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  1. #21

    Top 12 Poll for KYD

    It may be early, but I'm sure a few of you have not yet picked a horse to follow during the Triple Crown Trail. Here is a list of candidates from the Thoroughbred Daily News:
    https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.co...ut-of-january/
    The TDN follows contenders in great detail, but it is still a bit difficult to compare them and rank them for various reasons.

    I note that there are 3 sons of Constitution on this list. Is there a great year in the making for Tiz The Law's sire?

    There are a couple of horses I've never heard of on this list, but then that's part of the fun.

    Has anyone out there picked a horse for the KYD they are following?

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  2. #22

    Top 50 Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorse View Post
    It may be early, but I'm sure a few of you have not yet picked a horse to follow during the Triple Crown Trail. Here is a list of candidates from the Thoroughbred Daily News:
    https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.co...ut-of-january/
    The TDN follows contenders in great detail, but it is still a bit difficult to compare them and rank them for various reasons.

    I note that there are 3 sons of Constitution on this list. Is there a great year in the making for Tiz The Law's sire?

    There are a couple of horses I've never heard of on this list, but then that's part of the fun.

    Has anyone out there picked a horse for the KYD they are following?

    Larry
    DevilHorse
    Here is a Top 50 list from Mark Mitland:
    https://www.horseracingnation.com/ne...contenders_123

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  3. #23

    Saturday 1/13/2024

    A few 3YO races for this Saturday:

    For the Colts:

    At Tampa Bay Park is the Pasco Stakes:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...7/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 13, 2024; Tampa Bay Park - Race 9; PPs ]
    Book'em Danno caught my eye a few months ago, and he looks like the class here. West Saratoga is the most tested and should hit the board.

    At Santa Anita is the California Cup Derby for CA Statebreds:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...mmary.htmlhtml
    [ URL above; Saturday January 13, 2024; Santa Anita Park - Race 4; PPs ]
    No Baffert entries. Last Call London has won at this distance and has some bottom.

    For the fillies:

    The Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct (likely sloppy track):
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 13, 2024; Aqueduct - Race 6; PPs ]
    Shimmering Allure looks like the class. Most Of All seemed to like the Aqueduct slop when she broke her maiden.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  4. #24

    Top 88 For Kentucky Oaks 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorse View Post
    Here is a Top 50 list from Mark Mitland:
    https://www.horseracingnation.com/ne...contenders_123

    Larry
    DevilHorse
    For those of you tracking the road to the Kentucky Oaks (KYO), here is a list of the top 88 fillies (too many tied for the 89th I suppose):
    https://www.horseracingnation.com/p/...Fillies?page=1

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  5. #25

    Odds and Ends

    A very good looking 3YOF raced yesterday. Her name is Leslie's Rose:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1745535013498884550
    The second place horse, Gun Song, is pretty good too. The field was strung out behind these 2 nice fillies. Both first time Lasix.

    The KYD purse has been raised to $5M this year ($3.1M to the winner). Last year's purse was $3M.

    New Jersey is about to get a renewal of their Horse Subsidy. That is $20M total distributed to various horse racing entities in the state (TBred and SBred); it has enhanced the quality of the studs in Harness Racing, but has done little for the breeding industry for the TBreds (my observation). You might ask why NJ has a subsidy (to enhance purses) to begin with? NJ is surrounded by New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware - all of these states have Racinos that infuse cash into the horse racing franchises. But New Jersey has Atlantic City, an original gambling/entertainment mecca; the Atlantic City casinos have a huge lobby in NJ, they have some say in any gambling maneuvers in the state. So to keep the NJ horse racing tracks and supporting businesses competitive, the subsidy was devised. Monmouth Park gets $10M of that subsidy for purses.

    Larry
    Devilhorse

  6. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorse View Post
    A few 3YO races for this Saturday:

    For the Colts:

    At Tampa Bay Park is the Pasco Stakes:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...7/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 13, 2024; Tampa Bay Park - Race 9; PPs ]
    Book'em Danno caught my eye a few months ago, and he looks like the class here. West Saratoga is the most tested and should hit the board.

