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Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 28, 2007, 06:45 PM
I wonder if the hatfull of G1s at Belmont this weekend has been canceled?
Heard there's some race in KY too, might even be a Derby winner running it.

Timex
Sep. 28, 2007, 06:57 PM
why would they be cancelled? i haven't heard a thing about any races at belmont getting cancelled.

miss_critic
Sep. 28, 2007, 09:39 PM
That's one funny heading Drvmb-before I noticed who posted it I was thinking-What hole do they live in???? ;)

This is one weekend I am reallllllllllllllllly upset I don't have TVG. It's like the best BC prep weekend ever! Ok, maybe not ever, but in a long time. And, OMG, there are like the 4 top Triple Crown runners participating...like, what planet did we land on?

miss_critic
Sep. 28, 2007, 09:53 PM
Hey, what is going on with Teuflesberg? He was supposedly being considered for the Vosburgh and did not appear-this would be his 3rd race he has been scratched. I am curious what this dispute is?!

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 28, 2007, 10:21 PM
Maybe Tuef's connections saw Discreet Cat and exited stage left:).

Of all the races this weekend, DC's return is the one I'm most eagerly anticipating. I'm curious to see if the whole Throat infection deal back in march that supposedly hindered him in the DWC was BS or not. If it's the truth, then this horse is still the 900lb gorilla of world horse racing.

harvestmoon
Sep. 28, 2007, 10:24 PM
Street Sense and Hard Spun are running at Turfway tomorrow, I believe.

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 28, 2007, 10:36 PM
Los big races this weekend. Some good horses running over the course of the weekend, though all in all no real stacked fields.

At Belmont:

Beldame,
G1, 9f, f/m, 3+, $600k
1 Miss Shop (FL) 4 Filly 123 Javier Castellano
2 Ginger Punch (FL) 4 Filly 123 Rafael Bejarano
3 Indian Vale (ON) 5 Mare 123 John R. Velazquez
4 Ice Cool Kitty (NY) 4 Filly 123 Michael J. Luzzi
5 Unbridled Belle (KY) 4 Filly 123 Ramon A. Dominguez
6 Mo Cuishle (KY) 4 Filly 123 Eibar Coa
7 Balance (KY) 4 Filly 123 Victor Espinoza
8 Sugar Shake (KY) 4 Filly 123 Rafael Bejarano



Vosburg
G1, 6f, 3+, $400k
1 Fabulous Strike (PA) 4 Gelding 124 Ramon A. Dominguez
2 Park Avenue Ball (NJ) 5 Horse 124 Rafael Bejarano
3 E Z Warrior (KY) 3 Colt 122 Victor Espinoza
4 Discreet Cat (KY) 4 Colt 124 Garrett K. Gomez
5 First Defence (KY) 3 Colt 122 Javier Castellano
6 Mach Ride (FL) 4 Colt 124 Elvis Trujillo
7 Will He Shine (KY) 5 Horse 124 Alan Garcia
8 Talent Search (KY) 4 Colt 124 Ryan Fogelsonger


Jockey Club Gold Cup
G1, 1¼m, 3+, $750k
1 Brother Bobby (KY) 4 Gelding 126 Stewart Elliott
2 Sun King (KY) 5 Horse 126 Alan Garcia
3 Political Force (KY) 4 Colt 126 Cornelio H. Velasquez
4 Malibu Moonshine (FL) 5 Horse 126 Channing Hill
5 Curlin (KY) 3 Colt 122 Robby Albarado
6 Lawyer Ron (KY) 4 Colt 126 John R. Velazquez
7 Indy Wind (KY) 5 Horse 126 Rafael Bejarano



Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
G1, 1½m, 3+, Turf, $500k
1 English Channel (KY) 5 Horse 126 John R. Velazquez
2 Mustanfar (KY) 6 Horse 126 Garrett K. Gomez
3 Mission Approved (NY) 3 Colt 121 Eibar Coa
4 Kiss the Kid (KY) 4 Colt 126 Stewart Elliott
5 Interpatation (KY) 5 Gelding 126 Jose L. Espinoza
6 Stream of Gold (IRE) 6 Gelding 126 Eddie Castro
7 Green Girl (FR) 5 Mare 123 Alan Garcia

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 28, 2007, 10:47 PM
On to Kentucky, on the polytrack at Turfway Park, the Derby 1-2 go head to head again over a distance that probably suits Hard Spun better.

