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Pletcher Armada of 2-year-olds
The promising horses keep rolling off the conveyer belt at Todd Pletcher's stable.
At the recently concluded Saratoga boutique meeting, Pletcher-trained juveniles compiled a record of 23-67 (34% winners, 58% ITM). Horseplayers that blindly bet on every single one of the barn's babies were rewarded to the tune of a $2.42 ROI.
For future reference, let's take a closer look at some of the Pletcher-trained juvenile winners at Saratoga:
*SHANGHAI BOBBY (Harlan's Holiday - Steelin', by Orientate), a $105,000 yearling purchase owned by Starlight Racing, won the Grade 2 Hopeful Stakes on September 3 (88 Beyer) to run his record to a perfect three-for-three. The dam won the Bangles and Beads Stakes going 6 1/2 furlongs at Fairplex Park. This is the female family of Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes winner City Band. Shanghai Bobby is likely to contest the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont on October 6.
*ARCHWARRIOR (Arch - Winner's Edge, by Seeking the Gold) sold for $75,000 as a weanling, was bought back for $140,000 as a yearling and was purchased for $375,000 in March. Owned by Alto Racing, Archwarrior was one of the most-hyped juveniles of the entire meet and he scored first-out on August 30 at 25 cents to the dollar (83 Beyer). Archwarrior is a half-brother to Return to Paradise, the winner of the Hatoof Stakes going About 1 1/16 Miles on turf at Arlington Park. Another half-sibling, Coya, won the HBPA City of Ranson Handicap going seven furlongs at Charles Town while another half-sibling, Capac, finished second in the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap at nine furlongs at Laurel. The Champagne remains a possibility.
*VIOLENCE (Medaglia d'Oro - Violent Beauty, by Gone West), a $600,000 yearling owned by Black Rock Stables, had to work a bit to prevail as the favorite in his seven-furlong debut on August 18 (81 Beyer). Violence broke awkwardly and was rushed up to race close to the pace before battling the more-experienced Titletown Five all the way to the wire. The Champagne is a possibility as is the Dover Stakes at Delaware on October 6. Note that the third dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Sky Beauty.
*DREAMING OF JULIA (A.P. Indy - Dream Rush, by Wild Rush), a homebred filly owned by Stonestreet Stables, romped first-out at Saratoga by 10 1/2 lengths on August 6 (76 Beyer) and backed up that form with a 16 1/4-length thrashing of four other rivals in the $83,000 Meadow Star Stakes going a mile at Belmont on September 9. Dreaming of Julia's dam won a pair of Grade 1 sprints (Prioress Stakes, Test Stakes). Dreaming of Julia will be pointed to the Grade 1 Frizette on October 6 at Belmont.
*KAUAI KATIE (Malibu Moon - More Than Pretty, by More Than Ready) sold for $90,000 as a yearling before being purchased by Stonestreet for $490,000 in March. She earned a 100 Beyer for her 12-length debut score at Saratoga on July 20 before wheeling back 23 days later in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes. Kauai Katie won the Adirondack in gate-to-wire fashion with an 84 Beyer. Expect to see Kauai Katie in the Grade 2 Matron Stakes at six furlongs on September 30. She is a full sister to undefeated Winding Way, winner of the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar on August 19.
*JOCOSITY (Sharp Humor - Sobhy's Gal, by Stormy Atlantic) sold for $87,844 as a yearling before being purchased for $210,000 in March by Let's Go Stable. After finishing second in his first two starts over the Woodbine polytrack, Jocosity graduated on dirt at Saratoga by 7 1/2 lengths (95 Beyer) and may run next in the Grade 2 Futurity Stakes at Belmont on September 30. The dam is a full sister to stakes-placed synthetic sprinter Ollie Jet.
