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Some Thoughts on Cozmic One and Jess’s Dream

It has been a while since I shed commentary on the two wonder colts, Cozmic One and Jess’s Dream. I always felt anything beyond a word here and there about how they looked physically was speaking too soon. But now as they are both officially two-year-olds in training at a major racetrack with top trainers to go with their tack, it seems time for a revisit. What are the odds that Coz and Taco can run like their great parents, and how do they size up as individuals?


Coz is a very impressive individual overall with the promise to look doubly good as he gets older. He has a bit of an “uphill” conformation and looks like he will crave that classic distance. Photo by Alys Emerson.

Cozmic One

The morning of Whitney Day I stood at the edge of the Oklahoma training track, remarking to a fellow photographer friend (we were both hopeful on Wise Dan, who at the time was only a “hopeful” to actually breeze that day) about wanting to see Cozmic One if I couldn’t catch the Dan. On that point, we both agreed as well as on the matter of how very awkward he often looked. Not “hide the children” awkward, but “I’m going to be a handsome guy in college” awkward. Around year one he went into the typical ugly yearling phase, and has since struggled to grow into the behemoth body with a very big head and ears to match. 

Pedigree-wise, he represents some great racing families, but from a nicking perspective, I would be surprised if a bloodline generator found the cross of Bernardini and daughters of Street Cry [IRE] to be anything good (I haven’t tried it). With the exception of To Honor and Serve, I’ve just never liked anything Bernardini, finding most of them wanting and rather particular to a surface. A typical good Bernardini makes himself known at two and gets better with age, and one of the best signs you can get from a pedigree perspective is a consistently good female family, which Coz definitely has through Zenyatta and Vertigineux. I would be surprised if he won at distances shorter than 1 1/16 miles and showed his best before well into his three-year-old year. He’ll probably like dirt best, especially off-goings.


Unfortunately, a yearling conformation shot will have to suffice as Stonestreet does not appear to provide very fantastic coverage of Jess’s Dream as he grows up. I’m not terribly crazy about this shot, but here he begins to muscle out nicely like he could be good at two.

Jess’s Dream

Despite liking Zenyatta more than Rachel Alexandra, Jess’s Dream was probably the more impressive foal, yearling, and possibly now two-year-old by my last count. Both of his parents were absolute powerhouses in the spring of their 3-year-old year, and so far he appears to be stepping up the ladder where he could get the experience now, and be even better as the months go by. If Jess is not fast, I will be surprised looking at him as he is now.

Pedigree-wise, I admit I am not crazy about Curlins. Palace Malice was the obvious exception, being a very impressive colt at two and very talented at age 3 and 4 winning at just about any distance given to him. The funny thing about Curlin and Rachel as well, is that they both appear to be turf-capable, but excelled on dirt. Curlin has shown he can produce a fine turf horse as well as a dirt horse, so in the event Jess does not take dirt in his face, turf could be the answer. Either way, Preakness horses tend to pass on speed, so Jess could be entitled to some favoritism early on and going shorter. Of the two colts, I like him better 7-9 furlongs, but the potential is very much there for 10 and busting his maiden as a 2-year-old.

Racing Beat: July 7

I’m going to go ahead and say something… Cozmic One kind of got ugly. Awkward yearling phase I hope, like his head just suddenly got big and clunky looking. Jess’s Dream is still very pretty. Baby Z13 is perfect and I’m 110% convinced he is going to be magical. Blind Luck's Bernardini filly is developing into a looker.

So Daisy Devine was DQ’d from her 2nd place finished in the Jenny Wiley due to a clenbuterol positive. Her trainer is taking the $500 fine in stride, and has stated his barn has installed new security cameras to stop any staff/vets from doing this nonsense. Okay really? I looked up the cost of clenbuterol and it runs $60-80 at its cheapest, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that figure is smaller than it actually is. It’s an anabolic steroid used for slimming down, building muscle, and aiding respiration in horses and I doubt anyone would just dump some in a horse without you knowing about it.

Creating my “driving to Saratoga” playlist. Song 1: “Paradise”. Perfect fit, and it would kick off my passage through the Berkshires very nicely.

Is Stop Smiling going to be good like her sister? Half-sister to Weemissfrankie won her debut in a Hollywood MSW.

Despite a fierce battle with Gulfstream for racing dates, Calder’s Summit of Speed still attracts big names and filled races with some handsome payouts.

I saw pictures of Tapitsfly this past week as a broodmare in Japan… I figured that sort of thing happened, but other than that I know nothing. She does have a younger full sister who should be racing at some point soon.

Here’s to hoping the newly-established U.S. Timeform lives up to its hype and actually provides useful handicapping tools.

The G3 Poker lost by heavy favorite Data Link (4th) was a golden opportunity to show bet against him. He’s not THAT good of a horse and there were quite a few very good horses in there. Same story for Little Mike in the United Nations (I) coming off that fuzzy Dubai layoff against good company… YES… I TELL YOU ALL OF THIS NOW…

I don’t really keep a close eye on my following numbers on any network, but I was proud to see I had more than a hundred followers than some HRN writers on Twitter. I guess I must be decent then, or at least somewhat entertaining! Nobody can possibly visit this blog because I give away oodles of winners!

Tweet o’ the Week:

I sure hope Stonestreet takes me seriously with this email I just sent them. YOU GO GLEN COCO!

I sure hope Stonestreet takes me seriously with this email I just sent them. YOU GO GLEN COCO!

Racing Beat: July 29

Bridgejumpers unite! Someone bet $200k on a horse to show at Canterbury Park (the total card’s handle that day was $146,000 to give you an idea) to make $10k off that bet. Cha-ching!

I feel like it would be an awesome idea to see horses/jockeys dress up like past legends. I don’t know how they would exhibit this to the public, but it would be a cool publicity stunt. I’d fangirl over some Man o’ War nostalgia.

Teen Pauline made me excited to see the future Tapit-Zenyatta foal a whole lot more than I already did.


The two-year-old fillies are officially making a bigger splash thus far than the boys. Bob Baffert trainee Maker or Breaker (an Empire Maker daughter) ran down her stablemate while breaking her maiden, running one of the fastest final 1/8s in the country!

The only reason Ramon Dominguez managed to get 6 wins at Saratoga in one day was because Johnny V was absent. I don’t think that’ll happen again!

HOLD THE PHONE! I thought Belmont was confirmed for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup… why are we still discussing the location?! Put it there so I can actually go!

So You Think [IRE] and Black Caviar should get married…

Best pre-Travers prep race? I missed watching the Haskell (I WOULD HAVE HAD THAT EXACTA!) but as of right now I’m leaning on Street Life to hash it out with Bodemeister.

I was pronouncing Dullahan correctly for months before getting confused watching the Blue Grass Stakes (II) where it was pronounced “DOOL-la-han.” UGH.

I would go off on a tangent right now about how much I dislike Taco’s registered name (Jess’s Dream), but I think Afleetalexandra already wrote it down for me. I pray to God “Bernyatta” isn’t next #killme

I’m hopeful that Winter Memories will make it to the Breeders’ Cup this year. Or at least finishes the year off sans injury… I am so wary of this happening to my favorites.

Tweet o’ the Week is from the Triple Crown’s race caller Larry Collmus!

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