Photo: Four Footed Fotos
was Kung-Fu Fighting… Haha, this week’s Dark Report contains a battle, a signal, a cutback, a special interview, an impressive performance, more impressive performances, and
TELL ME IF YOU’VE
HEARD THIS BEFORE, A ROMAN AND AN INDIAN…
surfaced on June 26th
across multiple media sources
Kentucky-based trainer Dale Romans
had a bit of a fight
with Indian Charlie
writer and publisher Ed Musselman on the Churchill Downs backside earlier in
(Photo courtesy of Debbi Martin!
Apparently Romans took exception to a brief article written in the
June 14th issue of Indian Charlie
, though he did not begin the
fight. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal
, Musselman struck the first
blow after Romans had asked why he kept writing about him, then Romans
apparently finished the job as Musselman left the scene with a swollen black
eye, cut on his arm, and scrapes on his face!
this story better is that not only did Romans end up half-naked
brawl his pants fell down
due to his recent weight loss), but his partner and
exercise rider Tammy Fox also got into the fray as well! Awesome
OK kids, fighting
is not right, but since I grew up in and around hockey, I would have loved to
have seen Romans pound on this guy! Way to go Dale and Tammy! I’ve always been
a fan of Romans and I’m happy to see that he successfully defended himself.
twitter I did ask if there was anything better than racing in HD, and this was
the answer I got…haha
Good call there Juba (the grey)....
I think all of racing needs to catch up with the other major sports, and this move by Del Mar is a huge step in
the right direction!
David Grening of DRF
reported on Monday that Saratoga
would be cutting the number of races
that will be carded during this summer’s meet. From Grening’s article, “Saying
he wants to emphasize quality over quantity, Martin Panza, the senior
vice-president of racing operations for the New York Racing Association, said
he plans to run fewer flat races at the upcoming Saratoga meet compared to last
races will also not be included in pick-5 wagers and will be run at the
beginning of the race-day cards.
stated that handle could decrease with a fewer number of races, I’m not so
inclined to agree with that.
actually applaud this idea. I think value
comes from fuller fields and an
increase in the number of betting interests per race, not necessarily the
number of races. With more choices within each race, exotic wagers such as
exactas, trifectas, and pick-3’s could all offer higher payouts which would
definitely entice the regular horseplayer.
no offense to Steeplechase circuit, I don’t know those horses, jockeys, trainers, etc.
at all. I’ve been focusing solely on flat-racing thoroughbreds since I was a kid and I prefer just
focusing on those races. While I enjoy watching the Steeplechase races, I
choose not to wager on those races solely based on my lack of knowledge. It’s
nice that they will be sticking with the tradition of having those races, but
grouping the thoroughbred races together.
applaud Saratoga for their changes and I agree with their methodology!
JOE K AND
If you haven’t
seen Joe Kristufek
’s interview with Chicago hockey legend, hockey hall of famer and NBC sports broadcaster Eddie Olczyk
yet, you are missing
out. It’s slightly over a half hour in length, but worth every minute of it. See how
Olczyk compares and contrasts hockey and horse racing. Amazing interview!!
THE CHI CAP
to Arlington’s Public Relations, “She’s the kind of filly who needs to lay back
and make one run. She broke outward that day and she got into the race a little
too quickly. She’s the kind of filly who needs to lay back and make one run. She
was a little too involved in the pace early on and that cost her but she still
dug in hard and got a lot out of the race. That was our stepping stone to
today. She’s trained great coming up to it, she and Eddie (jockey Perez) get
along really well. At the three-eighths pole I was confident. I know her and I
know Eddie’s posture when he’s got a lot of horse. He found a nice spot and the
rest was history.”
($13.20) had to run down a very game Flower Spell who held a commanding lead
for almost the entire race. Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. noted to Arlington’s
Public Relations, “She ran beautiful. Ingrid Mason has trained her to
perfection. Seven-eighths is just a hair too far for her, but we were trying to
steal it. She gave it every effort that she had. I can’t say enough about how
well Ingrid got her ready.”
My Option run away with the race by 6 ½ lengths was truly something to see. You
can check out the replay HERE
I’d like to
touch on a trio of impressive performances yesterday across the nation as well.
And we’ll from East to West.
4-for-4 in 2014, Untapable
is unbeatable. This Kentucky Oaks winner demolished
a short field at Belmont in the Mother Goose stakes by 9 ¼ lengths! No other
horse has been close to Untapable this year as her four victories have been by
9 ½, 7 ¾, 4 ½, and 9 ¼ lengths – 31 lengths
combined!! Here, check out this
reports that her next start could possibly be in the Jim Dandy
against the boys! I’ love to see her handle that competition!
Next, Silver Max
returned to the track for the first time in 2014 to take on some tough
competition in the Grade 2 Firecracker at Churchill Downs. I thought he might
need a race, but I was wrong. To no one’s surprise he won on the lead but he
had to fend off a hard-charging Nikki’s Sandcastle
for the win! One of the few
horses in my virtual stable, I absolutely love this horse and I’m always happy when he
wins. I’ll still never forget his performance in the 2012 Arlington Classic!
expecting more out of Regally Ready in this race, but alas it was not meant to
be that day.
good was the Gold Cup at Santa Anita? Game On Dude
, a horse who loves the Santa
Anita oval went off as the deserving 4/5 favorite and was battled early by
pace-pressing Fury Kapricori
. With fractions like 22 1/5 and 45 1/5 there was
sure to be a meltdown. Majestic Harbor
had an easy stalking pace and simply
drew away, passing tired foes, when asked. It was an impressive ride under
jockey Tyler Baze
. The 6 ¼ length victory was very impressive. Check it out!
Thursday horse racing hashtag was #HorseRacingCoverSongs
! What a fun topic to
come up with some creative covers!
Here were my favorites!
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