- My favorite stallion ad of the week is for Pavarotti.
"If you see me once, you cannot confuse me with another," - Luciano PavarottiPavarotti, the man, has been gone for just three months, and already his name is being invoked in a crass commercial appeal. I wonder what his estate would think of that. You probably couldn't confuse the opera singer with anyone else - he was a strange looking dude. But you could certainly confuse Pavarotti the horse with any number of multi-million yearlings who didn't hold up its end of the
So he showed some potential to be sure, but even at a modest $6500 fee, at Hartley DeRenzo in Ocala, it was apparently determined that he'd be a better bet to earn more on the farm than he would have on the track. If he's bred to, say, 75 mares, that would gross nearly a half million dollars. So here's a three-year old being retired despite not having to prove much at all.
Stakes winner and NTR at Arlington - the ad reads. That's a bit deceptive to say the least, as his track record in the Round Table was merely the fastest time to be run on the Polytrack that was installed just this year. But the funniest part of the story can be seen on the colt's Stallion Register page.
Triple Digit Beyers ofThat's pretty impressive. The only problem is that it's not true. I'm looking at his past performances, and his highest Beyer was the 97 he earned in the Round Table! Besides that, he never ran faster than an 87. We see a lot of exaggerations on the stallion pages, but this is just making stuff up, right out of the Rudy Giuliani playbook. Next thing you know they'll say that he spent more time at Ground Zero than most of the rescue workers did. Or that he sang as Radames in Aida and performed as one of The Three Tenors.
105, 107 & 108
I imagine it's some kind of innocent typo....if you go to the Hartley DeRenzo site, it says that he earned "Triple Digit figures," so perhaps they're really BRIS figures. But with all due respect to those numbers, which I know some players do prefer, I think that if one refers to 'figures' these days, the assumption is that they're the Beyers unless otherwise specified.
Ravel is another Smith/Tabor purchase, he for a mere $950,000, and unlike Pavarotti, he is forging on despite already having a graded stakes win - this year's Sham Stakes - to his credit. In fact, he's the only North American graded winner this year for Fusaichi Pegasus, standing at a bargain basement $45,000 at Coolmore in 2008. Besides this colt's potential, which he displayed in his five-length comeback win at Keeneland in October, his third win in four career starts, the connections are likely hoping that he can give a boost to his fading stallion (the subject of a two-page spread ad in Bloodhorse this week).
Ravel is entered in the Native Diver at Hollywood on Saturday. He's the only three-year old in a field which includes some sharp older horses in Bold Chieftain, Racketeer, and Isipingo, as well as Buzzards Bay, looking to bounce back after a disappointing run over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate. Trainer Todd Pletcher is looking for big things for the horse in 2008.
"We felt like he was one of the best 3-year-olds in the country....And based on everything we've seen from him in the mornings and in his races, we think he's potentially one of the leaders [among older horses for 2008]." [Dallas-Ft Worth Star Telegram]