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Coming at you LIVE FROM LONG ISLAND IT’S STARS AND STRIPES DAY! 

Started off the day with next to no sleep, some great morning works photos, and trackside breakfast while playing ambassador a little bit due to the sound system being on the fritz.

Coming at you LIVE FROM LONG ISLAND IT’S STARS AND STRIPES DAY!

Started off the day with next to no sleep, some great morning works photos, and trackside breakfast while playing ambassador a little bit due to the sound system being on the fritz.

Tale of Ekati: Champion miler at 2 & 3 by distance-getter Tale of the Cat and out of a Sunday Silence daughter who happens to be a half to Filly Triple Crown winner Sky Beauty (making him a cousin of Violence). Might be a good sire…

Tale of Ekati: Champion miler at 2 & 3 by distance-getter Tale of the Cat and out of a Sunday Silence daughter who happens to be a half to Filly Triple Crown winner Sky Beauty (making him a cousin of Violence). Might be a good sire…

Happy Super Derby Day!

*sneaks away from coursework* OH HEY!

Things are starting to crawl back to normalcy. However, the new normal involves a lot more paper writing than I originally anticipated (even in my easy class where all we basically do is watch movies) and don’t even get me started on the new bane of my existence, precalculus. It will all be worth it, it will all be worth it, it will all be worth it…


The Super Derby today looks like a good value race with a lot of possibilities… definitely a “box ‘em and hope for the best” kind of race. Out in the shop today, I am proud to unveil a minimalistic tribute to near-Triple Crown champ, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, and Super Derby winner Sunday Silence!

You can order the Sunday Silence Stripe starting today with all proceeds benefiting New Vocations, as usual! If you’re broke, you can probably win one in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Handicapping Challenge in November.

In the meantime, I have SO many horses to write about (thank you, retirement spree, NOT) and then there’s catching up on old work and work that’s pouring in. And then there’s homework I will be slaving away all day tomorrow on…

High hoof!

Dawna

Every time I see images of these two, I am glad I was born just months after the 1989 Triple Crown. I would have had the hardest time ever trying to decide which one I liked better. Easy Goer was perhaps one of the best-looking and most talented three-year-olds in the picture, but Sunday Silence has this great fleeting beauty about him along with the tenacity expected of an underdog. (Photo by Cliff Owen)

Every time I see images of these two, I am glad I was born just months after the 1989 Triple Crown. I would have had the hardest time ever trying to decide which one I liked better. Easy Goer was perhaps one of the best-looking and most talented three-year-olds in the picture, but Sunday Silence has this great fleeting beauty about him along with the tenacity expected of an underdog. (Photo by Cliff Owen)

私は別のものがあるでしょう

That’s what “I’ll Have Another" is in Japanese. Or roughly, because I used Google Translate and you know how that goes.

It’s been a good few years since the Far East snapped up one of our Triple Crown winners, and while I’m saddened to see our Cookie Monster set sail for a new land, I have to wonder what impacted this sale. No doubt, there have been offers in the past for other Triple Crown leg champs, so what was the big sell point? Was it the [likely] possibility that I’ll Have Another’s value at stud would be abysmal? Was it the soundness issue that threatened? Let’s look at past winners bought by Japan:

  • Empire Maker - The heavy favorite for the 2003 Kentucky Derby came in second to Funny Cide after some hoof issues likely plagued his trip. He roared back to win the Belmont Stakes in the slop before shuttling to Japan in 2010 to begin a powerful career at stud, siring winners such as In Lingerie, It’s Tricky, Royal Delta, Bodemeister, Grace Hall, and Pioneerof the Nile. Big mistake, U.S.
  • War Emblem - The almost-Triple Crown winner of 2002, while War Emblem has a short progeny list due to lack of interest in breeding, he already has a few millionaires to his credit and shows all signs of a great influence on the Japan industry. He likely would not have been as sought-after in the States, but nonetheless, had some intriguing potential in his pedigree.
  • Sunday Silence - The black almost-Triple Crown winner of 1989 is no doubt one of Japan’s most influential foundation sires period, with more than a decade topping the national sire list and multi-generational winners spanning the globe. His conqueror Easy Goer, who stayed in the States, was also successful but not even close to this degree. I mourn that hit.

I don’t personally think I’ll Have Another will have as large an impact as these past Triple Crown leg winners; if anything, I would compare him to other sales made by Japan with Roses in May and Conduit— nice horses, but nothing awe-inspiring seen in their long-term influence. The purchase by Japan was completed largely for financial reasons, as no one farm in Kentucky was willing to make a decent offer on I’ll Have Another in comparision to Big Red Farm in Hokkaido.

Our loss, their gain I guess. It’s all just a disappointing end to a disappointing Triple Crown run.

Racing Beat: June 3

One more week until we know if it rains on the Triple Crown drought.

