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  • Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 3 days ago
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He came into the national limelight in 1988, when his star mare, Personal Ensign, ended her undefeated career in climactic fashion with a stirring come-from-behind victory in the BC Distaff. The following year would be his best, financially, by earning $8,306,888 from only 155 starters, led by his star colt, Easy Goer. In 1992 and 1993, Lure would succeed in winning back-to-back BC Turf Miles. 1995 would provide us with My Flag, BC Juvenile Fillies, and Inside Information, who would romp in the “muddy” BC Distaff, thus gaining the Eclipse Award for Older Dirt Female. Though there has only been 31 runnings of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship series of races, McGaughey, in 2002, would accomplish something that may never again be duplicated. Three direct generations winning a Breeders’ Cup event. More improbable would be the fact that they were three direct females. Grandmother(Personal Ensign-’88 BC Distaff); mother(My Flag-’95 BC Juv Fillies); and daughter(Storm Flag Flying-’02 BC Juv Fillies). In 2004, he was honored to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. After somewhat of a dry spell after 2002, Shug McGaughey was rewarded with his first Kentucky Derby in 2013 with Orb. To get a better grasp on his earnings in 1989, we’ll use Bob Baffert as an example. Baffert’s best financial year was 2013, in which he almost doubled Shug’s most stellar year, earning $15,317,291, but with 570 starters. That’s 3.67 times more starters than Shug used, to attain his numbers. This year, Bob Baffert should shatter those numbers with American Pharoah still running. If you also realize that the purses are so much larger today, than when McGaughey accomplished his personal highs, it gives more depth to his accomplishments. As my tribute to Shug McGaughey, and his character, was the 1989 Preakness Stakes. What would develop as a “stretch run for the ages”, Easy Goer and Sunday Silence would hook up the entire length of the stretch in a run for the finish line never further than a head bob apart. Maybe fifty yards from the finish, Easy Goer would turn his head as if he were aggravated by Sunday Silence, trying to assumedly bite him. That turn of the head possibly cost him what may have been the narrowest of victory. Shortly after the results were posted as official, the network covering the event, assigned an ex-football player to interview the losing trainer. The ex-football player then said something like, “Tough luck Shug. But one question that I would have for you, would be, ‘Is this the way you thought the race would end?’” For a moment, I, as a viewer, was outraged by the question. But, since I had taped the event, I watched Shug very closely after that poser. He took a deep breath as he looked to the sky, and as he slowly dropped his eyes back down to the reality in front of him, he exhaled, and slowly said, “No”(a couple of seconds), “that wasn’t the way I thought the race would end”. What poise!!! What tact!!! What a great Ambassador for the sport!!!! He showed me that to keep your composure in the heat of the moment, is a class thing. Second to none!!!!!! Despite all that the horses that were trained under him accomplished, there always seems to be a sense of being the underdog, or, not appreciated. When talk of the greatest filly or mare of all-time, very seldom is there mention of Personal Ensign, who many talk of her stirring come-from-behind victory, or the fact that she was never defeated. When the name Easy Goer comes up, there is a forever-joined-at-the-hip with Sunday Silence, and the fact that he lost 3 of 4 to him, even though Easy Goer’s lone winning margin victory, was more than the three margins of defeat combined. Even though Lure won back-to-back BC Turf Miles, he would never be named Eclipse Turf Male of the Year. The fact that Paradise Creek lost to Lure three times did not take away that Paradise Creek would be the Turf Male of the Year, the year after
What a great field. I can't wait for this race. So many horses I admire are running, I don't know who to root for.
Dortmund, the Santa Anita Derby winner who has not run since the Preakness, had a minor setback this past week when he was cast in his stall at Del Mar and wound up bruising some ribs, Baffert said. Baffert says he isn't sure how long the cast will be on for but say the ribs are getting better and he will return to work soon. Article on DRF
My choices are Tonalist 1st, Lea 2nd and Effinex 3rd. Noble Bird 4th and Honor Code fifth. This is a really tough field though.
He's pointed to Saratoga as per Zayat today in his most direct statement yet regarding the Travers: https://twitter.com/Steve_Byk/status/628586131869835264 Hopefully he continues to train beautifully and makes it there - fingers crossed.
Anyone know how Khozan is doing? I hope he can make it back this year in the same form and possibly go up against Pharoah at some point before he retires. He was the only horse I thought had a real shot at challenging AP.
  • kenneth nero via Disqus · yea me too he was good! · 5 days ago