*MICROMANAGE (Medaglia d'Oro - Catnip, by Flying Paster) sold for $170,000 last September to Repole Stable and the half-brother to four-time Grade 3 winner Indescribable scored first-out at seven furlongs on September 1 (84 Beyer). Micromanage handled a solid field of experienced runners in that heat and acts like he'll stretch out. The Champagne is a possibility.
*PALACE MALICE (Curlin - Palace Rumor, by Royal Anthem) sold for $25,000 as a yearling before being purchased by Dogwood Stable for $200,000 in April. After finishing a close second behind the promising Carried Interest in his career debut at Belmont on July 5, Palace Malice successfully stretched to 6 1/2 furlongs at the Spa on August 4 (83 Beyer). From the first crop of Breeders' Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup winner Curlin, Palace Malice is out of a dam that won the $50,000 Audubon Oaks going 1 1/16 miles on grass at Ellis Park. Unfortunately, Palace Malice suffered bucked shins after the maiden win and will miss the major fall races.
*PARK CITY (Harlan's Holiday - Light Show, by Pleasant Colony) was purchased for $165,000 as a yearling by Starlight Racing. A half-brother to stakes-placed router Three in the Bag, Park City rallied from off the pace to take a five-furlong maiden special weight in the slop on July 27 (75 Beyer).
*UNABASHED (Elusive Quality - Golden Temper, by Forty Niner) may be headed for the Matron after winning her debut on August 17 with a 75 Beyer. A $200,000 yearling purchase owned by Cheyenne Stables and McNeill Stables, Unabashed is out of Golden Temper, the winner of the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.
*SLAMARAMA (Grand Slam - Senora Cat, by Cozzene) was purchased by Dogwood for $40,000 as a yearling and he went gate-to-wire at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Saratoga on August 25 (71 Beyer). The dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 turf winner Derrianne and multiple stakes-placed turf performer Present Danger. Look for Slamarama to represent Dogwood in the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes on grass at Keeneland.
*KIMONO (Bernardini - Runnin Ute, by Gone West) was bought back for $80,000 as a yearling before being sold for $550,000 in March. Owned by Coolmore, Kimono finished second to the speedy Lignite in her career debut at Saratoga on July 20 before returning to graduate at seven furlongs with a 68 Beyer. The dam was stakes-placed sprinting.
Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from (8/27/12 - 9/2/12):
1. EMCEE - 108 - Forego Stakes (G1) - 7 Furlongs - Saratoga
2. TO HONOR AND SERVE - 105 - Woodward Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - Saratoga
3. FED BIZ - 103 - El Cajon Stakes - 1 Mile (Polytrack) - Del Mar
3. POTESTA - 103 - Torrey Pines Stakes - 1 Mile (Polytrack) - Del Mar
5. BELLAMY BREW - 100 - OC 35k/N1X -N - 1 1/8 Miles - Saratoga
5. JOHN SCOTT - 100 - Harry F. Brubaker Stakes - 1 Mile (Polytrack) - Del Mar
5. MIDDIE - 100 - Washington Park Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Polytrack) - Arlington
8. DOMINUS - 99 - Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
9. READY RACER - 98 - Sun Sprint Championship Handicap - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Northlands
10. STEEL MAN - 96 - Alw 42785N2L - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle
11. JOYOUS MUSIC - 95 - Alw 28500NC - 4 Furlongs - Timonium
11. SWIFT WARRIOR - 95 - Win Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Saratoga
13. CASH RULES - 94 - Darn That Alarm Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Calder
13. MY BEST BROTHER - 94 - Del Mar Derby (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar
13. NOMOREWINEFOREDDIE - 94 - Minnesota Sprint Championship - 6 Furlongs - Canterbury
13. SLIP AND DRIVE - 94 - Alw 39375N$Y - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Turf) - Delaware
17. CONTROL TOWER - 93 - Alw 42000N1X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
17. GOLDENCENTS - 93 - Md Sp Wt 71k - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar
17. HILLSWICK - 93 - OC c-50k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - Saratoga
20. DAYATTHESPA - 92 - Riskaverse Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Saratoga
20. RACING APTITUDE - 92 - OC 100k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar
22. CANTONIC - 91 - OC50k/SAL50k - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
22. CHRISTMAS FLYS - 91 - Alw 5000s - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Timonium
22. COUNCIL OAK - 91 - Clm 10000 - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Canterbury
22. EL SEVENTYSEVEN - 91 - Clm 25000N2L - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Canterbury
22. GO UNBRIDLED - 91 - Saratoga Dew Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Saratoga
22. STOLEN CHEVY - 91 - Clm c-(16-12.5)N2Y - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Delaware
*EMCEE's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.