    At Santa Anita is the California Cup Derby for CA Statebreds:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...mmary.htmlhtml
    [ URL above; Saturday January 13, 2024; Santa Anita Park - Race 4; PPs ]
    No Baffert entries. Last Call London has won at this distance and has some bottom.

    For the fillies:

    The Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct (likely sloppy track):
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 13, 2024; Aqueduct - Race 6; PPs ]
    Shimmering Allure looks like the class. Most Of All seemed to like the Aqueduct slop when she broke her maiden.

    Larry
    DevilHorse
    Book'em Danno won the Pasco Stakes:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1746289099122819485
    This was a big effort, although the quality of the rest of the field is questionable. Apparently Book'em Danno will be preparing for the Saudi Derby, a KYD points event.

    Mici's Express won the California Cup Derby:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1746294529874174204
    This was a hard earned victory for the colt, whose name is pronounced differently by each broadcaster who calls his races.

    Gin Gin won the Busanda on a mucky track:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1746261557938438401

    Million dollar yearling, Conquest Warrior, won a maiden race at second asking (on Lasix):
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1746282895843463421
    He comes out of the clouds to win this and gets an 84 Beyer. There's a horse in this field named Wis-tucky! Eck.

    The triple crown trail gets more serious next week with a slate of stakes races from the Fair Grounds, including the LeComte which may be loaded with top colts.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  7. #27

    KYD 2024 Future Pool 3

    Folks,

    Here is the pointer for the PPs for the Kentucky Derby 2024 Future Wager. Betting opens this friday, 1/19 and ends sunday at 6pm.

    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; January 19, 2024; Ky Derby Future - Race 3; PPs ]

    Here are the top 39 horses, according to some (clued in) folks.

    I'd be interested to see the historical return on entry #40, "All Other Three Year Olds." I think it is the most popular bet (at this time of year) but has limited ROI.
    True for Pool #2:
    https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.co...future-pool-2/
    Odds are 6/5 for all other 3YOs.

    I like it because it clues me in on any 3YOs I may have missed. There are 7 horses listed that ONLY won their maiden; sucker bet?

    Larry
    DevilHorse
    Last edited by DevilHorse; 01-17-2024 at 06:46 AM.

  8. #28

    Saturday 1/20/2024

    We have a couple of 3YO races on Saturday at the Fair Grounds:

    The Lecomte for 3YOC:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 20, 2024; Fair Grounds - Race 13; PPs ]
    Nash has the best speed figure in the race. Track Phantom has been more consistent than Nash (and beat him last time out). But if you watch the following video of the Gun Runner Stakes (last race for both of these horses), you'll see that Track Phantom was the better horse:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=gun+...pnU3gQk9M,st:0
    Of course, these animals are developing this time of year and the derby preps are notorious for upsets. Ethan Energy has only 2 starts and will hit the board if he continues to improve.

    On the card is also the Silverbulletday for 3YOF's:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 20, 2024; Fair Grounds - Race 10; PPs ]
    West Omaha is the likely favorite, but he loses his jockey to the 1 horse Perfect Shot. Perfect Shot is on the improve, so adding Rosario makes her a value.
    Just a side note, Rosario made the switch from West Omaha to Perfect Shot. It could be that he thinks it is a better horse, or that his career is better off riding for Steve Asmussen. At this time of year, few jockeys have their derby horse, so I think the choice is to curry favor/loyalty with Asmussen.

    The is also an interesting race for older horses (second tier), the Louisiana Stakes at the Fair Grounds:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 20, 2024; Fair Grounds - Race 12; PPs ]
    A couple of horses from the derby trail last year. Saudi Crown was well thought of and won the PA Derby, but was trounced in the BC. Red Route One won some minor stakes too. Smile Happy has been out since July.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorse View Post
    We have a couple of 3YO races on Saturday at the Fair Grounds:

    The Lecomte for 3YOC:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 20, 2024; Fair Grounds - Race 13; PPs ]
    Nash has the best speed figure in the race. Track Phantom has been more consistent than Nash (and beat him last time out). But if you watch the following video of the Gun Runner Stakes (last race for both of these horses), you'll see that Track Phantom was the better horse:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=gun+...pnU3gQk9M,st:0
    Of course, these animals are developing this time of year and the derby preps are notorious for upsets. Ethan Energy has only 2 starts and will hit the board if he continues to improve.

