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2012's Comeback Kids: Older Horses You Want To Follow Next Year?

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  • 2012's Comeback Kids: Older Horses You Want To Follow Next Year?

    This thread is a shameless rip-off of a blog post on BH, but I was interested in the responses of the resident COTH racing forum folk:

    Which older horses in either the U.S. or Europe are you looking forward to watching during their 2012 campaigns?

    Frankel, of course, is a given.

    I'll start the ball rolling by noting that earlier in the year I was unabashedly thrilled by Dialed In. Was really happy to see this article in today's DRF about his recovery from surgery and current training schedule:


    And while I wasn't a huge fan, here's some insight into Stay Thirsty's schedule next year:


    Here was the list put forth in the BH article:


    Animal Kingdom

    Awesome Feather

    Brilliant Speed

    Caleb's Posse

    Flat Out

    Game On Dude

    Havre de Grace

    It's Tricky

    Mission Impazible

    Mucho Macho Man

    Plum Pretty

    Royal Delta

    Ruler On Ice


    Stay Thirsty

    To Honor and Serve

    Winter Memories

    Wise Dan


    What say you?

  • #2
    I am actually interested in most of them, I think if I only had to pick three it would be Havre De Grace, Animal Kingdom, and I think Shackleford is a very game horse.


    • #3
      Ever A Friend

      8 yrs old; pretty, gutsy grey


      • #4
        Ron The Greek looks like hes found a new home with Bill Mott. Has won 2 in a row with him.


        • #5
          Star Guitar embodies the best of the TB. If you want to follow a tough as nails senior citizen, there is always Bold Chieftain. Every race is rumored to be his last but he worked this weekend.


          • Original Poster

            Regarding Ron the Greek, it's fun to watch Mott figure out what makes him happy moving forward.

            Star Guitar has a cool history as well.

            I want to see what Mucho Macho Man looks like as he grows up and (hopefully) out a bit, too.


            • #7

              Presious Passion, really hope to see him going crazy on the front end again next year!
              Blog: My journey with two OTTB's


              • #8
                Of course Havre de Grace.

                Would love to see Shackleford in front in another Grade 1, instead of being that "place spot" that my friend will play in an exotic for a horse that always seems to be there.

                Several others - Stay Thirstly, Flat Out, Dialed In, Brilliant Speed.

                Thanks for posting this - nice to see so many returning...
                But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


                • #9
                  Lisa's Booby Trap

                  (Someone had to mention her.)
                  Starts with an 'S,' ends with a 'T.' You figure it out.

                  "Houston, Tranquility Base here, picking up where we left off ..."


                  • #10
                    Dialed In is getting set to work again and Awesome Maria is training in FLA. Nehro is also set to return.
                    F O.B
                    Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
                    Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique


                    • Original Poster

                      Some interesting tidbits from Dan Illman's blog:

                      *Speaking of DIALED IN, the Nick Zito-trained colt breezed three furlongs in 36.12 on Tuesday morning at Palm Meadows. It was Dialed In's first published workout since undergoing surgery to remove a chip from his right knee.

                      *Also on the worktab was Todd Pletcher's AWESOME MARIA, unraced since winning the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont in June. Awesome Maria is attempting a comeback after suffering a non-displaced condylar fracture to her left foreleg that required surgery.

                      *Some of our posters were wondering what happened to MACLEAN'S MUSIC, the Distorted Humor colt that earned a 114 Beyer Speed Figure in his career debut in at Santa Anita on March 11. In an e-mail correspondance, a gracious source at Stonestreet Stable informed me that the three-year-old is "on his way to Santa Anita, still just battling little stuff here and there...nothing that would require any type of surgery..." Maclean's Music, the first starter out of Grade 2 sprint winner Forest Music, is trained by Steve Asmussen.