It’s the last Racing Beat of the year! Thank you for reading my blurbs!
I know he had a fan or two around here: the speedy Jocosity is off the Derby trail with a recent knee chip.
The Pletchers of spring keep coming back! Today Heavy Breathing makes his return in Gulfstream’s 9th.
Thesis: WinStar agrees to expand their roster to the Zayats’ Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides to a) make nice for future Zayat powerhouses that will retire to stud… Nehro’s likely going to have just one more year should he return as expected, and b) because Pioneer’s rate is bound to go up some more with his first crop hitting the track in 2013.
I’m thinking about faraway Kentucky Derbies already with G1-winning Tapit daughter Stardom Bound’s big, roan, Big Brown colt!
Bloodlines can be overpriced: Empire Way has 1 win to his 12-race record (a 6 1/2 furlong maiden special weight at Hollywood Park over 4 others), but as Royal Delta’s full brother, he opens his book at $5,000.
What a perfect present for the racing world: Paynter’s been cleared to resume training!
I’m going to make an earnest effort to start painting again. I bought a canvas this week with the decision to try to paint Trinniberg’s portrait, namely because I think he’s a cool horse and looks like he’d be fun to do with his unique face and the bright red and yellow he has on his bridle.
It was love at first sight and is ironically one of my favorite boys’ names as well: the first racehorse I ever “officially” saw raced on Thursday. Alejandro, a now 4-year-old gelding by Alex’s Pal, ran 3rd in a Gulfstream Park claimer. I saw him as a two-year-old running his race from the Calder parking lot while trying to figure out how the hell to get to the grandstand. He ran last that day.
Lasix is a non-issue. It didn’t impact the predicted results of the Breeders’ Cup juvenile races, just the size of the fields. I don’t see how it’s a voting problem.
I wonder if and when Horse Greeley will get some credit as a sire. Still $2,500.
The squealing three-year-old gelding Sacred Tradition was finally adopted!
With his brother retired, I’m looking hard at Elnaawi, the half brother of To Honor and Serve by Street Sense. He’s been working really nicely for a once-run two-year-old under Kieran McLaughlin so far. Much like his brother, he’s less-than-twelving his eighths without pressure! I hope to see him do well on the New York trail.
It has occurred to me that I should have gone with more of my “heart” picks during the Breeders’ Cup… long-time love “Tap Tap” aka Tapizar won the Dirt Mile, one of the first sons of probably my most UNF-tastic stallions Henrythenavigator won the Juvenile Turf, another Tapit baby nearly knocked off Shanghai Bobby, and Calder pony Trinniberg won the Sprint.
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