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Valiant Girl ears forward coming down the chute for the Flower Bowl Invitational. Irad Ortiz Jr up for trainer Graham Motion. (Photo by Dawna Wood/The Galloping Hat Rack)

Valiant Girl ears forward coming down the chute for the Flower Bowl Invitational. Irad Ortiz Jr up for trainer Graham Motion. (Photo by Dawna Wood/The Galloping Hat Rack)

Appreciation GIFset: Graham Motion and Animal Kingdom


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2013 Kentucky Derby hopefuls: Cerro [IRE] (Photo by Courtney Heeney)

2013 Kentucky Derby hopefuls: Cerro [IRE] (Photo by Courtney Heeney)

Racing Beat: December 9

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Psst… Christmas card requests are due in by this Saturday (December 15)! Lava Man will be getting one per a request on Doug O’Neill Stables’ Facebook. Send him one too if you want! (Lava Man c/o 122-A E Foothill Blvd #300, Arcadia, CA 91006)

IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME… the Delaware Handicap (I) is finally a G1 race after being a G2 for leading ladies like Blind Luck in her unforgettable stretch duel with Havre de Grace, and winners Royal Delta, Life at Ten, and Hystericalady. It really should have been upgraded before the Cotillion got its boost.

Even though I’m not into Pletcher horses, I really liked In Lingerie back around the time leading up to her win in the Bourbonette… probably because I like Empire Makers so much. She didn’t retire in the same form, but I have high hopes for her future Frankel baby. Can’t. Wait.

Ughh… that photo of Michael Phelps and Graham Motion. Graham looks like a classy Brit… Phelps… those glasses… I didn’t think it was possible to despise him more than I already do. Gold medal collection or not, don’t nobody give me a hard time about it or ask me to explain. The man just looks weird and it always looks like he’s breathing out of his mouth.

He can dirt as well as turf! Fredericksburg made his dirt start yesterday at the competitive Gulfstream Park and finished 2nd!

How the tables have turned… Henny Hughes is welcomed back into Kentucky’s bluegrass with open arms. Who’d have thought he’d sire so many stakes winners so soon?

I honestly don’t see Gary Stevens actually returning to race-riding, but it’s a cozy thought.

Remember last year’s Illinois Derby (III) winner Joe Vann? He just got adopted as an OTTB at New Vocations!

Madman Diaries… now that is a name I have not heard in a long time…

Part of me is intrigued and excited to see the CashCall (I), the other part chortles at the thought of a legitimate Derby horse emerging from this race. Why is this still a Grade 1 event?

Paynter got my vote for the Vox Populi.

I read somewhere that Buffum was purchased for $1.2 million as a yearling. Oh ow…

I’m kind of surprised that the New York Times won the Team Valor journalism award. Half of the racing-related stuff they published was demeaning smut, and don’t get me started on what I think of Joe Drape’s personality. (Which is saying a lot having read some of his work before reading what he had to say to people)

Tweet o’ the Week: No pun intended?

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This beauty from West Point and Graham Motion is running today at Laurel Park. Forecon, a son of Macho Uno, has won once and 3rd three times in 4 total starts.

This beauty from West Point and Graham Motion is running today at Laurel Park. Forecon, a son of Macho Uno, has won once and 3rd three times in 4 total starts.

Animal Kingdom on the biggest day of his life

Animal Kingdom on the biggest day of his life

Summer Soiree (Photo by Alex Evers)

Summer Soiree (Photo by Alex Evers)

Racing Beat: September 9

Shanghai Bobby is not a cool name. Still in love with Fortify and looking for that one colt to root home in the Derby next year.

More “racehorse Twitter account” problems: horses do not have political views, nor do they have opinions on people they do not interact with, even within the sport. No reason to put these things on there or really most anything that has nothing to do with the actual horse. (I almost prefer the “FOUR PANELS IN :49 FLAT WHEEEE!” updates)

Even if I liked someone else to win a whole lot more, my anguish is extinguished when I see the winning jockey and horse smiling and ears forward coming down to the finish. Worth it!

As long as the Breeders’ Cup stays in Los Angeles/California, I will likely not be able to go. It’s just too far and expensive a flight not to mention the hassles of traffic and expense issues associated, even within the Arcadia area. I officially would like to endorse Arlington Park— a central, spacious, and historic location— for a future revival of the championships. Plus, imagine how many Euros would try the Breeders’ Cup Classic on the poly surface. If not Arlington, I’d also vouch for Gulfstream, which would be an easier climate for Californian/Floridian horses to ship to in November.

My I’ll Have Another poster matches my new room walls perfectly. If only the poster didn’t mysteriously somehow get stuck together and rip on the edges >.> YOUR NAMESAKE SHIPS WELL WHY CAN’T YOU #wtf

Something I hope catches on: #FoallowFriday on Twitter.

Tornados in Long Island? Apparently so on Belmont’s opening day yesterday. Please, we don’t need any more disasters in racing this year…

POWER UP, PAYNTER! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this before, a horse making a conscious effort to fight off his many life-threatening illnesses…

Did anyone else find watching the I’ll Have Another video of the Derby winner arriving in Japan a little sad? Sure, he’s showing off and frolicking, but he clearly wants to be with the other horses he’s neighing to, and will probably never be allowed too close with another horse apart from “business” purposes. He’s only 3!

After seeing what’s been going on with Robby Albarado, it kind of makes me glad that it was Johnny V riding Animal Kingdom that one day in May.

My life is complete. Graham Motion replied/retweeted me (I think I have enough Twitter mentions this week).

Zo Impressive's surgery went well and she'll be retired of course. Hmm… what goes good with a speedy Danzig?

Tweet o’ the Week

This guy needs to get back on the track already… I wouldn’t mind him beating Game On Dude for the Breeders’ Cup Classic!

This guy needs to get back on the track already… I wouldn’t mind him beating Game On Dude for the Breeders’ Cup Classic!

Animal Kingdom strides to the winner’s circle with Alan Garcia after winning the Spiral Stakes (III), going on to win the Kentucky Derby (I) afterwards. Is the same fate in the cards for similarly-connected Went the Day Well?

Animal Kingdom strides to the winner’s circle with Alan Garcia after winning the Spiral Stakes (III), going on to win the Kentucky Derby (I) afterwards. Is the same fate in the cards for similarly-connected Went the Day Well?

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