Heartbreaking to hear the news of Zenyatta's foal passing. Having trouble loading the Zenyatta website so can't find anymore details at this time.
Not that we knew their game plan going into the race, but don't you think the weather would have made them play it as safe as possible? In the SA Derby Smokey Image practically looked like his wheels were spinning out in that first turn. No point taking any risks at all when it's that sloppy - just try to win if you can.
Seemed like the mud played into that. Other races Mike seems to just let her run on her own, this was definitely more of an active pulling up in that slop Like you said, hope she isn't hurt in the oaks by the 'lack' of work needed to win this.
I love that race as well, she just opened up so fast going into the stretch. I've probably watched that race a dozen times, very lucky that you were there in person!
Very sad news to see today. I have such a tremendous respect for the Phipps and Janney families and always threw a couple bucks on any horse I saw sporting the black and cherry red.
I thought I recalled hearing that his children were also interested and involved in their racing and breeding operations. Hope that the future generations continue the great tradition.
Anyone else getting really excited to see his offspring? This beautiful filly is from the same family as Beholder and Into Mischief. He's been throwing some really nice foals.
Can't even begin to imagine what their barn is going through today. RIP Kyriaki and Demonica.
I like Kyriaki to at least hit the board. She's looked loaded in her past races but with no where to run. Hoping she gets some better luck today.
Do you prefer the perennial Winstar 3 yo "wonders" who retire within 4 months of the Derby? With BBK we have an actual horse, not gelding, who has had his greatest years at 5, 6, and 7. From what I heard from reporters at BC15 the horse was in impeccable physical condition. This isn't a sad case of a former good horse running in 15 claimers a year- if he's healthy what's the problem?
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