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Breeders' Cup 2017

Wise Dan, Groupie Doll and Heavy Rains: Photos

Wise Dan Heidi
Photo: Heidi Carpenter


On Saturday, heavy rains moved into Keeneland as lady luck left and two of the heavy favorites of the day fell. But despite the rain and losses, I had a wonderful time; if anything, the rains allowed me to take some interesting photos.

Champion sprinter Groupie Doll was happy to pose for photographs--she knew what cameras meant! She was defending her title in the Thoroughbred Club of America (Gr. II) sprint stakes.


Groupie Doll pauses to touch her nose to her handler.


Groupie Doll


Gypsy Robin was a talented challenger...


...as was Judy the Beauty.


Groupie Doll, Rajiv Maragh up.


The fillies and mares in the Thoroughbred Club of America stakes walk to the starting gate as the sky threatened to release the first of the torrential rains. Groupie Doll ended up finishing 3rd, behind Gypsy Robin and winner Judy the Beauty.


Winding Way, a full sister to Kauai Katie, was entered in the First Lady Stakes (Gr. I). Her blaze suggested the origins of her name.


Daisy Devine is a personal favorite!


Say (IRE), a stunning daughter of Galileo, was perfectly behaved while being saddled.


Then the sky upened up and the first of the day's heavy rains came down. Here, Better Lucky and her handler hurry for cover.


The fillies and mares prepare to leave the saddling paddock in the rain.


Despite her name, Dayatthespa was initially reluctant to leave the shelter of her saddling stall.


The rains were so heavy that I could barely see the start of the First Lady.


Better Lucky wins the First Lady, with Dayatthespa a close 2nd and Daisy Devine 3rd.


 It was then announced that the feature race of the day, the Shadwell Turf Mile, was off the turf. It was clear that Keeneland's polytrack was also drenched, as displayed by the field of the Dixiana Breeder's Futurity (Gr. II), which was won by We Miss Artie.


Silver Max was ready to make history in the Shadwell Turf Mile (Gr. I).


Charlie LoPresti-trained Turallure was as handsome as ever in the rain.


Jockey John Velazquez arrives for another LoPresti trainee, Wise Dan.


LoPresti paid careful attention to his star horse; this included stretching out his forelegs as Velazquez looked on.


Riders up for the Shadwell!


Silver Max, Robby Albarado up.


Wise Dan, John Velazquez up.


The start of the Shadwell.


Wise Dan attempts to claim a good position in the race. He ended up being bumped and going wide around both turns.


Wise Dan in the middle of his powerful stretch drive. He came close but was unable to catch the front-running Silver Max.


Wise Dan being walked back to his barn by his disappointed handlers.

