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I’m okay with this: G1 winner and light of my life Awesome Feather is booked to Medaglia d’Oro for 2013.

I’m okay with this: G1 winner and light of my life Awesome Feather is booked to Medaglia d’Oro for 2013.

The news came late last night after I got home from work around 1am: Godolphin has retired Questing [GB] and is breeding her to Bernardini after she recovered too slowly from a bout pneumonia while trying to return to training. This sucks. I really wanted to see her this year, especially because I almost went to go to the Coaching Club American Oaks (I) this past summer but instead went to the Whitney (I) weekend AND we all know she could have beaten at least My Miss Aurelia this year.
Many sads. I’m sure even Reinier is saddened.

The news came late last night after I got home from work around 1am: Godolphin has retired Questing [GB] and is breeding her to Bernardini after she recovered too slowly from a bout pneumonia while trying to return to training. This sucks. I really wanted to see her this year, especially because I almost went to go to the Coaching Club American Oaks (I) this past summer but instead went to the Whitney (I) weekend AND we all know she could have beaten at least My Miss Aurelia this year.

Many sads. I’m sure even Reinier is saddened.

Well… that escalated quickly. Todd Pletcher-trained hype machine Archwarrior has been declared off the Kentucky Derby trail, though no reason for it has been made yet. The gorgeous son of Arch was declared the fastest horse at Saratoga earlier this past summer and then went on to win his maiden as the heavy favorite followed by a 4th place performance to stablemate Shanghai Bobby in the Champagne Stakes (I). (Photo by Brien Bouyea)

Well… that escalated quickly. Todd Pletcher-trained hype machine Archwarrior has been declared off the Kentucky Derby trail, though no reason for it has been made yet. The gorgeous son of Arch was declared the fastest horse at Saratoga earlier this past summer and then went on to win his maiden as the heavy favorite followed by a 4th place performance to stablemate Shanghai Bobby in the Champagne Stakes (I). (Photo by Brien Bouyea)

E is for Epic: Eblouissante Making 2nd Start Saturday

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Edit: For the diehard handicappers for Saturday, here’s the Brisnet PPs for the race! Critique Ebby away!

It’s not often you cope with 3-5 odds on a debuting three-year-old, but in the case of Eblouissante, those odds are sensible and possibly decent considering how much skill the near-black filly displayed in her maiden-winning effort last time out at Hollywood Park. I want to save most of this conversation for my upcoming video (which I assure you, is in the pipeline!), but to simplify the tone “Ebby” will have on Saturday’s card for her second start: E is for epic.

By now, you’ve probably know all about how well her first-ever race went. Accepting the fact she is not and likely will never be as good as her big half sis Zenyatta, she is still an incredible specimen and looked like a pro handling her first field over 1 1/16 miles. She looked totally “Zen” in her far turn move, eating up ground in just a few strides and was clear of the field mid-homestretch with little to no encouragement from jockey Corey Nakatani. Now that we’ve gotten a taste, what can we expect from her second start in an allowance optional claimer this Saturday? Let’s take a look at her competition:

1) Glowing Spirit [BRZ] (Crimson Tide x Deusa de Amor [BRZ], by Spend a Buck) - The 4-year-old filly trained by A. C. Avila missed a Fairplex stakes win this year by a head and has 1 win this year from 12 starts, which was a 10-furlong turf allowance back in January at Santa Anita. Edwin Maldonado rides and she’s claimable for $40,000.

2) The Only Key [GB] (Key of Luck x Sierra Virgen, by Stack) - Winless in 2 outings this year, the 6-year-old mare makes her 3rd North American start, last out running a stale 4th in a race similar to this one. Victor Espinoza rides this optional claimer.

3) Eblouissante

4) Include the Cat (Include x Cat Be Quick, by Tactical Cat) - Winless in 6 races this year, the career claimer hopes to do better than back-to-back place performances in her last 2 Hollywood starts. The 5-year-old gets Garrett Gomez.

5) Toomanytomatoes (Downtown Seattle x Toomanytomorrows, by French Deputy) - With 3 wins in 6 starts this year, the only other non-claimer in the race is also the only other sophomore and legitimate challenger. She’s 3-for-3 at Hollywood and was the winner of a mile turf allowance last out. Rafael Bejarano will be in the irons.

