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Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:13 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:FYI because you follow this horse, WarBiscuit. He's been on the S.O.S.‏@NotCloudyAllDay watch list for a long time. If he races this weekend, it will be 8 days after his last race (there also are three 10 yo's in the race). Alexis has a trainer at the ready to claim him, and it looks like After The Homestretch AZ has agreed to take him to retrain and rehome. Fingers crossed.

I've met Alexis a few times and she seemed reasonable about things like this. I've known her to be very diligent about retiring/retraining/rehoming horses at the proper time when she was married to an active trainer at Golden Gates.

Alexis Farris @flyingequus
8h8 hours ago
Retire Evening Concerto https://www.youcaring.com/eveningconcerto-1130344 … via @youcaring
Evening Concerto is an 11 year old war horse currently running at Turf Paradise. He has over 120 starts and is running again this weekend for a 3,000 tag. I would like to raise 3500 so that the extra money can go to After The Homestretch Arizona (plus a bit to the trainer that will have him in barn until he is moved) NONE of the monies raised benefits me in any way shape or form. This is solely to retire this horse.
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Thanks much, Sparrow Castle, for posting this good news about Evening Concerto. Hopefully, this all works out and he can be retired to a new and less stressful
career. I did notice the other day when the entries were posted for his Sunday race, that a number of other geriatric friends would be in the gate with him - I'll be watching with great interest! There are two old sons of Concerto that I've been following the past couple of years, Evening Concerto and 13yo
Concerto's Song, running at troublesome Camarero (125 starts). I have to believe that the dear souls at CTA have their eyeballs glued on him, along with a couple of other ancient runners. Thanks again for the info!

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Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:45 pm

He's got some fantastic legs for a horse that has run that much. Crossing my fingers for a soft landing and a great forever home for this fella.
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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Sparrow Castle
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:39 pm

He got claimed for $5k by Kieron Magee...

Classic Wildcat finished 4th beaten by 3 3/4 lengths, on March 18, 2018, at LAUREL PARK in Race 2.
Off odds: 3.30
Your comments for this horse were: 2006 Forest Wildcat - Affirmed Class, by Affirmed; Leatherbury
http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 18USA2.pdf
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:58 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:He got claimed for $5k by Kieron Magee...

Classic Wildcat finished 4th beaten by 3 3/4 lengths, on March 18, 2018, at LAUREL PARK in Race 2.
Off odds: 3.30
Your comments for this horse were: 2006 Forest Wildcat - Affirmed Class, by Affirmed; Leatherbury
http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 18USA2.pdf
That doesn't make me happy...

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Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:37 pm

WarBiscuit wrote:
Sparrow Castle wrote:He got claimed for $5k by Kieron Magee...

Classic Wildcat finished 4th beaten by 3 3/4 lengths, on March 18, 2018, at LAUREL PARK in Race 2.
Off odds: 3.30
Your comments for this horse were: 2006 Forest Wildcat - Affirmed Class, by Affirmed; Leatherbury
http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 18USA2.pdf
That doesn't make me happy...

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Me either...looks like Kieron Magee has horses at Charles Town in addition to Laurel. So far in 2018 he's had 45 starters who've made 87 starts, a lot more horses than Leatherbury; his career Avg. Earnings Per Start is $4,142. I wish I knew more about him.
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:38 pm

But this makes me happy... :D

The Alexis Farris fundraiser raised $3,430 from 52 people, enough to drop the claim. Jeff Metz claimed him (Vod Farris is working as his assistant right now).

Alexis Farris @flyingequus
1h1 hour ago
#EveningConcerto is OURS!!!!! pics on the way. He is healthy and dappled. Told us he is a wonderful horse @NotCloudyAllDay @homestretchAZ @JaCastruccio @hunterandhorses

Picture Alexis tweeted:
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Evening Concerto finished 3rd beaten by 2 3/4 lengths, on March 18, 2018, at TURF PARADISE in Race 8.
Off odds: 15.40
Your comments for this horse were: 2007 G Concerto - Almost Aprom Queen, by Montbrook
http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 18USA8.pdf
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:46 am

Sparrow Castle wrote:He got claimed for $5k by Kieron Magee...

Classic Wildcat finished 4th beaten by 3 3/4 lengths, on March 18, 2018, at LAUREL PARK in Race 2.
Off odds: 3.30
Your comments for this horse were: 2006 Forest Wildcat - Affirmed Class, by Affirmed; Leatherbury
http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 18USA2.pdf
Ugh, who claims a 12yo? Hopefully Leatherbury takes him right back, that horse is the pride of his barn.
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Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:48 pm

A few "celebrity" War Horses entered over the next several days:

10yo g Soi Phet begins his 2018 campaign at Santa Anita tomorrow (3/23) in Race 7 - $62,500 AOC.

10yo h Forest Mouse is entered in the Bill Thomas Memorial S. at Sunland Park on Sunday (3/25/18), trying to reach the million dollar mark. $100,000 purse.

12yo g Reynaldothewizard is entered in the Golden Shaheen at Meydan on March 31st. Even at his advanced age, he may be capable of bringing the house down.

Best of luck to these three familiar faces.

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Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:59 pm

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
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:09 pm

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.
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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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Sparrow Castle
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Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:33 pm

Safe off the track and looking good.

Shelley Blodgett @ShelleyBlodgett
12m12 minutes ago
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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Treve
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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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Sparrow Castle
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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
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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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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