    On the card is also the Silverbulletday for 3YOF's:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 20, 2024; Fair Grounds - Race 10; PPs ]
    West Omaha is the likely favorite, but he loses his jockey to the 1 horse Perfect Shot. Perfect Shot is on the improve, so adding Rosario makes her a value.
    Just a side note, Rosario made the switch from West Omaha to Perfect Shot. It could be that he thinks it is a better horse, or that his career is better off riding for Steve Asmussen. At this time of year, few jockeys have their derby horse, so I think the choice is to curry favor/loyalty with Asmussen.

    The is also an interesting race for older horses (second tier), the Louisiana Stakes at the Fair Grounds:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 20, 2024; Fair Grounds - Race 12; PPs ]
    A couple of horses from the derby trail last year. Saudi Crown was well thought of and won the PA Derby, but was trounced in the BC. Red Route One won some minor stakes too. Smile Happy has been out since July.

    Larry
    DevilHorse
    Well, as we all recover from last night's Pitt game, perhaps some horse racing news will brighten the day.

    As far as prep races go..

    The beautifully named Track Phantom appeared and won the LeComte, wire to wire:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748862063160823984
    He beat Nash easily by 3 lengths. Track Phantom was awarded a 90 Beyer, but he appears to have higher numbers in his future.

    West Omaha was the winner of the Silverbulletday:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748839631271997492
    West Omaha was awarded an 84 Beyer. I appreciated the name of the last filly in the race Noriskit Nobiscuit! Also, I would note that they had an interview with the connections of Miss Code West; this filly is humbly bred and from a smaller track (Retema Park in Texas). The connections did not look very comfortable in front of the camera. It was great seeing regular everyday folk taking a shot in a big stakes race.

    In other races:

    Saudi Crown was dominant in the Louisiana Stakes:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748855468414640543
    Saudi Crown was awarded a big 105 Beyer for his efforts. Now Saudi Crown is off to Saudi Arabia to contest the Saudi Cup (how many 'Saudi's can I put in a sentence?). Saudi Crown is by far the best son of KYD winner Always Dreaming, who is better known for siring turfers than dirt horses.

    A very nice 3YOC broke his maiden on 2nd asking. Hall Of Fame won impressively (10 lengths):
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748801406188855600
    Hall Of Fame was awarded an impressive 94 Beyer for his effort, which was at a 1 1/16 mile distance. The son of Gun Runner will bear watching as he was untouched. I'll note that Hall Of Fame was a first time Lasix; he'll have to stop using Lasix if he expects to be on the KYD trail. Hall Of Fame sports a rare 2x3 inbreeding to Giants Causeway.

    There was a high quality 3YO maiden race at Santa Anita. There were 3 horses that each cost about $1M, but only one of them looked the part. Maymun was an impressive winner:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748807503104917522
    Maymun is a son of Frosted.

    Larry
    DevilHorse
    Last edited by DevilHorse; 01-21-2024 at 07:35 AM.

  10. #30

    Air Horse One

    Didja ever wonder about how they get (non-pegasus) horses to fly to their destination races?

    How about on a plane like Air Force One:
    https://www.cnet.com/culture/kentuck...air-horse-one/

    I wonder what the stewardesses look like.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  11. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorse View Post
    Well, as we all recover from last night's Pitt game, perhaps some horse racing news will brighten the day.

    As far as prep races go..

    The beautifully named Track Phantom appeared and won the LeComte, wire to wire:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748862063160823984
    He beat Nash easily by 3 lengths. Track Phantom was awarded a 90 Beyer, but he appears to have higher numbers in his future.

