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Friday, April 15, 2005

Odds and Ends - April 15

- John Servis has another interesting 3 yo filly going in the G2 Comely at the Big A Saturday. Stewart Elliot will be back in NY to ride Last Toots, who has won a maiden and NW1 at Philadelphia Park by a total of nearly 24 lengths. She had two prior out of the money finishes in sprints, and showed vast improvement when stretched out to two turns If a horse winning by open lengths at Philadelphia reminds you of a certain Servis-trained Derby winner, she’s owned by Roy and Patricia Chapman.

The problem for Last Toots here is that the Comely is a mile around one turn, and even Servis acknowledged "I don't think it's her best distance, but it's kind of the only game in town right now.” [DRF]

Another interesting entrant is Bright Mahogany, a filly that has won two G1’s in Puerto Rico, and makes her U.S. debut for Gary Contessa along with her regular jockey Luis Perez.

- Jeopardy host Alec Trebek is being sued by a woman claiming that she was told by his breeding outfit Creston Farm that her broodmare, BeBe Trando, whom she had sent there to be bred, had fallen ill and had to be put down. However, the woman claims that the vet who supposedly euthanized the mare in fact did not do so, and “that defendants . . . sold, traded, gifted or otherwise disposed of BeBe.'“ Miami Herald] She’s demanding either the horse or reimburse her for the loss.

- Steve Crist in the Form writes that the CHRB would be correct to sanction Marty Wygod, but that he should receive a penalty “well short of the electric chair.”

The owner had a bad case of Derby Fever, not a fistful of tickets on an eight-horse trifecta box omitting the favorite. He thought he was somehow doing the track and the sport a favor by pretending his filly was fine. Instead, he dealt racing a black eye on a rare day when the rest of the world was watching. [Daily Racing Form]
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- Bellamy Road has a 2 yo full brother who is scheduled to sell on April 28 at Ocala.
[Breeder Dianne] Cotter said, "He doesn't look at all like his brother but rather looks like most other Concertos." The colt is named Old Midleton, after an Irish whiskey, Cotter said.

[Bellamy Road’s dam] Hurry Home Hillary has a yearling filly by Mecke and is due to foal about April 21 on a cover to the same Ocala Stud stallion. Cotter said, "We are considering sending her to a stallion in Kentucky but haven't made any firm plans yet." [DRF]