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The end of another legacy: 21-year-old champion sire Holy Bull has been pensioned. Undefeated heading into the Kentucky Derby, Holy Bull was a master of all trades, winning at practically any distance given on any surface. He was Horse of the Year in 1994 and sired Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo as well as Stephen Foster Handicap (I) winner Flashy Bull.

The end of another legacy: 21-year-old champion sire Holy Bull has been pensioned. Undefeated heading into the Kentucky Derby, Holy Bull was a master of all trades, winning at practically any distance given on any surface. He was Horse of the Year in 1994 and sired Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo as well as Stephen Foster Handicap (I) winner Flashy Bull.

Figures for the Derby

I’m not a huge stats person, but when one really wants to critique a race they do come in handy. Following the Kentucky Derby (I), just looking at the final winning time just doesn’t cut it in a race that has been run for 138 years— especially when it was run in such an unconventional manner with a top field.

Trakus, Brisnet, and Beyer figures have been released, revealing a little more about the Derby horses’ performances while shedding some light on what we can expect from the ponies participating in the Preakness (I) and or Belmont (I):

  • Bodemeister lost by 1 1/2 length in the final jumps, but traveled 41 feet less than I’ll Have Another being so close to the rail.
  • Union Rags ran the fastest final 1/16 in 6.37 seconds, ultimately finishing 7th after rallying from 18th. Fourth-place finisher Went the Day Well was a close runner-up with 6.4 seconds
  • Creative Cause was beaten only 3 lengths back in fifth, but traveled enough feet more than the winner that he could have won by about a half length had he been closer down to the rail! (He traveled 29 feet further total than I’ll Have Another)
  • Brisnet figures rate I’ll Have Another’s win as the fastest (111) since War Emblem's wire-to-wire win in 2002 (113). Animal Kingdom sported a 105 last year.
  • Beyer figures rate I’ll Have Another’s win as the slowest (101) since Giacomo's in 2005 (100). Andrew Beyer was much impressed with Bodemeister's performance.
  • A nice jump in Beyer figures from the Spiral: Went the Day Well improved in the span of one troubled start from an 92 to a 98!
  • Brisnet rates I’ll Have Another’s win faster than Groupie Doll's in the Humana Distaff (I). Beyer figures crown Groupie Doll over the Derby winner.

I guess it all boils down to which figures you like using…

Weekend Stake Tip: Japan Cup & Disposablepleasure

Arc longshot-turned-obnoxious winner Danedream picked the Land of the Rising Sun over the Home of the Brave when her connections picked the Japan Cup over the Breeders’ Cup. The three-year-old filly stepped into the gate around 10:30pm EST, and from there on out, settled comfortably mid-pack in the large field set on winning some $6.5 million in purse money. Reigning Dubai World Cup winner Victoire Pisa trailed the field all the way, not improving all that much by the wire. American entry and a 115-1 longshot, Mission Approved, led the field most of the way until collared around the backstretch by Wind Variation. Running for home, it was a battle of the natives as Tosen Jordan passed Wind Variation, but was confronted by the late-running Buena Vista for a last-minute duel on the grass. Disqualified from winning last year’s Cup, Buena Vista and jockey Yasunari Iwata reaped sweet revenge, passing a strong Tosen Jordan in the final sixteenth to win by a short neck. A very good race with the winner much the best, Danedream finished sixth. The winner is a granddaughter of the famed Sunday Silence, so the victory was a sweet one for the States as well as the Japanese breeding base. View replay

Meanwhile, the most impressive performance in the States this weekend had to be the beautiful gray filly, Disposablepleasure, in a bravely-fought Demoiselle Stakes (II) win at Aqueduct. She was sent off as the post-time favorite, but tripped dramatically at the start and was in last place most of the race. Rounding the turn for home, the filly checked herself to loop around a horse to her outside, and from there, the daughter of Giacomo plucked up the courage to cut between horses to get to the lead. It was not over just yet; gunning to the wire, she still had to duel with Wildcat’s Smile in an exciting photo finish. Whether she won or not— and she won— it was obvious that Disposablepleasure had some serious class to her and should be watched as an Oaks favorite for next year. (Replay above)

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