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Commentator smashes Whitney field + Battle ROyale week 1 RESULTS

Commentator wins the Whitney 2008/phot from

Commentator wins the Whitney 2008/phot from

The old man did it again, 3 years after his first Whitney victory, he galloped home once more 4.5 lengths in front.  The Zito-trained gelding showed that he loves longer distances, as long as he’s left alone on the lead.  He also gave me some much-needed points on the ROad to the BC contest.

Best run of the day was turned in by Ginger Punch, who found a world of trouble in the Go For Wand.  Boxed in early, she ran trapped on the rail ost of the way & in the stretch she had to bully her way between horses to snatch the lead.  She won going away.  The Distaff division is so tough right now, with GP, Hystericalady, and Zenyatta, not to mention Proud Spell, Pure CLan and Zaftig on the 3 year old side.  Indian Blessing is a top sprinter, period. 

It’s already a close race in SAUHBR.  BT leads me by 2 points after the weekend.  We both hit exactas for bonus points (whoot!).  Here’s the breakdown:



1)GINGER PUNCH (4pts) 2)Copper State 3)Indescribable (Inside Passage & Spring Waltz scr, so by the scoring rules, they were replaced by Ginger Punch, the race favorite.  Because GP won, I got an extra point)


1)COMMENTATOR (2) 2)Student Council 3)Grasshopper


1)Storm Mesa 2)Tasha’s Miracle 3)MISTY OCEAN (1)



1)Macho Again 2)PYRO(2) 3)Tiz Now Tiz Then


1)STREET BOSS (2) 2)IN SUMMATION (2) 3)Jungle Prince BOXED EXACTA BONUS 4 points!


1)Artie Hot 2)True Metropolitan (1) 3)Palladio

That’s 19 Points for me.  BT got lucky in the Seagram Cup & hit an exacta for 6 points, which put him at 22 total.  The contest just got started, but already it’s a close race.

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Coaching Club WOWZER

Music Note crushes CCA Oaks rivals

Music Note crushes CCA Oaks rivals



MUSIC NOTE annihilated her rivals in the CCA Oaks Saturday (so much for her “experienced” stablemate) by 11 lengths.  Little Belle was 2nd, followed by Flaming Slew.  Acoma came in 4th.  Music Note runs to her pedigree, and it will be exciting to see her against Zaftig if that filly comes back as good as she was last month.  It will be great if she comes to the BC DIstaff (I REFUSE to call it the L.C.), though the surface may give the connections pause.  The 3 year old filly Eclipse race will be a nail-biter.  The Godolphin entry was coupled, but it still paid a nice $25.20 for the EX

Other Races:

SAN DIEGO Handicap: 1)WELL ARMED $5.40 2)Surf Cat 3)Mostacoli Mort (Rebellion 5, Tall Texan 7)

VIRGINIA DERBY: 1)GIO PONTI 2)Court Vision 3)Sailor’s Cap $2.20 (Your Round 4)

EDDIE REID HANDICAP : TRIFECTA ALERT!!!  1)MONZANTE $8.00 2)Whatsthescript $3.00 3)Storm Military $3.60 TRI pays $41.70

NEXT WEEK: TOGA TOGA TOGA!!  Saratoga’s 140th season begins Wednesday, and all the Gr1 Stakes action is on Saturday.  Del MAr is just cranking up, too!  The dog days of summer are best spent watching TVG in the AC on the 42″ plasma TV. 

COOL, EXCITING STUFF: I’m about to get involved with another blogger…more to come! 

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CCA Oaks & Other Weekend STakes

Ruffian, 1975 CCA Oaks winner/photo from

Ruffian, 1975 CCA Oaks winner/photo from

The Coaching CLub American Oaks (Gr1) used to be the Belmont of the New York filly Triple Crown.  Such luminaries as Twilight Tear (1944), Ruffian (1975) and Mom’s COmmand (1985) have won the race in their Hall of Fame careers.  More recently, Ashado won the race enroute to her championship 3 yo season honors.  In 2001, Tweedside provided her sire Thunder Gulch a rare double, when she won the CCA Oaks, then run at the 1.5 mile distance, the same year as Point Given captured the Belmont Stakes, also at that marathon stretch.  This year’s CCA Oaks is an intriguing field of 5, with two Godolphin-owned fillies the likely (and deserved) favorites. 

LITTLE BELLE and MUSIC NOTE are the class of the field.  Both are by Belmont winner AP Indy, who sired 2002 winner Jilbab.  I give Music Note the edge over Little Belle, pedigree-wise, with that Sadler’s Wells broodmare sire.  Acoma is also tough here, but with only 4 starts she is due for a loss sometime.  Little Belle is more experienced than both other fillies.  Plus, she ran 2nd in her last start, the KY Oaks. 

2)Music Note

It would be an ironic twist if Never Retreat wins, as she is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, former trainer of Little Belle.


2)Sailor’s Cap
3)Your Round


2)TAll Texan



And that’s all I have time for this weekend…Go EVENING ATTIRE in Philly!


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