    West Omaha was the winner of the Silverbulletday:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748839631271997492
    West Omaha was awarded an 84 Beyer. I appreciated the name of the last filly in the race Noriskit Nobiscuit! Also, I would note that they had an interview with the connections of Miss Code West; this filly is humbly bred and from a smaller track (Retema Park in Texas). The connections did not look very comfortable in front of the camera. It was great seeing regular everyday folk taking a shot in a big stakes race.

    In other races:

    Saudi Crown was dominant in the Louisiana Stakes:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748855468414640543
    Saudi Crown was awarded a big 105 Beyer for his efforts. Now Saudi Crown is off to Saudi Arabia to contest the Saudi Cup (how many 'Saudi's can I put in a sentence?). Saudi Crown is by far the best son of KYD winner Always Dreaming, who is better known for siring turfers than dirt horses.

    A very nice 3YOC broke his maiden on 2nd asking. Hall Of Fame won impressively (10 lengths):
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748801406188855600
    Hall Of Fame was awarded an impressive 94 Beyer for his effort, which was at a 1 1/16 mile distance. The son of Gun Runner will bear watching as he was untouched. I'll note that Hall Of Fame was a first time Lasix; he'll have to stop using Lasix if he expects to be on the KYD trail. Hall Of Fame sports a rare 2x3 inbreeding to Giants Causeway.

    There was a high quality 3YO maiden race at Santa Anita. There were 3 horses that each cost about $1M, but only one of them looked the part. Maymun was an impressive winner:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/insta...e=inc&print=on
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1748807503104917522
    Maymun is a son of Frosted.

    Larry
    DevilHorse
    Just checked out Hall of Fame. Another Gun Runner that was purchased for $1.4 million. Somewhat surprised he raced on Lasix. Does that indicate that Asmussen didn’t really have that much confidence in him? He ran okay in his first race at Churchill in November. Works were just okay, no bullets, yet he won easily. He ran the same distance as Track Phantom in the stakes race and was a half second faster. Comparing times in two different races on the same day doesn’t always tell the whole story, but would think Asmussen skips the allowance races with Hall of Fame and puts him in a stakes race next out.

  12. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMeDoIt View Post
    Just checked out Hall of Fame. Another Gun Runner that was purchased for $1.4 million. Somewhat surprised he raced on Lasix. Does that indicate that Asmussen didn’t really have that much confidence in him? He ran okay in his first race at Churchill in November. Works were just okay, no bullets, yet he won easily. He ran the same distance as Track Phantom in the stakes race and was a half second faster. Comparing times in two different races on the same day doesn’t always tell the whole story, but would think Asmussen skips the allowance races with Hall of Fame and puts him in a stakes race next out.
    The nominal idea for the use of Lasix (a common human drug furosemide) is as a diuretic to slightly dehydrate a horse. Last I heard, you had to demonstrate to verterinarian, after a race or workout, that the horse bled. Usually bleeding happens/is observed in the throat (with the Vet using a scope) or possibly through the nose (visually obvious to the vet). It could be that the jockey had some suspicion, after the first race, that there was a breathing problem or the horse stopped/slowed unexpectedly. There is some noticeable improvement in performance with Lasix; that can be attributed to either 1) the horse weighing less (dehydrated from urinating because of the diuretic properties, 2) not bleeding [big help there], or 3) (sorry to say) masking another drug agent). It has been known for trainers to 'fake' bleeding to get a horse onto Lasix (I'll spare you the details of how that can be done) so they can get the benefits. The motivation to do that type of thing is left to your imagination.

    There were about 7/8 weeks between races for Hall Of Fame, so that would indicate to me that there might have been an intentional delay because of an "illness" which is consistent with bleeding. My recollection is that a horse can't be entered for 10 days once they are put on Lasix. Not an issue for young TBreds who rarely race less than 4 weeks apart. Being on the KYD trail will demand that horses do not use Lasix.

