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by Tessablue
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2020 Fountain of Youth
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: 2020 Fountain of Youth

Took a look at the PPs and the most interesting horse from a value perspective is Country Grammer. Working pretty sharp, is actually cutting back here and the horse he beat in his maiden ran okay in the Withers. I don't think you're going to get 15-1 on a Brown at Gulfstream, but he strikes me as a ...
by Tessablue
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2020 Fountain of Youth
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: 2020 Fountain of Youth

I wonder if there's any chance Ete Indien actually goes off at 8-1. The draw is really tough and we need to see if he can rate off horses, but his last effort was quite strong and I'm eager to see how he performs here. No knock on Dennis and it would be great to see him come back strong, but the Iro...
by Tessablue
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Horsin' Around
Topic: Happiness
Replies: 1495
Views: 227975

Re: Happiness

I haven't been around here in forever, but some of you may remember I became a published author in 2015. My first five releases were all novellas. Last month, I released my first full length novel and first "mainstream" horror novel, I'm the Last Face You'll Ever See. I absolutely love being an aut...
by Tessablue
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Taraz...
Replies: 37
Views: 2081

Re: Taraz...

There's always going to be some variation from horse to horse, and certainly it makes sense that larger horses would take time to mature mentally and into their frames. But there's a difference between easing a larger horse from works to races and just keeping a larger horse on the shelf until later...
by Tessablue
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Taraz...
Replies: 37
Views: 2081

Re: Taraz...

As to outrage over Taraz' death? It seemed more like sadness to me that she was rushed forward in her training, forward too quickly for her bones to keep up with the weight of all that extra muscle. That's not how it works. Deaths in this sport WILL increase if we demonize early training every time...
by Tessablue
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Top Ten Lists 2020 Kentucky Derby
Replies: 54
Views: 2389

Re: Top Ten Lists 2020 Kentucky Derby

I suppose there's some value in knowing that the trainer almost always points horses to the race and knows how to get them there, but the horses are who they are. It just continues to amaze me how quickly they end up on Derby lists and how much money they take in the future pools. I mean, last year ...
by Tessablue
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Top Ten Lists 2020 Kentucky Derby
Replies: 54
Views: 2389

Re: Top Ten Lists 2020 Kentucky Derby

Charlatan wouldn't even be in the conversation without the Baffert factor. Nor would Nadal, for that matter. It's kind of crazy to me that Tiz the Law isn't being hyped more. His Holy Bull effort was outstanding . That he closed at equal odds with Nadal in Pool 2- off solely that one's maiden win- i...
by Tessablue
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Horsin' Around
Topic: Happiness
Replies: 1495
Views: 227975

Re: Happiness

The first test said it probably was cancer, then they said it probably wasn't , then I had to wait three weeks for a biopsy result that should have been returned in one week because they forgot to call despite me calling to ask every day for the past week, and after all that they said it's probably...
by Tessablue
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Question about breakdowns
Replies: 15
Views: 1459

Re: Question about breakdowns

Really interesting, thank you for posting it SC! I'm glad they acknowledge that it's likely because bute is being used to mask soreness in horses, and not because it directly causes injury. I don't think it would be at all fair to ban it outright (I still feel awful about poor Runhappy and his conne...
by Tessablue
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: The BC Picks and Analysis Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 2302

Re: The BC Picks and Analysis Thread

Sorry if I'm talking to myself in here; been making this thread for years and it's weird not to have Kennedy or peep in here to bounce ideas off of :( Sorry I wasn't around to join in with the chat. Seems like you did just fine! Congrats. Enjoyed reading your analysis even retro-actively. I've foun...
by Tessablue
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Accident Prevention
Replies: 41
Views: 2240

Re: Accident Prevention

Just to clarify for those reading, the chart says Always a Queen was uninjured. ( http://www.equibase.com/premium/chartEmb.cfm?track=BEL&raceDate=10/05/2019&cy=USA&rn=4 ). It seems she wants nothing to do with being a racehorse. Edited to add that she was uninjured in today's race as well: http://ww...
by Tessablue
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Tragedy hits Santa Anita again
Replies: 124
Views: 8324

Re: Tragedy hits Santa Anita again

Yeah... I did read that almost immediately after it was posted, so maybe I'm being extra hard on him. It was just tough to think of the BC as "darn close to perfect" in the immediate aftermath.
by Tessablue
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Tragedy hits Santa Anita again
Replies: 124
Views: 8324

Re: Tragedy hits Santa Anita again

TDN Podcast: Pletcher on Mongolian Groom Tragedy: We Have To Do Better In this week’s TDN Writers’ Room Podcast, future Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher didn’t mince words when talking about the breakdown of Mongolian Groom (Hightail) in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the rash of breakdowns that h...
by Tessablue
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Tragedy hits Santa Anita again
Replies: 124
Views: 8324

Re: Tragedy hits Santa Anita again

Good news, thank you for sharing it! Some good news out of Lone Star today as well: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/236895/facility-improvements-announced-for-lone-star-park Among the approved enhancements are: • A cooling down area for horses, located about 100 yards beyond the fin...
by Tessablue
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Breeders Cup Discussion?
Replies: 623
Views: 26843

Re: Breeders Cup Discussion?

No worries Charlie. I know you're not someone who wants to keep things as they are, just thought your post could be used as a springboard for exploring some feelings on the subject. Apologies if it came off as accusatory. I think we're all having a bit of trouble articulating how we feel right now. ...
by Tessablue
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Breeders cup mum on Mongolian groom
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: Breeders cup mum on Mongolian groom

Sure, but there's a middle ground here. For example: Arthur said the death of Mongolian Groom will be investigated by CHRB enforcement officers. Further information release is unlikely until that investigation is completed. The Breeders' Cup, in its statement the night of Mongolian Groom's fatal inj...
by Tessablue
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Breeders cup mum on Mongolian groom
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: Breeders cup mum on Mongolian groom

That information is of particular interest in light of workout videos of Mongolian Groom taken before the Classic. Multiple veterinary sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity say videos shot throughout the week appear to show the horse favoring his left hind leg at the trot. ... Shortly aft...
by Tessablue
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Question about breakdowns
Replies: 15
Views: 1459

Re: Question about breakdowns

Thank you Laurierace! I'm very glad to hear that they aren't treating this year's spring as a freak one-off event.
by Tessablue
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Racing
Topic: Breeders Cup Discussion?
Replies: 623
Views: 26843

Re: Breeders Cup Discussion?

The football players don't die on the field, and I don't think the general public would take the "well more horses could have died" argument particularly well. There's a curious sort of contradiction with racing fans- we complain endlessly (and justifiably) about crooked trainers, drug usage, and un...
by Tessablue
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Breeders Cup Discussion?
Replies: 623
Views: 26843

Re: Breeders Cup Discussion?

The sad thing is, I think they genuinely did make improvements (despite some diversions like the Lasix debate they admitted was pointless and that whip rule that lasted... what, like a week?). But somebody dropped the ball here, and it seems like they're falling into CYA mode again. Which simply isn...