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Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:54 pm

Curtis wrote:
Sparrow Castle wrote:Good return off a six month layoff, in for a $62.5k tag but remains in Leonard Powell's barn.

Soi Phet finished 2nd beaten by 3/4 lengths, on March 23, 2018, at SANTA ANITA PARK in Race 7.
Off odds: 6.00
Your comments for this horse were: 2008 G Tizbud - Summer Jersey, by Siberian Summer; 5/23/13 clmd by Powell for $16k
http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 18USA7.pdf
Did you think someone was going to claim him for 62.5k? I’d say for that, he’s pretty much claim proof.
Uh, no I did not expect him to be claimed. I mentioned it only as a matter of fact because this is the first time he's been entered for a tag at any price since Powell claimed him in 2013.
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:13 pm

Fair enough. Soi Phet was only in for a tag, though because of the race conditions. Powell had no choice but to run him for a tag, unlike Irish Freedom who was still eligible for the Allowance condition. I also noticed that the 2016 LGA Mile winner, Point Piper was in for the tag too.
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Recent Winners:

10yo g Red Rose Cat (D'wildcat - Flor del Sol, by Unreal Zeal), 1st at Tampa Bay Downs (3/16/18). 65 - 6-8-13, $95,087.

12yo g Doug (Fortuoso - T.C. Diamond, by Today 'n Tomorrow), 1st at Fonner (3/18/18). 80 - 22-10-11, $124,044.

11yo g Brazos Ego (Spaceshot - Mimi's Ego, by Bold Ego), 1st at Rillito (3/17/18). 73 - 13-15-12, $79,151.

10yo g El Grande Rojo (Bowman's Band - Theheartofdixie, by Crafty Prospector), 1st at Tampa Bay Downs (3/21/18). 70 - 17-16-15, $396,798.

10yo m Dark Desire (Chief Seattle - Country Strider, by Country Pine), 1st at Camarero (3/18/18). 36 - 10-9-6, $193,570. Stakes Placed.
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Placed: Lotsa Noodles - 10m, Catfeinated - 11g, Toccet's Charm - 11g, Chaotic Bull - 10g, Kowboy Kody - 10g, Pursuxit - 10g,
Surf N Ski - 10g, Big Tall Paul - 11g, Slim Shadey - 10g, Sam Sparkle - 10r, Moorestown Jackie - 10g.

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3rd: My Charming Clyde - 11g, Nik's Star Choice - 10g, Evening Concerto - 11g, City Sage- 10g, Roll On Diego - 10g,
The Great Caper - 10g, Isolation Road - 10g.
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Retirements: 11yo g Evening Concerto (Claimed and Retired after his 3rd place finish at Turf Paradise (3/18/18). Final stats: 129 - 21-15-27, $284,849.


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Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:28 pm

Age No Object for ‘Reynaldo’, 12YO to Sign Off in Golden Shaheen
Turning 12 wouldn’t be considered a major milestone in most lives, but for a horse trained in the UAE, it means they are entering the final year of their permitted racing career. In truth, rules requiring obligatory retirement at 13 are rarely called into action due to breeding duties, dwindling form or injury preventing the vast majority of flat Thoroughbreds from enjoying such extended careers.

With that said, sprinters can tend to maintain their form and even improve with age in a way few middle- or long-distance horses manage. Ireland’s Sole Power (GB) (Kyllachy {GB}) and Gordon Lord Byron (Ire) (Byron {GB}) are just two prominent recent examples of this and both registered high-level sprint form into their ninth year.

The Satish Seemar-trained Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown), named a ‘TDN Rising Star‘ fully a decade ago when trained by Eoin Harty, makes the above-mentioned sprint stalwarts appear positively youthful however, as at the age of 12 he prepares to make his final outing in the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen (1200m) during Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting. Assistant trainer Bhupat Seemar reflected on the remarkable career of this Meydan specialist and offered insights into how ‘Reynaldo’ has managed to retain and enhance his ability through the years.

