, making his first start since running up the track in the Kentucky Derby, won the steward’s inquiry in the Bryan Station stakes today at Keeneland. The son of Giant’s Causeway looked unbeatable coming off the final turn, but longshot Seaspeak hooked up with him in deep stretch. The two dark bay colts slugged it out in the final furlong, with Cal on the inside bearing the brunt of Seaspeak’s jabs. The longshot put a head in front of COwboy Cal at the wire. Stewards spent 5 minutes reviewing the tape before DQing Seaspeak to 2nd. It was a great return for Cowboy Cal. It may be too late for him to make the Breeders’ Cup field, but this victory will set him up for a great winter campaign.
CASINO DRIVE, the mysterious chestnut from Japan, won an allowance prep at Oak Tree today. The half-brother to Rags to Riches turned in an effortless performance against 5 others, proving he could handle the Pro-Ride surface and that his minor hoof problems were behind him. Casino Drive will be a live longshot in the BC Classic. He could be the next Arcangues. However, there are a few Euros who may have a stronger case for victory in the Classic. Duke of Marmalade, winner of 5 Group I races in 2008, is pointing for the BC, as well as Henry the Navigator and Soldier of Fortune (that sounds like the 3 horses of the apocalypse). Casino Drive has only run in 3 races in his entire life, and though he has won all 3, he has never faced the quality of competition lining up for the Classic. That’s not even mentioning the American contingent, who I’ll delve into later this week.
In OMG WTF news, CATO pulled the biggest upset I’ve ever witnessed today at Louisiana Downs: the colt went off at odds of 182.60-1!!! The winning payoff was $367.20/$134.20/$53.20 with a $1418 EX and $11,938 TRI !!!