Anyone hear any squeeling, moaning, whines? Nope but PP will be carrying significant weight for the undefeated gal. Just 1-lb less then Curlin did at Churchill for the Stephen Foster Handicap when he gave 11 pounds to his rival. Peppers Pride will be giving at least 11 lbs to her rivals.
"She is not going to run on an off track. She's never done it before and it doesn't seem like the right time to try it," Marr said July 23.
And Hallowed Dreams, who like Peppers Pride was undefeated in her first 16 starts while facing mostly Louisiana-bred opposition, finished third behind Sparkles of Luck in a stakes race established specifically for the record run by Evangeline Downs in 2000.
Internationally, Hong Kong's Silent Witness won 17 in succession before losing to Bullish Luck in the 2005 Champion's Mile (HK-I). Ajax won 18 straight races in Australia during the 1930s.
$55,000 Lincoln Handicap (Race 10, 4:54 p.m.)
State Bred Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Let the Musicbegin (NM), 116, Ricardo Jaime
2. Hollywood Gone (NM), 116, Ken S. Tohill
3. Peppers Pride (NM), 127, Carlos D. Madeira
4. Good Looker R F (NM), 116, Jorge M. Bourdieu
5. Charlie's Pizzazz (NM), 115 Alejandro Medellin
6. Lady Lance (NM), 114, Quyet E. Bui
7. Miss Possibility (NM), 111, Miguel A. Perez
A New Mexico mare's attempt at a record 17 victories in 17 starts was delayed when Ruidoso Downs postponed Sunday's races because of rain.
Peppers Pride had been entered in the 10th race, the 6-furlong Lincoln Handicap for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares. But Ruidoso Downs rescheduled the Zia Festival racing program after the remnants of Hurricane Dolly dropped more than six inches of rain in the area.
The races now are scheduled for Saturday, but Peppers Pride trainer Joel Marr said the mare might not run next weekend.
"It depends on if we get to train between now and then. ... If we don't have a place to train, we can't run," he said Sunday.
The track flooded two years ago, but Marr said this time is far worse.
Post Positions for Sunday's record attempt are drawn:
$67,500 Lincoln Handicap (Race 10, 4:12 p.m. Mountain),
New Mexico-Bred Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Mega Dome, 113, Mark A. Villa 2. Peppers Pride, 127, Carlos D. Madeira
3. Miss Possibility, 116, Joe A. Martinez
4. Good Looker R F, 117, Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr.
5. Charlie's Pizzazz, 115, Alejandro Medellin
6. Silver Expression, 117, Miguel A. Perez
7. Complete Pride, 114, Jorge M. Bourdieu
8. Let the Musicbegin, 116, Ricardo Jaime
Damn - look at that weight .. spotting as much as 14-lbs and least is 10-lbs. If she wins it won't be served to her on a silver platter, thats for sure.
Pepper's Pride: Lifetime 16 16-0-0 and earnings of $861,665
Only TVG will air it live. If she does break the record just maybe the race will be replayed elsewhere. I was vocal that the NTRA - regardless if this occurs in a semi-off-the-radar racing state like NM - should do more to promote fan enthusiasm. Having the race (even on a 10-minute delayed basis) shown on their website is the least they could've worked up.
Some have compared Peppers Pride's run to a minor league baseball record because she has never raced outside New Mexico, all of her starts have been against fillies and mares and she's never run on a sloppy track.
"Doesn't matter," Bob Baffert said. "It's significant. It's very difficult to win, no matter what. It's tougher in open company but it still takes a great horse to go out and win every time."
"I don't have the money to play with a lot of the big people," [Owner Joe Allen] said. "From a financial standpoint, this just makes more sense. We can get her beat. We know that. Our objective is to retire her sound."
Should she win this weekend, Marr said he'd view it as a team victory. He credits his owner, jockey, farrier, groom and veterinarian — "You consult your cabinet," he said, before adding, "It would be hers more than ours."
6 Furlongs | Fillies and Mares | 3 Year Olds And Up Allowance
Optional Claiming ($35,000) | Purse: $38,200
# PP Horse / Jockey / Wt.
1 Mega Dome / Tohill K 120
2 Complete Pride / Bourdieu J 120
3 Hang Glide / Villa M 120 L
4 Silver Expression / Perez M 120 5 Peppers Pride/ Madeira C 120 (Morning Line Odds: 4-5)
6 Miss Possibility / Medellin A 124
At equal weight I'd think her chances of winning are very, very significant