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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Shoe Delay

Rap Tale caused quite a big commotion when she had to be reshod prior to the Rare Treat yesterday. (That besides giving her owners quite the scare when we saw her heading back to the paddock just a couple of minutes before scheduled post.) The other jockeys had to dismount as well, by rule I'm told so as not to give any horse the advantage of having the weight off, and it took several minutes and quite the persistent and game effort by the horseshoe guy to nail one back onto a highly agitated filly. (Out to dinner afterwards at Don Peppe's with the Head Chef, Bob, his wife Sue, Bruce Brown and his wife Jenny, partner Artie and his wife Deb, and friend of the stable Steve [edited so as not to insult anyone by leaving them out by name!], I was heartily mocked when I referred to the guy as a 'farrier.' Seems that term is reserved now only for ex-Jets linebackers finding their Super Bowl glory elsewhere.)

Shoe restored, Rap Tale finished 5th. Ramon Dominguez and trainer Brown decided that they would take the conservative route and pull back so as to avoid favored Weathered, with the aim of an in-the-money finish. But she found herself too far back of a moderate pace, and pinned in against the rail. This filly is too one-paced, and neither fast nor agile enough to succeed under those circumstances. She tried hard to hang on to 4th, but failed by a nose thus settling for 5th place prize money of $2,121.

Not really sure what's next. The ultimate goal is Virginia-bred stakes at Colonial Downs later this year. In the meantime, finding a spot in New York without exposing her to a tag will be next to impossible. Philly Park has NW4x allowances, so that's a possibility. I'd heartily agree with the notion that she needs some rest....but y'know what, I think I'm happy to leave that decision up to a trainer who has won nearly a quarter of his races since going out on his own just over a year ago.

15 Comments:

Anonymous said...

The first condition book for Delaware is out and they are again carding route allowance races for horses who have never won a turf race.

Penn National also cards nw4 allowances, generally going short.

Anonymous said...

not bad u got 5th money

yea Penn sounds good to me. Maybe a 3500 claiming race might be good

any other excuses u can come up with for her poor performance. Hey bottom line she didn't belong in the race. But, hey nothing wrong running 5th and getting a check right Alan.

Anonymous said...

oh man now your bragging she got 5th place money. LOL

But that will pay for her next van trip over to Philly Park. Right Alan,,,,,, not bad huh

Anonymous said...

It's CRITICISM at Gulfstream today, and here is some at Santa Anita...........

Patrick Biancone is 1 for 37! The A-Rod of horse racin. It will be interesting to see if he gets any stakes caliber runners to show their moxie as the year progresses.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Biancone could use some bailout money. Tell him to contact BO, the Greatest Snake Oil Salesman ever

ballyfager said...

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the next allow NW4 at Philly Park.

She beat nothing in her last win at Philly and yet you ran her back in a stake?

Anonymous said...

Alan, at least you got a free dinner complements of Kasey K.

steve in nc said...

From the less than charitable tone of the comments, seems like there wasn't a lot of winning going on among the anonymous crowd. I guess it's hard to handicap when you're gagging on all those sour grapes. Especially knowing Alan did win at least a nice dinner even when his filly ran lousy.

Anonymous said...

Alan, you must have a thick skin, nothing worse than sharing your story when things go badly, and having most of the comments taking glee in your failure.

Any fair assessment of the race indicates the filly belonged and simply had bad pre race luck, eliminating any real chance.

alan said...

>>Alan, you must have a thick skin, nothing worse than sharing your story when things go badly, and having most of the comments taking glee in your failure.

I can at least take some comfort that her failure apparently provides some comfort for the mentally retarded. (Not intended for readers such as Jason or ballyfager, you know who they are, those brave anonymous ones who disappear for weeks after the filly wins.)

jk said...

More nonsense from Albany....

http://tinyurl.com/advskm

State panel recommends hotel and racino for Belmont

February 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm by Casey Seiler

A state panel is recommending a racino and hotel be built at Belmont Park race track in Nassau County as a means of job development and revenue generation for the state.

Gov. David Paterson embraced the concept handed up to him from Racing & Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini and Empire State Development President Marisa Lago weeks ago but kept under wraps until today.

Anonymous said...

Ballyfager~

There's a nw4 going long at Keystone on MArch 16th

alan said...

>>There's a nw4 going long at Keystone on MArch 16th

Keystone, oh my! That track hasn't been called that since the last time I was there. And that was quite awhile ago!

ballyfager said...

@Anonymous 8:07

"There's a NW4 going long at Keystone(?) on March 16".

IF it fills.

Anonymous said...

theres a nw4 going at the dog track in Hollywood Florida in 2 weeks. This should be a good spot for Rappy. I believe she could get 5th place money if she stays on the rail.