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Oct 5 14 10:22 PM
Chick With Brains
Don't Tell Sophia went last-to-first in winning the Spinster Stakes. Ria Antonia held on gamely to finish second. Heavy favorite Close Hatches ran a surprisingly poor race, fading badly in the stretch to finish fourth.
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Oct 8 14 11:00 AM
Cigar, a two-time Horse of the Year who won 16 races in a row in the
mid 1990s, died Wednesday in Lexington, Ky., according to racing
Cigar, 24, retired as the leading money-winner
in thoroughbred history with just under $10 million in winnings and, in
1995 and 1996, he became the first horse since Citation (1948 and 195)
to win 16 races in a row against top competition. Trainer Bill Mott
confirmed the death by text, the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening tweeted. America’s Best Racing, a promotional arm of The Jockey Club, tweeted:
son of Palace Music and Solar Slew, Cigar was born and bred in
Maryland. He initially was trained by Alex Hassinger for owner Allen
Paulson, but found success when he was switched to Mott as a 4-year-old.
In 1995, he went on a roll, winning the Hollywood Gold Cup, Jockey Cup
Gold Cup, Donn Handicap, Woodward Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup
Classic. In that last race, commentator Tom Durkin famously called him
“the unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable Cigar.”
wasn’t quite true, though. He failed to break Citation’s record of 16
wins in a row, finishing second in the 1996 Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
At the end of the year, he was retired to stud in a $25-million deal.
However, it was determined that he was sterile and he spent his days at
Kentucky Horse Park, where he was a popular attraction.
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One of the true greats. We will never see another one like him!
Oct 13 14 3:12 PM
Jazil, winner of the 2006 Belmont Stakes, died Saturday from injuries
sustained in a paddock accident at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Ky.,
where he stood at stud. The Seeking the Gold horse was 11.
Jazil was bred in Kentucky by Skara Glen Stables and was purchased by
Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Co. for $725,000 at the 2004
Keeneland September yearling sale. He won his maiden in his third start
as a 2-year-old, and found himself on the Triple Crown trail the
following year after finishing second to Bob and John in the Grade 1
Wood Memorial. His deep-closing style earned him a dead-heat
fourth-place finish behind Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby.
In the Belmont, Jazil moved from last of 12 after a half-mile to the
front of the pack at the quarter pole, and fought off Bluegrass Cat to
win by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Fernando Jara.
The Belmont was the final start of Jazil’s 3-year-old campaign after
he was found to have suffered a bruised cannon bone in the race. He
returned for a brief campaign at age 4, but was retired after three
Jazil finished his on-track career with 2 wins in 11 starts for
earnings of $890,532. He was trained throughout his career by Kiaran
Subsequent success by Jazil's siblings helped his dam, the Grade
2-winning Deputy Minister mare Better Than Honour, receive Broodmare of
the Year honors in 2007. Jazil's half-sister, the A.P. Indy filly Rags
to Riches, won the 2007 Belmont, and half-brother Casino Drive won the
Grade 2 Peter Pan a year later. Another half-brother, Man of Iron, won
the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Marathon.
Jazil retired to Shadwell for the 2008 breeding season. He has sired
four crops of racing age, with 51 winners and over $3 million in progeny
earnings. His top domestic runners include Grade 3-placed stakes winner
Najjaar, stakes winner Farhaan, and Grade 3-placed Jasizzle. He also
had success as a shuttle stallion with several stakes winners abroad.
Jazil stood for an advertised fee of $4,000 during the 2014 breeding season.
“It is a tragic loss, a sad day for all of us at Shadwell,” said
Shadwell Vice President Rick Nichols. “Jazil was a wonderful horse to be
around. He gave us many great memories from his thrilling stretch runs
when he would launch an amazing finish from far back. Jazil will be
Oct 13 14 7:42 PM
RIP Jazil! I liked him.
His name was Arabic, I think it meant either 'blessing' or 'abundance'.
Oct 13 14 7:46 PM
Two Breeder's Cup defections already--
Wise Dan will skip the BC Mile with a non-displaced ankle injury.
