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Friday, June 23, 2006

Friday Morning Notes - June 23

- Reverberate (Thunder Gulch) returns at Belmont today, in the 4th race. You may recall he caused a stir last spring with a second in the Peter Pan which was impressive enough to cause him to be bet to 11-1 in the Belmont (though at the time as I recall, many expected him to go off at lower odds), in which he finished 10th. He rebounded with a solid second to Flower Alley in the Jim Dandy, but then was trounced in the Travers, his last race until now.

And what ever happened to Oratory (Pulpit), the horse that beat Reverberate in the Jim Dandy? If you forgot about him, as I did, it’s because he’s one of many who was prematurely retired with injury and sent to stud. He raced just five times, with three wins (the Jim Dandy being his only stakes victory) and two seconds. Oratory stands at Josh Pons’ Country Life Farm in Maryland for $5,000. Mr. Pons is the gentleman who pens the monthly diary that appears in the Bloodhorse print edition (only).

And Flower Alley (Distorted Humor) makes his four-year old debut on Saturday at Monmouth in the Salvatore Mile. Under other circumstances, I’d say that he’ll have his hands full with the ultra-sharp, though less classy Cherokee’s Boy. But we know that there are wiser ways of investing one’s money than betting against Pletcher off the layoff, so we’ll just take a pass and hope to see Flower Alley return in good form and add himself to the handicap division picture. I'm off to Vermont; speak to you from there.

6 Comments:

Walter said...

...Latent Heat has been entered in a 7-furlong allowance/optional claimer @ Belmont on Saturday...i guess he's not going in the Dwyer after all, as i doubt Frankel would wheel him back in 10 days...in any case, i'm looking for a big effort Saturday, as Latent Heat is obviously an ace at sprint distances, and we know from his debut that he can fire a big shot off works alone...

Alan H. said...

You may not realize the coincidence, but you mentioned that Oratory stands at Country Life Farm in Maryland in this post and also comment on Cherokee's Boy. The sire of Cherokee's Boy, Citidancer, also stood at Country Life Farm. It is likely that Cherokee's Boy was conceived in the same shed that Oratory is working in now.

Anonymous said...

Latent Heat under wraps @ 1-5. More like a workout; Frankel might think about the Dwyer.

Another starting gate fiasco as well.



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Walter said...

...Long Range Missile has been entered Tuesday @ Prarie Meadows...unbelievable...that's gonna look pretty strange in the Form, a horse that won it's last race @ Hollywood and has a string of Beyers in the 110 range, entered on a Tuesday @ Prarie Meadows...he seems to have been working well enough also, most recently 33 and change @ Fairmount Park, where he's been stabled for quite a while...i can't even imagine what happened to this horse...

Walter said...

...i just checked the entries...it's a $35,000 optional claiming race, he's NOT entered for a tag, and he's 8/1 on the morning line???...when last seen, this horse was quite possibly the best sprinter in the country...he's been on the shelf for for the better part of 2 years, but 8/1 @ Prairie Meadows?...with a strong worktab and no claiming price attached?...very, very strange...

Anonymous said...

Just finished watching 1-2 Flower Alley with the Salvaotor mile by 4.

Sloppy track and he broke a bit late. 3 wide into the CH turn then settled behind a snappy pace of two 23 sec quarters. Challenged the lead and was hed to head till the 8th pole. Jonny pushed and that was that.

Got what he needed, it appeared.



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