02/06/2009 4:45PM

Stakes horses, questions

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DRF's Matt Hegarty is reporting that the Maryland Racing Commission approved a request by the Maryland Jockey Club to raise the pick 3 and pick 4 takeout from 14 percent to 25.5 percent at races at Laurel and Pimlico beginning on March 1.

Wonder if this is a way to pay for the ZZ Top concert and the women's pro beach volleyball doubles tournament scheduled for the infield on Preakness Day.

Where's the poker table?

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Dan,
I Want Revenge not a top 10 pick, and didn't even make it on your Honorable Mentions list.
How can that be?
Teri

Dan,
Ack! No CHOCOLATE CANDY?!?!??
Have you gone completely over the edge?
Teri,
It's that East Coast bias.
Annie

No East Coast bias here as I originally had SoCal-trained three-year-olds The Pamplemousse and Square Eddie on the list.  After it was reported that Square Eddie was sidelined with sore shins, I added Mr. Hot Stuff for Eoin Harty.  I wasn't a big fan of the CashCall Futurity, but certainly can see I Want Revenge moving forward this weekend.  A big race from one of the horses in the Robert Lewis most likely puts them on the list. 
Sorry, Annie, but I'm not sold on Chocolate Candy just yet.  It's still early, and I'm sure he'll do his best to make me see the error of my ways.

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Dan, with all the comments from veterinarians filling the blogs, why doesn't the Racing Form again list the infirmaties of race horse on their web page?
Dan, could you provide a link to the lifetime past performance of Zoffany.  Back in 1985 I won a $5 exacta bet with Zoffany and Win, along with seven others for a $40 play.  My father in-law at the time and I went for that particular race, the Hollywood Turf Cup after we came up with the same horse, Zoffany, as the highest rated.  Although I knew he was going only to show me that racing is entirely unpredictable, Zoffany in the stretch blew through his lungs and surged to the lead in a fashion I saw up close at the wire.
TurfRuler

This blog has an up-to-date Disabled List that documents the progress of horses that have been diagnosed with injuries.  Just click on the "View the complete Disabled List" link on the right hand side of the blog to keep tabs on injured horses. 

Here are Zoffany's lifetime past performances:

Download Zoffany.pdf

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Dan,
In case you aren't overworked enough....
What ever happened to Mr. Mistoffelees (Storm Cat/Country Romance) $1.5 million purchase owned by Coolmore trained by Pletcher? He won his first start impressively then finished up the track in the Tremont, then....nothing. I've hunted for info on him and didn't find anything. Did he pull a Green Monkey? 
Also, Maimonides has been working regularly at Gulfstream so he could be removed from the injured list.
Thanks!
Laura

I'll remove Maimonides once he shows up in the entries, and am looking forward to his return to the races.  Haven't heard anything about Mr Mistoffelees, and he hasn't worked since September at Arlington.  I'll let you know if I find out anything.

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Is Elusive Bluff dead or retired? Surely he be a leading chance if heads that way!!!!!
stevefromoz

Elusive Bluff suffered a bruised right hind foot before the Breeders' Cup, and hasn't worked since the end of October.  He's listed on our Disabled List on the right hand side of the blog.  You can follow his progress there.

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Isn't Nad Al Sheba a synthetic track now?
jim tully

Jim Tully,
It's a triangular shaped three-turn dirt oval for another year.  Then it switches to synthetic for 2010.
PGM

Jim,
Nad Al Sheba still has it's sandy main track. Their new race track was to have the Tapeta surface installed. As far as I know, their Al Quoz training facility has the Tapeta surface.
Causeways37

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Have a great weekend!

Dan