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Racing Beat: October 20


More Suffolk Downs sibling royalty! Jo Jo is a half to graded stakes-placed gelding Setsuko, who is best known as one of Game On Dude's most fierce rivals and a habitual runner-up in the biggest G1 races out west.

Dullahan retires with a tendon injury and curiosity as to whether or not the U.S. market supports synthetic breeding. The Unbridled’s Song in him should help him move a bit in attracting interest. Weeps for a Dullahan-less future… RIP buddy, it was a pleasure seeing you at Belmont.

Rest in peace, Hoofit [NZ]. Game all day, and a source of “pick a horse based on their name” joy. Also RIP to Take Control. And Formulaforsuccess, who I saw race this year/photographed.

I get ridiculously starstruck in horse racing… the guy photographer who pointed out Honor Code to me at Belmont goes by “Easy Goer” on Flickr. Had I known that I would have tensed up just like I did when I was in line at Saratoga next to “Rock and Racehorses.” >.> #incurable

Already interested in what the headlines might say when Flashback comes back, er or returns? What sounds better?

An anti-casino protester broke the nose of a 60-year-old supporter/track employee at a Suffolk Downs rally this past week. Not great press for them. Polls currently show 49% of East Boston voters support a casino at the Downs— which will be receiving a city vote on November 5— while 43% dissent. The vote will be even more intriguing now that Suffolk has dropped Caesars as a management partner after finding out they had history of criminal activity overseas. THE PLOT THICKENS!

If only we could bet on who we think will finish last. Alpha's a near-lock in the Dirt Mile!

Don’t let me down Joe Talamo, Moreno has been doing surprisingly well every time out and needs an A+ ride to stay alive in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

I’m glad I got to see Mizdirection in the flesh before she retires as a broodmare prospect selling at the November sale. She had one of my favorite Breeders’ Cup performances from last year— 2nd just to Calidoscopio [ARG]— and is just such a cool mare.

I’m beginning to sense that maybe it’s not such a grand comeback story that Point of Entry is returning straight to the Breeders’ Cup Turf after a 5-month layoff and dozens of pins in his leg. Let the man go into retirement peacefully!

Another cool mare set to retire: Include Me Out. Includes are pretty darn cool by nature.

Tweet o’ the Week: I get jealous of these people who get to go on multi-farm tours



Asked by Anonymous


I'm loving your Derby Dozen updates, but both Orb and Verrazano's jockeys are listed as finishing fourth in last year's Derby. Wasn't Rosario third? Keep up the good work and congrats on "Exterminator's" second birthday.

Asked by mybodyisabasilica

Thanks much for the kind words, I’m glad you’re enjoying them so far and I hope you find them at least somewhat useful!

And thanks for noting the typo I knew I had but forgot to fix! Rosario was 5th with Creative Cause actually (I thought he was 3rd or 4th too, but then remembered Dullahan and Went the Day Well).

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.

I don't put much stock into the gallop out. Dullahan had virtually no gallop out after the Blue Grass win and it almost looked like he was injured. He still ran the best race he could run on dirt finishing 3rd in the Derby. After all, that's why there is a finish line ;)

Asked by thoughtsonracinglifeandmore

That’s an interesting argument you make. I do recall the gallop-out mattering when you were critiquing Zenyatta’s one and only loss.


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.

Asked by thoughtsonracinglifeandmore

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.

Even the Score

Even the Score

Racing Beat: November 18

I hate how people assume that just because I’m a Zenyatta fan, it must mean I’m one of those blind, incorrigible idiots who think she’s the best racehorse ever and can beat anyone anywhere anytime. Not all of my favorites are classified as “greatest ever” material, that’s not always how you become a fan of something/someone.

Paynter's full brother made his debut yesterday. Fire Flight, owned by the same peeps who own Optimizer, ran 9th in a Retama Park race. Needs more time, maybe?

While we’re on the subject of siblings, Ruler On Ice's little blaze-faced sis by A.P. Warrior named Liberty Girl paid $31.40 in her first win after 4 starts at Churchill. She’s trained by Eoin Harty and owned by the Casners, so there’s plenty to love about her!

I don’t like Harlan’s Holiday as a sire whatsoever, but I think I would like a foal by him if it were named Thanksgiving. Tee hee hee. I love Thanksgibbing.

Happy retirement, Noble’s Promise.

Swear to God, loving certain racehorses is like belonging to a fandom on Tumblr. You try to introduce this fandom to real-life people you know, and the impact is somehow lost. YOU GOTTA READ ALL ABOUT MAN O’ WAR, SECRETARIAT, CANONERO II, SEABISCUIT, PHAR LAP… YOUR MIND WILL BE BLOWN BY THEIR AMAZINGNESS! NO REALLY, PLEASE READ ABOUT THEM AND WATCH THEIR REPLAYS! PLEASE! I’m dying here.

Ok, Bob, when’s Smash coming back? He’s whizzing through 6 furlong breezes at Hollywood lately and hasn’t run in nearly a year.

Early buzz is on the scene for a new juvenile trained by John Shirreffs and owned by the Mosses: a gray Mizzen Mast colt by the name of Mentor Cane has been looking good.

Just when you start getting dizzy reading about sensational pedigrees, a certain case pops up telling you to not obsess over them: Light Sentence, a son of undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (I) winner Vindication out of Coaching Club American Oaks (I) winner Lite Light (by G1 winner Majestic Light), won a $6k claimer the other day at Penn National.

Isn’t He Clever is back maybe?… totally outclassed a Ruidoso Downs stakes race winning by 13 1/2 lengths, but it was back in September with no recent works.

The Dubai World Cup is going to be so so so awesome. I know I said this for the past edition which did not live up to expectations, but just look at the Americans planning to head over that have credentials to possibly do well: Animal Kingdom, Dullahan, Royal Delta… DAAAAH!

God I want to go to Aqueduct so bad for the Cigar Mile! Reason #31343842793473 why I need to get paid more.

Thank goodness somebody decided to honor him: Awesome Gem to get ceremony at Hollywood Park, all before being retrained to become a track pony!

I feel like I bring up Bernardini every Racing Beat, but for once he actually gets a teensy bit of kudos for producing Eblouissante. It’s still way early, but everything about her feels special. However, now that I said that I am in stitches laughing at the people who are convinced that she registered a triple-digit Beyer figure in that race. I honestly guess an 80 or so.

Awesome Again: $75,000. Giant’s Causeway: $85,000. Bernardini: $125,000. Frankel: $198,000 (equivalent in USD). That is one expensive gamble.

Tweet o’ the Week: an Italian stakes winner and an Italian-bred trot off for some exercise. I sure hope Becrux [IT] can teach Lucky Chappy [IRE] how to win a G1… I can’t believe the adorable colt hasn’t gotten a graded win yet!

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