Best outside-the-box consignment at Fasig-Tipton so far? Distinctive Look [IRE], a broodmare of the utmost quality by Danehill out of a half to G1 winner Siberian Summer. She’s the half sister of Nathaniel and Playful Act among her 8 stakes-winning siblings and comes in foal to Smart Strike. Unf!
I can’t make up my mind (and this has been going on for months) whether or not it’s bad luck for me to actually watch a race I have money on. No, it’s never THAT much, but dabbling in boxed exotics and pouring your heart and soul into certain horses you really, really want to see win can have a draining effect when they don’t do as well as you hoped. I will deliberately, as I did on Saturday, enter my bet in the wager pad then shut down and walk away until I know the race is over. Saturday, I took a walk around the block, showered, and put the Ramen on the stove before coming back to check that my exacta box prevailed. I don’t know if I’m building up some silly superstition by doing this, or if maybe I’m sparing myself a little heartbreak in the cases where my horses aren’t up to task and I’m there to suffer with them.
But YAY, Bourbon Courage won the Super Derby (II). I made my picks without looking at the morning line odds and was a little shocked to see Bourbon Courage at 3-1 when I finally did. I felt a little bad, since I made him the value pick of the litter and seeing the initial responses online, it was looking like Bourbon Courage might actually have been the favorite. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. Everyone loves a speedy Baffert colt (and one could argue that the psychology factor was going with him too, as Louisiana native Joe Talamo was in the irons), and then the DRF’s Mike Watchmaker went with Fly Lexis Fly. Bourbon Courage waited in the rear as a speed duel was waged between front lovers Hero of Order and favorite Blueskiesnrainbows. He rallied hard and flew home as predicted, opening up daylight to win by 5 lengths. Fly Lexis Fly managed to nose out a stubborn Master Rick for the place.
Bourbon Courage looks possibly like a horse to watch for in future routes, but will need a sterner test in the future where he isn’t assured a zipper pace. Blueskiesnrainbows, despite his pedigree, might look to cut back to a mile. Fly Lexis Fly had the potential to win here, but did not look up to it after the bottled start and got into gear too late to catch more than just Master Rick. Watch replay here
Also worth watching: Snow Fairy trumps Nathaniel, St. Nicholas Abbey in thrilling edition of the Irish Champion Stakes (IRE-I). Next stop: Breeders’ Cup?