*HILLSWICK was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Rudy Rodriguez from trainer David Jacobson.
*STOLEN CHEVY was claimed for $16,000 by trainer Mary Eppler from trainer Hugh McMahon.
*GOLDENCENTS, a $5,500 yearling that resold for $62,000 in June, won first-out by 7 1/4 lengths at Del Mar on September 2. Trained by Leandro Mora (deputizing for the suspended Doug O'Neill), Goldencents went right to the front and never looked back. He is by CashCall Futurity hero Into Mischief out of a Banker's Gold mare that won twice sprinting on dirt.
Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from (9/3/12 - 9/9/12):
1. HOLLYWOOD HIT - 104 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Woodbine
2. RIVERSRUNRYLEE - 102 - OC c-25k/N2X - 1 Mile - Calder
3. DELAUNAY - 101 - Temperence Hill Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Louisiana
4. COMMANDER - 100 - S. W. Randall Plate Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - Hastings
4. SHUDACUDAWUDYA - 100 - Alw 40382NC - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
4. RENEESGOTZIP - 100 - C.E.R.F. Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar
7. AIR SUPPORT - 98 - Bowling Green Handicap (G2) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
8. DEACON SPEAKIN' - 97 - Portland Meadows Mile Handicap - 1 Mile - Portland Meadows
9. BEN'S CAT - 96 - Turf Monster Handicap (G3) - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Parx
9. BET THE POWER - 96 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 6 Furlongs - Delaware
9. DUCDUC - 96 - Our Dear Peg Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Calder
9. EASTER GIFT - 96 - Smarty Jones Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Parx
9. ETERNAL RULE - 96 - Presque Isle Downs Mile - 1 Mile (Tapeta) - Presque Isle
9. GLOBAL POWER - 96 - Unbridled Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Louisiana
9. GRANDANNA - 96 - Alw 5000s - 4 Furlongs - Timonium
16. GROUPIE DOLL - 95 - Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (G2) - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle
17. BOURBON COURAGE - 94 - Super Derby Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - Louisiana
17. HIT IT RICH - 94 - Glens Falls Stakes (G3) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
17. SPECTACULAR SKY - 94 - Whippleton Stakes - 7 Furlongs - Calder
20. AFLEETING LADY - 93 - Lady's Secret Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Monmouth
20. FINAL COUNT - 93 - Cliff Guilliams Handicap - 1 Mile - Ellis
20. NORMANDRUTH - 93 - Clm 12500(12.5-10.5) - 1 Mile - Monmouth
23. BULL DOZER - 92 - Alw 25000s - 6 Furlongs - Calder
23. CASTLETOWN - 92 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar
23. COMMA TO THE TOP - 92 - Pirate's Bounty Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar
23. HALO DOLLY - 92 - Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar
23. HESSONITE - 92 - John Hettinger Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
23. MIZ IDA - 92 - Kentucky Downs Ladies' Turf Stakes - 1 Mile - Kentucky
23. SEAN AVERY - 92 - Affiliate Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
23. SEE TOBE - 92 - Japan Racing Association Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Laurel
23. SLOANE RANGER - 92 - Banjo Picker Sprint Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Parx
23. SPEEDING SPIKE - 92 - Alw 40000N1X - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
23. TIZRACER - 92 - Md Sp Wt 71k - 1 Mile - Belmont
*HOLLYWOOD HIT'S lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.
