Thursday, October 14, 2010
Needless to say, I am a wee bit excited! Not only do I get to see the best of the best competing all in one day, have a chance to see some very famous jockeys both retired and in the irons, but I get to see Zenyatta's last race. Bittersweet indeed but I am glad that I can say I actually saw her! Makes me want her to win that much more! (Even though the ticket that I will get for her will not be cashed in).
But yay! I can't wait for it! Going to be a super day!
Can't wait to share pictures that I don't have to provide citations for! =D
(Unlike the Breeder's Cup Logo used: http://www.colonialdowns.com/grandslam/breederscup.php)
Sunday, October 10, 2010
That being said, Gio Ponti did his thing again this weekend and easily won the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keenland park. He put in a performance I would definitely want to see my horse do before the Breeder's Cup races. Gio Ponti looked pretty easy going throughout the race and held off a group of fellow late runners.
With this brilliant run under his belt, Gio Ponti is headed for Churchill to take on the the other potential champions in the Breeder's Cup. However, it is still undecided whether he will run in the Turf Mile against super European Mare Goldikova, or in the Classic against a rather strong dirt field and of course Zenyatta. Interesting choices, I'm sure they have their reasons for debating that choice.
Congrats Gio Ponti! Continue to run strong and healthy!(Pic from: http://www.vtablog.org/ and go them from:http://www.flickr.com/photos/easygoer/3710359307/#/photos/easygoer/3710358847/lightbox/)
Sunday, October 3, 2010
For those of you who watched, didn't you worry for a little bit that maybe Switch had her? Ack! But I should not lack confidence in this mare! She always gets the job done! I loved it when Jerry asked Mike as he passed whether Mike felt he had that race, and Mike just grinned and nodded with enthusiasm! What an amazing team!
Also, Wow! Look a that little filly! Switch is going to be something to watch! Now having taken down Blind Luck and giving Zenyatta a wonderful show of heart and grit, she will surely make a ruckus at the Breeder's Cup! Good luck to you Switch!
As for the Breeder's Cup...Good luck in the Classic Zenyatta! I have absolutely NO doubts that she can win this race! But if it is true that she has never given a full 100%, I think she is going to need to give it that day. It's going to be a tough field after a long travel on the dirt. But again, I don't think it's out of her reach in the slightest!
As my poll shows, I think Zenyatta should and will be Horse of the Year regardless. And I don't want to hear it from haters about how you can't be Horse of the Year just by beating a bunch of mares and 'weak' horses on synthetics. She is beating the best that is out there right now. What was the number they said yesterday? 60 some horses have been beaten by Zenyatta at least once? That's quite a few. If she could just add a few more to her list, she's got HOY locked in, but I think she should anyway.
Well Zenyatta, make this next race bittersweet! Bitter because it will be your last, but oh so sweet because you wipe the dirt with those boys! Good luck! Hope she forever stays healthy and strong!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Winner of 6 races. Five of which included the Hollywood Futurity in '97, The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in '98 (losing the Belmont by barely a nose) and the Hollywood Gold Cup and Pimlico Special in '99.
He was an amazing horse and good stallion.
RIP Real Quiet, the racing world will miss your power.
(Picture from the picture tribute of this amazing horse: http://community.tvg.com/t5/The-Grandstand/real-quiet-picture-tribute/td-p/111039)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
That's the bad news. The GOOD news is it wasn't injury related. When I saw the head line...I was "Oh dear, what happened to the poor gal?" But luckily (as lucky as one can get when retired) she's still as healthy as ever. Her racing form, however, simply never returned to the bang up filly she was last year.For the record, I don't like her trainer...I don't think he quite knows how to keep horses in their prime, because once he gets them it seems that they drop from fame fast. But, I'm sure he knows more than me on the subject! It's just something to chew over. At least he was patient with her and gave her the chance to be the best she could be!
So now Rachel leaves the track to a "less stressful" life of breeding (other than the pregnancy, birthing, and pain the the a** colts, it's pretty easy =P ) and her first match.....*drum roll* Two time HOY Curlin. Yea, that's right. I don't know about you, but I think this could be an interesting match. I hope all goes well with RA and her colts will forever make a ruckus on the tracks!
Cheers Rachel Alexandra, if nothing else, you gave us a few amazing performances to remember!