Kentucky Cup Classic
G2, 9f, 3+, $200k
1 Hard Spun (PA) 3 Colt 118 Mario G. Pino
2 Cat Shaker (KY) 5 Horse 118 Charles R. Woods, Jr.
3 Street Sense (KY) 3 Colt 120 Calvin H. Borel
4 Stream Cat (KY) 4 Gelding 118 Julien R. Leparoux
5 Muqbil (KY) 7 Horse 118 Willie Martinez


The out west, to sunny Californ-eye-ay, and the Cushion track at Santa Anita, where Lava Man looks to get back to winning ways.

Goodwood Breeder's Cup
G1, 9f, 3+, $400k
1. Arson Squad (PA), Victor Espinoza
2. Hello Sunday (FR), Brice Blanc
3. Lewis Michael (KY), E. T. Baird
4. Tiago (KY), Mike E. Smith
5. Porfido (CHI), Joel Rosario
6. Big Booster (KY), Michael C. Baze
7. Lava Man (CA), Corey S. Nakatani
8. Awesome Gem (KY), David R. Flores
9. A. P. Xcellent (KY), Jose Valdivia, Jr.
10. Wanna Runner (ON), Tyler Baze


The G1 Norfolk Stakes for the babies will be run at Santa Anita on Sunday.
There's also a G2 in Chicago this weekend, the Hawthorne Gold Cup, with a les than spectacular field

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 28, 2007, 10:58 PM
Meanwhile, on the right side of the big pond, the top milers in Europe will line up at Ascot to do battle in the Queen Elizabeth II stakes. A notable absentee will be last year's winner George Washington, who was pulled by trainer Aidan O'Brien, with no real explanation other than they wanted to point him towards something else

QEII Stakes
G1, 1m, 3+, ~$450k
1 Blue Ksar (129)
2 Cesare (129)
3 Dunelight (129)
4 Ramonti (129)
5 Stormy River (129)
6 Nanina (126)
7 Duke of Marmalade (125)
8 Excellent Art (125)
9 Vital Equine (125)
10 Darjina (122)

Dreamboat Annie
Sep. 28, 2007, 11:08 PM
Humm I wonder which races will be aired on regular tv? I will have to look them up, and see....thanks for the heads up on the big races this weekend, I knew I liked this forum! :)

Barnfairy
Sep. 28, 2007, 11:34 PM
Humm I wonder which races will be aired on regular tv? I will have to look them up, and see....thanks for the heads up on the big races this weekend, I knew I liked this forum! :)For those who don't feel like looking it up:

ESPN Sept 30, 4 pm

Jockey Club Gold Cup
Beldame Stakes
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
Vosburgh Stakes
Goodwood Handicap

Linny
Sep. 29, 2007, 01:00 AM
I'll be at Belmont on Sunday. Any other intrepid souls?

Also, on Sat at BEL they run the Kelso at 1 mile on grass and the Flower Bowl Invititional for fillies and mares at 10f on grass.

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 29, 2007, 01:53 AM
Yikes, I forgot to post the Flower Bowl, thanks for the reminder. That has one of the nicest fields of the weekend, Wait a While, Alexander Tango, My Typhoon and the German bred filly, Royal Highness (love those Monsun horses).

FlowerBowl Invt
G1, 1¼m, Turf, 3+, $600k
1 Lahudood (GB) 4 Filly 119 Alan Garcia
2 Hostess (KY) 4 Filly 119 Channing Hill
3 Masseuse (KY) 5 Mare 121 Javier Castellano
4 Alexander Tango (IRE) 3 Filly 119 Shaun Bridgmohan
5 My Typhoon (IRE) 5 Mare 123 Eddie Castro
6 Wait a While (KY) 4 Filly 121 Garrett K. Gomez
7 Rosinka (IRE) 4 Filly 119 Jeremy Rose
8 Royal Highness (GER) 5 Mare 123 Rene R. Douglas
9 Argentina (IRE) 5 Mare 119 Kent J. Desormeaux

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 29, 2007, 02:00 AM
The Kelso will likely throw up the US based contenders for the BC Mile. After Market looks to be the pick of the litter here, at least most accomplished, but they've given him a bit of weight to carry.


