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Mar. 1, 2008, 05:54 PM
Did anyone catch her race against the boys in
the feature at Turfway?

Pretty impressive for a 3yo filly.

She has a nice pedigree, too.

Mar. 1, 2008, 08:28 PM
She came from out of nowhere, 15 length off the pace! Nice to see a filly beat the boys and pretty amazing to see one do so this early in their 3YO year.

Mar. 1, 2008, 10:03 PM
Indeed a splendid effort and worth tracking it down!

(The replay is available on calracing.com )

Even race announcer Mike Battaglia - this $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes was named in honor of the former general manager of Turfway Park and father of Mike - was enthralled when she kicked into motion and began to inhale horses. A great effort for her!

This is somewhat considered a prep for the KY Derby so who knows what she might do from here.

Mar. 2, 2008, 08:17 AM
She circled the field many horses wide,
chugging along like a freight train.
I loved her expression - Ears pinned, nostrils blown wide.
Somehow she reminded me - in looks, that is - of Personal Ensign.

This race yesterday was not a fluke.

Here she is as a 2yo, and on the grass. Same last-to-first
running style


Mar. 2, 2008, 09:38 AM
went to the site, registered, and couldn't find the race. Do you have a link? I'd love to see it! Love her breeding. Smart owner breeder -- hope they can keep her for broodmare band later. What a gritty girl!

Mar. 2, 2008, 01:02 PM
This is how I got it to come up. Maybe there is another way, but I haven't figured it out: you have to click on the 'horse' tab. then type in her name and click search (pushing entering comes up with nothing).

Mar. 2, 2008, 01:43 PM
I am being a total simpleton about this. Where do I find the horse entry space? Is it under racing info?

Mar. 2, 2008, 01:47 PM
when I do the search on the horse space I found it says no data. :(

Mar. 2, 2008, 02:17 PM
You have to make sure you hit the search button with your mouse. Hitting return will not turn up results. Hope this helps.

Mar. 2, 2008, 02:39 PM
She circled the field many horses wide,
chugging along like a freight train.
I loved her expression - Ears pinned, nostrils blown wide.
Somehow she reminded me - in looks, that is - of Personal Ensign.

This race yesterday was not a fluke.

Here she is as a 2yo, and on the grass. Same last-to-first
running style


Wow- what a kick she has. Impressive :).

Mar. 2, 2008, 03:45 PM
WOW!! :eek: That was awesome!!

Mar. 2, 2008, 05:09 PM
THAT Youtube link I posted wasn't even yesterday's race.
That was Last November, and she was still a 2yo.

...But you get the idea. Yesterday's was similar.

I am pretty impressed with her.

Mar. 2, 2008, 06:48 PM
The same basic instructions with seeing this replay ....


register (which is free)

http://calracing.com/replays.php [direct link to the replay page]

you'll see three tabs, from left to right: DATE, TRACK, HORSE

Date and Track will pertain exclusively to California racing, but you can see some non-California efforts

Click on the Horse Tab

populate: absolutely cindy then click with your curser the <search> buttom (do not just hit your enter key as it will not recognize any name entered)

if you've done this right, you'll see a gray bar appear that says Absolute Cindy, click it, and what comes up are her 8 or so efforts, those in dark gray cannot be viewed due to licensing issues. This effort, at the top, is "Race 11 TP 3/1/08", click on it and you're off to the races ....

Mar. 2, 2008, 06:58 PM
Looks like she'll try the Grade 1 Ashland - same sex only field - next month.

ESPN - The filly Absolutely Cindy scores Battaglia upset (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=3272723)

The Battaglia is supposed to serve as the local prep for the annual Turfway showcase, the Grade 2 Lane's End Stakes, which will be run this year on March 22. But Kinmon, who owns a farm near Turfway and has long trained a small stable at Turfway, said he will point the filly instead to the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes on the Keeneland Polytrack on April 5.

Absolutely Cindy is the first filly to win the Battaglia.

Flashback to the Bloodhorse's comments pre-race (http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=43827):

The lone filly in the event is Absolutely Cindy, an Arch filly owned and trained by Ron Kinmon. She is 2-2-3 from nine starts, with her last effort a sixth-place finish in the Silverbulletday (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, which was won by Indian Blessing..

Mar. 2, 2008, 06:58 PM
She is definitely impressive. :yes:

She is not nominated for the TC at this time. I wonder if her connections will pay the supplemental fee and give it a whirl...

