for this amazing date minder? Free! Yes, you read it right, FREE!  Although a donation (tax-deductible) to any of the excellent equine rescue organizations e.g.
Old Friends or Thoroughbred Charities of America would be much appreciated.
Dan Our Fearless Leader will shortly (or maybe on Jan. 1st) post the PDF file on the blog.  You can print it at your convenience.
Katieattherail

Here it is, the Blue Thong Calendar for 2009.  Thanks for all of your hard work.

Download BlueCal.pdf

Also, I just wanted to let you know that I gave myself the best holiday present this year.  Although the blue feety pajamas (which might be the new blog picture of myself, by the way), and stylish socks were nice, I decided to sponsor four retired thoroughbreds.  One is at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and the other three are at Re-Run.  Here are some websites if you wish to donate:

http://www.trfinc.org/

http://www.rerun.org/

http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/

http://www.thoroughbredcharities.org/index.html

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Dan,
Which races in the US are designated Classic races for fillies?  For instance, we know for colts, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes are considered Classics. I know the Coaching Club American Oaks is considered a Classic for the fillies, but are the Kentucky Oaks, Alabama,
Acorn, and the Black Eyed Susan regarded as Classic races too?  Thanks!
Laura

Unfortunately, unlike the Triple Crown, the fillies really don't have "Classic" designations applied to their races.  The filly counterparts to the Triple Crown are the Kentucky Oaks, the Black Eyed Susan, and the Acorn.  The original Triple Tiara was the Acorn, the Mother Goose, and the Coaching Club American Oaks.  In 2003, the series was reconfigured with the Mother Goose, Coaching Club, and Alabama Stakes forming the trio. 
Currently, the most prestigious races for three-year-old fillies in North America are the Kentucky Oaks and the  Alabama.  Perhaps those should be considered "Classic" races in the eyes of racing fans.

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Dan,
Is there any news on these three SoCal runners?
Cry and Catch Me - I saw she started working but they stopped on her in early November. That was a real nasty cold she caught before the 2007 (!) Breeders Cup...
Behindatthebar - no works.
Sierra Sunset - no works.
On a good note, Curiously Sweet had works on 12/11 and 12/18. She is a filly that is too fast for her own good, fragile as all get out. A fragile Mud Route,
who would have thought...
Steve T.

According to our Disabled List on the right hand side of the blog, Cry and Catch Me also suffered a shin injury following her illness.  She raced at Del Mar on July 31 in a 'n2x' optional claimer, and finished fifth at 2-1 odds.  Cry and Catch me last worked on November 2.

Sierra Sunset is listed on the Disabled List with a reported fractured left front ankle.  He went back to the farm in Northern California, but hasn't worked out since the injury in the Rebel Stakes.  He was reportedly beginning light training in October.

Behindatthebar suffered from foot and leg problems after winning the Lexington at Keeneland.  His last published work was in July, but thankfully g or g is familiar with the horse, and gave us this information:

I can give you a small update on Behindatthebar.  He's now tack walking at the training center in FL  with eyes towards a Q2-Q3 campaign in SoCal with John Shirreffs.  Cross your fingers for him, but so far so good.  The bum hoof has been holding up thus far with the return to training.

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Dan...I think I saw that you were updating the DL List yesterday.  Nice use of your Xmas break. ;) 
Two questions for you: If possible can you provide us an update on the Los Al jockey who was in the hospital with the neck injury?  I'd like to know his condition and if he's improving (hopefully he is).
Also, do you know the status of Screen Your Friend?  He looked like he broke down/was being eased at the end of the Sugar Bowl but I haven't heard anything in regards to his condition.
g or g

Sam Thompson, the Quarter Horse rider involved in a devastating spill in late December, passed away.  From Steve Andersen's column posted on 12/26/08:

http://www.drf.com/drfNewsArticle.do?NID=100700&subs=0&arc=1

In more bad news, Screen Your Friend was euthanized after suffering a fractured knee.  He'll be added to the Deceased List on the Disabled List spreadsheet.

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To the California bloggers, Elysuim Fields had a 3 furlong workout at Hollywood Park today. He used to be trained by Mr. Happy Barclay Tagg. I was wondering if any of you have heard who may have taken over. This was Eibar Coas horse for the Kentcuky Derby this year. He made a strong move in the Fla. Derby but hit the far turn and packed it in. Mr. People Person said he
almost died from being overheated and also had a hind issue. This was his first workout since the Fla. Derby. Any info would be much appreciated! Merry Christmas everyone.
Tom D.

From Jay Privman's article posted on 12/5/08:

"Elysium Fields, who finished second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes earlier this year for trainer Barclay Tagg, has been sent west by owner Robert Evans and is now with trainer Neil Drysdale. Idle since the spring, Elysium Fields, 3, had been training most recently at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland with Bruce Jackson.

"He came in in good condition," Drysdale said. "He's almost ready to breeze. He's a very nice horse. We're excited to have him. He was sent west by Mr. Evans to take advantage of the synthetic tracks."

You can follow Elysium Fields' progress on the Disabled List.  We list all workouts and upcoming entries for disabled horses.

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Posted $100 win on Harmony Found on 12/15/08 at 12:26pm. Thought all the contenders were fairly even, and that the price would be much better on Harmony.  Lucky guess, really . 1st time correct in the "Handi" exercise.
Blackstone

Just want to remind everyone that Blackstone gets to select our next HandiGambling race (January 7, 2009)

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tencentcielo asked about the win prices of all the triple-digit juvenile debut winners listed in a previous blog entry.  Here they are:

Hook and Ladder - $8.80
Chilukki - $4.20
Discreet Cat - $12.00
Forest Music - $3.80
Notional - $25.40
In High Gear - $9.10
Kelly Kip - $9.30
Plagiarist - $20.80
Elusive Heat - $3.80
In C C's Honor - $18.60
Lost in the Fog - $4.40
Rodeo - $4.10
Warners - $3.70
Frisco Star - $3.80
Lieutenant Ron - $6.80
Bro Lo  - $8.40
In Excessive Bull - $3.60
Meetmeinthewoods - $11.00
Quality Road - $9.10
Rahy Dolly - $7.40
Secret Gypsy - $29.20
Star of Broadway - $4.40

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Just want to send out a thanks to Annie for providing a thoughtful Kentucky Derby contest with excellent information.

Back tomorrow with more good stuff (I hope).

Dan