Happy Father’s Day
! Is anyone still reeling from the potential Triple Crown? I know I am! In
my last Dark Report I failed to give Tonalist
his due. So today I will honor
Tonalist’s Belmont Stakes win! And since it is Father’s Day, I’ll take a look
at some of the “fathers
” in horse racing today who seem to be doing well. This
week’s Dark Report contains some fathers, some handle
, a winner
, and more
Day to all of the dads out there. I hope you have a great day with your
the June 14 issue of the Blood-Horse
, I was looking at some of the sire
statistics and wanted to see how some of those “dads” were faring this year.
at the third crop sires
, the one and only Curlin
is leading with $3.85 million
in earnings (with Palace Malice at the top). Midnight Lute, Into Mischief, and
Majestic Warrior are leading the number of stakes winners with 9 each. And wow…
it would be a great Father’s Day for Henrythenavigator! With 457 foals, he
would be sure to get a lot of gifts from his children!
(The mighty Curlin at Lanes End)
As far as
second crop sires are concerned, Dunkirk leads with 256 foals and 4 stakes
winners! (He would have a good Father’s Day too)
handle, did you happen to see how much was wagered on Belmont Stakes day? For
the entire card, both on and off-track wagers combined for a $150,249,399
handle! And horse racing is dying?
(Lots of money was wagered on Belmont Stakes day)
The next largest amount on Belmont Stakes
day was in 2004 when $114 million was wagered on the races. The card that NYRA
put together for the stakes day was very Breeders’ Cup-esque. On-track handle
was up 32.1% from that previous 2004 record Belmont card handle and up 29.5%
from the 2005 Breeders’ Cup! It was a great, and challenging, betting card and
was a great spectacle of racing for the fans.
Lots of fans
bet into that card because of the quality racing that took place, and we know
NYRA did well with their finances that day. Just as a matter of perspective to
consider, though HANA
has launched a boycott against Churchill Downs for
increasing their takeout rates, the takeout on some wagers at Belmont are still
HIGHER than at the Louisville oval
remember hearing ANYONE complain about that. I understand both sides of the
argument, but I’m just sayin’.
WINNER - REVISITED
That 2014 Peter
Pan Stakes must have been a heck of a race.
Both Tonalist and Commissioner who
finished first and second in the Peter Pan Stakes, also finished first and
second in the Belmont Stakes! Tonalist was wide around the first turn and
jockey Joel Rosario moved him forward into position. Like many Belmont winners
before, Commissioner was on the lead for most of the race and just lost it by a
head at the end.
Rosario and Castellano both rode great races and the horses deserve all of the credit for
taking the top two spots of the Belmont Stakes!
through 9 last night was huge in terms of great horses last night at Churchill
Downs. An all-stakes pick four was up for grabs as some of the top horses
competed under the lights; anchored by the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap.
Kentucky Derby competitor, won the Grade 3 Matt Winn
stakes by two lengths under leading female rider Rosie
Napravnik as the even money favorite. Under a steady drive, Tapiture took over
the race three-wide along the far turn.
In the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis
, an upset was in the making as Molly Morgan
, who finished second
in the Grade 1 La Troienne Stakes on Oaks Day, dominated the field by four
lengths and storming home to victory in a last to first romp.
race of the night was the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap
where 10-1 long shot
and jockey Calvin Borel stalked the leader Jaguar Paw then
took the lead and never looked back, winning the race by 1 ¾ lengths over a
hard charging favorite Will Take Charge
How a horse with four wins in a row
and a Grade 2 victory in the Alysheba stakes goes off at 10-1 is puzzling. Still,
this six year old son of Albert the Great might be a rising star in the
In the final
event, 5/2 favorite A Little Bit Sassy
might have been robbed of the victory in
the Grade 3 Regret
. Running without Lasix and technically winning by a head,
the stewards ruled that the horse bumped fourth place finisher Kiss Moon
of the final furlong, giving the victory to Aurelia's Belle
. While it was tough to see on the side-angle, it didn’t
look all that bad to me and it didn’t seem like Kiss Moon was impeded all that
much. You be the judge.
does it for this week’s Dark Report! See you next week!