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Guess who this is? YES, this is Sweet Ducky, who was sold to the sketchy president of Chechnya, racing in Russia. He was last seen running 2nd to Dialed In in the 2011 Holy Bull Stakes (II). He hasn’t done a whole lot since then, but I know he had a lot of fans while he was here racing under George and Lori Hall’s colors. (Photo from Instagram)

Guess who this is? YES, this is Sweet Ducky, who was sold to the sketchy president of Chechnya, racing in Russia. He was last seen running 2nd to Dialed In in the 2011 Holy Bull Stakes (II). He hasn’t done a whole lot since then, but I know he had a lot of fans while he was here racing under George and Lori Hall’s colors. (Photo from Instagram)

Derby Watch: Let’s Talk Zito

Now one of the bloodstock market’s most intriguing and good-looking new prospects, was Dialed In the last frontier for Nick Zito’s Derby success or can we entertain the idea of more to come?

Nick Zito is not the world’s most winningest trainer, but when he’s got one, ya’ll better watch out. Going into the 2010 Derby, he had the favorite in tough-as-nails closer Dialed In, who was hot off a tremendous Florida Derby (I) victory over the stubborn speedster Shackleford. I probably should have given him more credit for that win considering how highly I regard Shackleford now, but with that said and done, Zito does have a couple nice colts targeted for Churchill this year.

I wanted to bring this guy up a few months ago, but sadly he did not live up to expectations as early as I anticipated, and thus I couldn’t justify including him in my Early Bird Watch. One of the first sons of Curlin, I liked the looks of Dyker Beach last year. While Curlin is not proven yet as a freshman sire, he does have the classic lineage that suggests success at 10 furlongs after winning the Preakness (I), the Breeders’ Cup Classic (I), the Arkansas Derby (I), the Stephen Foster (I), and I’ll just stop now. His chances of being awesome are well in his favor, obviously. Dyker Beach is a bay colt out of the Capote mare, Favorite Feather, who has a stakes-winning foal closely related to him. Featherbed by Smart Strike (Curlin’s sire), was G1-placed as a two-year-old and won a  6-furlong stakes at Saratoga at 3. Favorite Feather is also a half sister to Bright Feather, the dam of G1 champion Albert the Great. Her half sister, In On The Secret (by Secretariat), had a colt by Capote named King of Capote who won more than $800,000.

Second in his debut at Delaware Park, the bay Curlin colt looked like he needed more space to complete his job than 6 furlongs, muscling out the place by a nose in a closing rally, but was far off from the winner. In his second start at Churchill Downs, he appeared to make a case then got too flustered and finished 9th in a 7-furlonger won by the promising Gulfport. He took time off— the main reason I left him out of the Early Bird articles— but he is obviously doing much better after another Gulfstream maiden race. He closed in on the field from far back on the mile-long course, but his stablemate was a bit closer than he was as he was gaining ground late. I think he’ll get better as time wears on and he grows into his three-year-old body, as will many other “Curlins.”

But what of the stablemate of his that beat him?

It seems every year there’s an awesome Giant’s Causeway to watch. Creative Cause, Eskendereya, Fed Biz… when are we getting our Giant winner? Zito is already thinking highly of one that is in his care by the name of Eton Blue, owned by the famous Marylou Whitney Stable, who sports nice bloodlines as well as some skill. By leading sire Giant’s Causeway, the bay colt is out of the Cape Town daughter Bird Town, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Oaks (I) and Acorn (I) who could carry her ability across a multitude of distances. Bird Town is also out of Dear Birdie, making her a half sister to millionaire Belmont winner Birdstone. Bird Town’s sire Cape Town is most noted for his G1 win in the Florida Derby (he ran second, but won by disqualification).

Talent-wise, we’ve seen just the tip of the iceberg for Eton Blue. He’s been getting better and better in his workouts, and held off his stablemate as noted last out in a Gulfstream maiden special weight over a mile. This looks like a special colt who knows what to do and has some real nice family backing him up as the distances grow longer. I’m excited to see what he can do, and all in all, Gulfstream is in for yet another awesome prep trail this year!

Racing Beat: December 30

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I’m a MLP fan and a video game enthusiast, so maybe that’s also why I feel horse racing should have its own major convention somewhere every year. Wouldn’t that be grand? We’d all cosplay as our favorite race ponies, attend panels with trainers, obsessively hoard merch… WHY DON’T WE HAVE THIS?! WHO DO I COMPLAIN TO?

