I can't believe how far back Ron the Greek ($17.60) was at the top of the stretch in the Lecomte; did you see that? The race chart has him 15 lengths out after 3/4 of a mile; according to Formulator, he ran the subsequent quarter-mile-plus-40 yards faster (25.27 seconds) than he did the preceding quarter (25.28). Some serious late running there to earn a Beyer of 90, by far his career best.
This colt, by the AP Indy sire Full Mandate, is closely related to last year's Illinois/Tampa Bay Derby winner Musket Man, third in the Derby; their dams are full sisters, both by Fortunate Prospect out of Flambeau, an unraced Dixieland Band mare. Ron the Greek is judged, at least by his dosage index (3.0), to have more distance ability than Musket Man (by Yonaguska) (4.0).
Full Mandate stands for $5,000 at Hartley DeRenzo in Florida, also home to The Green Monkey. This is apparently a stud farm with a sense of humor. Note the blurb on The Green Monkey's Stallion Register page:
World Record Setter.I wonder how many want him now.
Another winner for Pletcher at the Big A on Sunday. The Toddster now has 21 winners from 49 starters (43%) since racing switched to the inner track in December. Hour Glass ($5.50, 93 Beyer) was making her first start for the barn; nice looking four-year old now has three winners and two seconds from five starts. She's a daughter of Petionville out of a Tale of the Cat mare who's a half-sister to the graded winners Miss Indy Anna and Time Limit.
Got emails from a couple of people who were suspicious about the little break in racing at Aqueduct this week; no racing until Friday. But no, it's not an austerity budget. It's on my New Year Day calendar, and it makes up for the racing conducted on the Wednesdays after MLK Day and Presidents Day, when the track would normally be dark.