An extremely impressive win in the Jockey Club Mile under a hand ride. Perhaps the most interesting thing was this his declared race weight was 1301lbs! He's one big horse with a helluva turn of foot. Gold Fun finished second, Ambitious Dragon third.
Thanks for writing about one of my favorites, Brian. You are among a few who know much I love Alfeet Alex when you always laugh at me when refusing to not bet on any of his progeny I watch race. Texas Red sure seems to have that kick, and I loved how he completely dismissed the notion of a "speed favoring track" on Breeders' Cup Saturday. I hope Texas Red can continue as his sire did, and if he can, it will be sure be fun to watch.
Why is that the Breeders Cup does not have their own set of stewards for Breeders Cup races? If the Breeders Cup can dictate other race conditions like medication use, its seems only logical that their own stewards govern the races.
Ambitious Dragon finished a fast closing 3rd, 3/4 of a length off the winner Military Attack and runner up Gold-Fun. Tony Millard, was thrilled with the finish stating "I couldn't have asked for better than that. He certainly said to the youngsters, 'I'm back!'" The replay can be seen here: http://racing.hkjc.com/racing/Info/meeting/Results/english/Local/20141026/ST/9
After an 18 month layoff to recover from a tendon injury, the two time Hong Kong Horse of the Year winner will make his return to racing on Sunday in the G2 Sha Tin Trophy at 1 mile on the turf. He'll be facing the reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year winners Designs on Rome (2013- 2014) and Military Attack (2012-2013), in a matchup that will face a total of 6 different Hong Kong Champions against each other. Blog to come, but I cannot express how excited I am to see my favorite horse make it back to the track
The Lasix (or lack there of) issue of the race is being highly publicized in Hong Kong after the race. The HKJC is at the front of the global push to ban all race day medications and this was a huge win for them and their stance on medications.
Agreed, Hannah. Its a message to all the critics of the sport who could come back later and say Victor endangered the horse or cheated the backers of Sky Kingdom. Even though we know the truth of it, the sport can't have bad press if someone were to look at this and claim a lack of punishment for an action to intentionally change the result of the race. For the record, I do not think Victor did anything wrong. I'm just trying to read between the lines based on the last 8 weeks of the NFL, the previous PITA stuff in the spring, and the fact that the CHRB has to host the breeders cup in 5 weeks. Do you think they want Mike and Victor taking swings at each other on national TV after the Breeders Cup Classic?
Was this worthy of a 7 day suspension? Absolutely not. But will this serve as warning to any other rider looking to take a horse out of the race intentionally, ABSOLUTELY. The last thing the CHRB needs is to be compared to Roger Goodell for not making the rules clear if rider takes it one step further than Victor did resulting in rider, horse or both get hurt. This is nothing more than a political play. Its not a reflection on the Awesome Again, the race riding, or the three year old championship. Its a clear message saying "cut the riff raff" 5 weeks before the on of the biggest weekends in the sport.
Horse, groom, and exercise rider are all on track to ship to Santa Anita on Friday, however trainer Michael Chang has encountered Visa issues that will keep him from entering the USA for at least 2 weeks. This means the trainer will likely not be on hand for Rich Tapestry's preparation and race in the Santa Anita Sprint Championships.
This is great news. I am happy that Dogwood and Three Chimneys have given this consideration. I still remember sprinting to the track from a very far parking spot on Sunshine Millions day in 2013 to just make it in time to watch him make his 3 year old debut. He finished 2nd that day. I do not think he has much left to prove on dirt, so I wonder if they want to try turf, or perhaps take a stab at the Dubai World Cup. No matter the decision, I know they will do whats best for the horse, but it sure would be fun to see him take on the likes of California Chrome and Shared Belief in 2015.
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