Dortmund worked today at Los Al; his first official work since 10/30/16. Equibase has the work at 3f., on dirt, in 36.60, 10/17. BH has an article as well. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/219133/dortmund-drills-for-sherman-at-los-al
No, RTN had quite a few package options, but none of them were free. We can't get TVG on cable in our particular area, so when TVG bought out HRTV, we were relegated to the next-to-worthless TVG2. (It apparently has to do with a cable vs. satellite dish fight over a number of years in the D/FW area.)
Not sure I understand the running on the lead strategy, but yes, once engaged he does go into the Curlin grind it out mode. He needs continued work and "refinement". (That may not be the right word, but I don't think he's ready for stakes company yet.) ;)
BH is reporting this afternoon that the Zayats and Romans are seeking a slot in the Pegasus for Prayer For Relief. It is mind-boggling. SMH. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/219100/zayat-romans-want-to-see-prayer-for-relief-in-pegasus
He did 6f. in 1:12.29 just now. It was on RTN.
Per DRFWelsch, the connections of Noble Bird are now seeking to negotiate an entry for him into the Pegasus. https://twitter.com/DRFWelsch?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor Apparently that link not working. Try this and scroll down a bit. https://twitter.com/drfinsidepost?lang=en
Fantastic! Thanks, Jb, I'm going to have to watch it on replay.
Dabster was taken down because of bearing out significantly toward the end of the race. It can be seen clearly only by viewing the "head-on". I'll try to link the replay from BH. If it doesn't transfer properly, go to the BH race video site (main page) and type in the date (12/26/16) and the track (SA). Scroll to locate that MSW race. :) http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/SA/2016/12/26/3/race-3-msw-at-sa-on-12-26-16
I don't think he was throwing the race. (You know me, amino; if I thought that I would say it, not approach it tangentially.) I'm agreeing with Pebbles that the incident occurred due to Victor being "out-juked" (?) by Mike Smith and, yes, was "OH Sheesh" close to panic mode by that time. It is "inexplicable" to me because whether inadvertent (exaggerated action due to adrenaline-fueled panic) or purposeful, the result of the left jerking motion was in no way positively productive; it could only pull the horse to the left (into the rail) or startle/confuse him. I believe Pebbles is also correct in thinking the incident is simply not characterized correctly by the person who initially brought up this head jerk conversation. I saw/noticed the head jerk during the running of the race; my husband can verify that as I was screaming "instructions" repeatedly to Victor by that time. Only yesterday, after repeatedly watching HD replays on a large screen did I see the actual cause of the head throwing/jerking. For whatever reason, Victor clearly raised his left arm and pulled left. I don't know why; at first I thought he might have confused himself and intended to "throw a cross" but was panicked enough to screw it up. Regardless, that Chrome did not veer to the rail and did manage to stay on his feet is remarkable to me after reviewing the video. Whole thing is pretty much inexplicable. I value your "friendship" and your presence on this site.
Exactly, Victor did totally, inexplicably extend and raise his left elbow and did jerk Chrome's head to/toward the left. It was not in an attempt to keep Chrome from drifting toward/bouncing off the rail though; it startled Chrome and threw his "stride all out of whack" as you say. It was an odd motion that could have caused Chrome to veer toward the rail (toward the left), not away from it.
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