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I saw what you meant about Rajiv hustling her from the start. My only guess there aside from what you mentioned is that maybe he didn't want to be as far back in the early stages as they were in the Masters. I do tend to look at race placement. It's not a huge factor, but I have found that it does play a part in how a horse performs from time to time.
My thing with the race is,it does not matter to me where a horse is situated during the race.As long as they are doing it on their own. Every other race i saw her,she breaks and settles.Then she unleashes that powerful run that we have become so accustomed to seeing. In this race,Rajiv had her on a strong hand ride almost 20 yards after the gates opened.Look at the replay,Look at Johhnny right behind him.Judy was in a hammerlock,that is the type of race i expected.If she did not win,at least she would of finished up nice and strong.This would of set her up perfect for the upcoming Sprint. I do not think,that she got out of therace what she should have. I think to much emphasis was put in trying to win the race that day.In Rajivs defense.If he felt that she was not her normal self,and that he had to urge her to run.Then it becomes a new Ballgame for me at least.Then i am going into the race looking to beat her.Since she will most likely be odds on.
I think I'm good for a while, thanks. That is until my router completely goes kaput lol But back to Groupie Doll. Her style has been a bit all over the place. In terms of her recent form, she was no closer to the pace length-wise than she has been in the past, but she was closer position-wise (using the 1/2 mile call as my point of reference). Earlier in her career, it wasn't unusual for her to set the pace, but she hasn't done that recently except in last year's Humana. On average, though, she generally is somewhere between 3rd and 5th at the 1/2 mile call, but this past weekend she was 2nd.
Glad to have you back,hope all technical issyes are over with.Without letting cat out of the bag,Amino has been none to cause havoc over the airways(lol)
This is something I'm not 100% sure about and will have to go back and look into, but it seemed to me that she was closer to the pace than normal. BUT, like I said, I'd have to go back and look into that further.
I agree,i am just hoping with a different pilot or somebody new laying out the strategy.Last time they ran her off her feet from the start. Just settle her and make her happy.She will reward you.
Tom, my apologies for taking so long to get back to you. I have had technical difficulties on my end for the past couple of days. In regards to Groupie Doll's race, I believe that she, like Wise Dan, may have bounced a tiny bit coming off a record setting performance. However, she still ran a very good race, and this wasn't the goal anyway. I still have full confidence in her going into the BC F&M Sprint.
I have to say, "Hey wait, I'm still you're mom. Look at my expression."
If that is a cry for you wanting help, amino, I will try. A few of my kids don't edit out even the most horrendous parts of their stories.
Wonderful photos and comments. Thanks.
Have the same situation with the stepdaughter >> thinks only telling the favorable part of the truth is perfectly fine. Both are very fine coults.
Common blabs,i call them as i see them.Are you trying to get me to say that my boy Havana ,was not as good as i am leading up to????????????
So it was scraped on last Saturday @ Belmont? Big Time scrape?
Anne ,i am a big believer that on these big days,they scrape the track surface to insure fast times.If we get the same track as we had last year,and Tiger and Artemis draw posts 1/2 . Then flip a coin for who wis and the loser of that race will finish 2nd.
Well, thanks for helping me feel better that she is not unbeatable. I don't want to bet on this race either. I'm just hoping that She's a Tiger has a chance. I think with Gary S riding that she will and thanks to you I will hope for one of those 3 inside posts.
Personally,assuming all is even .Ilike either Fascinating or the Mike Hushion Charge Artemis Argrotera. If i can get Artemis to draw within the 3 inside posts.She becomes a very inviting play.
Anneshaw,thank you for the kind words. Please do not interpet my views on her as negative.With the trouble she had in the race ,she was magnifient to win.The ride was also spectacular. My problem was,although i loved the 2nd place finisher also.She was 6 wide the entire trip and on both turns.For her to of still run a close 2nd.I must question the competition.i will not get into her breeding.Although i am very familiar with it,i stay away from it.Being by Artie Schiller,one would pressume she is turf bred and should like the carpet.So far she has proven that to be true. Until she shows me that she can handle the dirt as well as she handled the other 2 surfaces.I can't and won't compare her to any other filly in that race.If you could magically guarantee me that she would be the same filly.I would tell you that she is in the top 3 without a doubt.This race and the colt jeuvenile race. I have absolutely no interest in betting.Nor will i put much strength in the winner.The reason is the disance.Being a 2 turn race,and basically starting on the clubhouse turn.A very short run.Any horse breaking from post 7 and out is at a major disadvantage. They are almost yielding 2 to 3 lengths before the gate opens.The only way i am playing eother of these races,is if a horse i like draws good.the competition and hopefully the favorites draw bad.
Tom m I saw your post about MY conquistadory on this thread I do respect your opinion and enjoy your posts. I know you r from ny but please comment on how she stacks up against the California girls. One of them is a special favorite of mine and I've been feeling scared for her. I understand completion and class standards. Thanks for sharing an opinion.
Tom m I saw your post about MY conquistadory on this thread I do respect your opinion and enjoy your posts. I know you r from ny but please comment on how she stacks up against the California girls. One of them is a special favorite of mine and I've been feeling scared for her. I understand completion and class standards. Thanks for sharing an opinion.

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