^ I saw some of the comments earlier in the week. Baffert seemed most opposed to the new system. On the other hand, Larry Jones approved. I'd have to go back and check but I think Street Sense remains the lone Breeders Cup Juvie winner to duplicate the feat in the Derby.
The first post of this thread has been updated to included NBC's planned coverage of the Spa this summer including "Woodward Stakes (G1) and Forego Stakes (G1), 5-6 p.m. EDT Saturday, September 1, NBC." That night is also Alabama vs. Michigan in college football.
In addition to Believe You Can and Broadway's Alibi, the Mother Goose is expected to attract Contested and Zo Impressive, first and second in the Grade 1 Acorn on Memorial Day, according to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes.
"(The Mother Goose) looks like a good one, with the top four or five fillies in the country," Jones said. "We've never ducked anybody, otherwise we never would have been in the Kentucky Oaks."
Todd Pletcher will wait until after Broadway's Alibi and Disposablepleasure breeze on Sunday before he makes a final decision on whether he runs either or possibly both fillies in the Mother Goose.
"If they both breeze as well as they did last Sunday, there's a good chance we'll run them both, but we'll see," the trainer said.
Pletcher pondered starting Broadway's Alibi, a hard-fought second in the Kentucky Oaks, in the Acorn but decided to await the Mother Goose.
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They don’t, “they” in this case being the management team at Santa Anita Park, where department heads are busy trying to rename the major events of the fall meeting once operated by the Oak Tree Racing Association. The opening day of the 2012 meet, topped by Breeders’ Cup XXIX on Nov. 2-3, now will be headlined by the $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.
For those who are wondering, the Sept. 28 Eddie D. replaces the old Morvich Handicap in name only and covers the same distance over the same ground as the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. It is also a Grade 3 event, making it a viable prep for horses who either want a test run over the course or a chance to make the field. Or both. California Flag, the ageless gray, has won three of the last four runnings of the Morvich and might even show up for the first running of the Eddie D.
Before the name passes into history, it also should be remembered that Morvich was the nation’s leading 2-year-old of 1921 when he won all 11 of his starts. In his first start of 1922 he became the first California-bred winner of the Kentucky Derby.
GKJ: I asked someone about your question pertaining to the lack of a stakes race named after Seattle Slew. The person thought it interesting, inquired, and was told there is an ungraded race named after Slew. No further info was mentioned.
As if this Parise **** wasn't enough of a kick in the balls, I had looked at the nominations for the G2 Monmouth Cup on Saturday the other day. Shackleford was listed, as was Flat Out, along with home town boys Ruler on Ice and Pants on Fire! None of them are entered. Field of 6 and it'll be nice to see Rule and Ponzi Scheme but still, could've been an epic mile event:
The G1 UN Stakes has potential though, Mile and 3/8ths on the turf, longest race at Monmouth all year I think. Get Serious was nominated but instead chose to win the G3 Red Bank for the 3rd year in a row, and paid a nice price too, 12 and change! Brilliant Speed is the name that sticks out to me, along with Freud's Honor and Al Khali
Mucho Macho Man looked great today at Belmont, glad I backed him!
Also hit the Pick 4 at Monmouth , very chalky but finally caught a price in the final leg in a 5,000 claimer, Kathleen's Halo at 5-1. Knew Pletcher and Bravo were a good combo but didn't think they'd take both the Monmouth Cup and the United Nations, and Rule at 5-2?? Okay then!
I've been on a tear this year, just haven't gotten out as much as I liked, didn't even stay at the park today, just stopped on my way over to my folks' house to throw my pick 4 ticket and some other bets in, even put my bets from the Survival game in and those all hit! Sitting in decent spot in that too - 46 out of 5,000 plus
In the small corner of Southwest Ranches, Fla., are the P&G Stables owned by Nerina Morales and Hernando Gutierrez that only two thoroughbreds call home.
And now, one of them is headed to the Breeders’ Cup Championships.
In just his fourth career turf race, Turbo Compressor earned a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade I United Nations Stakes today at Monmouth Park.
The $500,000, 13⁄8-mile turf race is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In,” meaning that Turbo Compressor has automatically qualified for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
“This is unbelievable,” said Morales, who co-owns the 4-year-old son of Halo’s Image with her husband and another stable, Off the Hook. “I knew he was good and he could do it. But oh, God. He’s really the best.”
Turbo Compressor, ridden by Jersey-born jockey Joe Bravo, grabbed the lead out of the gate and set a comfortable pace, saving enough energy to out-run closers.
It's almost inevitable that the winner of the Belmont gets hurt or simply disappears. Drosselmeyer dropped off the face of the Earth and then showed up at the Breeders' Cup a year later as a forgotten horse, about the only one recent who did anything after winning the Belmont.
Switch finally made her way back into the winner's circle on Saturday when running down six rivals in the Grade 2, $200,000 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park. The John Sadler pupil hadn't scored since taking the Grade 1 Santa Monica in January 2011, but pulled out a 1 3/4-length victory Saturday to stop the clock for seven Cushion Track furlongs in 1:24 1/5.
Despite the long dry spell, Switch was sent off the 2-1 favorite under jockey Garrett Gomez, who immediately let his mount settle in last after being crowded at the start. Izzy Rules led the way through splits of :22 1/5 and :45 while closing tracked by American Lady and Sugarinthemorning on the backstretch.
And I'm not meaning the top runners, just one of the contenders it seems.
But last year Animal Kingdom was hurt and missed, Drosselmeyer pointed towards it, probably was going to go to the Travers - but he got hurt, if I go further back I'm sure I could find others. Part of it I'm sure is because it's such a big race so late in the season that you look at every top 3 TC finisher and then some, plus the local horses who win the local preps like the Long Branch and point to it.....that just the nature of the game, with all the runners you could look to - one or two will get hurt and miss it.
That said, here's the list of invites that went out:
Still some solid names....Dullahan, My Adonis, Good Morning Diva, and Le Bernardin have already accepted. Went the Day Well, Hansen and Gemologist I'm not sure what they're doing, but it'll still be a great race.