MR. KRABS… I HAVE AN IDEAAAAA…

If you guys thought waiting around for Eblouissante to start was bad, Rags to Riches' daughter Opulence (if that is still her name) still hasn’t started. /annoying

Kill lot surprise baby Magna Fortuna was 9th of 12 in his debut race at Hawthorne, finishing with a very low Equibase speed figure of 35. I’m willing to toss it though— the track looked like it favored speed and it was a huge field where he went very wide as did others with a lot of crowding going on. That’s a lot to deal with for a first race. Looking forward to try #2.

Has anyone signed up for a Derby Jackpot beta account yet? I would, but then it would be letting everyone I went to high school with know that the awkward, quiet weirdo is an adept degenerate. Not sure if want… I could certainly get some bragging rights for the races I cashed in on, though! I’M A CLASSY DEGENERATE!

I want a life-size Union Rags Fathead for my room. Add that to my list of things I don’t need but kind of do when I go full-time again. It’s not like I’d be deterring my massive amount of friends and suitors by putting an enormous horse sticker on my wall!

Spring Hill Farm is the latest of three comeback tales for the Pletcher three-year-olds (or soon to be four-year-olds). Who’s next? Thunder Moccasin? Stat? Eh doesn’t look like it…

My baby Coil is leaving me?!! No, but why?!! *plays break-up songs*

Nothing spells rage better than spinning the daily prize wheel in Blazing Silks and getting MORE. FUCKING. COINS. I want horseshoes, you cheap con-artist Facebook game!

Hearing a lot of good things from the breeding experts about how good Dialed In looks.

I don’t know who in their right mind would play a $2 superfecta, but Tampa Bay had a superfecta payout over $79,000 the other day. (10 cent minimum would give you more than $4,000)

I’m glad Paynter won it, but I’m also concerned about what people (including voters) think the Vox Populi is really all about. Oh it’s about a horse surviving injury/illness? Potesta should get one too! I’m sure these are the same people that think a colt is a “she” though, so I’ll calm down now…

It seems perfectly fitting for a crowd favorite: 8-year-old gelding Stud Muffin is retired after 59 starts with 14 wins to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue.

Ancient Rome… wasn’t he the bee’s knees last year at Gulfstream? Yup, he won the Spectacular Bid Stakes there last year as the next promising sprinter. Now he just won a $15k claimer… oh how the times change!

Tweet o’ the Week: I laughed…

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Wow, so when was this announced? I just visited Darby Dan’s website and there in the advertisement box was “Dialed In: New for 2013” with a $7,500 stud fee. Guess last year’s Florida Derby (I) winner isn’t coming back…

Wow, so when was this announced? I just visited Darby Dan’s website and there in the advertisement box was “Dialed In: New for 2013” with a $7,500 stud fee. Guess last year’s Florida Derby (I) winner isn’t coming back…

Seems like only yesterday I watched this: favorite Dialed In duels 68-1 longshot Shackleford to win the 2011 Florida Derby (I) (Photo by Joe Ganley)

Seems like only yesterday I watched this: favorite Dialed In duels 68-1 longshot Shackleford to win the 2011 Florida Derby (I) (Photo by Joe Ganley)

Racing Beat: March 18

Fed Biz is off the Derby trail and sidelined indefinitely with a “hind end issue.” I feel ya bro; I’ve had to sideline myself from race training for a similar reason (I’m a freak who tends to sit oddly and have bruised my tailbone in the process… again…). I’m pretty bummed, no pun intended.

Spring Hill Farm is also off the Derby trail after he apparently fractured his knee falling at the start of the Tampa Bay Derby (II). Poor guy, I almost feel bad for making fun of his name. Minus yet another Derby horse for Todd Pletcher, who continues having the worst luck on the Triple Crown trail again this year.

Did anyone catch the “viral marketing video” America’s Best Racing aka the NTRA put out about some fake energy drink at a “Hoof Locker?” Be glad if you didn’t; I can’t believe some get all huffy about keeping the sport’s traditional attributes intact with garbage like that. It has since been removed from YouTube and replaced by “Original Madness”:

Adios Charlie has been retired from racing to Ocala Stud with the selling point of being able to carry his speed beyond a mile. No shit, Sherlock, that’s what Indian Charlies do, but ironically, he was never able to win anything longer than a mile.

