Woooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Yes Yes YES! Rachel is confirmed to be going to the Woodward Stakes on Sept. 5 to face older males. I knew they would pick this race but still I was nervous they wouldn't. No filly or mare has won this race ever. If she does boy...she is going to be more special if that's even possible. She's going to be facing males like Da'tara, Bullsbay, It's a bird, Cool Coal Man and Asiatic Boy.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
At first I thought this race wasn't as special as everyone else was making it out to be. But then I saw the replay. And wow...what a performance from an up and coming 2 year old colt called D'Funnybone. Could be a Derby contender next year. He's one to watch now.
I expected a Dashing Debby victory only to be surprised and see Worstcasescenario as the winner of the Adirondack Stakes Wednesday.
A very nice leggy filly but she has the most odd pedigree.
Her dam did nothing much as a racehorse and I've never heard of her sire. Hopefully she will fill out some more and continue on her winning ways.
Have a great evening!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
What great racing we had this weekend. Here's a recap of the races.
Jacques le Marois in France
Goldikova, the winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Mile wins the Jacques le Marois in France.
Monmouth Oaks at Monmouth Park
Just Jenda makes it look easy in the Monmouth Oaks.
Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga
Telling shocks at 33-1 odds and the old iron horse Better Talk Now second.
John C. Mabee at Del mar
Magical Fantasy reels in Patricia's Gem and Gotta have her to win the John C. Mabee
Longarces Mile at Emerald Downs
Assessment puts in another shocker this weekend by winning the Longarces Mile over favored Awesome Gem. (Disappointed with Awesome Gem here.)
Lots of winning longshots this weekend huh? I'm really disappointed with Awesome Gem. Thought that race would have been easy for him. Magical Fantasy, Just Jenda and Goldikova did make up for that though with their wins. I'm absolutely tickled pink with Better Talk Now's performance. I've always been on his bandwagon and even though he didn't win second is pretty good for a guy his age.
Have a great evening!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wow it's been awhile since I've posted here. Still haven't buckled down enough to post at least every week. LOL. Ah well.
AsI watched on Calracing the warmup before the Clement Hirsch there was one horse that stood out to me besides Zenyatta. It was an Irish bred five year old who had group placed in France beforehand by the name of Anaaba's Creation. She was looking good and I had a twinge of fear that if one horse was going to beat Zenyatta today it would be her. And I was almost right. An overconfident ride by Mike Smith along with the short stretch of Del mar was almost the undoing of Zenyatta's 12 race winning streak. It was a pulsating stretch drive. I doubt that she could have gotten beat by the way she still had her ears pricked in the photo. It was the way Mike Smith rode her that almost got her beat. Zenyatta, being the big muscled mare she is, takes awhile to get going and Mike didn't give her enough time to rev up. Hopefully he won't underestimate the competition next time out. Including the terrible ride he gave Mine that Bird and now Zenyatta? Three strikes and you're out.
Now this weekend's racing isn't as exciting but it does have some familiar faces.
Just Jenda looms large in Monmouth Oaks.
Sword dancer features some old favorites.
Awesome Gem favored in Longarces Mile.
John C. Mabee looks wide open.
Goldikova expected in Jacques le Marois in France.
Also Rachel puts in Rachelesque work and Summer Bird hates the grass.
Can't say I'm not surprised that Rachel's connections are considering the Woodward and going against older males. If she doesn't go to the Breeder's Cup then winning the Woodward would be a great place to go to lock in Horse of the year honors.
Charitable Man unsure on Travers.
Thorn Song out with foot abcesses.
Also check out Thorn Song's last race in the Eddie Read. It's a wild one on the first turn.
NTRA is a great place to watch videos on races your missed as well.
Whew! It's hard to catch up on all of the news when you've been gone. Now I'm going to start my picks and get back to you guys later! Have a great day!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Another win under Rachel's belt. Now if only Zenyatta's owners would get them together in a race! Rachel is definitely the best horse in America right now. No doubts in my mind.