2009 Cigar Mile (G1)

11/28/2009, Aqueduct
1 mile (Dirt)
3+ M

What the Nation is saying about the 2009 Cigar Mile (G1)...

Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone. There are no more Grade I races this year east of the Mississippi and only one graded stakes race in NY. What does that mean? Very little in the grand scheme of things as one of the biggest money-making seasons in New York racing is set to begin. Racing begins...Read More
Excellent race ran by Kodiak Kowboy today in the Cigar Mile Handicap. With this win he's likely put himself squarely in the conversation for an eclipse award for champion sprinter along with Zensational.
Kodiak Kowboy beat Bribon down the stretch to win the Cigar Mile. Said Vinery Stables president Tom Ludt, "That’s three Grade 1’s this year. We couldn’t be happier. He was a little closer to the pace than normal, but he was just sitting there so comfortably. This horse has been so good for us. Now, ...Read More
  • cigar · Interesting now as Kodiak has 3 sprinting G1's... if you count the Cigar Mile... Zensational does too... does Kodiak Kowboy get some love for top sprinter of the year with Zensational completely exposed in the BC? · 1602 days ago ·
This race lost a lot of its luster when Quality Road bailed. At this distance he figured to tower over his rivals.
Vineyard Haven quickly became one of the top sprinters this summer/fall with wins in the King's Bishop and DeFrancis Dash. During that time, Pyro found his niche in one-turn races in winning the Forego at Saratoga. The two will square-off on Saturday in the Cigar Mile, the final grade one of the yea...Read More
When Dancing in Silks upset the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, it left the Eclipse Award in the sprint division open for debate. Kodiak Kowboy, who rarely gets mentioned in the conversation, could further the confusion with a victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile at ...Read More
Quality Road will not run in Saturday's Grade 1 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile at Aqueduct, his connections said Wednesday afternoon. After Quality Road became unruly at the gate and cut himself, necessitating that he be scratched from the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, trainer Todd Pletc...Read More
  • Rossington · If Saturday's Cigar Mile Handicap does have the possibility of an off track, then I think it wise to hold off running Quality Road over it. This is a colt that really need's a race that will restore confidence. His last two start's have been over an off track, and though his talent was able to pull him through to a show and a place finish in both, he clearly did not perform, imo, to his best ability on an off track. I think waiting for a fast, dry track will suite him much better and give him a much a better chance of finding the winner's circle. jmo. · 1605 days ago ·
QUALITY ROAD (Elusive Quality) passed his latest schooling test with flying colors Saturday morning at Aqueduct, proceeding professionally through a simulated race day scenario including both paddock and gate schooling.Read More
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  • cigar · The way he's finished in his last two races is indicative of his ten furlong ability, not his one turn mile ability. · 1606 days ago ·
  • Rossington · Cigar, I agree. Quality Road may never turn out to be a great champion at 1-1/4, but I think he'll ultimately be one of the most difficult horses in the country to beat at a mile, maybe even 1-1/16th. The Travers and JCGC both show that he doesn't deal very well with an off track, but yet he still had talent enough to hang in for a show and a place. He's never been out of the money in his career, and as long as he's physically sound, and I don't think Pletcher would race him if he wasn't, I'd have a hard time personally just automatically saying that Quality Road is a throw out. JMO. · 1606 days ago ·
I think Quality Road is likely to get a very stiff challenge from Pyro, Munnings, and Vineyard Haven in this race, but if he run's to form and the track stays dry I really think his class will prevail in the race as the one mile distance may be ideal for him.
Quality Road, whose exploits have been followed closely since his traumatic encounter with the starting gate before the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, schooling at Belmont to the satisfaction of trainer Todd Pletcher and starter Bob Duncan.Read More
Quality Road, who was forced to scratch from the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) after suffering minor injuries during a bad incident at the starting gate, arrived safely at Todd Pletcher's barn at Belmont Park at 6 a.m. Tuesday following an uneventful cross-country van ride from Santa Anita.Read More

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