Unique Bella

Re: Unique Bella

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:48 pm

Mike Smith was on TVG's Keeneland desk this morning, while he was helping out with the PDJF Telethon, and he said that he would be riding UB in the Apple Blossom, which I think is this coming Friday. Can't wait. :D
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Re: Unique Bella

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:46 pm

'Bella was passed by Unbridled Mo in the stretch of the Apple Blossom, but UB was badly compromised by an awful start. I don't know if she was just off balance when the gate opened or slipped when she left the gate, but her hind legs looked like she was caught in a wide straddle a step out of the gate.
When she got back in gear, she was headstrong and passed the field on the outside, taking the lead entering the stretch. After all that work, IMHO she had less than her usual kick down the stretch.
She'll get 'em next time. ;)
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Re: Unique Bella

Postby Izvestia » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:40 pm

That was purely bad luck, but perhaps she needs to learn to relax? She was so darn sharp! I still think she’s #1
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Re: Unique Bella

Postby Starine » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:00 pm

"(Unique Bella) squatted in the gate. I was trying to stand her up. The next thing I knew, they opened the gates and she squatted back," said jockey Mike Smith. "She totally missed the break. I wish I could have stayed last. If I could have, I would have. She was very strong and very fresh. After she got left, she just wanted to catch up. I could have thrown her down, but I never had to do that, and I wasn't about to start. It was just unfortunate."


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Re: Unique Bella

Postby Izvestia » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:03 pm

She squatted?!? Silly girl.
Still, relaxing might have helped...she hung on for 2nd, but Farrell was cooked.
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Re: Unique Bella

Postby stark » Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:54 am

For handicapping all future Unique Bella races, the reference for the Apple Blossom will be to draw a line thru it.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Re: Unique Bella

Postby Curtis » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:47 pm

stark wrote:For handicapping all future Unique Bella races, the reference for the Apple Blossom will be to draw a line thru it.

Not until I hear she’s done some gate work. She may be faster than the other horses but that doesn’t make her better than the other horses. Her career won’t be long enough, probably, to train the rankness out of her so she needs to not have any excuses to disregard the 115 lb., muscle bound passenger on her back.
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Re: Unique Bella

Postby Kurenai » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:23 pm

Looked like she had to pee badly. Nothing that any gate work could fix, just bad timing. :lol:
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Re: Unique Bella

Postby katmandu » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:40 am

Unique Bella rocks forward/back in the gate. As a commentator said, the gate is Unique Bella's kryptonite. . .
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Re: Unique Bella

Postby SSilence86 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:09 am

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