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by Curtis
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2019 Pegasus
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: 2019 Pegasus

I think the inflation of purses for these mega-races have both caused short careers and turned horses into specialists. The Breeder’s Cup began the process and races like the DWC and the Pegasus are now contributing to it further. In between yelling at kids to get off of my lawn, I try not to yearn ...
by Curtis
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Fillies and Mares - 2018
Replies: 220
Views: 21970

Re: Fillies and Mares - 2018

http://live.drf.com/nuggets/45221-elate-to-miss-beldame-breeders-cup-start-in-question Some disappointing news. At least for some. That should be disappointing for anyone except, I guess, for those that would be in against her. I wonder if that will change Mott’s mind as to whether to put her in th...
by Curtis
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Breeding & Sales
Topic: Stallion News
Replies: 3765
Views: 548565

Re: Stallion News

I’m saying what Curtis and Flanders are saying, but in different words... he was ruined, cooked, f**ked up from that huge effort in the Met Mile! He was never the same. Really incredible effort, but it did something to him. I never said he should not have been in the race, just that it ruined him. ...
by Curtis
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2018 Two-year-olds
Replies: 129
Views: 9036

Re: 2018 Two-year-olds

well that sucks. I believe Instagrand has some type of physical issue; don't the fans (who bet money) have a right to know if there is a physical issue with a promising two year old? Baffert said Roadster will get a 60 day vacay. No, actually not. Since the horse isn’t being entered, the rest of th...
by Curtis
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Breeding & Sales
Topic: Stallion News
Replies: 3765
Views: 548565

Re: Stallion News

When you say 'cooked,' are you suggesting that the effort in the race somehow harmed him physically? Has he been dealing with a lingering injury for the past 10 months, and he just couldn't recover 100% from that? Or were you thinking that the effort affected him mentally and turned him into a 'I d...
by Curtis
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Breeding & Sales
Topic: Stallion News
Replies: 3765
Views: 548565

Re: Stallion News

I always thought the Met Mile placement was fine. Any other placement and he’s running against his own horses, e.g. Collected in the Californian. What happened, I believe, is that Baffert tightened the screws more than he needed to and in the end Mor Spirit was cooked.
by Curtis
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018
Replies: 359
Views: 29151

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Yes Franco and Stevens have a lot more experience but unlike other sports, there are no intermediate steps or minor leagues. There sure are. They're called Turf Paradise, Emerald Downs, Delta Downs, Fairmount Park, etc., etc. Some outstanding jockeys still pay their dues at tracks like those before...
by Curtis
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018
Replies: 359
Views: 29151

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Besides that 'benefit of the doubt' from the stews, what Franco and especially Stevens have is decades of experience to learn the 'feel' of how a horse is moving. IMHO, a more experienced jock is more likely to detect when their mount feels 'wrong' underneath them, and pull them up sooner. I still ...
by Curtis
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018
Replies: 359
Views: 29151

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Stark, I understand your point, and it's a fair one. But I'm looking at the different ways the stewards worded their findings, and how high the fines were. Both Stewart and Gary were fined for using their whip 'more than three times without giving' the horse a chance to respond. Their fines were $1...
by Curtis
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018
Replies: 359
Views: 29151

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Sorry but..... there's no evidence that Assman continued whipping an injured horse. the chart says the filly was pulled up in distress and vanned off. I'm going to assume that she was travelling soundly when he used the riding crop. Much like these guys from that same newsletter..... --Jockey Stewa...
by Curtis
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Trials and Tribulations of Mick Ruis
Replies: 10
Views: 446

Re: Trials and Tribulations of Mick Ruis

Question- What do you think it is that makes people like Ruis so much? I don't actively dislike him myself, but I also don't really care for him; I liked Shelbe better (not just because she's a woman). Is it because he isn't Baffert or Pletcher? I don’t actively like or dislike any trainer because ...
by Curtis
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2018 Woodward
Replies: 38
Views: 1258

Re: 2018 Woodward

The Hakuchikara race can be heard on the old 45RPM record of Joe Hernandez’s race calls. Santa Anita gave out the record on the Opening Day following Hernandez’s death. That recording subsequently has been made available on CD as it’s included in a book written about Hernandez a few years ago[. Def...
by Curtis
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Trials and Tribulations of Mick Ruis
Replies: 10
Views: 446

Re: Trials and Tribulations of Mick Ruis

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/229391/ruis-to-move-horses-out-of-ca-over-stabling-dispute?utm_source=BHTW&utm_medium=social Owner/trainer leaving sunny southern California for the friendly confines of Pennsylvania. Turning over training duties to daughter Shelbe. Number one jock n...
by Curtis
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018
Replies: 359
Views: 29151

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

It's OFFICIAL --Jockey Kent Desormeaux was fined $200 for using the riding crop more than three times without waiting for a response. It was the second offense in the past 60 days. (Desormeaux was later suspended three days for not riding this horse to the finish.) Can you imagine what if Czarina w...
by Curtis
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2018 Woodward
Replies: 38
Views: 1258

Re: 2018 Woodward

The Hakuchikara race can be heard on the old 45RPM record of Joe Hernandez’s race calls. Santa Anita gave out the record on the Opening Day following Hernandez’s death. That recording subsequently has been made available on CD as it’s included in a book written about Hernandez a few years ago. Defen...
by Curtis
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Why does the horse on the outside win so much
Replies: 11
Views: 351

Re: Why does the horse on the outside win so much

Class does play a factor but it’s not so easily defined. It’s kind of like what Supreme Court Justice, Potter Stewart, said to define pornography. Stewart said he didn’t know how to define it, but he knew it when he saw it. One would surmise that my gelding Border Run has a touch of class being stak...
by Curtis
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Why does the horse on the outside win so much
Replies: 11
Views: 351

Re: Why does the horse on the outside win so much

barbaro111 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:11 pm
I am watching races from Saratoga almost every day a on TV and it seems 9 out of 10 races are won by horses who come running on the outside, and run down the horse on the inside--- sometimes it bugs me
It only bugs me when I’ve got the horse on the inside gettin’ late.😉
by Curtis
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Hoppertunity
Replies: 20
Views: 968

Re: Hoppertunity

He’s not that same horse anymore. He’s a nice horse still, but he’s not same horse that won those 9-10f G1’s. If he was, Baffert would still be running him in those spots, well meant. ??? He ran him in the Clark and the DWC last year. He finished the year in the San Antonio and had a 4 month layoff...
by Curtis
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2018 Pacific Classic @ Del Mar G1 $1MM
Replies: 44
Views: 1789

Re: 2018 Pacific Classic @ Del Mar G1 $1MM

Fun fact: my mother played bridge with Connie Ring, owner of Crystal Water and Three Rings Ranch. The farm was just off the 10 Freeway on the way to Palm Springs. It was in Beaumont, I believe. The story was that, coincidentally, after a bridge game, Connie Ring bought a filly without her husband G...
by Curtis
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2018 Pacific Classic @ Del Mar G1 $1MM
Replies: 44
Views: 1789

Re: 2018 Pacific Classic @ Del Mar G1 $1MM

Arrogate ran two of the best races in modern history and soundly beat the only other HOTY contender on the square in the championship event. I understand why he didn't get it, but he would have been a fully deserving HOTY and his situation really wasn't comparable to Justify's. I'm still not an Acc...