    There are many reasons why 1) the 2nd time racing, or 2) the first time Lasix, a horse shows considerable improvement. These are both betting angles. For Hall Of Fame it was both. You might also consider that the jockey, Joel Rosario, is held in slightly higher regard than Tyler Gafflione. My observation is that Rosario is a bit more aggressive while Gafflione does well rating a horse off the pace.

    Comparing the efforts at the 2 different tracks is helped by the Beyer Figure. But Hall Of Fame really did look like the jockey took it easy on him (toward the end anyway), so he might have more in the tank. But will he race off Lasix? There are things to be done to reduce the incidents of bleeding while off Lasix, so those measures could be employed.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  13. #33

    Baffert Drops Appeal

    Bob Baffert has dropped his appeal of the decision to suspend and extend his racing privileges at Churchill Downs through the end of 2024.
    https://www.horseracingnation.com/ne...rit_appeal_123

    This means that Baffert will have to transfer his horses, that have a possibility to run in the KYD, to other trainers within a couple of weeks.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  14. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorse View Post
    Folks,

    Here is the pointer for the PPs for the Kentucky Derby 2024 Future Wager. Betting opens this friday, 1/19 and ends sunday at 6pm.

    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; January 19, 2024; Ky Derby Future - Race 3; PPs ]

    Here are the top 39 horses, according to some (clued in) folks.

    I'd be interested to see the historical return on entry #40, "All Other Three Year Olds." I think it is the most popular bet (at this time of year) but has limited ROI.
    True for Pool #2:
    https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.co...future-pool-2/
    Odds are 6/5 for all other 3YOs.

    I like it because it clues me in on any 3YOs I may have missed. There are 7 horses listed that ONLY won their maiden; sucker bet?

    Larry
    DevilHorse
    "All Other 3YO's" is the favorite in the KYD Pool -3. Fierceness is the favorite named horse:
    https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.co...-future-wager/
    Note that there is a misstatement in the article; the leading entry is "All Other 3YOs" not "All Other 3YO Colts and Geldings"; there is an occassional filly that will show up and be competitive.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  15. #35

    What??

    I demand a recount!
    horseSpace1.jpg

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  16. #36
    Join Date
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    Location
    Franklin TN
    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorse View Post
    Bob Baffert has dropped his appeal of the decision to suspend and extend his racing privileges at Churchill Downs through the end of 2024.
    https://www.horseracingnation.com/ne...rit_appeal_123

    This means that Baffert will have to transfer his horses, that have a possibility to run in the KYD, to other trainers within a couple of weeks.

    Larry
    DevilHorse
    I guess he finally figured out the more he appeals the longer Churchill will suspend him. I am sure his lawyers are disappointed at losing their annuity. And that is coming from me, a retired lawyer. One of my father’s favorite sayings was “ a fool and his money are soon parted.” I always tried to convince my clients not to spend their money on fees for no return. Some just couldn’t help themselves. Unfortunately too many lawyers are all too happy to oblige those folks.

  17. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMeDoIt View Post
    I guess he finally figured out the more he appeals the longer Churchill will suspend him. I am sure his lawyers are disappointed at losing their annuity. And that is coming from me, a retired lawyer. One of my father’s favorite sayings was “ a fool and his money are soon parted.” I always tried to convince my clients not to spend their money on fees for no return. Some just couldn’t help themselves. Unfortunately too many lawyers are all too happy to oblige those folks.
    I'm sure Baffert can afford the lawyers; he is after all a horse owner too
    And he can raise his fees to cover expenses; he has loyal owners who will pay anything.

    I think you're right about CD extending the sentence. That is why his horses are not eligible this year. I think I read it was because he was contrite enough (appealing evidently is the opposite of being contrite).

    In other news, Saudi Arabia is looking to redistribute purses won by Maximum Security. Remember, that was a $20M race. This was the John Servis doping issue where he was caught on a wiretap boasting that he drugged MS. In an interesting side note, the owners of Maximum Security have said that they are OK with the funds being redistributed. But I would note that the people who bet on MS got paid and the people that bet on the 2nd place horse to win, will not recoup their bets.