  • Michael Williams via Disqus · Been wondering the same thing. Thought he was showing he was going to be a true challenger in the derby. · 8 hours ago
I LOVE TONALIST HE SHOULD WIN;2 TOUGH HORSES WILL BE LEA & LIAM'S MAP; ARE MY CHOICES!
On August 4, Take Charge Brandi worked 3f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 36:11 (b) finishing 2/6.
Here is the post position draw for the Whitney Handicap: 1. Honor Code (3-1 morning line favorite) 2 Tonalist (4-1) 3. Noble Bird (5-1) 4. Liam's Map (6-1) 5. Moreno (12-1) 6. V.E Day (8-1) 7. Lea (9-2) 8. Coach Inge (15-1) 9. Wicked Strong (20-1) 10. Normandy Invasion (30-1)
On August 4, Fast Anna worked 5f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 59:00 (h) finishing 1/4.
What were your top three favorite races this year? Mine: 1. AP in the Belmont Stakes 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio
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  • Ruffianlover · Zipse? Matt? Sullivan? Mary? Laz? Goblin? · 11 hours ago
  • slewfan1977 · Seems like ages ago that Shared Belief beat California Chrome, and people thought it would be the best race of the year! My top 3: 1. American Pharoah in the Belmont 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. AP's Haskell (the complete and utter domination was like a description of Man o' War, and he ran incredible speed figures to boot) · 9 hours ago
I was gone for his race,but WOW it was great to come back to a Red win!!!He is really something,I Love him and his never say die attitude!!!That was a great win!!I hear he's pointing to the Forego!!Go Red!!
Just like her mama. So excited to see what she does in the future.
Charlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise DanSunday, Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return. LoPresti is considering the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Saratoga Race Course and the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-I) Sept. 13 on the Woodbine turf for the Mort Fink homebred. After two half-mile moves for Wise Dan on the Keeneland turf in July, the 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding moved to the Keeneland main track for Sunday's breeze of five furlongs in 1:02 1/5. "We were really pleased with that work," said LoPresti, adding that Wise Dan ran out six furlongs in 1:15. The two races being considered for his first start back are both stakes Wise Dan has previously won, taking the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Woodbine Mile and last year's Bernard Baruch. The ultimate goal is this year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), which will be run on Wise Dan's home course Oct. 31 at Keeneland. Article on Bloodhorse
La Murette was racing very well in her debut when she took an awkward step entering the stretch of the 6th race at Delaware Park. Her current status is unknown.
107 and change! That was fast for 6 furlongs!
Jockey2be, I placed $10 to win on Wildcat Red and he came through!!!! Congraulations!! On a gutty win!!
Nice debut!
Honor Code is a one turn miler. New York bettors know that. He won't take as much money as you think in the mile and an eighth around two turns.
From AtTheRaces.com: Al Kazeem has been retired from racing, with trainer Roger Charlton saying "it's in the best interest of the horse." The popular 7YO has been struggling for awhile now to get back from an injury he sustained in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup back in May. Al Kazeem retires a 4-time Group 1 winner of the Prince of Wales's Stakes, Coral-Eclipse Stakes, & Tattersalls Gold Cup twice.
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Unlike many, I did not grow up with horseracing. My first time at the races was the 2008 Kentucky Derby. I bet on Colonel John. That fall, I had the good fortune to go to England, where I visited Ascot and Kempton. When I returned to the U.S., I was hooked. I started reading handicapping books, studying historic sire lines, watching races and going to Portland Meadows regularly. While the purses there were small, I was able to be close to the action and see firsthand the day-to-day operations of an average American racetrack.

 

Last year I moved home to Chicago. I went to Arlington for the first time this year. In the interim, I have devoted my time to understanding all aspects of horseracing  I hope to provide unique isights on handicapping perspectives and multifaceted analyses on the state of horseracing today. I will strive to write with an open mind and a willingness to learn through the writing process. I will not claim to be an expert, but I will read thoroughly, write carefully, and be honest.

 

To me, the all-time greats are Kelso, John Henry, Round Table and Yeats. Horses I like because they have won me money include Raven's Pass, Alternation, and I'll Have Another. The greatest horse I have even seen live is Zenyatta. I also enjoy the Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, the Blackhawks, Mexican food, good Bourbon, and old-time music - specifically that played on the 5-string banjo. Thanks for reading!

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