RSS Feed for this Blog

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Belmont Saturday

In the 6th, the G3 Beaugay (which now seems certain to be run on the turf on what is a spectacularly sunny day despite the dour forecasts), Gitchee Goomie (3-1) ships up from Gulfstream for trainer Richard Violette Jr. Last fall, this daughter of City Zip stepped up from entry-level state-bred company to the G1 Garden City for three-year old fillies on this course, and held for a close third at 21-1. She then confirmed that effort with a win in an open company overnight stakes. Love to see a filly like this return in the pink as this one did last month at GP; exploding through the stretch after a wide rally on the turn, and holding off Blue Angel, a sharp Euro import for Clement who had the benefit of a winning effort over the track a few weeks earlier. The result chart says that Gitchee Goomie was "all out" at the end, but what race was this guy watching? You really gotta see these races for yourself sometimes. Garcia had put the whip away, and just flashed it out to give his filly a look and a reminder as they approached the wire. Alex Solis rides today. Maram (8-5), the 2008 Juvie Fillies Turf winner, last ran in August at Saratoga, and seeks her first graded stakes win since the Miss Grillo in her two-year old year. Always fires fresh, and is the obvious horse to beat. But will be bet amply for Chad Brown (28% with 180+ returnees); no value here. Best of luck and have a great day.


Johnnie said...

Can the price of beer at Belmont get any higher?

Anonymous said...

What a classic line from Barry Irwin right after he won the Kentucky Derby!

He was asked why he switched to Graham Motion. His response, "I was sick and tired of being lied to (by other trainers)." Hmm, did he mean Todd Pletcher?

Whatever the case, seeing this result with Velazquez aboard does stink for all those who backed Life At Ten at Churchill last fall. You who did back Life At Ten saw the trainer who did not scratch his horse never face a penalty. You who did back Life At Ten saw the jockey pay a ridiculous $10,000 fine in stead of being suspended for a minimum of 3 months and/or be banned from riding in marquee races at the same venue for a minimum of one full meet.

The victory by Animal Kingdom did nothing to boost the stock of American bred horses. The sire was foreign and so was the dam.

Anonymous said...

Even "flailing stabs' sometimes win. On another note, the perfectly dreadful way in which Larry Collmus was treated by NBC is disgraceful. Although some might not appreciate his ability, the fact that NBC never shut off the announcer's mike in the background is highly unprofessional. You literally could not hear his race call and had NO IDEA who won the race after the winner crossed the finish line!! So sad.

ballyfager said...

To Miff and all the other behind the curve folks at Thorograph (since I'm not a member of the cult I can't post there):

You're in no position to be calling anyone moron. To people who can think and anticipate, instead of dealing in jargon and mumbo-jumbo, Animal Kingdom looked like the most likely winner.

Learn how to evaluate horses and stop relying on Jerry Brown to do it for you. If he could actually do what he purports to do there wouldn't be any Thorograph in the first place.