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My Pal Chrisy blossoms at Gulfstream

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On paper, it looked to be a two horse race with Grade 1 winner Starship Truffles and Grade 1 placed Wildcat Lily headlining the Musical Romance Stakes at Gulfstream. But any given horse can win on any given day, just like any horse can lose on any day. Well, today was My Pal Chrisy’s day, and she made the most of the opportunity presented to her.
In my preview to today’s stakes race at the South Florida track, I stated that My Pal Chrisy was a solid and honest mare, but I didn’t think she could win unless the speed collapsed on the front end and the pacesetters back pedaled in the stretch. Turns out, the scenario I presented in which she could win was exactly what happened.
With all the speed drawn to the inside, it was a mad dash to the front at the break. Wildcat Lily shot up the inside from her rail position while just to her inside, Starship Truffles and Bringingdown Babel went with her. Wildcat Lily, with Starship Truffles glued to her shoulder, ran the first quarter in 22:50 and the half in 45:30. Turning for home, Appealing Stella, who had been patiently stalking the leaders through the first parts of the race, gained a narrow advantage in the stretch, but My Pal Chrisy finished best of all. Closing from last in the field of seven, she blew right past Appealing Stella and drew away to a 2 length victory.
The daughter of Alex’s Pal paid $7.20/$4.80/$3.20 as the third betting choice and completed the 6 ½-furlong event in 1.16:41. Appealing Stella ($8.20/$4.80) utilized her stalking trip to finish 2nd, and Starship Truffles ($2.80) managed to hold third. Bringingdown Babel, Sure Route, Wildcat Lily, and longshot Isabelle’s Thunder completed the order of finish.
Aside from a pair of races earlier in the year in which she finished 5th after not being able to make any headway against a pedestrian pace, My Pal Chrisy is having her best career season to date. She has put together an 8:2-1-3 record for the year while earning $236,100. Her victory today put her in the same category as Black Diamond Cat; both are dual stakes winners at Gulfstream’s summer meet and top the leader board in terms of wins and money earned at the meet.
My Pal Chrisy has always been a hard-knocking runner, but she has really blossomed since being purchased by Miller Racing and transferred to Marty Wolfson’s barn. Since the purchase and trainer switch, My Pal Chrisy has gone two for two with both wins coming in stakes races at Gulfstream Park. Last month she won the Paseana Stakes by 6 ¾-lengths, a race in which she was also able to benefit from a hot early pace. Though she hasn’t quite reached the upper echelon in her division, something tells me that we are just starting to see the best of My Pal Chrisy. 


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At this point, I believe it would be in Calder and CDI's best interests to just bow out gracefully. It is never a good sign when horsemen that have had their string at that track for years pack up camp and move across town. Add the loss of two big cards, purse cuts, and continuing revenue loss, and I just don't see how Calder can dig itself out of the hole in which it currently sits.
Floridaf. You are quite right about Calder's relations with horsemen. I just wonder if CDI wants to run Calder into the ground, unload it and try and keep the casino which is making money and cut a deal with Frank for some simulcasting monies.
Calder isn't doing itself any favors by alienating the horsemen with their absurd policies. On top of not allowing horses to ship to Gulfstream to race and them come back to Calder, they've cut the purses on the overnight stakes by 12%. Why run for the winner's share of $48400-$66,000 when you can ship right across town and run for the winner's share of $100,000?
The whole issue in Florida is the simulcasting. This is why the tracks are running head to head. Also if you take a look at CDI's annual report to shareholders, you will find that Calder race track is their money losing venture. The slots are ok at bringing in money, but the track loses money and a lot of it according to their annual report. I think CDI would dump Calder if they could keep some of the simulcasting revenues. As to Stronach, I have never been a fan of his power politics with the various racetrack venues in which he has a stake.
I heard that for years: does ANYONE want this clown to have a monopoly doewn there knowing how he already screwed up racing nationally? Don't thnk so.
As soon as Stronach re-renovates the grandstand at Gulfstream like Ritvo said they were going to do, bye bye Calder....
Stronach can only do so much. The FTBOA and the FHBPA evidently like what Stronach and GP are doing, otherwise they wouldn't agree to allocate funds to them rather than Calder.
Sullivan- You mean CDI screwing HAWTHORNE. They can take as good as they give....
You mean Stronach screwing Calder?
This meet is more important than you might think, tv. Part of the bigger chess match that is South Florida racing right now.
some one watches that current meeting???
I think she deserves an oppotunity to go west but the eligibility fee is pretty steep.
Wolfson wants her to go and thinks she's good enough, but she's not Breeders' Cup eligible.
Impressive late run ... Santa Anita bound?

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