(Thank you Google for having a good collection and these sites for having good pictures)
In order of their appearance:
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Gio Ponti and his jockey ran a great race! Coming in a close second, and even though he thought he had it won, the jockey kept urging Gio Ponti on. However, Debussy just "sprouted wings" and ran down the turf champion! I was super excited, because, although I like Gio Ponti (and General Quarters who was regretably way out of the money) I randomly picked Debussy before the post parade because I thought he was pretty and it was odd he wasn't being ponied. (And if you watched after the race, he was trying to bite that his pony horse the entire way back the winner's circle!) When I saw a horse come flying up the rail, I was "come on Gio Ponti! Hold it!" then I saw it was my colt and was "COME ON!!!! CATCH HIM!!! GO BABY GO!!" Funny how things change!
Paddy O'Prado was 1st in the Secretariat Stakes, Dean's Kitten coming in 5th.
Eclair de Lune was the winner of the Beverly D. there as well.
Elsewhere at Saratoga, Blind Luck took the win against Devil May Care! Wow! Congrats! If betting I would have been safe here too! Seeing as I would have placed both to win! So, lost one won one! But wow that was a neat race! Blind Luck came zoomin from behind to get into a stretch battle with Harve De Grace. Amazing!
And just an odd tidbit, Debussy the person was a composer of a song called Clair de Lune. Neat!
Congrats to all the winning connections! I hope all the horses come back healthy!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I'm sure many people are going to be happy about this switch, and hopefully "PolyZen" as some people call the mighty mare, will be just as formidable on her home track after the change.
If the maintenance of these synthetic surfaces is as hard as they seem to be, perhaps this change is for the better. I know the jockeys have had issues with these new surfaces, saying they don't provide the "bounce" that a dirt track does, meaning, if the jockey falls off it's like hitting cement. So, for track maintenance workers as well as the jockeys, this is a good change. Hopefully, the horses will continue to run well on dirt and the number of breakdowns will stay down.
For more details on the track change, check out: Santa Anita Track to go to Dirt
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I do not care what anyone else thinks (primarily commenters on ESPN's online coverage), this mare can be and is a Champion! No matter the surface she runs on or the horses she beats. I don't care what happens in Churchill this fall, if she loses, she loses, but you cannot tell me that revokes her power in her previous 18 races! But whatever, I think she has the potential to win the BC Classic this year. She can handle the distance, I do believe she has handled dirt a few times, and she can and has handled top males. Yes, this one will be difficult for her! She has to beat Quality Road, Lookin At Lucky, and hopefully Rachel Alexandra! That is one heck of a field! She will have to work for it, but I think it is possible!
Other news this weekend, the arguable best older colt, Quality Road, lost out to Blame this weekend in the Whitney Handicap. With this win, Blame automatically secured a spot in the Breeder's Cup Classic through the win and your in program. Blame put on one heck of a performance, with a strong late charge. It was really impressive. In that same race my favorite racing gelding, Mine That Bird, came in fifth...out of six...still love you dude!
Concord Point was also the victor in Saturday's West Virginian Derby. After having some gate issues, he broke well and took the lead early. After that, the grey simply never let it go! Another awesome race!
Congrats to all the winning connections this weekend! It was a weekend full of big races and bigger racers! Hope all the horses come up healthy and work clean to their next start!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Devil May Care pulled off a GI victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga and won by a respectable 4 lengths. This is her second GI win (the other being the Mother Goose) since the Derby, showing the world she still has what it takes to be one heck of a filly!
And the other win of the weekend goes to Super Filly Rachel Alexandra. She took down the crowd at Monmouth Park in the Lady's Secret Stakes. After stalking Queen Marth throughout the race, Rachel took to the lead to win by 3 lengths.
Love these ladies! Continue to stick it to 'em girls!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
It has been way way way too long since I've seen racing at the actual track, and boy was it fun! (Even if it did get into the upper 90s). The TV simply does NOT do the speed of those magnificent animals speed! I loved it!
Most of my day was running back and forth from paddock to trackside getting pictures! It was so much fun, despite the massive draining affect it had.
And Goodness! General Quarters! Can there be a prettier grey out there? Wow, he is simply stunning in the flesh! I was way too excited to see him walk past me, a mere few feet away. AWESOME!!
Dean's Kitten is a pretty boy! He ran well too! He ended up getting 4th in his race, after actually getting 3rd but being DQ'd to 4th after running into another horse in the stretch, due to a left handed whip. Oh well...He was still pretty!
