Battle of the Exes at Del Mar tomorrow in the first intentional Match Race in who knows how long between Sutherland and Smith. I'm going to have to tune in just because I don't think I've ever seen a race that was intended to be one. Only a handful of off the turf events with tons of scratches
I love when a horse wins a race and none of the announcers have a clue who the hell he is. Sean Avery won 3 out of 4 on the year, and the other he was a beaten short-priced favorite. One of them right down the street here at Parx.
MIAMI GARDENS Fla. (July 31, 2011) - Harold Queen’s 5-year-old Florida homebred Big Drama, 2010 Eclipse champion sprinter, breezed an easy three furlongs in 36 3/5 Sunday morning at Calder Casino & Race Course for trainer David Fawkes as he continues preparation for a ‘second-half’ 2011 campaign that his connections hope will give him a chance to defend his title in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.
“He galloped out in 49 and I was very pleased with the work,” said Fawkes after the son of Montbrook posted his first recorded workout since winning the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 15 when he won by four lengths in track record time of 1:08:12 for six furlongs.
The Mr. Prospector was Big Drama’s only start since sealing his Eclipse campaign winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint wire-to-wire on Nov. 6 at Churchill under regular rider Eibar Coa. “We’ll see how he’s doing. The Forego ($250,000 (G1) at Saratoga on Sept. 3) is a possibility.”
DEL MAR - Del Mar officials were giddy Wednesday because of the attention given to the Battle of the Exes news conference, which was held to introduce jockeys Mike Smith and Chantal Sutherland to the media as well as announce other particulars concerning the fifth match race in track history.
But let's be honest here.
When matched up against Seabiscuit-Ligaroti in 1938 and the Battle of the Sexes, which featured Julie Krone against Patrick Valenzuela in 2003, Sunday's Battle of the Exes finishes a distant third.
In fact, there are some in the industry who are suppressing yawns this week.
Someone hit me up with the following tweet after I mentioned the Smith-Sutherland event on Twitter:
"Zzzzzz. P-Val vs. Krone of much more racing relevance at the time. Leading meet contenders. But - whatever works!"
One longtime press box observer can't believe the Battle of the Exes will be part of daily doubles, the pick three and pick five.
"Make it a win-only wager and keep it separate," he said.
Front-running Sean Avery, under all-out pressure from jockey Joe Bravo, nosed prohibitive choice Trappe Shot to produce a 17-1 stunner in the $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) (VIDEO) at Saratoga Aug. 7.
The win was the first in a graded stakes for the 5-year-old gelding, named for the New York Rangers hockey star. Owned by Black Swan Stable, Sean Avery is trained by Allen Iwinski. Darley bred the bay son of Cherokee Run--Latin Lynx (by Forest Wildcat).
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A follow up on this half to Super Saver. Turns out he had already been named Superfection.
Superfection, a half brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver (by Maria’s Mon), was the most expensive horse sold during the opening session, bringing $1.2 million from Ferguson. Produced from the winning 16-year-old A.P. Indy mare Supercharger, the grand chestnut son of Medaglia d'Oro also is a half brother to grade III winner Brethren (by Distorted Humor ). Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm bred Superfection in Kentucky.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Go for Gin has arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park where he will reside in the Hall of Champions alongside fellow Derby winner Funny Cide, two-time Breeders’ Cup winner Da Hoss, and racing superstar Cigar.
“We’re glad that his connections chose to allow Go for Gin to spend the rest of his days at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he will continue to be respected, appreciated and well cared-for,” said John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We entertain nearly one million visitors each year and they will be delighted to have the opportunity to meet a horse of his caliber, who performed so well in all three Triple Crown races.”
Haven't seen races from the last week yet, but a couple of notes for today:
-Calvin Borel arrested for DUI
-The Factor will not go to the King's Bishop, but will run in the Pat O'Brien on Pacific Classic Day. Talk is that outsiders not doing well at Saratoga, and the track is really deep. Baffert must be really unhappy with it considering he hates synthetic tracks.
Travers weather will be touch and go with the rains expected from Irene over the weekend.
Meanwhile Baffert decides to keep The Factor in California, and not run in the Kings Bishop Saturday against Uncle Mo.
He said he doesn't like the track condition.
Yet it's good enough for him to run Coil in the Travers.
Can we ever get a straight answer from these guys?