The Kelso H'cap
G2, 1m, Turf, 3+, $250k
1 Palace Episode (KY) 4 Colt 116 Jean-Luc Samyn
2 Jet Propulsion (FL) 4 Gelding 116 Eduardo O. Nunez
3 Kavafi (IRE) 5 Horse 116 Eibar Coa
4 English Colony (GB) 3 Ridgling 113 Cornelio H. Velasquez
5 After Market (KY) 4 Colt 124 Alex O. Solis
6 Trippi's Storm (FL) 4 Gelding 115 Javier Castellano
7 Strike a Deal (KY) 3 Colt 114 Ramon A. Dominguez
8 Icy Atlantic (FL) 6 Horse 117 John R. Velazquez
9 Got the Last Laugh (KY) 3 Colt 112 Kent J. Desormeaux
10 Woodlander (KY) 5 Horse 114 Eddie Castro

JER
Sep. 29, 2007, 02:57 AM
(And next week, it's time for the Arc. My favorite flat race.)

Linny
Sep. 29, 2007, 10:03 AM
Keep an eye on English COLONY in the Kelso. He's once beaten and trained by one of my favorite horsemen, Angel Penna Jr. He lost his debut in Fla, had throat surgery afterwards and has run unbeaten since. He's never faced this kind but Penna doesn't just toss them in without alot of thought. After Market is one of the leading US grass horses and ships in from SoCal for this event. If he should stub his toe, look for English Colony (not English Channel!:cool:) to be ready to pounce.

As a side note, English Colony will carry the colors of the late Martha F Gerry. These are the silks made famous by Forego. Mrs Gerry died about 2 weeks ago. I know that Penna really wanted her horse Chatain to contest the Forego H at SAR but his poor feet kept him home. It would have marked Mrs Gerry's final G1 appearance. The Kelso is a G2, but named after another great gelding so I think that a win here would be a most fitting tribute to a lady who did alot for the game.

Pronzini
Sep. 29, 2007, 10:37 AM
One of the best races this weekend hasn't been mentioned yet-- Nashoba's Key vs Citronnade in the Yellow Ribbon at Oak Tree.

Anyone else going? ;)

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 29, 2007, 01:18 PM
Meanwhile, on the right side of the big pond, the top milers in Europe will line up at Ascot to do battle in the Queen Elizabeth II stakes. A notable absentee will be last year's winner George Washington, who was pulled by trainer Aidan O'Brien, with no real explanation other than they wanted to point him towards something else

QEII Stakes
G1, 1m, 3+, ~$450k
1 Blue Ksar (129)
2 Cesare (129)
3 Dunelight (129)
4 Ramonti (129)
5 Stormy River (129)
6 Nanina (126)
7 Duke of Marmalade (125)
8 Excellent Art (125)
9 Vital Equine (125)
10 Darjina (122)

Looks like the top Miler in Europe was crowned today.

Here's the replay (http://play.www.atr.servecast.net/ppv/atr/frameset.asp?va=ASC_2007_09_29_05_1620) from AtTheRaces, I'll give the result later after Miss C has a chance to see it.

vineyridge
Sep. 29, 2007, 01:21 PM
Thanks, all, for this thread.

abrant
Sep. 29, 2007, 02:11 PM
Umm...

The Hawthorne Gold Cup??


Field Set for 71st Running of Hawthorne Gold Cup



Millennium Farm’s Student Council, fresh off an upset win in the Grade 1, Pacific Classic at Del Mar, was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite in a field of six for the Grade 2, $500,000 1 ¼ mile Hawthorne Gold Cup. The race for three year olds and up will be contested on Saturday, September 29.


Student Council drew the outside post in this select field and, in fact, his trainer Steve Asmussen thinks he landed in “an ideal spot.” The prolific trainer, however, probably has greater concerns than post position as Student Council may still have to prove he is as capable on conventional dirt as he has been on the Polytrack, the surface on which the Pacific Classic was contested.


“He’s a veteran racehorse who has run well over dirt and synthetics, but his record over the Polytrack is tough to ignore,” said Asmussen. “I haven’t had him long. Four days before he went west and a few days since he came back, but we’ve got a sound horse and we’ll find out more in here.”


Jockey Richard Migliore, aboard for the Pacific Classic win, thinks Student Council probably doesn’t need the Polytrack to bring out his best. “This is a sound, long-striding, and athletic horse. My experience is the athletic ones don’t need to bring their track with them.”


If Student Council falters, even slightly, there are other contenders who figure to take full advantage.


