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he is so handsome. i love roans.
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  • yukichan · Master Carpenter, his son, bout ready to race in first at Ascot! · 464 days ago
  • Northport · he has had a great start so far, I think he has a very good chance at making some noise · 464 days ago
When Black Caviar is in season, this is her man!
IMO, Aiden O'Brien made a mistake by not using his "3 big gun's" in the Breeders Cup races the way he should have. I think he would've been better served to have raced Rip Van Winkle and Mastercraftsman as a double entry in the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile and brought over Fame and Glory to have raced in the Breeders Cup Classic. Fame and Glory, although finishing 6th to Twice Over in the Champion Stakes, had shown that he was definitely the best of the three at distances beyond a mile. All through the 2009 racing season, both Rip Van Winkle and Mastercraftsman's best performances, save RVW's run in the Coral Eclipse at 10 furlongs, had been at a mile. I don't think Fame and Glory would've won the Classic, as probably only Sea The Stars may have been the only horse with a legitimate chance to beat Zenyatta, I do think he would've finished much better than Rip Van Winkle ultimately did. Plus, with Rip Van Winkle and Mastercraftsman as a double entry in the Dirt Mile, O'Brien would've been almost a lock to win that race. IMO.
  • cigar · If, nuts, candy and nuts... I hear what you're saying, but the synthetics not only screwed with the results, but the trainer's minds as well! · 1685 days ago
I'm really quite curious as to what the thought process of Aiden O'Brien and the connection's of Mastercraftsman were in ultimately deciding to go ahead and retire him after his 4th place finish in the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. Granted, Mastercraftsman certainly didn't run his best race that day, but part of that can be contributed to his being pinned down at the rail and having a terrible trip for most of the race. This is a horse, while having run a long, aggressive campaign against Europe's biggest stars before coming over to the U.S., but has run no tougher or generally finished no worse in those races than has Rip Van Winkle. Rip Van Winkle, of the two, look's like far more the done in of both of these 3yr.olds. Although a slightly wide trip in the Classic, Rip Van Winkle had no excuses and was in the clear, unlike Mastercraftsman, for the entire race. I'm sure I've not been privy to all of the details factored in the decision. But it looks to me, imo, that Mastercraftsman still look's like the fresher and the horse with the most potential still to be shown of the two between Mastercraftsman and Rip Van Winkle. JMO.
Of all the European invaders that came to the Breeders Cup races this year, Mastercraftsman really disappoint's me the most. The field he raced in the Dirt Mile was not nearly as tough of competition as he's run against all year in Europe. Granted, he didn't get the best of trip's and he broke late. But when that seam on the rail opened up and Johnny Murtagh couldn't get him to fire on through it, it really surprised me. I'm kind of disappointed to hear that he's been retired as I was looking forward to seeing him run a 4yr.old campaign.
I agree that his placement in the dirt mile is strange. The other issue is that the dirt mile is a quicker race with a bunched field on tight turns... much more room for a bad trip to take you out of the race. I also agree that Mastercraftsman is hugely talented... but perhaps his placement in this race is a state of confidence in Rip Van Winkle for the Classic.
Whether he run's in the B.C. Dirt Mile or the B.C. Classic, imo, this is the best horse entered in any race in this year's Breeders Cup races.
Frankly I'm surprised that O'Brien decided to run Mastercraftsman in the Dirt Mile instead of the Classic. Most may disagree with me on this statement, but I personally think that Mastercraftsman is a little more talented than Rip Van Winkle is. Just like Rip Van Winkle, he's also given Sea The Stars all he's wanted and then some racing in Europe this year. Hard to believe he's the favorite in this race and 20-1 in the Classic odds. I'd bet him in either race. I'd definitely take some of that 20-1 action. But in the Dirt Mile I believe he's the cream of this crop. If you're looking for a price, having been much on the improved of late, Pyro to hit the board at 10-1 might be a good bet.

Mastercraftsman - Race Results & Past Performances

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View DetailsView Video11/07/09Mastercraftsman4thSA41 mileSBreeders Cup Dirt Mile-G1 3+ MFurthest LandReady's EchoMidshipman1:35.50
View Details10/02/09Mastercraftsman1stDun41 5/16 mSDiamond Stakes-G3 3+ MMastercraftsmanFiery LadAugustusthestrong2:12.18
View DetailsView Video09/05/09Mastercraftsman3rdLeo51 1/4 mTIrish Champion Stakes-G1 3+ MSea The StarsFame And GloryMastercraftsman2:03.90
View Details08/18/09Mastercraftsman2ndYor41 5/16 mTJuddmonte International-G1 3+ MSea The StarsMastercraftsmanCornish2:05.29
View DetailsView Video06/16/09Mastercraftsman1stAsc31 mileTSt. James's Palace Stakes-G1 3 MMastercraftsmanDelegatorLord Shanakill1:39.21
View Details05/23/09Mastercraftsman1stCur11 mileTIrish 2000 Guineas -G1 3 MMastercraftsmanRayeniSoul City1:48.16
View Details05/02/09Mastercraftsman5thNew31 mileTEnglish 2000 Guineas -G1 3 MSea The StarsDelegatorGan Amhras1:35.88
View Details10/05/08Mastercraftsman4thLon37 fTPrix Jean-Luc Lagardere-G1 2 MNaaqoosMilanaisIntense Focus1:18.40
View Details09/14/08Mastercraftsman1stCur17 fTNational Stakes -G1 2 MMastercraftsmanShaweelArazan1:37.59
View Details07/27/08Mastercraftsman1stCur16 fTPhoenix Stakes-G1 2 MMastercraftsmanArt ConnoisseurBushranger1:13.30
View Details06/29/08Mastercraftsman1stCur26 fTRailway Stakes -G2 2 MMastercraftsmanAlhabanIntense Focus1:13.32
View Details05/05/08Mastercraftsman1stCur16 fTMaiden  2 MMastercraftsmanDuc De SavoieThree Way Stretch1:22.02