*RIVERSRUNRYLEE was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Milton Wolfson from trainer Juan Camilo.
*Pletcher dominated the 2-year-old races at Saratoga, but it appears he has another promising juvenile in Belmont maiden winner TIZRACER. Fourth in his debut behind stablemate Lawn Man going six furlongs at Saratoga on July 28, the son of two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow successfully stretched out to a one-turn mile on September 8, winning by 10 1/2 lengths under jockey John Velazquez. Tizracer sold for $450,000 as a yearling and is out of Grade 1-placed sprinter G City Gal.
Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from (9/10/12 - 9/16/12):
1. WISE DAN - 107 - Woodbine Mile (G1-C) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Woodbine
2. SARATOGA SNACKS - 98 - Alw 75000N1X - 1 Mile - Belmont
2. WIGMORE HALL (Ire) - 98 - Northern Dancer Stakes (G1-C) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine
4. BAREFOOT LADY (Ire) - 96 - Canadian Stakes (G2-C) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine
4. HOLLYWOOD DREAMS - 96 - Red Diamond Express Handicap - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Northlands
6. ST. MAXIMUS GATO - 95 - OC 50k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - Hoosier
6. STEALCASE - 95 - Ontario Derby (G3-C) - 1 1/8 Miles (Polytrack) - Woodbine
8. BOOTS AHEAD - 94 - OC 50k/C - 1 Mile (Turf) - Belmont
8. STORMY LORD - 94 - PTHA President's Cup - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Parx
8. THE PIZZA MAN - 94 - Tex's Zing Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Arlington
11. SAGE VALLEY - 93 - OC50k/SAL50k - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
12. IOYA BIGTIME - 92 - Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Kentucky
12. NAPLES BAY - 92 - Noble Damsel Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Belmont
14. BARES TRIPPER - 91 - Barretts Debutante - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Fairplex
14. CONSOLE - 91 - Md Sp Wt 59k - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - Kentucky
14. IMA JERSEY GIRL - 91 - Jersey Girl Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Monmouth
14. OKIE RIDE - 91 - OC 35k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - Remington
14. WELL'S GOLD - 91 - OC20k/SAL10k - 1 1/16 Miles - Louisiana
19. AWAKINO CAT - 90 - Clm 35000B - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - Belmont
19. MY PLACE ANYTIME - 90 - OC 22k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
19. NIGHT OFFICER - 90 - OC 32k/C -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Laurel
19. SAMITAR (GB) - 90 - Garden City Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
23. CLEAN SHOT - 89 - OC 16k/N1X - 7 Furlongs - Calder
23. DUTY BLUES - 89 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Calder
23. FREE AS A BIRD - 89 - Md Sp Wt 68k - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - Belmont
23. HIHIPESMPTYPOCKETS - 89 - Clm 25000(25-20)N4L - 6 Furlongs - Parx
23. KEPI - 89 - Lady Lionel Handicap - 1 Mile (Turf) - Arlington
23. MADAME GIRY - 89 - Smart N Fancy Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - Belmont
23. MISH MOSH - 89 - Alw 46000N2X - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
23. SKIP A SMILE - 89 - Alw 40000NC - 1 Mile (Turf) - Remington
*WISE DAN's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.
Please check out the latest video production from Jessica Pacheco, Racing Analyst at Arlington Park. It's Part 15 and 16 of the "Behind the Silks" video series following jockey Tim Thornton through his ups and downs at this year's Arlington meet.
"Claims and Clips"
In the 15th episode, Tim shows you that even if it's a slow week for him, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's not exciting! First, Tim takes you through the races of two recently claimed horses. After that, get more intimate with the Helmet Cam as Tim explains how his view and the broadcast view can greatly differ.
