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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Last Call for Goulash

Took a few days off. Hope you don't mind, and that everyone is doing well.

Saturday's second race winner at the Big A was first-time starter Lauburu ($5.60), a half-brother, by Unbridled's Song, to the champion Ashado....as well as G1 winner Sunriver and the graded winner Saint Stephen. Quite a productive little miss was their dam Goulash, who died last September. So Lauburu will be the last little Goulash that we'll see running around the track.

As for Ashado, you may recall that she was purchased as a broodmare prospect for $9 million by the Sheikh of Dubai in 2005. So, if you think that he only pisses his money away on Derby prospects and failed real-estate projects, you're wrong. As far as I can tell from researching on Pedigree Query, she's yet to produce a winner. Her first foal, a Storm Cat colt named Star Cat, never made it to the races; though he made it to stud, good for him.

It was quite a debut for Lauburu, who took a bobble at the start. He then stalked the pace-setting Five Sigma Event, wore down that stubborn foe in a tough stretch drive, and dug in to just barely last over 22-1 Break Up the Game. The latter was also making his debut, for trainer Shug McGaughey. Break Up the Game also has some impeccable pedigree credentials. He's by Bernardini, currently ranking #3 on the rookie sire list; out of Pennant Champion, a daughter, by Mr. Prospector, out of Personal Ensign, who was far, far more successful in her second career than Ashado. Pennant Champion is of course a half to G1 winners My Flag, Miner's Mark, and Traditionally.

11 Comments:

Queen Mindy said...

A little harsh on the produce record of Ashado considering she's only had 2 foals, Star Cat, the 3-year-old that you mention, and a yearling by Street Cry.

alan said...

True, too early to write her off but when you pay $9 million for a broodmare you probably expect better than unraced and no foal in the first two years.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to Ashado being even a decent producer. Alan deserves credit for being kind and not derision.

Lauburu is slow.

jk said...

I made it out to the Big A on Saturday. Nice weather and a decent card. Mostly chalky results but I managed to grind out a small profit.

Alan, you will be pleased to know the Isles just fired their head coach.

alan said...

>>Alan, you will be pleased to know the Isles just fired their head coach.

Was wondering whether he or John McLean would be first to go.

steve in nc said...

The Shiek spent $9 million dollars for a retired racemare. Battery or solar powered cars can't get here soon enough. That race card got me grumpy - when all the chalk comes in, I'm not cashing.

El Angelo said...

I want to give credit where it's due: Dirty's payout of our wager on the Classic arrived in the mail today. A man of his word gets credit where it's due.

Anonymous said...

4-5 says the check don't clear. -jp

alan said...

Oh, it's clear! Thanks, Dirty..

Anonymous said...

For sure guys. It did takes me three fucking trips to the post office. The first time I left the envelopes in my office, the second was veteran's day, and the third was the charm.

Dirty

And jp - the big kids play with cash.

Anonymous said...

better check the watermarks on those bills. Does it have the little red and blue threads? And where the fuck is the hologram? -jp