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"Coming down to the finish it’s Snowbell waving that long white tail goodbye to ‘em all!”

Coup de Grace before and after winning the Bay Shore Stakes (III)

Obligatory post of excitement

I got out of posting news on here a long time ago (really, what is the point?), but it’s always a cherished kind of day when Zenyatta foals her next youngster. I don’t think I could love any of her offspring more than her bombin’ Tapit colt, but her new daughter by War Front is going to be boss. Gorgeous girl from the early photos with a dynamite turf pedigree. 

Happy Easter everyone!

White Rose

White Rose

Jackin My Style is one dirty Tapit gelding!

Jackin My Style is one dirty Tapit gelding!

The story of my latest Tapit obsession: Juba.

"WHO IS THAT #6? HE IS SO CUTE!" I was standing with a gal named Sally looking over the form for a maiden special weight and from above, I spotted this adorable gray fella. "Juba? And oh he’s by Tapit. Maybe he’ll do something today… ARE YOU GONNA WIN, BUDDY?"

Indeed, Juba looked up at me cooing to him and gave me an eyeball passing me by on the way to the gate. He made a solid run in the stretch to send me into a tizzy, and managed to hang on for 3rd in his first race at 15-1 odds. GO JUBA!

A Visit to the Big A

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Exhibit A of why “seaside race palaces” aren’t so genius. Does Del Mar have a huge seagull population?

It wasn’t until three Saturdays ago that I had a pretty regretful moment that I cut off most of my hair. In case you didn’t know, New York City is kind of cold in late November.

After Belmont’s Super Saturday of racing, I felt about 50-50 that that would be the end of racing days for me in 2013. With schoolwork, production schedules, a full-time job, and driving over a hundred miles most days, I felt I would probably be either too busy or too burnt out from traveling to contest the Cigar Mile this year like I had planned. But, things change and people can have resolve— even me! I pooled money and energy aside to make my first-ever trip out to Aqueduct, especially once I heard Groupie Doll— who is destined to retire soon as the only two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint— was going to battle Goldencents. And ya know, I have a thing for Honor Code and wanted to make sure I saw him run in a race. Build it and they shall come, and arrive I did on a chilly day in late November.

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Teen Pauline ran a strong 3rd in the Comely Stakes (III) for three-year-old fillies. Rafael Bejarano up for Stonestreet Stables & Todd Pletcher.

Teen Pauline ran a strong 3rd in the Comely Stakes (III) for three-year-old fillies. Rafael Bejarano up for Stonestreet Stables & Todd Pletcher.

Racing Beat: September 15

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I’m not dead. Or out of photos. I’ve just been busy or sleeping like a dead, lifeless… rock.

It’s officially on like Donkey Kong: I’ll be at Belmont Park on September 28 with a nice fast telephoto lens that I’ll have rented. No word yet on the press pass, but if I do get it by then I’m more than sure you’ll see the “horse racing” tag blow up with the news.

Saratoga pony win! Vuitton upset the Open Mind Stakes at 7-1.

My favorite Keeneland hip? I liked a few of them, including one of the last Dynaformer colts, one of the many nice Tiznow colts, the half to Sweet Lulu by Tapit, another Arch colt, but this Arch filly out of G3 winner Golden Marlin needs watching racing with Starlight Racing (i.e. likely to go to Pletcher):

There’s a big difference between who you’re rooting for to win and who you actually bet to win. Sometimes. People just need to understand that about me.

I immediately went after the Artie Schillers for the Summer Stakes (II) yesterday, but I guess I picked the wrong one.

So I think everyone heard about the Blood Horse expanding its editorial staff. Meanwhile, I struggle to slap sense into my journalism professor at a Massachusetts state college newspaper, because writing about a Boston race track doesn’t seem terribly relevant. TURF WRITING FOR THE GENERAL POPULACE IS HARD.

Welcome back to Point of Entry! He’s back to Belmont and breezing!

It was in a Racing Beat not too long ago (last year, actually) when I first mentioned Mentor Cane. Glad to see he lived up to the expectations despite being doubted before his time came. Once again, just because a colt doesn’t break his maiden immediately, does NOT mean he is not fast or is no good!

The retirement of Liasion made me flashback to when he won the CashCall (I) and people sent me hate mail for vocally dismissing him as a legitimate Derby horse. *shrugs*

Paynter's full brother Fire Flight is back on the work tab after some time off.

Best wishes to the brave Rajiv Maragh on a speedy recovery after a very scary accident.

My buddy Classic Speed races at Suffolk on Monday! He’ll be a “root” to win moving up to an allowance sprint race.

Tweet o’ the Week: A laugh for you footballers…

Racing Beat: July 21

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I finally updated the blog’s banner and my about page. It sucked to cross out Nehro's name as one of my favorite still-living horses…

Record-setting Queen’s Plate (CAN-I) winner Strait of Dover has passed due to a twisted colon. Also, a recent and popular claimer of Doug O’Neill’s, Salt Tequila Lime, has died. #rip

The fact that Joel Rosario made more than a third of what I currently make in a year just on Del Mar’s opening day makes me want to cry and eat his weight in cake.

Convocation, a well-pedigreed Darley gelding who ran 2nd to Haynesfield in the 2010 Suburban Handicap among other notable starts, has been reportedly retired… after scratching out of a $4,000 claimer at Suffolk Downs earlier this week. Tis a slippery slope in the world of horse racing… he managed to beat Ice Box and Ron the Greek earlier in his career under the direction of James Jerkens. I hope he has found a good rest home.

My new thing to watch now that my cable TV selections got slashed are the pawn shop shows, and yesterday on Pawn Stars someone brought in one of Secretariat's old shoes which included a letter from Penny Chenery. Big Hoss admitted he knew little about racing, offered $2k for it. OBVIOUSLY YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

A match made in gray heaven? Zo Impressive and Tapit. Yep, it happened. Now all we need is Henrythenavigator and Zenyatta to make it in brown horse heaven.

I was rooting for My Happy Face to win the Coaching Club, but Princess of Sylmar definitely earned it.

Power Broker's my current pick to win the Travers.

I’m not much of a Lasix capper, so it felt nice when Royal Delta romped without it after suffering an apparent bad reaction to the stuff in her last, inexcusably disappointing start.

Fellow The Walking Dead fans will be delighted to learn that there is a two-year-old filly by First Samurai named Michonne.

My Rise Jim choice to win, Dreamed a Dream, finished third at 13-1. The winner was a crazy 64-1 longshot. I guess this is what happens when you let your Les Mis feels handicap for you.

Horse racing fan problems: I was reading an article about birth control debates, and every time they abbreviated it to “BC” my mind shifted to thinking about the Breeders’ Cup. D’oh.

Tweet o’ the Week: I can see this newfangled terminology catching on quickly with the Tumblr crowd…

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Going to the Thoroughbred races, keeping "track" of the memories. Obsessively providing a comprehensive and personal glance at the sport of kings through original photography, handicapping analysis, editorials, and much more.

Tracks visited: Calder, Saratoga, Belmont, Suffolk, Aqueduct.


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