Someone asked on Tumblr at one point why people gravitate towards certain horses while ignoring or cold-shouldering the others… they’re all beautiful horses right? THAT’S NOT THE WAY OUR FANDOM WORKS, SON!

I am so glad Hollywood’s back in session. I do love Vic Stauffer’s calls.

1989 almost-Triple Crowner Sunday Silence raced without Bute or Lasix. Chew that one over.

If I’ll Have Another hasn’t given you a thrill yet, seek out undefeated three-year-old Camelot, who has just won the Epsom Derby and looks to end the English Triple Crown drought which has lasted since Njinsky completed the trio in 1970.

GAME ON DUDE, GAME ON DUDE, GAME ON DUDE!

Typical big business and Miami practices: Calder plans to charge $5 a day rent to dorm dwellers. Yeah, because that’s a real good idea for a mid-range track to recoup its losses.

Girl power reigns supreme in Boston: Jacqueline Davis kicked off opening day at Suffolk Downs with four wins!

Best wishes to Rapid Redux on his retirement at Old Friends. They needed a new star act after the passing of a couple horses somewhat recently.

Can Kenny McPeek pull off another Triple Crown upset this year with Unstoppable U or Atigun? Unlikely, but with Sarava at 70-1… yeesh.

Alpha's starting to look like one of those kids who doesn't show up to school the day a big project is due!

I’m not leaving anyone out of consideration for winning the Belmont. While I still insist Animal Kingdom would have won had he not been slammed at the start, I had Ruler On Ice pegged for second-last in front of Isn’t He Perfect.

Tweet o’ the Week: a conversation with I’ll Have Another himself, and proof his stable ponystole my line! (Yeah I figured I would have no luck giving IHA cookies at Belmont, but it was worth the try)

Favorite Triple Crown winner… I’d have to say Seattle Slew. I’ve read up about every Triple Crown winner, but Slew was truly the most magnificent all-around and he had the best behind-the-scenes story being a $15,000 yearling by first-time horse buyers. Favorite “almost” winner: Sunday Silence, but of ones I can remember (I was born in 1989): Funny Cide.
Sharing time! Who is your favorite Triple Crown winner and almost-Triple Crown winner (winner of 2 out of 3 legs)?

Favorite Triple Crown winner… I’d have to say Seattle Slew. I’ve read up about every Triple Crown winner, but Slew was truly the most magnificent all-around and he had the best behind-the-scenes story being a $15,000 yearling by first-time horse buyers. Favorite “almost” winner: Sunday Silence, but of ones I can remember (I was born in 1989): Funny Cide.

Sharing time! Who is your favorite Triple Crown winner and almost-Triple Crown winner (winner of 2 out of 3 legs)?

Weekend Stake Tip: Japan Cup & Disposablepleasure

Arc longshot-turned-obnoxious winner Danedream picked the Land of the Rising Sun over the Home of the Brave when her connections picked the Japan Cup over the Breeders’ Cup. The three-year-old filly stepped into the gate around 10:30pm EST, and from there on out, settled comfortably mid-pack in the large field set on winning some $6.5 million in purse money. Reigning Dubai World Cup winner Victoire Pisa trailed the field all the way, not improving all that much by the wire. American entry and a 115-1 longshot, Mission Approved, led the field most of the way until collared around the backstretch by Wind Variation. Running for home, it was a battle of the natives as Tosen Jordan passed Wind Variation, but was confronted by the late-running Buena Vista for a last-minute duel on the grass. Disqualified from winning last year’s Cup, Buena Vista and jockey Yasunari Iwata reaped sweet revenge, passing a strong Tosen Jordan in the final sixteenth to win by a short neck. A very good race with the winner much the best, Danedream finished sixth. The winner is a granddaughter of the famed Sunday Silence, so the victory was a sweet one for the States as well as the Japanese breeding base. View replay

Meanwhile, the most impressive performance in the States this weekend had to be the beautiful gray filly, Disposablepleasure, in a bravely-fought Demoiselle Stakes (II) win at Aqueduct. She was sent off as the post-time favorite, but tripped dramatically at the start and was in last place most of the race. Rounding the turn for home, the filly checked herself to loop around a horse to her outside, and from there, the daughter of Giacomo plucked up the courage to cut between horses to get to the lead. It was not over just yet; gunning to the wire, she still had to duel with Wildcat’s Smile in an exciting photo finish. Whether she won or not— and she won— it was obvious that Disposablepleasure had some serious class to her and should be watched as an Oaks favorite for next year. (Replay above)

Sunday Silence with Hall of Fame trainer Charles Whittingham— another two great individuals.

Sunday Silence with Hall of Fame trainer Charles Whittingham— another two great individuals.

1989 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Sunday Silence

1989 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Sunday Silence

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