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ZENYATTA at Del Mar

She sort of surprised us, as nobody was expecting her to even arrive until later, but then there she was, galloping in all of her glory!

Zenyatta takes her first trip around Del Mar's oval this morning, August 4, 2010

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7 Days ’till Del Mar

Next Thursday I will embark once again on an exciting journey, this time to California and Del Mar’s elite summer meet! It will be a “workcation” : for 8 weeks I will be an intern in the marketing/media department. I’m excited to be in a place with a nicer temperature too – this Arizona desert heat is no joke, people.

I’ll also be able to spend some time on a real, sandy, ocean beach! maybe I’ll even get to surf ūüėČ

I’ll be posting occasional updates here throughout the adventure, and you can also check out delmarracing.com and delmarscene.com for the scoop on the track’s events.

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FINAL SAUHBR SELECTIONS!

FOREGO:

1)LUCKY ISLAND
2)FOREFATHERS
3)TASTEYVILLE

alt:First Defence

WOODWARD:

1)CURLIN
2)OUT OF CONTROL
3)DIVINE PARK

alt: Loose Leaf

ONTARIO COLLEEN S:

1)LICKETY LEMON
2)FAREENA
3)FORESTRY’S MAGIC

alt:Sugar Bay

DEL MAR DERBY:

1)KILDERRY
2)GIO PONTI
3)SKY CAPE

alt:TizWest

LINCOLN HANDICAP:

1)PEPPER’S PRIDE
2)SILVER EXPRESSION
3)MISS POSSIBILITY

alt:Letthemusicbegin

PENNSYLVANIA DERBY

1)SMOOTH AIR
2)ATONED
3)READY SET

alt:Numaany

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Del Mar Live Blogging

Home from work in time for the races.  Seemed like forever to get to the stakes.

Del Mar Mile:

Whatsthescript is the fave as they go to post…

Daytona looks awesome…

Bold Chieftan is nice looking…

Stoneside pretty…Monzante calm & collected…

4 mins to post…Win & Yer In race…I think Daytone has got this…

The polytrack looks like the stuff people use for footing in model horse shows.

One Union canters along, a big, dark, long-striding horse…looks good

HORSES LOADING IN GATE!!

Ha-Cha-Cha-Cha!¬† Durante Turf Course…

They’re off!! Storm Military in front…DDaytona up close…Daytona in lead!!¬† MAd closers!!¬† Whatsthescript!!

Hehehe..it’s kinda hard to live blog during the race…

OOOOO….OBJECTION!!¬† With that blanket finish it doesn’t surprise me.¬† Whatsthescript not involved…god, the place & show ponies were way off my radar: Bold Chieftan & Global Hunter.

Next up: PAC CLASSIC…

Post Parade…

Awesome Gem’s seconditis discussed w/ trainer Dollase…West Point’s been dangerous…head tossing, prancing…looks good

Mostacoli Mort…doesn’t “mort” mean “dead” in French?

Barcola looks strong

GO BETWEEN!!¬† Well Armed could be dangerous…Mast Track is being overlooked…

Student Council looks nice.

One minute to post…heh “Ken RUdolph theory of travel…’just get me home, now!'”

Going in gate…Go Between is fave…I remember when Ron was a FOX Sports commentator back in 1999…

YES!!!  GO BETWEEN!!!  Grinds.  It.  OUT!!!

and….TRIFECTA, BABY!!!¬† GO BETWEEN/Well Armed/MAst Track = 12 pts for SAUHBR!!¬†

As Lori Petty used to say, PAY THE LADY!!

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Commentator smashes Whitney field + Battle ROyale week 1 RESULTS

Commentator wins the Whitney 2008/phot from bloodhorse.com

Commentator wins the Whitney 2008/phot from bloodhorse.com

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:

Saturday:

GO FOR WAND:

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)

WHITNEY:

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

SAN CLEMENTE:

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

SUNDAY:

JIM DANDY:

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

BING CROSBY:

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

SEAGRAM CUP:

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 jockeysite.com

Ruffian, 1975 CCA Oaks winner/photo from jockeysite.com

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.¬†

1)LITTLE BELLE
2)Music Note
3)Acoma

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

VIRGINNY DERBY Gr2:

1)OLD MAN BUCK
2)Sailor’s Cap
3)Your Round

SAN DIEGO HANDICAP Gr2:

1)WELL ARMED
2)TAll Texan
3)Rebellion

EDDIE REID HNDCP Gr1:

1)STORM MILITARY
2)Monzante
3)Whatsthescript

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

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