Mar. 2, 2008, 08:30 PM
Whohoo-- thanks so much, I loved seeing her race!
Her size and stride seemed smaller, but man could she accelerate and keep that acceleration going! maybe she has one of those freakishly big/effective hearts? Gutsy fighter in any case!

Mar. 3, 2008, 10:30 AM
It was just a fluke I caught this race.
I had TVG on as a talking lamp, and had wandered into the room to get my cell phone charger just as they were in the gate. I heard "only filly in race", and "3YOs", so I paused to watch it.

Wow! I was glad I did. :)

I'll be looking forward to her future races, for sure.

Mar. 3, 2008, 11:11 AM
Not sure how she'll fare on the dirt surface at Churchill for the Oaks. Turfway is an all-weather track which, as we've seen, tends to rob front runners from winning and, almost like turf, it tends to heavily rewards the closers.

Owner/trainer Keith Kinmon said when Absolutely Cindy ran against undefeated Indian Blessing at Fair Grounds in her last race, the rider kept her too close to the pace and she stopped, finishing sixth. "I told Orlando, 'Do not change her running style. This filly wants to come from the clouds," he said. Mojica complied, adding, "I went really wide because I didn't want to (trap) her in traffic and I knew I had plenty of horse." Kinmon said Absolutely Cindy, who trains at Turfway, will make her next start in the Ashland at Keeneland.

Source: UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup 3/3/08 (http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Sports/2008/03/03/upi_thoroughbred_racing_roundup/2822/)

Mar. 3, 2008, 11:18 AM
Very cool to see her races. WOW!! An impressive girl that I will be keeping track of!

Mar. 3, 2008, 04:50 PM
This should be a direct link to the replay w/o passwords, et al


She is #8 in the field.

When the screen splits (at about the 30 second mark) with the wide angle showing first to last on top (and a close up on the front runners at the bottom) you can see her dead last from the time of 40 second mark to at least 51 second mark before she starts to pass the 2nd to last horse.

Mar. 3, 2008, 05:01 PM
wow, that was awesome!

thanks for the direct link, I can't get to calracing or most racing sites from here ("gambling" :rolleyes:)

Mar. 3, 2008, 10:56 PM
Glad the direct link worked.

I was disappointed with the dismissive comment by Steve Haskin in The Bloodhorse (http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=43882):

Not wanting to say anything to diminish Absolutely Cindy’s performance from another planet or her victory in general over colts in the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park at odds of nearly 20-1, and having no desire to expound once again on the vagaries of Polytrack, we’ll just pretend that race didn’t happen.

Far too much of a backhanded compliment for me.

A Horsey Canuck
Mar. 4, 2008, 08:51 PM
Lucky me. I clicked on the Youtube link and voila! What a filly! She's come out of nowhere - literally. Maybe she will take over where Rags left off.

I wonder if Rags is gearing up for retirement - another thread.

Thanks for the link...she's marvellous.

Mar. 5, 2008, 11:32 AM
[Aside, as cited before, the youtube.com link shows her come from behind effort on the turf at Churchill in 2007 against other fillies; Saturday's race is not on youtube.com]

The performance by 'Cindy' has earned her inclusion into the Kentucky Oaks 2nd future wager pool (http://www.drf.com/news/article/92714.html) - she was not separate wagering interests in Pool 1.

The second pool [running concurent with the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool] opens at noon on Thursday 3/6 and closes (and final odds locked in) when the pool closes Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Apr. 5, 2008, 10:59 AM
A big step up in class and change in race set up but she is in today's Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland against the big female guns of Country Star and Proud Spell.

A field of just 7 might make it harder for her to invoke her closing style if she gives up too much ground to the front runners.

Absolutely Cindy, broke her maiden at Keeneland, and won the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park on March 1 in a field of all males but here.

She is 2-0-2 in five Polytrack starts.

Go Cindy!

Apr. 16, 2008, 03:19 PM
She's running again 11-days back. Like the favorites in the Ashland Stakes she didn't fare very well although it is odd that she is racing again so soon

Race 8 Keeneland Apr 16, 2008 - Appalachian Stakes (G3-t) on turf (http://drf.com/entries/16/eKEE16.html?rn=958745#8) - post position 5: Absolutely Cindy

She'll be taking on the nice filly "I Lost My Choo". I wonder if she is out of Jimmy :D