My handicapping, well that needs some work. >.< All the horses I bet on were out of the money (or DQ'd...Dean's Kitten, sadness) The last race we saw I didn't bet, but picked a horse just for fun...and well, of course that horse won. -_-'
Friday, July 2, 2010
His latest article "All the Ducks are in Line" outlines the ideas behind what could revive the horse racing industry for the public. Many people say "you need a superstar horse" but Plonk argues, how many more do you need?
We have a lot of strong horses out there right now, making this years Breeder's Cup Classic a must see race this year. But Plonk argues that the public is still not that interested. Everything is there, good horses, good people, and even a (hopefully) good movie coming. So if it doesn't happen now, what will it take? Much more than a good horse probably.
It's a really good article. Totally worth the read, check it out!
And also, Mine That Bird is making his debut this Sunday in the Firecracker at Churchill! Go Baby Go!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Any resemblance to any human or animal, living or dead, is simply coincidental and unintentional.
However, I am currently playing GI Jockey 3...and they are doing a bad job of hiding these real life horse replicas. For example...so far I have come across:
Lemon Syrup Kid
The Min Man
Go For Band
These horses are the same coat color, gender, and run under the same colors they did on the track. Yea, totally a coincidence. I'm just hoping I come across a super awesome bay named Cigarette or maybe a chestnut named Man O' Peace....War Sergeant vs SeaMuffin?
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
But on another note, it has also allowed me to track Barbaro's littler brothers. Nicanor especially has been left out of much media attention due to his lack of a Derby bid, but I am glad to report that the little guy won one today at Delaware Park. Awesome Awesome!
Congrats Nicanor! Keep it going!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
(Yes, it's Rock Hard Ten, he ran in the Gems, but well...we know how that turned out. But he is a favorite of mine! That horse was a monster! Anyway, this is from HorseHats.com, is for sale, and is beautiful!)
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Calvin is such an awesome guy. Maybe it's just what I see, but I think he really loves his mounts and works like a dog to get the rides he does.
Pletcher, well, I've always liked him. He saddle a lot of great horses, and I think he's got another!
The owners seems like great people. Very proud of the horses they breed and run.
I don't know, I hope they win it all! But at the very least have tons of fun and great rides with this colt.
Ok, that's all! Enjoy the race!
Monday, May 3, 2010
As I was going through ESPN's site like I usually do when procrastinating, I read a few articles in response to Rachel's efforts in the La Troienne...Obviously people are disappointed...but her trainer is relatively confident that she's not done winning quite yet. The PUBLIC on the other hand seem to think differently.
I was AMAZED by some of the anti-Rachel and anti-Rachel connection comments out there. Sure I agree with some statements of she may just not be the same horse, but I also agree with Asmussen in the fact that she is just a bigger girl now. After rewatching the La Troienne again, she has grown up a bit. Perhaps she is just adjusting to her new self, we know it takes people awhile, so why not a horse?
But there were tons of comments about how her connections are over running her. Thinking they were crazy to run her in the Preakness (I thought she ran that fairly easily), and then to run her against the males three times after that was simply absurd (but she beat them too). Many other people think she began to decline once she was sold. Many feel Asmussen is also just really good at taking excellent horses, riding the fame, and then ruining them (in which cases they site Curlin). They feel Calvin is suddenly doing a horrible job as a Jockey...holding her too long, whipping her too much, driving to her to the point the commenters feel she is going to kill herself. Is he? Is he really? Is winning the Oaks, Preakness, Woodward, and three Derbies (in four years I feel obligated to ad because I am very happy for him), and the other races with Rachel won last year really because he is a bad Jockey? Maybe this is because I am fan of this hyper and happy guy, but I think he is doing his job all right. And yes, maybe he does 'pat' his horses a little too energetically when he does well...but the horses don't seem to flick an ear or blink...I don't know....
For each of these comments there were at least ten more about how Rachel is overrated and should have been retired a long time ago. Overrated? Really? I mean yea, I still think (and always will) that Zenyatta should have been Horse of the Year, but let's say she wasn't in the running for it, who would have even come CLOSE to beating Rachel for it? She had a fantastic season! But, as the commenters would say, the horses she beat were nobodies...yea...I guess Macho Again is suddenly a nobody...of course they say he's a nobody because he beat a nobody once...so Einstein is also a nobody....? I get confused by this. I thought the crop of three year olds she beat were fairly strong. I know many people scoff at Mine That Bird (we all know by now that I love him) but seriously, being able to hold off his late charge in the Preakness was still something. And she beat most of those horses again and again, not to mention adding in the crop of ol' guys with experience...But still a lot of people feel she is a nothing horses that should be sentenced to the breeding life now.
