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Appreciation GIFset: Graham Motion and Animal Kingdom

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Animal Kingdom (Photo by Dana Wimpfheimer)

Animal Kingdom (Photo by Dana Wimpfheimer)

Racing Beat: March 31


HAPPY EASTER EVERYPONY! Here’s to hoping I can cash out big-time on post-Easter candy sales this year. I’ll be up early tomorrow anyway.

I heard a number of good things about the sale-topping $1.6 million Bernardini colt at Fasig-Tipton last weekend. Regardless, he’s apt to be another regret for Robert LaPenta. DID YOU LEARN NOTHING FROM BUYING EASTER GIFT? (Although that one only cost him $90k)

I am just about all moved back in at this point, but I have rational fears that my dad will “clean” for me in here so I put a sign on the Derby Handicap prizes that says “DO NOT TOUCH.” What happens? He moves the box out of my room like he was going to do something to it! Yes I just about flipped out on him. Yes, this is the main reason why I can’t wait for the contest to be over. NOTHING IS SAFE HERE!

I ship Black Caviar and Animal Kingdom.

Awesome Feather has a new full brother! EEEEEE

It’s April tomorrow and you know what that means… one more month until May! Oh, and the Derby Dozen profiles. Gotta keep that tradition rolling. I’m thinking Orb will be the first of the top 12 I will cover.

Believe it or not, but yesterday I was actually rooting AGAINST Bourbon Courage in the Nola ‘Cap. I had put down Mark Valeski as my pick to beat Graydar, which he almost did dammit. On that note, I can’t believe the butthead handicappers that were dissing Marky as being “way too slow” to be a factor.

The amount of grr that emanated from my vocal cords when Dubai played the Australia anthem instead of the American one after Animal Kingdom’s win.

My laugh echoed across the seas when He’s Had Enough was sent off at 8-1 odds in the UAE Derby. Time to pack up the tack, people. He’s had enough.

Unlimited Budget vs. Midnight Lucky vs. Dreaming of Julia. This is going to be one delish Oaks.

Part of me is glad I don’t have to handicap the Wood Memorial this week for the Derby Handicap. Verrazano is the big horse of the race and I want to beat him so badly but I don’t know! But Normandy Invasion is still looking scary good… Vyjack too…

There’s a gray two-year-old filly over at Woodbine named No Soup for You (by Alphabet Soup). *adds to virtual stable*

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Some Dubai Love

Ok, so I got out of class early today but decided to derp around and nap. The Dubai Super Saturday is tomorrow, and I have elected to say “f—k it” to handicapping because hey, I’m not that great at synthetic (or maybe I am and I just don’t know it) and I’m certainly lost when it comes to international racing. SO, here are my rooting interests for all the races tomorrow. You guys can find the complete list of entries and post times (in EDT for my lazy American convenience!) over here on BloodHorse.

$1 million Godolphin Mile on Tapeta

Master of Hounds!

$1 million Dubai Gold Cup - 2 miles on turf

Averroes! (When in doubt, root for a cute chestnut)

$2 million UAE Derby - 1 1/4 miles on Tapeta

Elleval because BLAZE

$1 million Al Quoz Sprint - 5 furlongs on turf

Varsity, have to go with a Clement horse

$2 million Golden Shaheen - 6 furlongs on Tapeta

Oh gee I don’t know… TRINNIBERG!

$5 million Dubai Duty Free - 1 1/8 miles on turf

Little Mike will have my strongest interests, but another victory for Ocean Park [NZ] would be swell

$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic - 1 1/2 miles on turf


$10 million Dubai World Cup - 1 1/4 miles on Tapeta


But I’d be glad to see any of the three Americans win or Planteur— if none of them can make a case, I think it’s safe to say America will not be winning the World Cup for a long time.

The Dubai World Cup: Where the world meet to race

Mad excite about this year’s race! I enjoyed how the filmmakers designed this commercial to look like an action film trailer (complete with The Dark Knight music).

Dullahan can win the Al Mauktom whatever it is called. But he is a huge play-against in the Dubai World Cup. The best Europeans and Japanese always dominate the race since it was moved to synthetic, and I don't see any reason that will change. Even if he wins, Americans overbet American horses in Dubai.

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Probably. And probably.

I’m a bit slow on the uptake with how American performances translate into overseas, especially at Dubai, which confuses the f—k out of me since they’ve changed things up and are going to change their track again (I think?). Dullahan has a shot, but will need some ideal circumstances to work his way up there.

And hell no I don’t bet Dubai! They don’t take show bets! :P

Can our synthetic king do Tapeta? Dullahan at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, jogging with stablemate Little Mike in preparation for the Dubai World Cup later this month.

Can our synthetic king do Tapeta? Dullahan at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, jogging with stablemate Little Mike in preparation for the Dubai World Cup later this month.

Cigar (Photo by Just chaos)

Cigar (Photo by Just chaos)

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