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I started my homework last month about who the Mosses should send Zenyatta to next if all goes well. Last year I had a top 5 list, and Zenyatta did indeed go to Tapit like I requested! Of course, at this stage it would appear the Mosses are favoring “trendy” sires, but who knows, that could easily change this year with foal #3. I have done a little digging and tried to find new sire picks that are feasible (i.e. Empire Maker and Henrythenavigator will be out of the running, sadly, because they are not in North America). Here it goes!:

Henrythenavigator - Over in Ireland. Sigh.

1) Lemon Drop Kid - A classic winner with a Belmont (I) victory and a G1 winner at ages 2, 3, and 4, LDK is both a really good-looking stallion, an excellent racehorse, and a phenomenal sire with graded stakes winners on every surface type. I’ve always greatly appreciated Kingmambo (and the rest of Miesque’s family). Fee $35,000 (TrueNicks Rating: A)

2) Bullet Train [GB] - Yep, going with a newbie here, but really it’s hard to argue against the spell-binding presence of Frankel’s 3/4 brother, newly-relocated to Kentucky. Should Zenyatta’s connections suddenly start favoring a great turf horse, Bullet Train is basically a perfect match: speed, great bloodlines, and strong classic ability. Fee $7,500 (TrueNicks Rating A+)

3) Lonhro [AUS] - While new to the U.S. and unconventional, it’s hard to knock the black beauty Lonhro who ran an impressive 35 times down under, winning 26 times with 11 Group 1 titles. A truly underrated freak of nature, he represents Australia’s finest with son Pierro taking much attention last year as a sizzling two-year-old. Fee $30,000 (TrueNicks Rating: B)

4) Cape Blanco [IRE] - The first foal crop from the G1-winning titan looks amazing, and I gush at the possibilities. Undefeated at the age of 2 and a G1 winner at 3 and 4, the stunning chestnut son of Galileo [IRE] offers serious substance and distance ability with wins at 12 furlongs. Fee $17,500 (TrueNicks Rating: A)

5) Smart Strike - Grass, poly, dirt, no matter! Smart Strike always seems to have a special one out of every crop: My Miss Aurelia, Salty Strike, Centre Court, Dynamic Strike, Lookin At Lucky, Curlin, English Channel Smart Bid, Never Retreat, blah blah blah. It’s a no brainer. Get Z in before he gets too old, please! Fee $85,000 (TrueNicks Rating: B)

This is all a wish list, and I realize from looking it over that most of these options probably won’t ever happen because of American racing prioritizing dirt over grass. As for what I think will most likely happen, I think the Mosses will go with Medaglia d’Oro, Distorted Humor, or another A.P. Indy boy. I would be surprised if they picked a brand new stallion, but it’s always possible they might go with someone with a lot of early ability and speed like Bodemeister.

Racing Beat: August 6

My dream is to someday own a badass colt by Kitten’s Joy which I will name Puppy’s Depression. He will be a Kentucky Derby AND an Arc winner and spawn similarly named champions and we shall rule the turf together. #ideastosendtheramseys #yesi’mdumb

New Where’s Waldo for the week: WHERE IS WINE POLICE? The speedy 4-year-old colt has been completely MIA since being 8th in the Malibu Stakes (I) in December.

I patiently await my Churchill Downs Mansion invitation.

No I will not pay $4.25 for a drink. That’s gambling money right there I’m just going to pee out in a couple hours.

Fed Biz is crawling back to the races… unfortunately, not in enough time to make my Kentucky Derby fantasy stable a winning one.

Now that Calibrachoa is retired, I can stop confusing him with Caixa Eletronica. And for the record, when they were both in the same race, I usually sided with Calibrachoa, even though Caixa’s name is more fun to [try to] say.

No one has made me feel quite so good about being the middle child like Frankel… older brother Bullet Train is his pacesetter, the younger Noble Mission a rising star but as unlikely as anyone to be his match.

Why does everyone care that Michael Phelps is thinking about getting into horse racing? Big honking deal. That dude’s face is weird and it creeps me out.

That awkward racist moment when you wonder why an Asian family is at the racetrack. I thought it was just Reinier

I just had a revelation that with the blue tail, Hansen is slowly turning into Shining Armor…

My Twitter follower count took a small dive post-Saratoga trip. Oh, so it’s okay to live-tweet shit like “The Voice” but damn it all to hell if I post something every 20-30 minutes FOR ONE MEASLY DAY. BITCHES.

This Travers situation looks bleak… go, Street Life.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone named a racehorse Sarah Jessica Parker? Of course, they would need her approval which is why it’ll never happen.

OH MY GOD, THE PACIFIC CLASSIC IS GOING TO BE SO GOOD WHY CAN’T I LIVE ON BOTH COASTS.

My favorite juvenile pone-pone Brown Almighty won his first stakes (and first for sire Big Brown) yesterday and I MISSED BETTING ON IT.

Taking bets now that the Prioress (I) will be downgraded to a G2 next year. Nobody really wins that race for it to stay top-graded, never mind attracting anyone important. They all wait for the Ballerina (I).

Okay for real, since when did Pool Play come out of injury-induced retirement? He was my pride and joy, the longest shot I ever picked to win any race. (36-1 in the Stephen Foster!)

Tweet o’ the Week: EEEEE! Yes, I do love supporting the mighty Federation [GB].

Frankel Does It Again in QEII

I managed to pry myself out of bed early enough to catch the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (I) at Ascot, and it was yet another exciting affair to catch Frankel in all his glory as he stretched his undefeated streak over class horses. 

The three-year-old son of Galileo was a picture of peace and perfection in a light gallop to the post, with jockey Tom Queally doing well to calm the horse and they were quickly loaded second-last with the filly Immortal Verse.

Straight out of the gate was the lightning pacesetter and half older brother to Frankel, the aptly-named Bullet Train, who set up a dizzying leading margin down the grass chute. In behind Bullet Train galloped highly-regarded Dick Turpin, second-favorite Excelebration, and then Side Glance with Frankel sitting in a stalking position behind them, Immortal Verse tracking in last. Longshot Dubawi Gold began inching up the field midway, but so was Frankel, with Tom Queally making sure his snug hold was not loosened on the eager colt.

With three furlongs to go, Queally set the hot favorite loose after Bullet Train, who was beginning to tire after stampeding away from the others. Excelebration tried to go with him, but Frankel’s infamous quick turn of foot separated him from the pack like a hot knife through butter. Frankel passed Bullet Train and opened up wide on the field, easily winning again by five or so lengths.

Excelebration caught for second, Immortal Verse third, and Dubawi Gold fourth.

It yet another undisputed win for the undefeated Frankel, who is arguably the world’s best miler, with a clear win over this strong group of graded winners. However, there’s another “what if” sprinkled over the performance due to the presence of the rabbit Bullet Train, but it was evident yet again that few horses can match the fast-striding Frankel coming down to the wire. Another great win for a magnificent horse, who I look forward to seeing again next year as a four-year-old.

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