- Dr. Pleasure ran third in his return at Keeneland, but he was far behind the winner Nar (Northern Afleet). He’s another winner for Nick Zito with his only runner on the day, and my goodness, that’s six in his first ten starters! Nar ran 4th last time to Barbican, Laptop Computer, and Ice N Lemon, who won for Zito at 12-1 last weekend. He’s out of a mare by Country Pine, who won the Withers and ran second in the 1983 Wood to Bounding Basque, who I had in the 1985 Meadowlands Cup, a Grade 1 race at the time, at something like 60-1. I think that’s the highest mutuel win odds I’ve ever had.
-. Great finish in the Grade 3 Fifth Season stakes at Oaklawn, as 9-1 Kid Grindstone (Grindstone) came from nowhere to surprise the even money favorite Arch Hall. The winner had been running in optional claimers, but is now a graded stakes winner. This horse is inbred (3x4) to Drone, and also to Mr. Prospector (4x3), Tom Fool and Swaps (5x5). His second dam is the great champion Princess Rooney, winner of 17 out of 21, including the Oaks and the Distaff.
- Donation, the dam of Arkansas Derby favorite Lawyer Ron, is being sent to Smarty Jones. "The Smarty Jones–Donation match is a nice mating," said Three Chimneys matings advisor Anne Peters. "It triples up on Somethingroyal, who was the dam of Secretariat and a real goldmine of good genes." [Bloodhorse] Ms. Peters is the former editor of BRIS’ excellent Owner-Breeder International publication (which seems to have been discontinued), and was the co-author, with Alan Porter, of Patterns of Greatness II. And she’s into all that inbreeding stuff. She’s the self-proclaimed Pedigree Goddess. A line in her resume reads
1962. Could not convince parents to exchange newborn baby sister for a baby horse.