“He’s an absolute legend for us. The most incredible horse,” he said. “He is such a strong and determined athlete and just defies his age and the usual logic we follow with most racehorses. At 12, he’s still got that competitive spirit, probably because we have raced him so lightly with normally between 2 and 4 races a year. And any time he hasn’t been completely right, we haven’t pushed him. Even this World Cup night, if he had any issue before the race we wouldn’t risk it. We’ve taken care of him over the years and he’s given us more than we could ever have hoped for in return.”

For the Seemars’ Zabeel Stables, Reynaldothewizard has indeed been a breakthrough horse, providing Satish his first Group 1 winner in the 2013 Golden Shaheen. He also won what is now the G3 Dubawi S. four times between 2013 and 2017, as well as landing Meydan’s only other group dirt sprints, the G3 Al Shindagha Sprint and G3 Mahab Al Shimaal.

Reynaldo’s Golden Shaheen victory was notable too as a major milestone in the career of UAE-based jockey Richard Mullen, who is the retained rider at Zabeel Stables and has ridden the horse in all but one of his 24 Meydan starts.

“Reynaldo and Richie have a great partnership and Reynaldo put Richie on the big stage by giving him his first Group 1 winner in the 2013 Golden Shaheen,” Seemar said. “They really are a great team. Reynaldo doesn’t actually ever show much at home when being ridden by his regular work rider, but when Richie sits on him then he knows that it’s time to do the business.”

This bay son of Speightstown, a $400,000 Keeneland September yearling turned $775,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida juvenile, did not always appear destined to compete at the top level, however. Having won his maiden and been placed third in the GII Saratoga Special in his first two juvenile outings, his form drifted at three, prompting a move to the UAE as a 4-year-old in 2010. With his new base at Zabeel, he established himself as a consistent handicap performer at Meydan, but it wasn’t until he turned seven that he really started to rise through the ranks. This was due to a combination of factors, as Bhupat Seemar explains.
More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/165369-2/
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Smiling for the camera:

10yo g The Great Caper (Albert The Great - Cape Fog, by Capetown), 1st at Turf Paradise (3/28/18). 52 - 13-6-10, $143,751. Stakes Placed.

11yo g Cherishistheword (Shadow Hawk - Cherish Today, by Slewacide), 1st at Fonner Park (3/30/18). 79 -23-14-13, $142,365.

11yo g Roarin Missile (Dancing Missile - Roarin Brittney, by Roar), 1st at Hawthorne (3/30/18). 88 - 10-22-11, $311,930. Stakes Placed.

11yo g Savethetangoforme (Orientate - Final Tango, by Danehill), 1st at Mahoning Valley (3/30/18). 83 - 7-11-14, $120,152.

10yo g Surf N Ski (Unbridled Native - Oceans and Mountains, by Manila), 1st at Sunland Park (4/1/18). 42 - 16-4-5, $266,916.

10yo g Town of Towns (Speightstown - Keepondealing, by Friendly Lover), 1st at Charlestown (3/31/18). 77-18-11-10, $311,455.
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Placed: Husker Ridge - 10m, Watch My Smoke - 10g.

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3rd: Cozy Kitten - 10g, Benjamin E. - 12g, City Sage - 10g.
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10yo h Forest Mouse, is entered in a $35K AOC (No Tag) at Sunland Park on Saturday (4/7/18). Came in 5th just last week in the Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes.


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Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:33 pm

Safe off the track and looking good.

Shelley Blodgett @ShelleyBlodgett
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CONCERTOS SONG (2005 FL-bred G with 126-starts). He became an OTTB today... He’s an incredible warhorse! He race 70+ times stateside before going to PR to race. @CaribbeanOTTB
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Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:08 pm

He'll make someone a lovely riding horse if he goes on to a second career.
A filly named Ruffian...

Eine Stute namens Danedream...

Une pouliche se nommant Trêve...

Kincsem nevű kanca...


And a Queen named Beholder
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Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:46 pm

He's a gorgeous horse. I hope he'll find a loving forever home and that he's sound enough to be that lovely riding horse.
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Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:30 pm

This might cheer you up, WarBiscuit, another warrior safe off the track...