Michael Langford’s Jonesboro, a $10,000 supplemental entry, will attempt to stretch his considerable speed beyond 1 1/8 for the first time, but his trainer Randy Morse thinks the extra distance will be right in his wheelhouse. “This horse shows me long loping strides in the morning, so I’ve been wanted to run him longer for quite some time.” “I also don’t think he absolutely needs to be on the lead. Although we were too far back, I thought he showed he could close in the Stephen Foster.”


A. P. Arrow, from the powerhouse barn of Todd Pletcher will, attempt to better his runner-up finish to It’s No Joke in last year’s Gold Cup. A. P. Arrow was the 6-5 favorite in last year’s renewal, and is the 3-1 second choice in the morning line, to make amends.


The race also attracted the claiming star of 2007, Miami Sunrise. Claimed for $10,000 this past April, the Michael Maker conditioned gelding has reeled off four straight victories including the $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Ellis Park.


“It’s been a great run with him, but we’re just taking a chance here,” said Maker. “If we get third in this race, it will be like winning a race somewhere else.”


The field in post position order with jockeys and morning line odds:


1. A.P. Arrow, Rafael Bejarano (3-1); 2. Miami Sunrise, Florent Geroux (8-1); Jonesboro, Chris Emigh (7-2); Extreme Supreme, Tim Thornton ((9-2); Wayzata Bay, Carlos Montalvo (5-1) and Student Council, Richard Migliore (5-2)

miss_critic
Sep. 29, 2007, 02:42 PM
I'll give the result later after Miss C has a chance to see it.

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you !!!

miss_critic
Sep. 29, 2007, 02:44 PM
Has anybody who doesn't have TVG figured out how to watch the races from Turfway online?

Dreamboat Annie
Sep. 29, 2007, 02:49 PM
For those who don't feel like looking it up:

ESPN Sept 30, 4 pm

Jockey Club Gold Cup
Beldame Stakes
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
Vosburgh Stakes
Goodwood Handicap

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you, I looked and could not find! Now I can set my recorder and watch, then share with my friend who can't be here today to watch! Thank you Barnfairy! :)

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 29, 2007, 02:57 PM
Has anybody who doesn't have TVG figured out how to watch the races from Turfway online?

Youbet is carrying Turfway.

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 29, 2007, 03:02 PM
Goodwood Breeder's Cup
G1, 9f, 3+, $400k
1. Arson Squad (PA), Victor Espinoza
2. Hello Sunday (FR), Brice Blanc
3. Lewis Michael (KY), E. T. Baird
4. Tiago (KY), Mike E. Smith
5. Porfido (CHI), Joel Rosario
6. Big Booster (KY), Michael C. Baze
Scratch-- 7. Lava Man (CA), Corey S. <--- Scratch
8. Awesome Gem (KY), David R. Flores
9. A. P. Xcellent (KY), Jose Valdivia, Jr.
10. Wanna Runner (ON), Tyler Baze



Lava Man is out of the Goodwood.

miss_critic
Sep. 29, 2007, 03:10 PM
I'm kind of glad-I couldn't pick btwn Tiago and Lava Man. Tiago might be our only hope of a nice TC 3 yr old running next year.

miss_critic
Sep. 29, 2007, 03:28 PM
Re: Kentucky Cup:
"SEEM" overmatched? I wonder if Cat Shaker and Muqbil were talked into running to fill the race? If one of them wins, WOW, what an upset.



The other starters seem overmatched. Cat Shaker has won just 3 of 34 starts, while Muqbil was claimed two starts back for $30,000 at Mountaineer Park.

dressagetraks
Sep. 29, 2007, 03:49 PM
Why was Lava Man scratched? Injury?

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 29, 2007, 03:57 PM
Why was Lava Man scratched? Injury?

Apparently not. According to the DRF, he worked 6f at Hollywood Park this morning.


6 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank
B's Lucky Strike 1:16.00 H 14
Belafonte 1:16.80 H 16
Detective (BRZ) 1:14.20 H 7
Dreamed Day 1:14.40 H 8
Eminent Honor 1:14.00 H 6
Friendly Silk 1:15.20 H 9
Fusaichi's Geisha 1:16.40 H 15
I Love Charley 1:13.20 H 3
Immortelle (BRZ) 1:15.20 H 9
Jitterbug Ball 1:15.80 H 12
Lava Man 1:15.20 B 9
Mad About Fuzz 1:17.60 H 17
Overextended 1:15.80 H 12
Relentless Pursuit 1:13.60 H 4
Sportie's Squeeze 1:13.80 H 5
Toasted 1:12.40 H 1
Victory Pete 1:13.00 H 2

I guess they have other plans for him.

