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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Late Night Quickies

- Bobby Frankel's Cajun Beat, the 2003 BC Sprint winner, has been retired after suffering an injury in Saturday’s 7f G2 Commenwealth BC at Keeneland. The race was won by Clock Stopper; he hadn’t been getting the win much lately, but still had earned over $300,000 with just one win in his last ten tries. He’s been in the money now 16 out of 20 times, with career earnings of over $750,000.

Clock Stopper is by Gilded Time, the 1992 2 yo champ and BC Juvenile winner. Gilded Time was 4-4, winning the Sapling and Arlington-Washington Futurity as well. But he raced only twice as a 3 year old, and actually made his 3 yo debut in the Breeders Cup Sprint, finishing a close 3rd to Cardmania and Meafara. He's now in his 9th year of studdom, and had 34 stakes winners (6%) through the end of last year. Clock Stopper is inbred 3x5 to What a Pleasure, not something you see every day these days. and also to Princequillo 4x5, and 5x5 to Nasrullah.

- Saint Liam is looking to the make his next start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 18.

- Sounds like Shug McGauhey is leaning towards the Derby for Survivalist.

"Both the winners ran great races, but what did they come home in in the Blue Grass? Thirty-nine?....Afleet Alex ran a great, great race. I'm just not sure what he was beating because Greater Good did not show up.'' [DRF]
He added "The race could fall apart at the quarter pole.”