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2013 Breeders' Cup Filly And Mare Turf: Dank To The Bank

Danks wins the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf
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My preview of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf race was titled, Euro Dollars, and for good reason. DANK, unraced since mid-August after capturing the the G1 Beverly D in her United States debut following a journey from England, ROMANTICA, last seen mid-September when well behind eventual Arc inner Treve in the Prix Vermeille, and ALTERITE, who came to North America following a run in the Triple Crown for fillies in France, ran one-two-three at Santa Anita to take 90% of the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf purse money offered. 


Sent off as the 3-2 race favorite in the 10 furlong event, DANK, under the guidance of Ryan Moore, broke from the rail post and appeared a bit unsettled in the opening part of the race until surprising pace setter EMOLLIENT took control of the lead. The 4-year old DANK was then content to track in second down the backstretch before challenging on the final turn and drawing even with the leader.


The European trained by Sir Michael Stoute took over the front at the top of the stretch, and proceeded to hold off the late charging French invader ROMANTICA nearing the wire to post a half-length victory in a record time of 1:53.73. ALTERITE, ridden by Javier Castellano, who was a late substitute for injured jockey John Velazquez, who was involved in an accident one race prior, finished third. EMOLLIENT held on for fourth to round out the superfecta. 


The winner is owned by Mrs. James Wigan, and has now won seven of 12 career starts.


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Hi, my name is Nick Costa a.k.a. Trackman. As for my "nickname" of Trackman, it came about the following way: When people, either friends or family would inquire as to where I was going, my reply was always the same, "I'm going to the track man." I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, about a 30 minute drive from the racetrack, in Fort Erie, Canada.  I was five years old the first time I attended the races. My father, who was a regular at the track, took me to Fort Erie. My first recollections were of just running up and down the stairs to and from our grandstand seats and the walking ring. Of course, after viewing the horses, I would run back up the stairs, and tell my father who to bet. He would look at me quizzically, and then proceed to place a $2 dollar wager on my selection for me. Through the years, with continuous trips to Fort Erie, and also to Woodbine and the now defunct Greenwood, my father would take the time to explain all the information in the Daily Racing Form. After I learned the basics of handicapping, I never met a racing Form I didn't like. If I had spent as much time on my studies as I did reading the Form, I probably could be sitting on the Supreme Court. Those early horse playing days have  lasted into my adulthood, as I still play the races today on a regular basis. But now I have added a couple of new dimensions. First, I officially became a licensed thoroughbred race horse owner back in 2000, fulfilling a dream come true. Fort Erie, where I mostly play the races and race my horses, is still my favorite track. It's my home track, where I fell in love with everything about the sport. In addition to the tracks mentioned that I visited with my father, I have graced the grounds of Churchill
Downs (Derby 134 and several Breeders' Cups), Saratoga, Mountaineer, Gulfstream Park, Sam Houston Race Track, Presque Isle, Monmouth Park and Belmont Park. Second, I started to write a few years ago when I started my own blog, called Triple Crown Chase.

The blog was established to provide some personal insight about the horses and trainers who compete against one another in the 3 yr old prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. I preview and review the preps races and extend coverage to include the Preakness and Belmont. Last year, my blog previewed the Canadian Triple Crown races for the first time. The second leg, The Prince Of Wales Stakes, is run at my home track of Fort Erie. I am honored and thrilled to be on board with Horse Racing Nation and I want to thank everyone for their support.

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