Numbers-wise, Toomanytomatoes and Eblouissante are on the same playing field. Obviously, you will get a little better value going with the former, but Eblouissante is the towering class of the field examining her effortless win and champion pedigree. I see this race as little more than a public workout for Ebby, who will use this as a [likely] last step toward a stakes debut.

Wow, so when was this announced? I just visited Darby Dan’s website and there in the advertisement box was “Dialed In: New for 2013” with a $7,500 stud fee. Guess last year’s Florida Derby (I) winner isn’t coming back…

Wow, so when was this announced? I just visited Darby Dan’s website and there in the advertisement box was “Dialed In: New for 2013” with a $7,500 stud fee. Guess last year’s Florida Derby (I) winner isn’t coming back…

When discussing extremely hyped, debuting horses, Zenyatta's half sister Eblouissante (by Bernardini) is going to take the cake. The dark bay filly is following in her older sister’s footsteps being trained by John Shirreffs and will make her first career start— much like Zenyatta did herself— in November of her three-year-old year. She will be going 1 1/16 miles against 7 other female maidens in race #4 on Friday at Hollywood Park.

When discussing extremely hyped, debuting horses, Zenyatta's half sister Eblouissante (by Bernardini) is going to take the cake. The dark bay filly is following in her older sister’s footsteps being trained by John Shirreffs and will make her first career start— much like Zenyatta did herself— in November of her three-year-old year. She will be going 1 1/16 miles against 7 other female maidens in race #4 on Friday at Hollywood Park.

I didn’t pay much mind to it and unfortunately just missed it coming home after a long day, but a special congrats to Cox Plate (AUS-I) victor and New Zealander Ocean Park who got to Black Caviar's little brother All Too Hard in the final jumps of the Aussie classic. Heavy favorite Pierro chimed in for the show in the race. Smirking jockey Glen Boss said it best: “To all those who doubted him, stick that up your shirt.”

I didn’t pay much mind to it and unfortunately just missed it coming home after a long day, but a special congrats to Cox Plate (AUS-I) victor and New Zealander Ocean Park who got to Black Caviar's little brother All Too Hard in the final jumps of the Aussie classic. Heavy favorite Pierro chimed in for the show in the race. Smirking jockey Glen Boss said it best: “To all those who doubted him, stick that up your shirt.”

Gemologist fans, relax! Todd Pletcher said the Wood Memorial (I) winning Tiznow colt displaced his soft palate during the Haskell (I)— the same breathing problem suffered by Blind Luck in last year’s Vanity (I)— forcing him to tire dead last in his comeback race despite some really nice breezing. He was also found to have a lung infection with some mucus in the mix, so he is set to be on antibiotics for one week and will have his path decided from there. (Photo by Frank Panucci)

Gemologist fans, relax! Todd Pletcher said the Wood Memorial (I) winning Tiznow colt displaced his soft palate during the Haskell (I)— the same breathing problem suffered by Blind Luck in last year’s Vanity (I)— forcing him to tire dead last in his comeback race despite some really nice breezing. He was also found to have a lung infection with some mucus in the mix, so he is set to be on antibiotics for one week and will have his path decided from there. (Photo by Frank Panucci)

I’ll Have Another bids America goodbye one more time at Betfair Hollywood Park before shipping to Japan. (Photo by Benoit Photo)

I’ll Have Another bids America goodbye one more time at Betfair Hollywood Park before shipping to Japan. (Photo by Benoit Photo)

Caleb’s Posse, in my opinion, had the best and most decisive performance in last year’s Breeders’ Cup when he won the Dirt Mile (I) in a final bounding rush. He was scathingly close to three separate stakes wins this year, including the memorable Met Mile (I) against Shackleford. I still think he deserved to win the Eclipse Award last year, but what can you do… now that he’s been retired, I hope he will pass on his consistency and will to win on to his foals. I’m going to guess he’ll get $20,000 his first year at stud starting 2013. (Photo by Matthew Stockman)

Caleb’s Posse, in my opinion, had the best and most decisive performance in last year’s Breeders’ Cup when he won the Dirt Mile (I) in a final bounding rush. He was scathingly close to three separate stakes wins this year, including the memorable Met Mile (I) against Shackleford. I still think he deserved to win the Eclipse Award last year, but what can you do… now that he’s been retired, I hope he will pass on his consistency and will to win on to his foals. I’m going to guess he’ll get $20,000 his first year at stud starting 2013. (Photo by Matthew Stockman)

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