Really disappointed that Hatches is likely to pass on the Delaware Handicap....great rivalry in progress between Close Hatches and Princess of Sylmar. Too bad Hatches' connections don't see the value of letting these two continue this rivalry in the Del Cap.
Just love Moonshine Mullin and am looking for him to be Horse of the Week!! Looking at his resume with all the allowance races on there and not very many wins until recently, reminds me of John Henry's or even Seabiscuit's early resume with at least 20+ losses and 20-30 starts. Seabiscuit actually had 35 starts his first year with only 5 wins! So, there's precedent for a "great" horse to develop from the bottom of the pile and move on to greater glory. Guess the odds makers thought Mullin had stepped up too far in class and didn't give him much respect. Turns out, he made his high class brethren look like claimers! Did the light bulb just go on for this horse, or was he waiting for the right trainer?
A trivia question: what was the only Triple Crown winner that did not get Horse of the Year? Answer: Omaha. Discovery was recognized as the uofficial HOY (there were no formal awards in 1935).
Breezing babies at sales is barbaric. I have no problem with a two year old in training being properly conditioned by a caring and knowledgeable trainer. My personal research has led me to believe two year olds can and do have long careers, and according to some research, longer careers than those that start their racing careers later. The practice of breezing babies at sales is not at all the same thing, and the practice, IMHO, should be abolished.
"Mrs. Sullivan had 8 sons, and only 1 John L." Old saying, but, I believe Sam has plenty to show us in the future.
She showed a lot of courage and hustle after being bounced around at the start and a terrible trip. For a beginner to overcome what she did and still get up for second was a good sign. Look forward to watching her mature into a successful runner.
A picture perfect comeback race! Hope she meets up this year with Sky Lantern. She beat Sky Lantern in the Sweet Solara in August 2012, then came back to demolish the field in the Shadwell Fillies Mile in September that year, cementing her championship season as the Juvenile Cartier Filly. The Cape Verdi lifts the cloud over her career considerably, to come back after over 480 days off and cruise to an easy win in a classy field! She is one of those fillies you can't help fall in love with, with her Zenyatta style come-from behind stretch runs, she is thrilling to watch. Hope she and Sky Lantern meet up this year. Would love to see them both at Royal Ascot.
SHE'S B-A-A-A-A-A-A-C-C-C-C-C-K-K-K-K! Shook off over 400 days of rust like it was so much water and rolled home in her Zenyatta-style late run! Look out Sky Lantern!!! Hope they meet up at Royal Ascot this year! Will be a race for the ages!
Dan, would love to see you cover the National Hunt racing scene in UK and Ireland. Many of us here in the States have become ardent fans of the sport. Watching Hurricane Fly recently has been thrilling, with his record breaking 19 Grade 1 wins and today emulating the great Istabraq's 4 Irish Hurdle wins. Also, Sprinter Sacre on the chase scene, hopefully back soon after his health scare.
Would love to see Certify and Sky Lantern meet up again somewhere down the line. She beat Sky Lantern in the Sweet Solara of 2012. Here is link to view Certify's Grade 1 Shadwell Fillies Mile: http://youtu.be/SQxb71QDk7s
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