"Expect the Unexpected"
Each time a jockey shows up for the day's races, he or she never knows what that day may bring. Tim Thornton knows well that really anything can happen. An unexpected horse may step up and win, a longshot may outrun his odds and, as always, the starting gate can prove to be one of the most unpredictable places on the racetrack.
All episodes, 1-16, can be found here:
Dan - I have been watching and waiting for Ultimate Eagle to reappear - and expecting to see him at DelMar. Do you know what is up with him?
ULTIMATE EAGLE hasn't raced since being defeated as the favorite in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap on March 3. He was cooked in a ridiculous speed duel that day so forgiving handicappers can probably draw a line through the race. He is currently galloping at Betfair Hollywood Park and his connections are hoping to have him ready for a workout in about two weeks. Hopefully, Ultimate Eagle will be ready by the very end of the season. Before the layoff, he looked pretty good in Southern California, winning the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby and Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in 2011 before taking the Grade 2 Strub Stakes in his dirt debut on February 4.
I think Serena's Song competed at the level she did for as long as she did because of her physical make-up. If Dan would be kind enough to post her pp's, take a look at her record. Amazing, horses now do not race like she did.
SERENA'S SONG's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.
Hi Dan, how do we play HG if the race goes off the turf? Can we use also eligibles or seperate bets if main track only horses run? (backup bets for main track). Also wondering what happens if a horse you pick scratches, do you get the favorite or how does that work? Thanks
If one of your horses scratches, you have the option of changing your bet up until post time. You won't be credited with the post-time favorite if your horse scratches and you do not switch your play.
My condolences go out to the family of Dale Livaudais ("dalesdestroyers"), a longtime FormBlogger and friend to so many of us. Dale passed away last week after a battle with brain cancer. He will be greatly missed.
Let's go with Friday's seventh race at Belmont for this week's HandiGambling exercise.
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PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.
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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.
I'll be leaving for Woodbine on Friday afternoon for an on-track seminar on Saturday morning. On Sunday, I'll be at the Greenwood OTB facility for a handicapping contest and seminar. If any FormBlogger is in the area, I'd love to meet you.
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Curt V, Nice to see your speedy riposte. I knew you wouldn't let me down my friend. You take your Slewster, and I will stick with Frankel. If by some miracle I see a comparable horse next year, it will mean another fantastic 7 months of horse racing over here. Best Regards - Bernard Downes .
Until next year......oops....I mean next month.........oops.......I mean next week........oops.....I mean tomorrow...........oops...........I mean today........oops....I mean yesterday......... There's only one SEATTLE SLEW............FOREVER.........& a day..........I hope you are ROFLYAO...............'cause........I'm ROFLMAO........... Curtis V. Slewster.........
DavidM9999, You are straying into dangerous territory with your reference to Frankel and Camelot being stars. Some on here (and I won't mention Curt V by name -oops) don't think that Frankel is anything special, and some won't have seen Camelot on the TV. But lets ignore that and answer from a purely Euro perspective. Frankel is simply the greatest miler I have seen in 45 years of watching horse racing, and that includes 7 Breeders Cup meetings, and several other international locations. And in his only race over 10 furlongs he looked even more impressive, certainly to my eyes. David, please ignore that - Frankel is THE most dominant horse I have seen at ANY distance. Camelot is more of a question mark. Before his failed attempt to win the English Triple Crown (the horse looked sluggish in the race and jockey error sealed his fate), I thought Camelot was the only credible opponent for Frankel, but now? That said, perhaps we should allow every horse one bad race. As to the future? I am certain that Frankel will only race once more, in the Champion Stakes at Ascot over 10 furlongs. Where will Camelot go next? First off he will need to have made a full recovery from a very hard race in the St Leger. If he does, its probably the Arc as first choice, the Champion Stakes as second option, and the Breeders Cup as a remote third option. If they were to meet at Ascot, I would bet my entire betting bank that Frankel would win. Quite apart from my assessment of Frankel, Camelot is better at 12 furlongs rather than 10. Best Regards - Bernard Downes