    But let me ask this question, if a horse wins a race, is drug tested and comes out clean, should a racetrack/entity be able to change the outcome of a race because of a drug test or admission that takes place in another district/track. I assume MS wasn't clean when he won the Saudi Cup, but there is no proof that he did other than being drugged in other races based on the wire tap (not a drug test).

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  18. #38

    Saturday 1/27/2024

    We have some KYD related action this coming Saturday, but nothing awarding KYD points.

    Saturday at Aqueduct is the Jimmy Winkfield stakes for 3YO's:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 27, 2024; Aqueduct - Race 3; PPs ]
    Last year I wrote about Jimmy Winkfield (you can look that up). Not too many notables have won this race; Drew's Gold won last year. Also, Go Go Shoot won in 2008; owned by Bobby Hurley's Devil Eleven stables. In 1995, Da Hoss won; he eventually won 2 Breeder's Cup races. So some good horses have run in this race while young. Bergen and Iridescent look like the best of this 5 horse field.

    At Laurel is the Spectacular Bid Stakes.
    https://www.brisnet.com/secure-bin/b...6/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 27, 2024; Laurel Park - Race 10; PPs ]
    Spectacular Bid won the Laurel Futurity as a 2YO, and I was there. Great horse!
    Copper Tax and Guanare look like the best of this lot.

    In the older horse division, this Saturday is the Pegasus World Cup Invitational:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 27, 2024; Gulfstream Park - Race 13; PPs ]
    No big headliners this year, or world travelers (all being sucked over to Saudi Arabia for the big money races) but there are some familiar names; Last year's Preakness winner, National Treasure, is a likely lukewarm favorite. Skippylongstocking and Hoist The Gold are solid picks to hit the board. Senor Buscador continues to look for Grade 1 glory with that late kick; if he finally takes an inside route he'd have a shot. Where is Bo Rail??

    For you turfers, there is the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational:
    http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/brisw...9/summary.html
    [ URL above; Saturday January 27, 2024; Gulfstream Park - Race 12; PPs ]
    Warm Heart does visit from across the pond to try and cash in.

    There are other minor stakes races at Gulfstream Park. Checkthe URL for the Turf Championship (just above) for pointers.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  19. #39

    Eclipse Awards 2024

    The Eclipse Awards were given out on Thursday night.
    Cody's Wish was annointed the horse of the year,
    Bill Mott the best trainer,
    Irad Ortiz the top jockey,
    Arcangelo the best 3YO, and
    Fierceness the best 2YO.

    https://www.drf.com/news/eclipse-awa...ted-horse-year

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  20. #40

    Prix D'Amerique

    We all know about the first Saturday in May (the nominal date for the KYD). There is another race known by week like ordinals, and that is the Prix D'Amerique which is run on the "last Sunday in January" each year.

    The Prix D'Amerique is a trotting (not pacing) race held in Vincennes France. The race is billed as the best known trotting race in the world. It was created after World War I as a thanks to the Americans for coming to France and helping to win that war.

    Here is a picture of the horse that leads the introductory precession (or at least did one year):
    prix1.jpg
    There are other prominent American flags around the race and the racetracks as well.

    If you like big fields, today's race has 17 participants and is 2700 meters (1 2/3 miles long); lots of entries in other races too.

    If interested, the race today (Sunday 1/28/2024) will be at about 10:20am ET on the Fan Duel racing channel.

    My favorite is a wonderful filly named Joviality S. She was raised in the US and raced here as a 2 and 3 year old. Apparently she was born in Sweden (that's is why the 'S' is in her name when she races here) [Standardbreds have a vibrant frozen semen transport business, which is not considered legit, by rule, for TBreds], but to American sire and dam (not unlike John McCain who was born at a foreign military installation, but I digress). Joviality routinely races against the best male trotters, where ever she races; she often hits the board.

    Vincennes is beautiful and the race will be exciting (to me anyway). This is just another bit of Americana, served with a French accent.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

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