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Much love for Little Mike

Much love for Little Mike

Little Mike chooses to not be so modest about his win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (I)

Little Mike chooses to not be so modest about his win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (I)

Little Mike

Little Mike

Big Blue Kitten Headlines Ramseys’ Triple Threat in Joe Hirsch

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A nice field of ten proven and promising turf horses line the gate for the Joe Hirsch this year, and despite lacking the mighty Point of Entry, it still looks like a pretty good race with past Breeders’ Cup winner Little Mike, two-time G1 winner Big Blue Kitten, Arlington Million winner Real Solution, and world record-setter Twilight Eclipse taking up a stall.

I’m a bit annoyed that the Ramseys have entered two horses, which guarantee to slaughter the value of a pick 3 or 4 should one of them prevail, so my main mission with this race is to find some alternatives.  Grass should stay firm for the race, read on to see what value I could find.

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I can't believe you went against Little Mike. I'd have bet money you would put him in your top 3 at least.

Asked by thoughtsonracinglifeandmore

I was thinking about it, for sure.

Before I looked him over, I actually went “Probably not,” but then noted that really, it’s his Dubai starts that are making him look bad, and those can be easily crossed out and his 4th last out really wasn’t that bad given he probably bounced. His major weakness is probably going to be trying to beat Grandeur by racing out on the lead the whole time… which given last year’s performance is not a terrible strategy, but by now we all know what he’s going to do.

Little Mike has plenty of back-class, but it’s not known if his setup is going to work out this time. Grandeur is one of the most serious horses I’ve seen around here.

Big Weekend of Grass Racing Headlined by Arlington Million

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Tumblr’s Best Fantasy Cappers! It’s the Alabama Stakes we’re after!

Last year I admitted I had no idea what the heck I was getting myself into while handicapping the Arlington Million (I) for the second time… I wound up getting the boxed trifecta in my Top 3 Picks choices. This year offers a full field of good, international grass racers, among them last year’s winner and Breeders’ Cup Turf champion Little Mike, while the longer Sword Dancer (I) at Saratoga also sports a full field. It’s gonna be a great weekend for turf racing fans like myself!

Arlington has a great grass stakes card for Saturday and weather looks pretty near-spotless to insure a firm course.

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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!

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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

Shareta!

$10 million Dubai World Cup - 1 1/4 miles on Tapeta

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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.

Little Mike is looking good over in Dubai! (Photo by TVG)

Little Mike is looking good over in Dubai! (Photo by TVG)

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.

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