Jeff a/k/a Chalk Eating Weasel, That is a VERY generous offer to open your home to one of the degener....er....Formbloggers! Also those looking for someone to shack up ..uhhh...share a hotel room, please let me know and I'll keep a record of those looking for roomies. I'll be fighting with Hampton Inn again to give us a fair price on rooms. I should have more info after Breeders' Cup. On another note, CONGRATULATIONS to Formblogger friend MIKE NYMAN for his promotion to Marketing Director for ALL of Gulfstream Park. He is the former Marketing Director for the Racing Dpt. and our first convention wouldn't have been half as good without his generous assistance. Anyone attending GP for the Eclipse Awards or the 2-day NTRA handicapping contest being held in Ten Palms the same weekend, please let me know, as ThoroFan will also have some events to which y'all are invited. Laura
Okiesharp, Too many races is that last one where the horse gets hurt.............and I'm not being sarcastic, really. Seriously, horses of yesteryear could run every two weeks. There was a trainer that ran a horse in a mile race the week before the Belmont and the horse won, I just can't remember which. Now the trainers are afraid to run on less than a month's rest (at least at the upper levels) and the horses still break down. I think 6-7 races is the limit for most, especially the well bred and the Graded winners. The breed is just so fragile now. DavidM999, I am a huge fan of Optimizer. There's a horse that has probably run at least 9 times this year. As I have opined before, why Blue Grass Hall gives Lukas the English Channel's to train is a mystery to me. TBTA
What a Saturday this will be! Anyone who has been bored lately has no excuse Saturday. Ten big stakes: Six at Belmont and four at Santa Anita. Have fun! Annie
Hi David, Well, Optimizer is an MKB horse belonging to PATRICK S (who we haven't heard much from awhile). Good to see he's being placed where he belongs. I hope you didn't hurt D. Wayne's feelings. "Once respected"? Ouch! Annie
Dan Deputed Testimony lived to be 32 years old. That's awesome! Will you please post some other good horses who lived to be old? Maybe even some of their past performances? Thanks. Brandon Layer
Bernard: Your country has been truly blessed to have two stars in Frankel and Camelot. I have not heard any talk of those two meeting in a race or in the upcoming Champions Stakes in October. Has there been any clamoring for them to meet? Seems like both parties would like to have the world's attention for that race. I suppose Frankel will retire after the Champion's so it is now or never. If they were to meet would it even be a fair match in your opinion?
Survived then Thrived I want to give a shout out to a neat horse – Optimizer. We all know his story and many have commented on his journey on this Blog. He is a well-bred sort out of turf producing phenom English Channel and trained by the once respected DW Lukas. After the talented animal showed some run in an OP route Derby prep the Coach decided this was his ticket to the bright lights of the Triple Crown. Unfortunately I did not keep my past performances but Optimizer over the course of the Triple Crown lost by something like 70L. Now most horses would simply throw in the towel and go to the back of the stall but not this guy. He went to SAR and won on grass handily. He reappears last Saturday at DEL in the Grade III Kent Stakes. Optimizer stalked Excaper and then took over at the head of the lane. He widened throughout the stretch impressively despite having difficulty changing leads. The final time was quick, 1:47.27, only a tick off the listed record. The last 3F went in about 36.57. The Beyer crew was not that impressed giving the effort a 92. I reviewed the days turf races at DEL, none seemed extraordinarily quick. The prior days and yesterday times were not quick either. I won’t question the BSF validity only to say I will personally upgrade this one next out. It is great to see a survivor /thriver in the year of the injury. Optimizer persevered thru the ill spotting while eating a ton of dirt in the Triple Crown. He is now getting his day in the sun on his home ...the turf. I don’t know how much more he has to give but I will certainly rooting for this horse.