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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Here's the Cat

Discreet Cat goes for a spin in Dubai against the backdrop of buildings constructed by exploited migrant workers. Thanks to reader Alex for bringing us the news via that Godolphin's Simon Crisford indicated that the colt is indeed being aimed for the World Cup and a showdown with Invasor. Here's the statement from Godolphin's website:

Godolphin's Racing Manager Simon Crisford said that the unbeaten colt is currently being trained for the Emirates-sponsored Dubai World Cup, the world's most valuable race. However, all options are open because Discreet Cat also holds entries in the Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen over 6 furlongs and the Group Two Godolphin Mile.
I still think that's a big 'however,' and I'll stick to my opinion that they'll ultimately opt for one of those other options. On one hand, I hope I'm wrong. On the other, given the difficulty we've seen some - certainly not all - World Cup participants have had bouncing back, I wouldn't want such an early season encounter to jeopardize the proceedings at Monmouth in October.

- Here's an interesting note regarding opening weekend at Oaklawn:
The corned beef and sunshine were about the only favorites to be found this past weekend as 15 of the 27 races produced winners that paid double figures, with seven paying more than $30. The two stakes races were both won by longshots. [BRIS]
- The 'other' Cat, our own Highland Cat, breezed a half mile in 50 seconds this morning in preparation for his much-anticipated return, scheduled for Sunday.


Anonymous said...

I have a question related to the other part of my post...IS Commentator supposed to make a comeback from his injury? Despite the fact that he's 5 (or is it 6?) now I feel like we still don't quite know how good he is. - Alex

Green Mtn Punter said...

Amen on Commentator, I think he is a good one- how about a 2007 Whitney Handicap headlined by the 2 most recent Whitney winners, Invasor and Commentator, vs the best 3 YO's and up in training on July 28?! Reminscences of Kelso vs. Gun Bow, Malicious, Roman Brother, et al, this is what creates loyal racing fans and brings them out to the track year in, year out, a solid fan base for the sport, not immature, infirm 3 YO's trying to win a few races and be gone after 6 months.

Green Mtn Punter said...

When I first glimpsed this photo I thought it was a launch pad at Cape Canaveral FL! Come to think of it, that's a pretty good metaphor for Dubai- a launch pad for oil rich Sheihks! The KY breeders sure love the Sheihks but beyond mega-inflating the price of bloodstock have they really done anything for the American racing industry? I'm just asking.

Anonymous said...

As opposed to all the good done for the American Racing industry by their main competitor Coolmore, who does not even have a presence here? Or for that matter by the vast majority of high end buyers?

They buy our horses, race some of them here and some overseas, which is their right.

What exactly would you like them to do?

MR. Ed

Green Mtn Punter said...

The Sheihks have vastly improved the profitability of the KY breeding industry, one segment of the racing industry, but not the overall racing industry, that is my point. For example- and for a brilliant stroke of PR- the Sheikhs could donate $100 million or so for backstretch living improvements at American racetracks. But obviously that idea would never occur to them given the dismal housing their foreign slaves, I mean foreign workers, are forced to live in. So, meanwhile, the KY breeding industry continues to reap the bonanza while the rest of the American racing industry continues to struggle as usual.