Moulin de Mougin will miss the BC Filly & Mare Turf with bone bruising from her clipped-heels spill in her last race, the Rodeo Drive.
I didn't realize she had such a good pedigree--sired by Horse of the Year Curlin, and out of the stakes-winning mare Cambiocorsa.
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Some really good news, and some really sad news:
Zenyatta's 6-month-old weanling filly, Z Princess, had to be euthanized after being injured in a paddock accident.
Two more Breeder's Cup scratches--Handsome Mike is out of the Mile with an injury, and Magician is out of the Turf with lameness. He's the third defending BC winner to scratch, after Wise Dan and Beholder.
1997 Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes winner Silver Charm has been pensioned from stallion duty in Japan, and is being sent back here to live out his retirement at Old Friends in Kentucky. His mother, Bonnie's Poker, also lived at Old Friends until her death a few years back.
Oct 31 14 8:19 PM
Day 1 of the Breeder's Cup was a doozy!
Hootenanny won the Juvenile Turf, giving his jockey, Frankie Dettori, the chance to do another of his famous flying dismounts.
Goldencents became the first back-to-back winner of the Dirt Mile. He had to work for it this time though; it wasn't an easy runaway like his win last year was. Vicar's In Trouble finished last and was vanned off. No obvious injury; his jockey didn't like how he felt when he pulled up after the race. Hopefully, it's nothing more than sheer exhaustion from Goldencents cooking him in their speed duel early in the race.
Lady Elia won the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Lady Zuzu acted up at the gate, whacked herself in the leg, and was scratched by the track vet.
Untapable scored a gritty, hard-fought win over older fillies and mares in the Distaff. It may put her into Horse of the Year consideration. Rosie Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the Distaff--and announced her retirement in the winners circle. She and her husband want to start a family. What a way to go out, though!
Here's hoping day 2 is even more exciting!
Nov 2 14 1:41 AM
Day 2 of the Breeder's Cup was just as big a doozy as day 1!
60-1 longshot Take Charge Brandi went all the way in the Juvenile Fillies, and paid $125 on a $2 bet!
Dayatthespa led all the way in the Filly and Mare Turf. Defending champion Dank was 4th.
The Filly and Mare Sprint went to Judy the Beauty. She gutted it out for a hard-fought win.
The Juvenile went to Texas Red, in what I thought was the most impressive performance of the day. Halfway through the race, he was last by daylight. Then, he moved up, wove his way through traffic, and ran away with the race. By daylight. He is now the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby. He was described as a 'late-maturing' horse, and if he keeps improving and makes it to the Derby, I really think he'll have a good chance of winning it. You need to have a good closing kick to have a chance in the Derby. He also has the pedigree for it--his sire is Afleet Alex, who was third in the 2005 Derby, and went on to win the Preakness and Belmont.
Bobby's Kitten came out of the clouds to get in front just before the wire in the Turf Sprint. No one saw him coming--he wasn't there, and then he was, just like that.
The turf went to Main Sequence. He beat one of Europe's top horses, Telescope, to do it.
Work All Week won the Sprint. Last year's winner, Secret Circle, made a valiant effort, but couldn't catch him.
Karakontie won the Mile, and became the first Japanese-bred BC winner. Top European runner Toronado could only manage fourth.
The Classic--where to start? Bayern won, but it wasn't easy. When the gates opened, he came out sideways, and knocked into Shared Belief, who was in turn knocked into Moreno, who got the worst of it. Bayern was near or on the lead the whole way, and managed to hold off Toast of New York and California Chrome to win. The three of them were literally noses apart, it was quite the blanket finish! Moreno was last, and Shared Belief suffered his first loss, he had a lot of traffic trouble on top of the awkward start. (I still think he was overhyped, though) There was a steward's inquiry into the start, but the order of finish was allowed to stand in the end. The race was touted as a rematch between California Chrome and the Belmont winner, Tonalist, but Tonalist was never a factor in the race. Bayern, by the way, is named for his owner's favorite soccer team (it's in Germany).
All in all, a great day of racing!
Nov 11 14 8:57 PM
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