Photo: Four Footed Fotos
Sunday everyone! We had a great week of
racing with Royal Ascot, the return of The Pizza Man, and the guy that tried to outrun a bunch of horses on
the track!! This week’s Dark Report contains cups, more cups, an idiot, swings,
returns, some deep dish, more trending, and finally, Helicopters!
Looks like Lava Man has World Cup Fever!
Can you just picture a favorite horse of yours handing out yellow
cards?? Thanks Debbi, this is great!
very excited about this! Like how the NFL’s Super Bowl rotates among worthy
locations, I think the Breeders’ Cup should do the same. So to see two new
locations such as Keeneland and Del Mar, both who know how to do racing very
well, I think is very good for racing. It shakes up the geographic locations of
the event and allows a different base of fans the experience of being at the
great spectacle and gives opportunities to the different venues.
(My photo from the 2011 Breeders' Cup)
some folks might not think that Keeneland has the ample space (room) for all of
the visitors that would be expected to attend, however if there is any racing
body that would know how to pull this off, it’s Keeneland. I’m sure in the next
15 months they will have it all figured out.
(Lots of people at Keeneland...always...)
that being said, why not return to other locations which have hosted before
such as Arlington or Woodbine, or even think of going to new locations such as
Canterbury or Pimlico?
you see that drunken guy try to beat a bunch of horses by attempting to outrun them
at Leicester Racecourse?
That reminds me of that
time that the one guy tried to punch a horse in the stretch at Pimlico in 1999.
seen fans run or streak onto a field during a baseball or soccer game before,
but to get in the way of a horse race where these majestic animals are running
at near 40 miles per hour, these people must have some kind of death wish. Sure
there have been times in the past when I have been a little tipsy myself, but
never in my right mind would I ever try to interrupt a horse race!!! It’s
really not funny. OK maybe a little, but
not a lot.
FINALLY A BET FOR ME!
I can’t think of how
many times in my life that I’ve had first/third or second/third in an
exacta. Countless times…
It’s an easy concept
where you simply need to pick any two of the top three finishers in any order,
sort of like the quinella (I know a quinella is just an exacta box, but it’s still
one of my favorite wagers of all time).
Maybe more U.S. tracks
will offer the swinger, or as I would call it, the Dark Horse… since that wager
surely would increase my ROI! I’ve been
waiting a long time for this, a wager that totally suits my needs!
It’s not delivery..it’s…The Pizza Man! Making his first start of 2014, The Pizza Man made a triumphant
return to racing yesterday at Arlington in the Black Tie Affair Handicap,
running down the always-speedy Tazz to take the race by ½ length!
This is a horse that I’ve always enjoyed
watching as he sure loves the Arlington grass and tends to dominate there.
Mid-Atlantic import Sheldon Russell had the opportunity to ride The Pizza Man
in the race yesterday and had this to note (to Arlington public relations), “The
Pizza Man is such an old class horse and maybe doesn't have that big kick so I
wanted to make sure he was close enough at the top of the stretch. He's got a
big heart and I think he proved that he is still a very good horse," said
Russell about The Pizza Man's performance. "It's a huge advantage when
trainers allow you to get these horses and do some of their morning
workouts. I'm very fortunate that Roger
(trainer Brueggemann) gave me the opportunity to get used to this horse. The horse hasn't missed a beat in the
mornings and they were very excited about his comeback today."
I certainly was excited about his comeback as
well and I can’t see which race he decides to enter next!
And more from
Chicagoland’s oval yesterday… in the Lincoln Heritage Handicap, Chicago favorite
Kepi, who is now a perfect 2 for 2 on the year, mowed down favorite La Tia and
won by over a length in a stake that was taken off of the turf due to
severe storms in the area immediately before the race.
(Kepi! Thanks Four Footed Fotos again)
Kepi is another horse that I have always
loved to watch as she always gives her best.
What was more special to me about this particular race yesterday is how
she beat a very strong contender La Tia, did it on the polytrack (her first win
ever on that surface), and at 1 1/6 miles which is slightly farther than her
optimal performance (usually one mile fits her best)!
James Graham spoke
briefly about her performance to Arlington’s public relations, “It was a great
trip, I was stalking La Tia. She ran
great. She picked it up and sprinted
home - just like her grass races the other day.
She worked well over the polytrack and she ran well over it today.”
Looks like Kepi might even try the Modesty Handicap later this summer! Whoa.
OK so we tried to get
it rolling again last night…
Last night we tried to
get the topic #HorseRacingBandNames to trend nationally on Twitter. While we were unsuccessful in our efforts, I’ve
posted some of my favorites below.
I have a couple more topics up my sleeve which I will try to get trending in the near future, stay tuned!
WHAT THE HECK?!
OK, so why is Helicopter
still racing? This is a horse I wrote about a few years ago. A champion through
and through, this gelding has the ability to run on all surfaces and tends to
do very well. However there are times when a horse has had enough and it
should just be turned out to the farm to enjoy the rest of its life.
Helicopter has raced
72 times, won 21 of those races, and has earned almost $400,000 in his career.
At one point between March of 2009 and September of 2010 this 8-year-old son of
Three Wonders had won 16 of 22 races! He won three more races in 2011 as well
before completely tailing off. In 2012 the connections tried to run this horse
in the American St. Leger stakes at Arlington and in 2013 the Grade 2 Elkhorn
at Keeneland. Since his third win in
2011 he has only won two races in the next three years. He failed to finish a
claiming race at Arlington in 2012 and even ended up in a low-level claiming
race at Beulah in 2013.
Why? How come? Why are we asking anymore from this horse
that deserves so much better?
OK sure he has hit the
board a few times since fall of 2013 and even has a victory at Arlington this
year, but I think the horse has had enough and deserves to rest and enjoy the
rest of his time.
DON’T FORGET THE POLL