I wish we could talk to these animals. Really ask them how they are doing, if they still want to run...I think in the La Troienne Rachel showed an immense improvement of heart down the stretch. I think she really wanted it this time, but Unrivaled Belle wanted it a little more.
Rachel, I think you are still doing fine. Although I am beginning to think more and more that a Rachel v. Zenyatta showdown will never happen, I am still rooting for you Rachel.
Stay Strong, kick some ass, drop some jaws!
Found the pic on a random flickr link google led me too...it's getting harder and harder to find pictures of her I haven't used and actually like....BUT I love this one! She has her ears up, which I have problems coming across it seems. She looks so happy and pretty, keep them ears up girl!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Devil May Care-10
Maybe I'll do better next year.
(Picture 1 is from ESPN's Gallery, Picture 2 is from CullenBloodstock.com)
Friday, April 30, 2010
(Picture from: RailRunner.com)
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I don't have much to say seeing as I have done a poor job following this crop of horses, but based on names and the pretty factor, these are my picks! (And don't harass me if I mess up...I'm going off names here! And that fact that the filly has an awesome face marking)!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Secondly, a Great Comeback. Ok, so it may or may not be great...but Stardom Bound is making her way back to the track! In a previous post, it was mentioned that there was a bunch of fuss around this girl, and hopefully she'll be able to prove that she hasn't lost it!
Lastly, a Great Loss. Unfortunately for the racing world, another legend leaves us. Personal Ensign died at age 26. She was a great mare both on the track and in the pastures. After a horrific accident, she came back as a three year-old and won 13 of her 13 starts, including a Breeder's Cup win against Winning Colors. She won both Champion Older Mare and Broodmare of the Year. Her legacy will live on.
(Pictures from BloodHorse.com and personal.psu.edu)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
The connections of Rachel Alexandra suddenly are very interested in racing Zenyatta...however...the Apple Blossom was too soon for Rachel to get in top form...so Rachel's connections suggested a series of three races that would 'rival the Triple Crown'. First off...really? Do you really thing it would rival the Triple Crown? Yes, they would be amazing with the potentially the top horses showing up...but there is just something special about the Triple Crown that can't be matched...Anyway, it seems like an odd request, that left many unanswered questions. (ESPN: Owner Proposes 3 race series)
Moss (co-owner of Zenyatta) was confused by Jackson's (Rachel's owner) request.
"I have no idea what he's even talking about. Which three races? And where? And when?"
But it seems all that mess has been fixed. After Jackson asked, was denied, and asked Oaklawn again, they finally caved and moved the Apple Blossom back so Rachel will show. Friday, April 9th is the Apple Blossom Showdown where these two titans will meet should all go as planned.
I know I keep going on about this...but again with the Seabiscuit, War Admiral thing...the HOY and East Coasters are making quite a few demands.
Well, that's all for now! Hope the girls stay healthy! Because this is a race I want to see!
(Image from: http://www.fredstone.com/ They have a lot of awesome racehorse paintings. Check it out!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Despite all the points brought out in my previous blog, Modern Seabiscuit vs War Admiral, such as the whole West vs East thing, one being older, the other being a super star three year old, the one not thinking they need to prove anything by racing the other amazing horse, etc. Now Oaklawn is making an amazingly huge purse for one of their Grade I races. The purse has recently shot up to $5 million if both girls show up, otherwise it will remain at $500,000 dollars. Seriously folks, this match race is worth $4.5 million dollars! That's huge!
Hope we actually get to see this! Good luck and Good health to both you amazing mares!
Picture is from another totally awesome blog.
Summerhill Stud, Check it out!
Monday, February 1, 2010
I'm still hoping Breyer will recognize Zenyatta (sorry, I love her too) for being totally amazing as well. That way we can create (or potentially recreate) the Epic match race between these two outstanding fillies!
In the meantime, I cannot congratulate Rachel Alexandra enough! You earned every drop of reward you have gained! And it should go without saying, but I will be looking for mini-Rachel in stores.