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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Off to the Races

- Have to take the LIRR to Belmont today, as the Head Chef is working a party tonight. We're actually also guests, and the guy is a film cinematographer who had his mug in Time Out NY last week, so there could be some real celebrities there.

However, none of them will be as celebritorious as Rags To Riches. I'm bringing my camera and hope to have something worthy to post later on. In the meantime, I sent in a new post to the Breeders' Cup site. I'm not sure if anyone is working today - you don't think they let me put stuff up directly, do you? - so I don't know when it will appear, but you can check here please. Hopefully sooner than later, because I wrote a bit about the Woodbine Mile to be run tomorrow.

So, good luck at the races, and have a great day.

10 Comments:

Smash said...

heard the folks at Coolmore bought 50% of Majestic Warrior; wonder how much they had to fork over to Steinbrenner!

Jim L said...

The Coolmore gang has had some losses in the stallion ranks over the past two years.

FuPeg is not panning out. He will not produce anything of greatness in the Poly world. On the other hoof, Majestic Warrior gets them some AP Indy, who is going to be a more sought after sire. He's already close to top dollar, and will replace Storm Cat as having the highest fee in less than three years.

Is Indian Charlie getting ready to unload on Johnny V.? Talk about an awful three months, sans Lawyer Ron. Put Go-Go back on Rags To Riches and she would not have lost. Lear's Princess is the toughest filly running on the dirt. Down the road they ought to pair her with Hard Spun.

The Coolmore boys have another $15,990,000 or so to recoup their hammer drop. Where do they get their cash? Really, $60 mil for FuPeg, $16 for Monkey, and.......

El Angelo said...

Jim:

Let's not forget how tremendous their Ireland stallion ranks are. They've had Sadler's Wells forever, who has been at "private fee" (translation, >$250k) for over a decade, and have had others like Danehill, not to mention now red-hot sires like Montjeu, Galileo, and Rock of Gibraltar. Yeah, FuPeg's been a disappointment, but even stateside, horses like El Prado, Woodman, Thunder Gulch and Tale of the Cat have been printing money for them, before Giant's Causeway took the mantle.

Also, John Magnier is rich as all hell, he's only England's biggest bookmaker.

tom said...

Well Fusaichi Pegasus foals have sold at the current Keeneland sale for an average over $100,000 with 4 of them going $500,000+

Anonymous said...

I would imagine some future Bandini's in that lot. He has not produced much so far.........

Alan,

It is time that Dick Dutrow receive something along the lines of a REAL PUNISHMENT! Ban him for 6 months to a year. Take away Saint Liam's Eclipse, too! Enough of this larceny. http://www.drf.com/news/article/88525.html

Dutrow is on record in a DRF article that he wagered $2,000 to win and place on a horse of his that won a stake in 2004 or 2005. (Can't remember the horse or race). The horse went off at 12-1. He made a boatload. He also was quoted as laughing all the way to the bank as he spent time in Brazil...with Frankel.

case said...

Lucarno won the St Leger today, a great feat for any horse, especially for a PA bred (even though his sire is not a typical PA sire, Dynaformer). The news reports indicate that he will not be coming to Monmouth for the 'Cup, very disappointing.

robin said...

Yesterday, in full view of me and everybody else at the paddock, a NYRA photographer took at least one $20 bill from a guy carrying extra camera batteries, who was in the viewing area. She reached right across the double fence. That was for her bet on Dance Away Capote. Then she dug in her wallet and gave the same guy cash to put on Tale of Ekati. She said "The three, Barclay's horse." That horse won too.

I was standing with my camera. I said "Look, NYRA employees betting from right inside the paddock." She laughed. I didn't. Then I told her I should take a photograph of this for my newsletter. She laughed again. I raised one eyebrow. Then I took a picture.

NYRA doesn't even have eyes, let alone eyebrows or cameras.

readyforthestart said...

Alan,
Great post on the BC site. I really like the idea of the contest. I would love to see individual tracks do something like that. Of course they would have to promote it. That really seems to be the big problem in this game. They get new people to watch the Breeders' Cup and then right after that all of the horses they were cheering for are gone.

alan said...

Hey robin,

Instead of getting that NYRA photographer busted....why don't we blackmail her into giving us some of those picks!

Re: Fusaichi Pegasus, it seems as if his offspring may be doing well overseas. But Ravel is his only U.S. graded winner this year, and that wa a G3....and I believe that you have to go back to Bandini to find his prior one.

Brett said...

Thats some bad news for the BC. Rags out for the year.