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by Tessablue
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: The End of Suffolk Downs
Replies: 2
Views: 62

The End of Suffolk Downs

The Track That Wouldn't Die draws its final breath this weekend. Large fields, a lot of familiar faces, and a few final stakes races will close out New England racing for the foreseeable future. Hoping the rain holds off and we get nice weather for the finale.

Who's going?
by Tessablue
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Royal Ascot 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 1916

Re: Royal Ascot 2019

"He has nothing left to prove" is always such an unsatisfying basis for retirement, but after that past week I suppose this is as close as one can get to justifying it. Wishing him the best in retirement.
by Tessablue
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2019 Three-Year-Olds
Replies: 369
Views: 20812

Re: 2019 Three-Year-Olds

No love for Owendale here? I think he's very good and better the longer he goes. He strikes me very much as a Travers/JCGC/Classic horse and may be the main competitor for 3yo champion along with Tacitus if he stays sound.
by Tessablue
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Santa Anita 2019
Replies: 874
Views: 37941

Re: Santa Anita 2019

And just as a side note.... Baffert has an appropriately named 2YO filly making her first start in the second race.... "We're Still Here" ;) Wasn't there a trainer that had 7 horses die in like 18 months with no real explanation at Santa Anita a while back? I forget the name. Um excuse me they did ...
by Tessablue
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Racing
Topic: Santa Anita 2019
Replies: 874
Views: 37941

Re: Santa Anita 2019

I think it's possible that Hollendorfer both deserves it AND is being scapegoated by the track to deflect from issues caused by their surface. It's not likey they can ban all of the open secrets on the backstretch, they have races to fill. I wish it all felt like something more than futile attempts ...
by Tessablue
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Racing
Topic: Royal Ascot 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 1916

Re: Royal Ascot 2019

What an amazing horse!
by Tessablue
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Horsin' Around
Topic: The VENT Thread
Replies: 3733
Views: 345545

Re: The VENT Thread

Eh I don't really blame the doctors, everything just sounds worse when you're venting. The issue has bounced around between quite a few of them and I'm lucky enough to get care across a number of ridiculously good institutions. Unfortunately, it's just something that can't be confirmed either way wi...
by Tessablue
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Horsin' Around
Topic: The VENT Thread
Replies: 3733
Views: 345545

Re: The VENT Thread

Thought I was getting minor surgery on Monday, but got a call today that it was canceled because I don't need surgery right now, but I might need major surgery in the future, because they probably identified what's going on and it's probably normal but also it could be cancer. Oh, and the mass is wa...
by Tessablue
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Royal Ascot 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 1916

Re: Royal Ascot 2019

I thought Kimari ran a remarkable race on that ground. In some of the larger fields, horses towards the back came back looking like they'd run on mud. Greatly enjoying the week so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing Maven run tomorrow! Ward seems to be really high on him, and that's a good sign....
by Tessablue
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Royal Ascot 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 1916

Re: Royal Ascot 2019

Johnny V has been suspended nine days for overuse of the whip; unclear whether that will affect any upcoming mounts at this meet. I thought Kimari ran a remarkable race on that ground. In some of the larger fields, horses towards the back came back looking like they'd run on mud. So nothing to be he...
by Tessablue
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2019 Three-Year-Olds
Replies: 369
Views: 20812

Re: 2019 Three-Year-Olds

Is that the first time Maximum Security was pressured/eyeballed by another horse? I’d say he needed the race, but also if he had never had another horse dog him, maybe he needed to know what that’s like? He was sort of pressed in the Derby, but I suspect this was by far the fastest pace he has ever...
by Tessablue
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2019 Three-Year-Olds
Replies: 369
Views: 20812

Re: 2019 Three-Year-Olds

Maximum Security finished second by about a length to King for a Day.

Max stumbled briefly at the start, raced on his wrong long for at least the opening furlong, and didn't have much left late. I wonder if West rescinds his $5 million challenge now... more likely he's retired, though.
by Tessablue
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: G2 Stephen Foster
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Re: G2 Stephen Foster

Goldencents has a good one!

Mr. Money and By My Standards are dead ringers for each other. I wonder how many Goldencents offspring look that much like him.
by Tessablue
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2019 Belmont Stakes
Replies: 86
Views: 5025

Re: 2019 Belmont Stakes

Sir Winston was a great Belmont horse and could have been lower than 10-1. His race in the Peter Pan was easily good enough to win, he had been training great, and he has one of the best distance pedigrees imaginable. With the Pletchers barely lifting a foot yesterday, by the end of the day I couldn...
by Tessablue
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Racing
Topic: Santa Anita 2019
Replies: 874
Views: 37941

Re: Santa Anita 2019

1. The surfaces are still different. 2. Other barns certainly do draw. 3. Drugs and needles are not inherently evil and the administration of a standard anti-bleeding procedure by medical professionals is a good thing. 4. What? Average June high in Louisville: 86 degrees F. Baden-Baden: 73 Paris: 74...
by Tessablue
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Racing
Topic: Belmont Stakes Race Day Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1431

Re: Belmont Stakes Race Day Card

Finally got a replay and checked some conversations online, and I'm really surprised by the lack of love I'm seeing for Mitole. Yeah, McKinzie didn't have room to run in the stretch, but he also saved ground along a good rail while rating off of a brutal pace. Mitole set that pace while contesting b...
by Tessablue
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Belmont Stakes Race Day Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1431

Re: Belmont Stakes Race Day Card

Yet another outstanding victory. Are there any better horses in training than the ones we're seeing today? Today’s winners for the most part are the leaders of their division... aside from Sir Winston. 3-year-old boys are anyone’s guess. Is Omaha Beach ever coming back? I think Tacitus is the clear...
by Tessablue
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Belmont Stakes Race Day Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1431

Re: Belmont Stakes Race Day Card

Hog Creek Hustle more like... Hurt... These... Horizontals. Rushing Fall, Midnight Bisou, World of Trouble, Mitole, and Bricks and Mortar are arguably the best five horses in this country right now. Certainly tops in their divisions. Throw McKinzie in there too, Thunder Snow is damn good, and Guaran...
by Tessablue
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2019 Belmont Stakes
Replies: 86
Views: 5025

Re: 2019 Belmont Stakes

Wow. What a perfect day. We didn't win much, but my hair is still straight and my foundation hasn't slid off my face. Perfect temperature and no humidity. Much, much less crowded than the past few years and a tame crowd. Still have to thank Tessa for the secret 3rd floor bathroom that saved my life...
by Tessablue
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Belmont Stakes Race Day Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1431

Re: Belmont Stakes Race Day Card

Yet another outstanding victory. Are there any better horses in training than the ones we're seeing today?