Older Horses - 2018

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Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:09 pm

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Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:05 pm
Pretty lame field in terms of size... not that the juvenile preps are any better.
Methinks having the JCGC the same weekend as the AA is not the best idea.

And I'm pretty sure in recent years all the Gr.I juvenile races on the west coast have drawn poorly because there's almost always a top horse everyone is scared of (usually a Baffert horse IIRC, but last year it was Bolt d'Oro). The east ones are more wide open.

EDIT: Now that we have the PWC, let's move the AA to December as a prep for it.
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Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:16 pm

Mylute wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:09 pm
peeptoad wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:05 pm
Pretty lame field in terms of size... not that the juvenile preps are any better.
Methinks having the JCGC the same weekend as the AA is not the best idea.

And I'm pretty sure in recent years all the Gr.I juvenile races on the west coast have drawn poorly because there's almost always a top horse everyone is scared of (usually a Baffert horse IIRC, but last year it was Bolt d'Oro). The east ones are more wide open.

EDIT: Now that we have the PWC, let's move the AA to December as a prep for it.
Also, in a year when the BC is at an eastern track those horses aren't likely to ship for a prep on the west coast, so CA is stuck with whatever horses are in their local pool. The juvenile horse most seemed afraid of in the west is taking the rest of the year off so I was hoping for a better field in the Frontrunner. The turf races look good though, particularly the night cap stakes. The fields at BEL are slightly better and the JCGC looks quite good. It only drew 2 more than the AA but the quality is far and away deeper.
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Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:11 pm

We would all like stakes races to be full of quality contenders, but IMHO removing the Awesome Again as a prep for the Classic isn't a great idea. The present schedule gives west coast horses a prep in the AA, and the east coast horses a prep in the JCGC. Remove one of those, and you might as well call the remaining race the BC Classic, Part 1. :roll:
You would also be making one contingent ship, possibly twice, before the Classic. :P
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Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:26 pm

Well, the G3 Lukas Classic drew a salty, interesting field. So many names.

Honorable Duty
Remembering Rita
Rated R Superstar
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Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:48 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
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We would all like stakes races to be full of quality contenders, but IMHO removing the Awesome Again as a prep for the Classic isn't a great idea. The present schedule gives west coast horses a prep in the AA, and the east coast horses a prep in the JCGC. Remove one of those, and you might as well call the remaining race the BC Classic, Part 1. :roll:
You would also be making one contingent ship, possibly twice, before the Classic. :P
The trouble is prepping for one race, no matter where it is. People like to hammer on the TC but at least it's a series of races. (Warning, a Back in the Day rant) When there was no BC there were several important races throughout the calendar that were important, not artificially so like now. The purses for these races were similar and horses would race in several of them. When the dust--or sometimes mud--cleared, you'd see who was the most consistent throughout and that would be your champion. In the fall, there would be a series of races and the quality would be pretty high for all of those races. And when those races were concluded, often times some of those horses would go to Laurel and run in the DC International against an international field. Are you worried about too much of a good thing? Now it really comes down to one race and sometimes on a track unfamiliar to several of the participants. I think racing would benefit by horses getting together more often than just once.
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Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:06 pm

J Boys Echo running in an AOC at Churchill tomorrow. Was wondering where he has been.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:23 pm

That was a brave victory by Accelerate. He was pretty roughly handled (ear twitched) to get him into the gate, acted up in the gate, not a good start, ran wide, but dug in to pass competition in the stretch.
Good return for West Coast to hang on for second.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:26 pm

honneerider wrote:
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J Boys Echo running in an AOC at Churchill tomorrow. Was wondering where he has been.
And Zulu. . .
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:50 pm

katmandu wrote:
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honneerider wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:06 pm
J Boys Echo running in an AOC at Churchill tomorrow. Was wondering where he has been.
And Zulu. . .
J Boys Echo was 6th. Zulu was 2nd.
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Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:47 pm

Doctor Mounty Scores Big in International Turf Cup

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Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:54 pm

Centennial Farms’s Rocketry finally made like his name and broke Man O’ War’s 98 year strong record in the Temperence Hill...

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Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:59 pm

Calumet’s Hence won the Governor’s Cup Stakes at Remington Park. He loves it out west, that’s for sure.
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Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:32 pm

Wow, I went to check up on my at-one-time Derby horse International Star and he’s been back on the work tab since August. Good for him.
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Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:16 am

I just learned that Accelerate is chestnut. I thought he was like a light bay this entire time.
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Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:31 pm

Mylute wrote:
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I just learned that Accelerate is chestnut. I thought he was like a light bay this entire time.
Because he’s by Lookin’ at Lucky........?
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Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:04 pm

In a footnote to the Discreet Lover's unlikely victory, he was placed on the veterinarian's list after the race because of concerns over his physical condition. St. Lewis shrugged it off, saying the same thing happened after the Met Mile and the 5-year-old bounced back in his next start to finish third in the Suburban.

"After the race, they were interviewing (jockey Manny Franco) on horseback, so they were walking back slowly instead of letting him jog back so we could get some water on him and he tied up (muscle cramps or soreness). They put him on the vet's just like he did when he tied up after the Met Mile. He was drained. He gave everything he had to win that race. He was good and tired that night after the race but he ate up everything. He ate up everything Sunday night and he was much more active (Monday). In a couple of days we'll get him back on the track and afterwards, we'll work him and get him off the vet's list."

Discreet Lover will need to work four furlongs in 52 seconds to be cleared for racing, something St. Lewis said his horse "could do in his sleep."
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Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:08 pm

Curtis wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:31 pm
Mylute wrote:
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I just learned that Accelerate is chestnut. I thought he was like a light bay this entire time.
Because he’s by Lookin’ at Lucky........?
I don't know. In pictures like this he looks more brown (to me).

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Mylute wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:08 pm
Curtis wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:31 pm
Mylute wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:16 am
I just learned that Accelerate is chestnut. I thought he was like a light bay this entire time.
Because he’s by Lookin’ at Lucky........?
I don't know. In pictures like this he looks more brown (to me).



When he finished in front of Arrogate as a maiden, I noticed his breeding and thought he was probably bay as I saw the race on my phone. I tend to think of horses in relation to their sires. Later that summer I saw him, in person, at Del Mar when he won the Shared Belief and from that point, I picture Accelerate as opposed to Lookin’ at Lucky. For instance, I have to be constantly be reminded that Gun Runner is a Candy Ride as he reminds me much more of Giant’s Causeway. Now when I saw Mastery in the flesh at DMR, in the paddock and then moving on the track in the post parade, all I could think of was Candy Ride. I didn’t have my program handy so I asked someone nearby who his sire is and I—which happens once in a great while—was right.
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Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:40 pm

The flashy Bucchero!
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Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:55 pm

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