Call me crazy if you must, but I was most impressed by Rowdy the Warrior. On the day, I thought he was the best looking runner in the field, and near the end of the race, he was moving as fast as the top two. I suspect that Uncontested and Petrov are as good now as they're gonna get, whereas Rowdy seems to have tons of room to improve. I'll be watching for him.
It's very disappointing to me that nothing was said about what Ramon is doing NOW. I see a person with the same name training at Woodbine. Is this "our" Ramon? If it is, somebody please give him a good horse!
Ms. Whitham is among my favorite people in racing. It is unlikely that one would ever meet a more gracious lady. She also mates her mares for runners, not for sale babies, and she does it according to her own judgment, with blithe disregard for Flavor-of-the-Day sires. I think of her as a heroine, and I wish her the very best of luck, not only with this nice colt, but with every horse she enters.
Good for you, Mary, for going with Discreetness. (Who can dislike Jinks Fires or smilin' Jon Court?) I had planned to take a show ticket on Discreetness, but when I saw how good he looked on the day, I bet him across the board. Okay, so I lost. But 6th wasn't so bad for a 45:1 shot, and he did beat Cupid. I think we should stick around till later in the year and see how this extremely attractive colt develops.
Some believe in pedigree, some don't. But those who don't have no right to be so rude about it.
It's my feeling that the Misremembered's tend to outrun their odds pretty consistently. Now that the race is over and Dazzling Gem finished 4th when off at 19:1, I'd say you were right. :-)
This is a well-researched article. Too bad there's no option for a printer-friendly version. I'd rather SAVE it than like it, tweet it, or pin it.
I was a big fan of Creative Cause, which is the main reason I was drawn to Destin. I thought that CC was campaigned very carefully and wisely by his trainer Mike Harrington. CC was entered in progressively prestigious spots, but I felt very strongly that Harrington also intended for the colt to learn something each time, and that the teaching might even be more important than winning. The lingering question in my mind is, did the colt learn enough soon enough? Perhaps not. The only time I met Mr. Harrington, his comment was that "we never saw his best." It will be deeply satisfying to me if Destin continues to improve, and of course I hope to see Creative Cause succeed as a sire.
Zilzal was nevertheless a stunningly gorgeous horse, and he always got my money. As Jennifer writes, one should note more than sweatiness. She also looks at eyes, ears, and coat. To that I would add the related but less tangible "expression" (particularly significant with fillies and mares, especially on the turf). Fitness also counts, and conformation should be considered. I don't mind a leg which is less than straight, but I demand a balanced body. Length of neck and depth of girth are always assets. Finally, is the horse's appearance representative of his pedigree? For example, a runner by a very good sire who is not typical of his sire's best get is unlikely to perform at the same level.
"Rages" to Riches? One occurrence could be a simple typo, but two are mighty hard to stomach.
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