Saturday, March 14, 2009

Upsets and major wins

Old Fashioned was upsetted today by Win Willy in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. Wow....I'm just speechless right now. I gotta say that I'm pretty disappointed about the outcome of this race. He effortlessly took command at the top of the stretch. Then Win Willy just blew by Old fashioned and it just made me spellbound. I'm going to have to think some more on this race. I have no clue what Larry Jones is going to do now.

1.Win willy
2.Old fashioned
4.Captain Cherokee
5.Silver City
6.Pointing Home
7.His Greatness
8.Hamazing Destiny
9.Wise Kid

Now onto the Tampa Bay Derby. Musket Man was able to win by a neck today. He did rebound tremendously from his poor finish in the Sam F. Davis stakes. He's not going to make my top 10 by any means but he is showing some class. Hello Broadway definitely isn't turning out like his brother Nobiz like Shobiz with this finish. I don't think he is turning out to be Derby material.

1.Musket Man
2.Join in the Dance
4.Nowhere to Hide
5.General Quarters
6.Bear's Rocket
7.Hello Broadway
8.Warrior's Reward
10.Perfect Bull

Meanwhile, Friesan Fire demolished the field in the Louisana Derby. This was just as impressive as Old fashioned loss was disappointing. I mean wow...he is really improving with winning on such a sloppy track. Larry Jones seemed very pleased with his performance. "He's definitely going to Keeneland (to train)," Larry Jones said when asked about upcoming plans. "He's headed there next week. We'll analyze his numbers to think if he can run a Derby winning number off this race or if we need to get another race into him.
"He probably has more races under his belt than anyone who's in contention for the Derby," Jones added. "He already has seven races."
I'm very happy with this outcome and with me picking the top two finishers. Friesan Fire is HOT!

1.Friesan Fire
2.Papa Clem
4.Giant Oak
5.Soul warrior
6.Flying Pegasus
7.Uno Mas
9.Free Country

Finally the San Felipe at Santa Anita. I'm not surprised that Pioneerofthenile won but I was surprised at how hard he had to work to win. It reminde me of Stardom Bound's race but not as close. I think he'll be dropping in my top ten now. I've just never been that impressed with him and this win was no different. Bob Baffert had this to say. "He's becoming very professional," Baffert noted. "He was a May foal, so he's not even three yet. I like what I saw today. This will tighten the screws up for the (April 4) Santa Anita Derby (G1). It won't be like this in the Santa Anita Derby, because he'll have (The) Pamplemousse (Kafwain). I just wanted to get through here. He sat there and did the right thing. I was a little bit nervous today because it looked too easy on paper, and usually, that's when things go wrong."

2.Fiesty Suances
4.He's Really Big
6.New Bay

I do have to say something about the Fair Grounds Oaks. Rachel Alexandra was amazing. I do have to say I like Calvin Borel but I'm very surprised that he began to gear her down in the final sixteenth and was celebrating. I can understand doing that close to the wire but that far in advance? Oh Calvin......

Now the workouts for today.


Gulfstream Park
Five furlongs
59:80 Handily

Palm Meadows Training Center
Five furlongs
1.01:40 Handily

My updated Top Ten list

1.The Pamplemousse
2.Old fashioned
3.Friesan Fire
4.I Want Revenge
7.Desert Party
9.Win Willy

I will be giving Old fashioned one more chance before I drop him any lower. As for Win Willy I was impressed with his win but he'll have a bit more proving to do before he climbs any higher.
Have a great night!


  1. fresian fire was awesome and i have the same top 3.i too was stunned by o.f...kinda looked like they thought they had already won till it was too late.more racing to come.pon doesn't do it for me but i really like the mousse..i think he is the one to watch from the west

  2. I guess great minds think alike. Lol. I definitely think the Mousse is the class of the west right now. I don't know what Ramon Dominguez was thinking when he was so close to that hot pace.