Linny
Sep. 29, 2007, 05:08 PM
They may send Lava Man in the Oak Tree Mile or the Clement Hirsch (both on grass) next weekend.

Muqbil was scratched from the KY Cup Classic. He's a "back class horse" with some graded stakes credentials from a while ago. He raced in one claiming event and was claimed for $30k by his current connections who were looking to take him to Tampa bay for the winter turf program there.

miss_critic
Sep. 29, 2007, 06:10 PM
I won't mention any results till the day is done, but anybody catch the Flower Bowl!? Who was that? The girl I really like came in 2nd :)

Linny
Sep. 29, 2007, 07:04 PM
The winner was a Euro import who has been here for most of the seaon, running in allowance and minor stakes.

Texarkana
Sep. 29, 2007, 07:54 PM
For those of you wanting to see the Kentucky Cup w/o a spoiler--

As of 5 minutes ago, NTRA.com didn't have the results posted on the main page, but if you click on the race on the right hand side of the screen, the race video is posted on the race's page without results.

Not sure how long it will last until they put up a headline with the results.

I was so thrilled I got to see the race without hearing the results beforehand. :)

The other races have results.

miss_critic
Sep. 29, 2007, 11:58 PM
I now have finally managed to watch every race of the day without knowing the results. It was hard! 5 hours of HRTV-the internet.... I am worn out. The Goodwood was a great way to end the day.

Kentucky Cup was no suprise and I am happy for all.
But I am really in general tickled pink with our top 3 year olds-all of them really. It is just awesome that from May to today the top 4 are still kicking ass. It's so exciting as a fan.

What I learned today-Maybe Lava Man didnt like DM, but, that PC was not a complete fluke. I could go on and on talking about today...But I gotta rest now ;)

Oh, to add-they've been saying all week that Lava Man would likely scratch today and run on grass next week. If I can find where I read it, I'll post it later.

And we have to do this again tomorrow....oh what a pity ;););)

Texarkana
Sep. 30, 2007, 11:12 AM
Just saw the video of the Goodwood...

My gosh, that was possibly the funniest looking first quarters I have ever seen... they're normally not that strung out that early in the race...

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 30, 2007, 05:26 PM
Fabulous Strike takes the Vosburgh by a distance. Discreet Cat gets 3rd in a wall of horses. Scorching pace to make your comeback race in.

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 30, 2007, 05:51 PM
Great performance by English Channel in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic to justify his odds-on favouritism. Was checked coming off the turn and had to squeeze through a very tight gap on the rail to get up. A less genuine horse would have backed off.

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 30, 2007, 05:57 PM
Btw, that's two races in a row for Smart Strike sired horses, plus he has Curlin in the big race later on. Would be quite the triple if Curlin wins.

Drvmb1ggl3
Sep. 30, 2007, 06:52 PM
Now THAT was a horse race.

Curlin digs deep to finally pass Lawyer Ron just before the post in the JCGC.
Is the only one of these 3yos to have beaten older horses? Tough nut he is.

Also makes for 3 G1 winners today with Smart Strike as the Daddy, from 6f to 12f, on grass and dirt.

Texarkana
Sep. 30, 2007, 06:53 PM
What a day for the Smart Strike kids! :eek::D

Which, on a somewhat related note, I couldn't help but notice the more than usual amount of commercials for the big KY farms... which makes me wonder who exactly are they trying to market to?

Do you really think the biggest breeders in the country are sitting there watching ESPN saying, "Hmmm... who's this Dynaformer horse standing at Three Chimneys that they keep advertising on TV?" :lol:

Laurierace
Sep. 30, 2007, 07:44 PM
Now THAT was a horse race.

Curlin digs deep to finally pass Lawyer Ron just before the post in the JCGC.
Is the only one of these 3yos to have beaten older horses? Tough nut he is.

Also makes for 3 G1 winners today with Smart Strike as the Daddy, from 6f to 12f, on grass and dirt.

Tiago beat older horses yesterday.

miss_critic
Sep. 30, 2007, 09:14 PM
What was up with LR being rank again, I thought they fixed that.

