Photo: Don August
consists of a shake, a conspiracy
, extreme racing
, a show down, a
surgery, a couple of impressive fillies, and a new couple!
Here are a couple pearls of wisdom to start the day:
Say what you want about exotics, but sometimes there's something to be said about just betting to win. Lots of lost opportunities sometimes in trying to get fancy.
And if horse racing were that easy, there wouldn't be any pick six carryovers and we all would just bet ice-cold verticals!!
SHAKE IT UP
that was a 28
for a horse called Revealing Moment at the low, low
price of $25,000! I think the most pills
I’ve heard about in one shake before
might have been 8 or 9, but certainly nowhere near this one! Since the racing
office couldn’t fit 28 pills into the bottle, some improvisation was needed… I
wonder what the appeal was for claiming that horse?
Wednesday DRF’s Dick Jerardi wrote a brief article proposing that Shared Belief and California Chrome might be the same horse
. Hmmm is that even possible? Don’t
the paddock judges look at the tattoos
to verify identity? I am not sure if
this article was a parody, spoof, or joke, though I think it was…but it’s still
funny to think about. Do you think he makes a case here?
Back in the
1980’s I remember some folks saying the same thing about Michael and Janet Jackson
for a while (since neither had a hit song released at the same time)
but of course we know that is nonsense. So maybe this is nonsense too, but it’s
still funny and fun to think about.
Leave it to
to come up with fun
and innovative ideas. Yesterday they ran a
race with 20 horses in the field. That doesn’t sound so extreme by itself, but
what they did to spice that up is they ran some of the horses on the dirt and
some of the horses on the grass! They set the race up so that, in theory, the
horses on both courses would hit the finish line at the same time.
takes some kind of coordination! In what was called the “Battle of the Surfaces”
the horses on the dirt beat the horses on the grass as the #15 horse Joshua’s
Journey won by a head at almost 7-1. It seemed as the timing just wasn’t quite
there at the end as most of the dirt horses beat the ones on the turf, but it
was still very fun to watch!
doesn’t happen too often where namesake horses of friends of mine square off in
, but it did happen yesterday at Arlington
in the 8th
race. The #3 horse Zipso Facto
, namesake of our very own Brian Zipse
and the #7
, namesake of ABR’s very own Penelope Miller
, squared off in an
8 furlong turf race. You can check out the replay here
, but in the end Zipso
Facto won the race by ½ length at 9-1 while Penelope Perfect just missed second
by a neck.
And in some
not so good news, long-time rider and hall of fame jockey Gary Stevens
some very bad news this week as he now requires full knee replacement surgery
luck Mr. Stevens and I hope you have a quick recovery!
There were a
couple of very impressive
runs by a couple of fillies yesterday!
Arlington Park, Wayne Catalano
’s Aurelia’s Belle
stalked the early pace and won
the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks
by ¾ of a length with jockey Channing Hill
Belle was the class of the field as she was the only horse in the field with a
great amount of graded stakes experience. She had a powerful stretch run and
won at 6/5.
Later in the
day Arlington Classic winner Istanford
made her first trip out to California
and took the field of three-year-old fillies wire-to-wire in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap
at Del Mar. Breaking well from the gate, jockey Rafael
angled Istanford to the rail and pulled away in the stretch, winning
by 2 ½ lengths at 10-1!
surfaced the other day of Palace Malice and Princess of Sylmar getting “friendly”
with each other from neighboring stalls. This prompted Debbi Martin to draw the
following cartoon. Enjoy!