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!