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BIG BROWN VICTORIOUS! + MUSIC NOTE & PROUD SPELL!!

By now most Infield readers know that Big Brown won on Saturday, holding off Proudinsky in a thriller stretch drive (I think that must be my favorite phrase, seriously).  The Derby Winner has passed the “beat older” test with winning colors…now on to synthetic and CURLIN! 

There is no way now for Curlin to repeat as HOTY without running in the Classic. Brown has done everything except win the Belmont (and how many others have that blemish on their resume).  Brown draws record crowds to see him run in non-graded stakes.  Brown has a major corporate sponsor (almost like NASCAR).  Curlin has the hardware (’07 HOTY), the earnings (over $9mil) and the key to Saratoga.  But unless his owner (who has been a tremendous sportsman so far just by running the Golden Warrior at 4) gives in and enters the defending BCC winner on SA’s poly, his chances for a repeat HOTY are slim and none.  If he enters and Brown beats him, he’s out, but the questions will be answered.  If he runs and wins, he’ll go down as one of our greatest champions.  There have only been a handful of 2-time HOTY champs in history, an enormous achievement.  The last back-to-back HOTY was Cigar in ’95/’96.  Even he couldn’t capture 2 Classics. 

If neither Brown or Curlin win the Classic, then things get more tricky.  It’s safe to say Go Between, love him as I do, will not be HOTY if he springs the big-ass upset.  I say Curlin would still be HOTY if both colts run up the track.  Curlin deserves the honor, after racing around the world in Dubai, and in all Gr1 events here in the states.  He has beaten a host of Gr1 winners and millionaires.  He’s also run faster than Brown (112 BSF in the Woodward).  It could also be a wake-up call to owners who retire their 3yos.  Curlin has run an (sort-of) old-fashioned campaign this year, hitting all the top Gr1s and taking on all comers.  I like Curlin better than Brown because of this-he is the last big name from the legendary 2007 Triple Crown Class.  All of those colts (and filly) were amazing athletes, game, fast and turned up every time.  To get to see even one of them for another year is a privlege that we won’t have next year.  Big Brown will be at Three Chimneys swapping TC war stories with Point Given (though PG will always win with his *I* won the Belmont by 11…). 

OTHER Stuff:  MUSIC NOTE waltzed away with the Gazelle after Country Star flipped in the gate and had to scratch.  The daughter of AP Indy is a tremendous runner in a year of Top Class Fillies.  Aside from Brown, 2008 has been the YEAR OF THE FILLY — The Distaff is the headliner race for the BC this year with Zenyatta, Ginger Punch, Hystericaladay, Music Note, Tough Tiz’s Sis, and now Proud SPell is back on the BC list.  Then Indian Blessing, Intangaroo, and Dearest Trickski have the F/M Sprint locked down.  Too bad Rags got hurt. 

Thursday I leave for an InfieldTrip to the heart of horse country.  Complete blogging and photos and such will be forthcoming…

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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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Crash and Burn!! What a way to start a blogging career

I hate my real job sometimes.  I work every weekend and miss all the live racing action, then when I finally get a chance to sit down and youtube the races I am too beat to do a decent blog.  So here I am 4 days late with the weekend wrap show.  It ain’t too pretty, and not a reflection of my usual handicapping, as you’ll find in the weeks to come.

BELMONT PARK:

Some people complained of the quality of the field here, said the Gr1 status was laughable, but hey, those glorified allowancers gave a helluva run.  Frost Giant, 40-1, trained by the traina non grata Rick Dutrow, won a hard-fought stretch duel with Larry Jones’s Solar Flare.  Frost Giant took the lead after a good break, set the opening quarter in 24 and change with Solar Flare second.  NAughty New Yorker charged up on the rail to grab the lead at the half and held it into the turn, where Frost Giant and SOlar Flare again made moves for the lead.  At the top of the stretch, Solar FLare was a half-length in front with Frost Giant running hard in second.  It looked like Solar Flare would get it, but in deep stretch, Frost Giant found another gear.  He drew even again with Solar FLare and drew off to win by a half length.  Damascus and Dr. Fager they aren’t, but it was a fun race anyway.  Frost Giant is a 5yo son of “Iron Horse” Giant’s Causeway, and he is owned by IEAH Stables.  Frost Giant will be one of the racers going off all meds but Salix this fall, so I am interested to see how his career progresses from here.  I had Frost Giant to show in this race, with Solar FLare on top and AP Arrow to place.  Close, but no cash.  The main reason I had Frost Giant on my radar at all, aside from his trainer, is that he shares a name with a virtual racehorse from an old fantasy racing game I used to play.  That Frost Giant was the “sire” of some “great” virtual thoroughbreds!

The stretch drive of the Mother Goose was a mess – aside from winner Music Note.  The blue-blood filly by AP Indy out of a Sadler’s Well mare easily made off with the field of 4 because she was the only one who was runnng a straight line.  In Music Note’s wake, Proud Spell had a rough time of it after a stumbling start.  Shuffled all the way back to 3rd at one point, she burst through on the rail beside Never Retreat, only to bump that filly before the wire.  Proud Spell got a DQ to 3rd.  Another losing ticket for me!  W00T!

At Hollywood, things weren’t much better for me.  My “can’t lose” pick, Daytona, lost badly to another huge longshot, Whatsthescript.  Whatsthescript blew by pacesetter Storm Military to win by 1 and 14 lengths.  Daytona looked great laying second most of the way, but in the stretch he just lost his run.  It was a little surprising, so I hope no physical problems caused it.  The winner was one of 4 stakes winners last weekend for trainer John Sadler.  He also trained A Gleam winner Dearest Trickski, my 3rd choice who beat Magnificence and Intangaroo (my win pick).  Sadler’s other winners were Emmy Darling (off my radar) in the Landaluce stakes for 2yo fillies, and Black Mamba in the Beverly Hills stakes on turf for classic-distance running fillies.  Sadler is new to me, but he’s on my list now of people to pay attention to when their horses run.  

Thank goodness TVG has the Hollywood signal.  I was able to catch the ESPN coverage of the Hollywood Gold Cup, but I wonder if casual observers knew what race they were watching —  all the talking heads could find to discuss was BIG BROWN!!!  Big Brown wasn’t even running Saturday!  Most of the pre-race coverage consisted of the Belmont excuse train, from the missed Winstrol injection to the loose shoe to the non-sweating to the lone gunman on the grassy knoll!  I flipped from ESPN to TVG several times during the Gold Cup show because ESPN spent too much time dumbing down the proceedings.  TVG knows there are new fans, too, but they actually spent their airtime talking about the horses who were actually in the race they were actually broadcasting that day!!

What a race, too! Mast Track, owned, bred and trained by Bobby Frankel, pulled off a wire-to-wire upset in the Gold Cup over Go Between and Student Council.  The only similarity to the Belmont was the Da’Tara-like performance of the winner.  Soft early fractions kept Mast Track fresh for a super stretch drive.  Go Between threatened, but could not catch the son of Mizzen Mast.  The old man, Perfect Drift, was never in it and finished 7th.  Maybe they can card a race just for the old guys, like Lava Man, Perfect Drift and Evening Attire.

I’ll have my Independence Day Stakes picks tomorrow!!

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