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Sep 12 16 10:52 AM
Gilbert and Sullivan State Trooper
Oct 1 16 11:25 PM
Chick With Brains
Oct 7 16 10:01 PM
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Oct 9 16 8:19 PM
Marion Marauder wins the Kentucky Futurity--and the trotting Triple Crown! He's the 9th winner.
Always B Miki set the new world harness racing record in winning the Allerage Pace at the Red Mile by pacing a mile in 1:46.
How fast is that? Well, the average time it takes a thoroughbred to run a mile is 1:36.
Oct 10 16 8:37 PM
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Oct 22 16 2:11 PM
Monarchos, who turned in the second-fastest winning Kentucky Derby performance in the classic's history, died Saturday morning after undergoing emergency surgery to repair an intestinal rupture the day before. The Maria’s Mon horse, who most recently stood at Nuckols Farm, was 18.
Monarchos won 4 of 10 career starts for owner John Oxley and trainer John Ward and was in the top three in all but two outings, earning $1,720,830. He appeared on the national scene when winning the 2001 Florida Derby by 4 1/2 lengths, placing himself among the Kentucky Derby favorites at that time. However, he was sent away as the sixth choice in the spring classic after finishing second, beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Congaree, in the Wood Memorial.
When the gates opened in the Kentucky Derby, late closer Monarchos, under jockey Jorge Chavez, sat in 13th early as Songandaprayer took the 17-horse field through the first quarter in 22.25 seconds and the half in 44.86, the fastest opening splits in the race’s history. Sixteen lengths behind after that blistering half, Monarchos began to make up ground leaving the backstretch and made a five-wide move on the far turn to be sixth at the quarter pole.
He continued to inhale tiring rivals but still had three lengths to make up on Congaree in midstretch. He ultimately got his revenge, as he reeled him in to win by 4 3/4 lengths going away.Monarchos stopped the clock in 1:59.97 for 1 1/4 miles – making him the only Kentucky Derby winner to come in under two minutes, joining 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. The latter still holds the track and stakes record at 1:59 2/5, before the widespread use of hundredths in reporting fractions.
Monarchos finished sixth in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes, both won by eventual Horse of the Year Point Given, before going to the sidelines with a hairline fracture in his right knee. He returned to make one start at 4, finishing third in an allowance race, before suffering a career-ending ligament injury while training. He entered stud at historic Claiborne Farm for the 2002 season and later moved to Nuckols for the 2007 season.
Monarchos is the sire of 244 winners for earnings of $19,304,845, led by champion female sprinter Informed Decision, who banked more than $2.2 million while winning three Grade 1 events, including the 2009 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. His 19 career stakes winners also include the multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Win Willy.
Oct 26 16 7:54 PM
Belmont Stakes/Breeder's Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer has been sold to the stud farm in Brazil that he has been shuttling to for a couple of years.
1999 Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic has been pensioned from stud duty in Japan, and will be retired to Old Friends in Kentucky in a couple of weeks.
Oct 28 16 8:03 PM
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Oct 31 16 9:40 PM
Decision made--Nyquist has been retired. It'll cost you $40,000 to send a mare to him.
Now all three of this year's Triple Crown race winners are retired--Nyquist, Exaggerator, and Creator. And they wonder why today's racehorses can't last more than a season or two....
Nov 2 16 6:48 PM
Nov 3 16 8:15 PM
Southwind Frank, Breeders Crown Trot winner and Dan Patch Award winner, has been retired.
Multiple GR1 winner Lord Nelson has been scratched from the Breeder's Cup Sprint after a cut on his leg got infected. His owners were planning to retire him after the Breeder's Cup, so he is now retired.
Gr1 winners Flintshire and Beholder will be retired after their respective BC races, as well.
Seriously, there will be a LOT of retirements after the Breeder's up is over.
Nov 5 16 4:41 PM
Nov 5 16 10:32 PM
Breeder's Cup results:
1st: Oscar Performance 2nd: Lancaster Bomber 3rd: Good Samaritan
1st: Tamarkuz 2nd: Gun Runner 3rd: Accelerate
Last year's Sprint winner, Runhappy, ran here this time, and got completely trounced.
Juvenile Fillies Turf
1st: New Money Honey 2nd: Coasted 3rd: Cavale Doree (FR)
1st: Beholder 2nd: Songbird 3rd: Forever Unbridled
Songbird went down fighting, she only lost by a nose. Her career record is now 12-11-1. And Beholder goes out on top. And RIP to Corona Del Inca (ARG), who suffered a fatal breakdown.
1st: Champagne Room 2nd: Valdorna 3rd: American Gal
Filly & Mare Turf
1st: Queen's Trust (GB) 2nd: Lady Eli 3rd: Avenge
Queen's Trust just squeaked by at the end, it was a tight finish. Lady Eli went down fighting all the way. The fact that she's back racing at all, after nearly dying of laminitis, speaks volumes about how tough she is.
Filly & Mare Sprint
1st: Finest City 2nd: Wavell Avenue 3rd: Paulassilverlining
Last year's winner, Wavell Avenue, fought hard all the way to the finish, but just couldn't get by Finest City.
1st: Obviously 2nd: Om 3rd: Pure Sensation
Last year's winner, Mongolian Saturday, was never a factor this time around.
1st: Classic Empire 2nd: Not This Time 3rd: Practical Joke
Classic Empire has done nothing but improve since his trainer put blinkers on him.
1st: Highland Reel 2nd: Flintshire 3rd: Found
Highland Reel led gate-to-wire, and that is really hard to do when you're going a mile-and-a-half. Last year's winner, Found, made a big move at the end, but just couldn't catch him. And Flintshire heads off into retirement.
1st: Drefong 2nd: Masochistic 3rd: Mind Your Biscuits
Drefong did what his sire, Gio Ponti, wasn't able to--win a BC race (not for lack of trying! He ran twice, losing to Zenyatta in the Classic, and then to Goldikova in the Mile).
1st: Tourist 2nd: Tepin 3rd: Midnight Storm
Third time is the charm for Tourist! He finished out of the money in his first two tries. Last year's winner, Tepin, made a big move in the homestretch, but it wasn't enough.
1st: Arrogate 2nd: California Chrome 3rd: Keen Ice
Chrome went down fighting, and ends this year with a race record of 7-6-1. He may run one more time before he retires; his connections are looking at a new race that goes off either late this year or early next year.
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