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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Just Another Day at Keeneland

- Dr. Pleasure returns in the 4th at Keeneland on Wednesday. It's his first race since he was needlessly entered in the BC Juvenile. in which he finished 7th. Also in the race is Grand Survival, who was the even money favorite in the Arl-Wash Futurity off of one race, a maiden win at Saratoga. He finished 23 lengths behind Sorcerer's Stone. Patrick Biancone then wheeled him back in the Iroqouis, which he lost by 26.

In the 5th, Biancone unveils Close Secret, a $1.5 million three-year old Storm Cat filly. She's out of a stakes winning Relaunch mare who is a half-sister to the dam of Point Given.

Then in the 6th Biancone, who has two wins, a second, and two thirds so far at Keeneland, sends out Trolley's Last, making her first U.S. start. She's a four-year old Fusaichi Pegasus half-sister to Unbridled's Song. Also in that race, Dynamist makes her first start since last July; she won the Rhudy Memorial at Delaware.

In the 7th, Battle Won makes his first start since fading to 11th in the BC Sprint, and the money-burning Storm Surge is in the field too. And then the 8th is a stakes, the Vinery Madison Stakes; it's attracted Dubai Escapade, who will probably have to better her last effort, in which she was hard pressed to hang on at 1-5. And even the 9th is a nice looking turf allowance which has drawn Big Prarie, second to Rush Bay in the Jefferson Cup last year; he's been out since July.

And this is on a Wednesday afternoon! I'd get on the plane right now if I could; what a card! It makes you realize how mediocre, if not downright lousy, most of the weekday racing at Gulfstream seemed to be this year.

8 Comments:

Walter said...

...keep an eye on Lovely Lagoon (3/1 ml) and Genuine Speed (7/2 ml) in Wednesday's opener...both are reported to be fast...i'll give the nod to Lovely Lagoon, though unfortunately she's drawn the rail...

Anonymous said...

Interesting article on DRF.com wherein Ian Jory claims his two horses were drugged in the UAE Derby. I sure liked Simpatico B. and was surprised at how poor he ran. Interesting-I would not doubt any foul play in the Mideast-Byanose

Walter said...

...WOW, i hadn't seen that...if true, that's certainly be very disturbing...i was certainly puzzled by Simpatico Bribon's non-effort...drugs or no drugs however, it's very unlikely he could've beaten Discreet Cat on the day...huge effort from that one, obviously...

...btw, i was looking at Watchmaker's Top 10 lists today...i notice that Discreet Cat is missing from the Top 10 3yo colts list...at the top, it does say that "Horses must have at least one start in North America"...it doesn't say "this year", but i suppose that could be implied...however, i notice Commentator, Lost in the Fog, and Greg's Gold are all on the Sprint list, and none of those have run this year, in North America or anywhere else...so i guess Watchmaker is simply omitting Discreet Cat?...it wouldn't surprise me, knowing that guy...

alan said...

Nice catch Walter; you're absolutely right. He must be omitting Discreet Cat because he apparently doesn't think he's as good as Point Determined. Or just doesn't want to believe it. We should find out on Saturday if Discreet Cat is going to go in the Derby. I was being a little purposely outrageous the other day when I said he'd be the favorite if he goes...but I do think he's going to be bet pretty heavily if he goes. People like undefeated, and he brings some intrigue to the race too. Do you think that overseas bettors will try to get wagers down over here to get a better price than he'll be over there?

Dr. Pleasure ran third at 4-5. Zito's Nar ran away by 9 1/2. Track looks like it's a speedway again today based on the first three dirt races. Can't get the Polytrack soon enough there..

Walter said...

...i'm not sure, though i supoose some of the sharper guys over there would be looking into that...i came across a story recently that mentioned some U.S. simulcasting will be beamed into the U.K?...not sure when that begins...

...btw, LOvely Laggon is getting hammered at the windows, 6/5 with 20 minutes to post...Genuine Speed is a shocking 7/1, especially after Brad Free made that one his "Best Bet" of the day...i've gotta think the money will come rolling in late on that one, ala Larry Z...

Anonymous said...

Nice call Walter-looks like a 2-6 but the phote is not up yet. Keep them coming-thanks

Walter said...

...yeah, they got there!...though i preferred Lovely Lagoon, she was virtually unplayable @ 6/5, while there seemed to be value on Genuine Speed @ 9/2...i bet Genuine Speed to win, and followed with a straight Lovely Lagoon/Genuine Speed exacta for the same amount...Genuine Speed really dug in late and showed a lot of determination to take second over Really Big Time, who had run a close second to Erin's Kristina last time out...what an effort from Lovely Lagoon, btw...she was in control from start to finish, and the jock actually had her in hand and was twisting around and looking over his shoulder near the wire...pretty damn amazing in a two-furlong race...

Anonymous said...

I did not even think lovely lagoon broke particularly well!! BYN