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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tuesday Night Notes - Oct 24

- No more head-to-head wagers for this year's Breeders Cup. The...pools averaged approximately $75,000 each in 2005. [Daily Racing Form] Can't say I ever actually bet any of those; I think the most interesting part was to see what matchups they came up with. So we'll have to come up with our own here once the entries, or the pre-entries are announced on Wednesday. They'll be two pick fours, guaranteed for $1 and $1.5 million.

- Point Ashley is out of the Juvenile Fillies, and that's one bet-against I won't get to bet against.

- Rockport Harbor, who was sold to Darley in April, will stand for $20,000 in Lexington. He's by Unbridled's Song, but comes from what seems like a very modest female family, though his first two dams were minor stakes winners. His broodmare sire is Copelan, by Tri Jet, a line that goes back to Tom Fool. Doesn't seem like the most fashionable of bloodlines - he has no Northern Dancer and one instance of Mr. Prospector - but he was certainly fast and game.

Distorted Humor's fee has been raised from $150,000 to $225,000. He began his stallion career for a fee of $12,500 in 1999 and stood the 2002 breeding season for $10,000. [Thoroughbred Times]

1 Comment:

Walter said...

The pari-mutuel matchups were a joke anyway. You ended up laying a minus no matter which side you took.

Can't say i'm surprised that Point Ashley is out. As much hemming and hawing as Baffert was doing, you knew there had to be some type of problem. What is surprising is how she went from being the consesus favorite to a virtual afterthought in the span of one race. It's amazing how quickly things can change in our sport.