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Breeders' Cup 2017

Withers Field to Include Samraat, Uncle Sigh

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Aqueduct Racetrack will continue its stakes series for 3-year-olds on Saturday, February 1 when it hosts the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers. The Withers will be contested at 1 1/16 miles on the inner track and will be joined by the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan, $100,000 Busher, and $100,000 Correction.


In the Withers, Samraat, a 16 ¾-length winner of the Damon Runyon on December 18, is slated to face Uncle Sigh, who broke his maiden by 14 ½ lengths on December 27. Both colts are New York-breds who will be facing open company for the first time in the Withers.


Also expected for the Withers are Classic Giacnroll and Scotland, second and third, respectively, in the Grade 2 Jerome on January 4; Honorable Judge, who won an entry-level allowance in November at Parx Racing; and Street Gent, who captured an Aqueduct maiden race in December.


In the upcoming weeks, Aqueduct will conduct the Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham on March 1 and the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 5. All are points races in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series.


Veteran sprinter Strapping Groom, a 7-year-old,will look to pair up wins on the inner track when he rejoins graded stakes company in the Toboggan. After capturing the Grade 1 Forego this summer at Saratoga Race Course, Strapping Groom was third in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational and fourth in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler before regaining winning form with a 6 ½-length score in the Gravesend Handicap on December 21 at the Big A. Also probable are Dads Caps, second behind Candyman E in the Spooky Mulder on December 13. Bet the Power and Jake N Elwood also are probable for the race.


Fierce Boots, who used front-running tactics to win the Busanda by two lengths, will attempt to double her stakes tally in the Busher for 3-year-old fillies. Also expected for the 1 1/16-mile race are Ballylee, Fleet of Gold, Joint Return, and Vero Amore. Brown Rice is possible. The Busher is a points race in the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series.


The Correction, run at six furlongs for fillies and mares, is likely to attract a group of evenly matched, hard-knocking sprinters headed by Lion D N A, a gritty winner of the Interborough in her latest start, her second win of the inner-track meet. I'm Mom's Favorite and Uno Duo are scheduled to make their 4-year-old debuts after demonstrating plenty of ability at 3, while the well-bred 5-year-old mare, Delightful Quality, will again seek her first stakes victory. Baby J and P J's Superego complete the provisional lineup, with Villette possible for the race.




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a sperm and ova fuse in the same biological way in Turkey as they do in Australia, the genes recombine, cross over, re-mix and develop and individual both above and below the equator at any longitude or latitude as HORSE do not have specialized social structure that differs that much. The same thing with abiliity. Babe Ruth would still be babe Ruth if he were German, Cuban or South African
Talking about a HORSE and I GET DOWN ON MY KNEES from time to time and thank one and all that I escaped from the South (Georgia to be exact) before I soaked up any of that corn pone racist closed minded Bible thumping mentality
Geographic position affects the individual greatly. Take me, for one. I'm a Southern girl. I love warm/hot weather, and if you were to transplant me somewhere up north, I would struggle to adapt. The opposite is also true. Take someone not accustomed to heat and humidity and put them in middle Georgia in the middle of summer, and the results won't be pretty. Personally, if I were the trainers, grooms, jockeys, etc., I'd much rather be in Florida or California right now than in New York because the weather is warmer. Well, it won't be for the next few days as we're expecting snow, but overall, it's warmer.
How does the geographic position on the earth effect the indiviual born there?
He's nice, but doesn't hurt to have fun.
Doubt it Sullivan,NY Breds look to be to good for this bunch.
Scotland tries again here.
When I said SA had no excuse, I meant weather wise. Beautiful weather there, but with the closing and then "un-closing" of Hollywood Park, things have been rather chaotic, shall we say. Matt did a really great article recently talking about how chaotic things have been with everyone trying to figure out where they're shipping their stable to, etc. etc. I went back and read the CHRB minutes in regards to their discussion about the preparations and action surrounding moving horses from Point A. to Point B. Quite frankly, as Matt stated, their minutes are quite laughable. If they are so unorganized, it's no wonder the tracks, etc. are, too.
Sorry, you were right amino. Verrazano did, though, run in the Wood Memorial.
Verrazano, Normandy Invasion, and Vyjack were all in the Wood Memorial. Verrazano did break his maiden, an optional claimer(both at Gulfstream), the Tampa Bay Derby before the Wood Memorial. Normandy Invasion dipped his toe @ Fair Grounds in the Risen Star, before returning to New York. They all returned to New York.
I was not going to say anything,N.I was wintering at Mardi Gras. They did the unthinkable. They shipped to NY for a Stakes Race.
Verrazano was in Florida all winter.
I don't know about that. I remember last year, when Vyjack, Verrazano, and Normandy Invasion stayed in New York. Orb, who was beaten by Vyjack in Vyjack's maiden win, went south for the winter. It sounded like they made a wise choice?
Absolutely not.The weather is not a consideration to them. It is the selective opting for races by connections.SA does have an excuse.They have a shortage of horses. To ship there is a big choir.You are traveling through time changes. In NY ,that is not the issue. The Clowns that have been running the game just liss up to the Big Boys with Bucks in their pockets.They establish these huge purses ,so their buddies can share the wealth. You want to develop the game and stimulate gambling with big fields. Take away money from these counterfit Stakes programs and distribute it to the horse that run on a daily basis.Look what happened at Monmouth Park 3 or 4 years ago,when they had the huge purses for all the races. They had overdrawn fields for almost all of their races,their handles when up. But what do you expect from the elitist venues. Look at NY,the racing commitee. When you have the Bobby Flays and many other Blue Bloods on the board.Which way do you think their vote will go towards. Lets see. Us with the nice horse.Or the lowly every day claiming and Allowance trainers.
Santa Anita certainly has no excuses, but I do have to wonder if the small field size(s) at Aqueduct has anything to do with the atrocious weather. In terms of KY Derby & Oaks prepping, most trainers have their 1st-stringers in warmer locales, but as I said, I have to wonder if trainers are shipping more of their string south for the warmer, better weather.
Unfortunately what comes around goes around in the racing game and their attempt to self destruct.Here you have a G3 race for $250,000 for 3 year olds. To add to the fun,they are offering points for the Derby. Yet only 6 show up to answer the bell. Even if they did not add the points.How can so many pass this up.Let me add that of the 6. 2 of the entrants would have a hard time outfinishing a relay team that consisted of 3 humans.Why if this game goes down the tubes,they have no one to blame but themselves. Sad excuses for the potential demise may sound good.But bottom line,who in their right minds will wager on a race ,where the longshot with a chance to win,goes off at the Odds of 3-1. Great job guys,keep up the good work.
I just like the name Uncle Sigh. Huge Duck Dynasty fan here!
Love Uncle Sigh here

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