Shelley Blodgett @ShelleyBlodgett
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WORTHY OF WINGS (2005 Ohio-bred Mare 138-starts) - Today was her http://Last.Day.At.The.Race.Track She raced 72 times in Ohio, 10 in PA, 2 in AR, 3 in WV & 51 in PR. She’s done her job faithfully! @CaribbeanOTTB will give her R&R and work on aftercare plans.

Shelley Blodgett @ShelleyBlodgett
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WORTHY OF WINGS 13y Ohio-bred M with 138-starts waiting patiently for the CTA trailer to pick her up!
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Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:59 pm

You have indeed cheered me up Sparrow Castle! Thank you, thank you for this wonderful news. Two of my worrisome warriors retired together in short order - Concertos Song, and Worthy of Wings. I couldn't ask for much more. May they both have many healthy and happy years of blissful retirement ahead!
Thank you again for the news.

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Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:01 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:This might cheer you up, WarBiscuit, another warrior safe off the track...

Shelley Blodgett @ShelleyBlodgett
28m28 minutes ago
WORTHY OF WINGS (2005 Ohio-bred Mare 138-starts) - Today was her http://Last.Day.At.The.Race.Track She raced 72 times in Ohio, 10 in PA, 2 in AR, 3 in WV & 51 in PR. She’s done her job faithfully! @CaribbeanOTTB will give her R&R and work on aftercare plans.

Shelley Blodgett @ShelleyBlodgett
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WORTHY OF WINGS 13y Ohio-bred M with 138-starts waiting patiently for the CTA trailer to pick her up!
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2nd try at video.... note she pushes her window door open with her nose, and note the chicken strutting in her stall
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Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:37 pm

Nice article at BH about Reynaldothewizard.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... acing-fans

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Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:49 pm

Sounds like he is going to one of Darley's farms in England. It isn't as sunny as Dubai, but I feel like despite the sun, Dubai doesn't quite have the rolling green pastures that Ol' Reynaldo has earned. Whether he is retrained as a riding horse or not, he's earned lots of turnout.

I'll miss him on the circuit. Him and Barbecue Eddie were old favourites of mine.
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Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:12 pm

I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Recent Winners:

11yo g Barrel Knot (Freespool - Benedictine, by Bien Bien), 1st at Turf Paradise (4/10/18). 101 - 16-10 - 20, $326,746.

10yo g The Fourth Estate (Mass Media - My Oasis, by Meadowlake), 1st at Turf Paradise (4/3/18). 91 - 11-25-11, $195,822.

10yo g Four Left Feet (Trippi - Romance Dance, by Vision and Verse), 1st at Hawthorne (4/6/18). 76 - 11-16-10, $433, 271. Stakes Winner.

10yo g Aroney (Aptitude - Ambling, by Chester House), 1st at Will Rogers Downs (4/9/18). 92 - 12-14-15, $249,256.

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Placed: Frisky Ricky - 12g (Vanned Off), Cozy Bar - 10g, Lotto Cat - 10g, Dark Desire - 10m, Husker Ridge - 10m,
Roarin Missile - 11g.

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3rd: Sugah Sweet - 10m, Highway Fiftyfour - 10g, Zoe's Cajun - 10g, He's Very Rare - 10g, Toccet's Charm - 11g,
Small Town - 11g, The Great Caper - 10g, War and Thunder - 10g, Diesel's Prize - 10g, Worth a Punt - 11g,
Husband's Folly - 10g.

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Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:53 am

WarBiscuit- I looked up Frisky Ricky on equibase - the last 2nd place finish I see for him is in 2014, and I didn't see any recent van offs. Are they not up to date on their info? However, what I do see is that he is a horse who sadly has been performing pretty poorly for awhile and could use a retirement. He has been running mostly second to last for quite a few races, with a rare 3rd place thrown in.
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:36 pm

