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Stay Thirsty One of Five Stakes Winners for Repole

Mike Repole did not send any horses to Santa Anita for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup. Instead he designated Thanksgiving weekend at Aqueduct as the “Repole Breeders’ Cup”. He entered horses in six stakes races over three days and his blue and orange silks found the winners’ circle an amazing five times.
The Repole friends and family were out in force on Saturday.  They were there to share what Mike Repole had planned to be a big day. With each victory the crowd erupted. After the Cigar Mile Repole summed up the last few days, “Aqueduct is not the prettiest place in the world, but it means a lot to me, it means lot to my friends, it means a lot to my family. I grew up 10 minutes from here. I said, ‘this is my Breeders’ Cup weekend.’ We won four graded stakes. I don’t care how long I’m in racing, you’re not going to win three graded stakes in a row, two with 2-year-olds and one with Stay Thirsty, who means so much to me. This is a special, special bittersweet moment, to go out a winner, beating Groupie Doll, who’s going to win the Eclipse Award. He had the lead one time, and it happened to be when the wire came up. What a great feeling to win three stakes in a row; just amazing.”
First on Thanksgiving afternoon, Caixa Eletronica won for the 19th time in his career taking the $150,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (G3). On Friday Repole took the overnight Super Mario Stakes for two year-olds on the turf with Notacatbutallama.
Unlimited Budget won the Demoiselle (G2) after having just broken her maiden 2 weeks earlier. This daughter of Street Sense was a $475,000 purchase in March at the Ocala sale for two year-olds. Trainer Todd Pletcher talked about their strategy, “You’re always concerned running back a little quick, but she seemed to bounce out of the race pretty well, physically and mentally. She did everything right, never seemed to turn a hair, and came back with a really good work the other day. We felt it was a calculated risk. For only her second start, it was a big effort. We thought she breezed really well at OBS and has a nice blend of stamina and speed. Very classy filly.”
Overanalyze won his second graded stakes race in the Remsen (G2). Along with the $150,000 winner’s share of the purse comes 10 qualifying points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Jockey Ramon Dominguez described the gutsy win, “When [Normandy Invasion] came to me, he actually got ahead of me. I wasn’t happy about that. My horse was taking sand by that point, but I kept after him and he kept on coming. I was very proud of the way he came back at the other horse. The other horse never stopped running. It was actually my horse doing the comeback. I was very pleased about that.”
The victory in the Cigar Mile was the fifth in the career of Stay Thirsty and that boosted his earnings to just below the $2,000,000 mark.  This was the last race of his career and he will now head to Coolmore for his stallion duties. Stay Thirsty has been the heart of the Repole Stable over the past three years. Pletcher said, “He was successful at 2 and won races like the Jim Dandy and Travers at 3, and the breeders love milers. He proved today he can be versatile enough to do all of those things. It was a huge win for him.”
Repole said, “It was Stay Thirsty that got me to the Kentucky Derby. It was Stay Thirsty that got me my Travers and now it was Stay Thirsty that got me the Cigar Mile. Stay Thirsty is a great great horse.”
Along with the five stakes trophies the Repole Stable took home $648,000 in purses for the wins. On his 36th birthday, Dominguez won three of the graded stakes and a total of five races today.


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The Sigmund Sommer stable was a leading $$$ winner throughout the decade of the 70's. He had a boatload of top horses including Sham< Autobiography, Never Bow, Big Shot and Prince Dantan. Left an estate of 1 Billion 1979 dollars. Sommer and Pancho Martin were among the main faces of NY racing so it was a hell of a lot more than luck going for them. Highly ignorant and disrespctful to paint Sigmund Sommer as a flash in the pan.
Soemtimes owners get lucky ...I remember Sigmund Summer one season could do not wrong. Next year two of his best had to be eutahnized....It is PURE LUCK
His other point was that the BC shouldn't become stationary at SA. If that was going to be the case he stated he would hold and finance his own "Empire Games." I believe that's reasonable. Unless another multi billionaire stepped up I believe he could have created purses as to make the BC irrelevant and still broken even. However he didn't, which would indicate he was venting as we all do now and then.
So Repole, a self made millionaire (not a silver spooner or ponzi schemer) who started out as a fan and player before progressing to owner and has invested millions in racing, consistently advocating for the sport/business including responsible retirements for the animal athletes is the worst thing to happen to racing because he is fond of self promotion? OK
He may just be misinformed about Salix. At least he didn't go through with staging his own championship series at Belmont. I think the man does have a few positive attributes. Not to try to squelch anyone's venting.
Can't stand the Jerk and needs to find another hobby to give a Black Eye to and I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way about this Cocky Idiot you needs someone to stick their foot up his Cocky A$$.
He is a show off and commands the spot light and owners like him are not needed in the Sport of Kings. especially when they want to make their own rule s and don't like to follow the same rules that every other owner plays by and if the rules are not changed to his way he picks his toys up and goes home thats of course after he throws a tantremt
who cares about cry baby Repole who if he doesn't get his way hurts the Sport of Kings by doing what he did this year by not showing up to the BC at Santa Anita and denying all the racing fans to see
we are NEVER allowed to make a "hard" copy of any photo for fear it will be doctored and then come back to cause trouble later on.
I couldn't post it as I don't know the rules or the laws that apply. That one point in time is the only time he ever led, once.
If you are interested the Cigar Mile photo finish picture is posted in ZIpse's blog --->
I got it and played it in very slow motion. The head bob at the finish line was the only point in the race ST was ahead.
She was ahead and then he ran past her...Hence the Ran her Down... He did Run her down..
Stay Thirsty didn't exactly "run her down". He got lucky by bobbing his head down at the right split second. It was worse than Blame and big Z. Razor close, sickening.
Just watched the Cigar Mile again & still can't believe Stay Thirsty ran her down. Both ran great, but I can't wait to see what Groupie Doll will accomplish next year.
Good luck in your second sport, Stay Thirsty!
Uncle Mo won him his first grade 1.
I was so much hoping "dollface" would win this one. If you have to lose, it's not as painful to get creamed as it is to get skimmed. Sad, crappy day today.
Repole did so well this weekend, and to think that he shunned the BC. Guess he's not any worse off, for his stand. Still has his eye on the Derby.
Repole had an awesome weekend. Ramon D had five winners today! Best jockey in the sport, no doubt.

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