One comes in, another leaves: Garrett Gomez will be returning soon, but Paco Lopez is out with a broken collarbone after that bad spill at Gulfstream yesterday. Get well soon, Paco!

While Motor City is out of the Derby picture because he has simply too much catching up to do according to his trainer, the Street Sense vibe is still strong with Broad Brush Stakes winner Street Life, who will apparently go for the Wood Memorial (I) or Arkansas Derby (I) to try to make the earnings cut.

How is Montbrook still $7,500 a season?: A two-year-old son of his brought a sale-topping $470k at OBS. Plus, he’s one of my favorite horses’ dad: Tackleberry!

Who else caught Gemologist's workout the other day? Oh it was an actual race? Weird.

That awkward moment when… you search for Secret Circle and the image results yield another inaccurate ABC Family show about teenagers.

It was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, where I thought not about my Irish heritage nor Irish car bombs, but how Paddy O’Prado is adapting to his stud career. Miss that guy.

Looking at the Kentucky Derby earnings list so far, just how many of the top twenty actually intend on starting? I’m seeing a lot of sprinters/milers who aren’t going to last a mile and a quarter.

A bit late on the uptake, but good to see Black Caviar getting a break, even if it does keep her from running against the best in Dubai.

I embrace the thought of the general public becoming more involved in horse racing and betting on horse races… that means more stupid people overbetting favorites that I know aren’t going to win. (i.e. Kentucky Derby 2011 with Dialed InPants On Fire also heavily bet because of his name)

I was overjoyed to find this blog post about breaking a horse to saddle. The guinea yearling for the assignment? One of my old favorites from last year, Headache!!

Dialed In returns to the races today for the first time since last year’s Preakness Stakes (I)! Catch him in race 7 at Gulfstream Park, likely to be the favorite up against also-returning Pants On Fire!

Dialed In returns to the races today for the first time since last year’s Preakness Stakes (I)! Catch him in race 7 at Gulfstream Park, likely to be the favorite up against also-returning Pants On Fire!

Union Rags, Dialed In, and El Padrino all work beautifully at Palm Meadows

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The Best 20 Races from 2011 (#20-#15)

There were so many unique and special moments in horse racing this year that just a simple “top 10” list would fail to credit too many deserving races that captured our attention and highlighted our weekends. The races that were picked were judged on the basis of excitement (most important), tenacity, and the general long-term significance of the race.

20) Queen’s Plate: Lone filly Inglorious steals Canada’s riches - In Canada’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, 16 colts went to the post only to be passed by the lone female Inglorious. With great gusto, she courageously rocketed past them all including favorite Check Your Soul to cash a sizeable upset as the first filly to win the race in 20 years. Watch replay

19) Florida Derby: Dialed In duels with 60-1 longshot Shackleford - In the event that would ultimately crown him as the Kentucky Derby favorite, Dialed In laid his guts out at Gulfstream when clinched in a powerful stretch duel with pacesetter Shackleford. It was the most enthralling Derby prep race of the year with Dialed In launching a furious bid from the back to catch and overpower the budding Shackleford. Watch replay

18) Shadwell Turf Mile: Gio Ponti makes an astonishing late run to clinch a second consecutive Shadwell Mile win - Just as racegoers were beginning to question whether Gio still had it in him mere weeks away from the Breeders’ Cup, he turns one last gear on to hop from a seemingly firm third place to the win. Watch replay

17) Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational: Cape Blanco runs the race of his life against Dean’s Kitten - Going postward it was all Cape Blanco’s to win, seeing as the Euro invader had already beaten the best America had to offer twice beforehand the same year in the 1 1/2 mile Joe Hirsch. But rolling down to the wire to go with him was an adamant Dean’s Kitten, who pushed just about every button to make Cape Blanco work for this, his last and possibly greatest victory. Watch replay

16) Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Caleb’s Posse ridicules the field in the final furlong - "He looks like he just jumped in at the quarter pole!" Bouncing back from a fuzzy finish in the Indiana Derby, the year’s most quick-footed three-year-old leaped at Shackleford in the waning moments of the Dirt Mile to grab his very impressive and second G1 win over the best dirt milers. Watch replay

15) Forego Stakes: Jackson Bend all heart - In his first attempt at a big G1 in quite some time, Jackson Bend toasted an extraordinary comeback to the winners’ circle in winning the Forego Stakes by more than 3 lengths. The colt had raced without a win twelve times before winning the James Marvin, and this graded stakes was his crowning achievement. Watch replay

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