genuinerizk wrote:WarBiscuit- I looked up Frisky Ricky on equibase - the last 2nd place finish I see for him is in 2014, and I didn't see any recent van offs. Are they not up to date on their info? However, what I do see is that he is a horse who sadly has been performing pretty poorly for awhile and could use a retirement. He has been running mostly second to last for quite a few races, with a rare 3rd place thrown in.
When you go into the Equibase Horse Profile, make sure you click the little box above the name of the horse - to the left. TB stats or QH stats. This particular race for
Frisky Ricky was a Quarter Horse (1,000 yard) affair on April 10th. The "vanned off" comment appears in the footnotes. A good number of these older horses we follow will run in both TB and QH races, particularly out west. This race saw Frisky Ricky, Albacore Bob and Barrel Knot (the winner) entered, and they usually find themselves racing with fellow TB's. As such, their statistics will show up on two different pages at Equibase. With regard to FR, he did finish the race and was vanned off afterwards. Hopefully, it was just a precautionary measure and if anyone has news about him - please post. Hope this helps, genuinerizk !

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Recent Visitors to the Winners Circle:

10yo g Moments Notiz (Tiznow - ABC Amanda, by Alphabet Soup), 1st at Charles Town (4/18/18). 60 - 23-15-8, $479,737.

10yo g Moorestown Jackie (Toccet - Moorestown, by Allen's Prospect), 1st at Penn National (4/19/18). 78 - 16-10-16, $339,704.

11yo m Impulzive Kate (Pulzarr - Katherine Louise, by Swoon), 1st at Sun Downs (4/21/18). 71 - 31-14-10, $67,572. 1st start after a fine 2017 season.

10yo g It Doesn't Add Up (Speightstown - So Sorry, by The Prime Minister), 1st at Sun Downs (4/21/18). 70 - 21-10-13, $140,587.
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Up for show: Brutally Handsome - 11g, Watch My Smoke - 10g, Sam Sparkle - 10g, Holiday Boy - 10g, Union Bowman - 11h,
Tesoro Borincano - 11h, Well's Gold - 10g, Unitas - 10g.
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13yo g Bank of Dad (Valid Expectations), makes his 2018 debut at Thistledown in Race 8 on Monday, April 30th. 127th start, looking for his 26th win.

11yo m Honeylyn (Ring), makes her 12th career start, and first in 5 years, at Tampa Bay Downs on Friday, April 27th in Race 8. Last raced at Colonial Downs.

Good Luck to both.

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Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:36 pm

10-Year-Old Soi Phet Seeks Graded Glory in Californian
Not many horses in training still have Hollywood Park show up on their lifetime past performances, let alone a stakes horse still capable of running at a high level.

Benowitz Family Trust, Mathilde Powell, and Paul Viskovich's Soi Phet fits that unlikely billing, however, and could have his best shot at graded stakes glory—at the age of 10—April 28 in the $200,000 Californian Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

The California-bred Tizbud gelding has been an unquestioned success since his first race off the claim for trainer Leonard Powell. A $16,000 claim by Powell out of a conditional claiming race at Hollywood in May of 2013, Soi Phet won his next four starts at allowance levels, then finished third in the Awesome Again Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. Since the claim he's won six stakes (four in Cal-bred company), placed in six others, and has turned that $16,000 investment into $854,170 in earnings for his connections.

But since the 2013 Awesome Again, graded tries have not gone so well. In five attempts at the graded level, he's yet to hit the board, but there also won't be a dominating standout among the six entered in Saturday's Californian.

"I would have preferred to run him in a Cal-bred stakes, but there's really nothing available to him until (the July meeting at Los Alamitos Race Course)," Powell said. "I don't want to risk him for a tag again this year and this probably didn't come up as strong as it should for a grade 2."

His reference to a claiming tag relates to Soi Phet's 2018 debut, when he was up for $62,500 in a 1 1/16-mile optional-claiming allowance at Santa Anita. Despite a less-than-comfortable trip, Soi Phet finished second to fellow Californian entrant Prince of Arabia, and went unclaimed.

"It was nerve-wracking (running him for a claiming tag), but every time we run a horse it's nerve-wracking," said Powell, who has saddled the dark bay 40 times in his 56-race career. "He's 10-years-old, so if somebody wanted to put up that much, it would have taken a lot of (courage)."
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:10 pm

Hovdey: These seniors still capable of putting whip to young whippersnappers
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