So now everybody has beaten everybody and confuses everything more. At least for me. The top 6 (SS, AGS, Crln, Tgo, HS, LR) are all good imo. The question is, who loves Mnth?

btw, Tiago beat older horses, if you count him in-I know some don't.

Yeah, funny point Tex-I think they're cute though.

Katydid82
Sep. 30, 2007, 09:34 PM
I think those Three Chimneys personal ad commercials are adorable. They must have a super advertising/marketing company because they always have such good commercials for their stallions.

Having said that, who exactly they're targeting these ads to is a good question. I hadn't thought of that... and now I will everytime I see one!

Texarkana
Sep. 30, 2007, 09:54 PM
I think those Three Chimneys personal ad commercials are adorable. They must have a super advertising/marketing company because they always have such good commercials for their stallions.

Having said that, who exactly they're targeting these ads to is a good question. I hadn't thought of that... and now I will everytime I see one!

I think they're super adorable too. I love all the stallion commercials and I'm not complaining about them. But I just can't help but wonder who they're supposed to appeal to. It's not like the casual TV-watching racing fan could afford to breed to any of those stallions. And do you really think someone like George Strawbridge turns to ESPN when booking his mares? :lol:

Tiago-- I thought he was awesome! I'm glad he's coming into himself.

I almost wonder if Lawyer Ron and Curlin might have burned themselves up a bit today in preparation for the BC... that was quite a stretch run.

texang73
Sep. 30, 2007, 10:21 PM
Great performance by English Channel in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic to justify his odds-on favouritism. Was checked coming off the turn and had to squeeze through a very tight gap on the rail to get up. A less genuine horse would have backed off.

Agreed. Great race! And a classy horse he is, quite gutsy. I'd like him in my barn (if I had one! :lol:)

Curlin's race was impressive too, but I wonder how LR would have done if not so rank in the beginning of the race... However, all in all a good day of racing. :yes:

vineyridge
Oct. 1, 2007, 12:22 AM
I have a theory on the ads.

ESPN has got the racing industry by the nuts, since the ratings for racing are very low. In order to carry it, I would bet that ESPN needs a guarantee of so much money in ads, which the NTRA gives them. Then the NTRA goes to the big farms and says, "You'll be out of business if racing isn't on TV and the market goes completely away." So the big farms that can afford to kick in an ad campaign at reduced rates, with the NTRA making up some difference, do to keep racing in front of the TV audience for the next generation.

If you look at how many ads Kentucky has to buy to get the Rolex on TV at all, you'll see what I'm talking about.

Linny
Oct. 1, 2007, 01:30 AM
Tiago beat older horses yesterday.


Also Any Given Saturday beat older horses (albeit lesser quality older horses) in the Brooklyn last week. Street Sense and Hard Spun were also in against two older horses but I dare not care them older "rivals."

I agree about the farm ads. They are "industry supports ads." The theory is that they are supporting racing by supporting the network that puts it on TV.

Madeline
Oct. 1, 2007, 11:09 AM
Great performance by English Channel in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic to justify his odds-on favouritism. Was checked coming off the turn and had to squeeze through a very tight gap on the rail to get up. A less genuine horse would have backed off.

I would love to have seen the head on shot of that move...

Also, Political Force was in behind Curlin and Lawyer Ron who couldn't get a break in the traffic. It might have been an even better race.

Drvmb1ggl3
Oct. 1, 2007, 01:43 PM
I would love to have seen the head on shot of that move...



You can watch the Head-on at calracing.com.
There was a slight bit of bumping as he passed, but he had a bonafide hole to go through. If anything the other horse came in on top of him, you can see where he checks and his head goes up in the air.
Gutsy horse I must say.

What's with all the dust being kicked up on Belmont's Turf course? Has it been really dry there?

Katydid82
Oct. 3, 2007, 02:02 PM
Industry support makes sense... Good for the barns for not phoning it in and making cheap looking ads ("This is Dynaformer. He was a good race horse. Breed to him and get good baby raceshorses." spoken while a picture of Dynaformer is shown for 30 seconds). It's cool that they're so creative about it.

I made it home just in time to see English Channel shoot through the hole. And of course, there was lots of yelling and "helping" down the stretch for Curlin. I love that horse. Thanks, Linny, for giving us the heads up on him a ways back. I hope they keep him going for his 4 year old season...