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Monday, February 14, 2005

Never on Sunday?

- I’m looking at the Thoroughbred Daily News for Sunday’s stakes results, and other than Miss Loren (Numerous) taking the G1 Santa Maria Handicap, and the San Vincente at Santa Anita, I don’t see any. I was surprised yesterday when I noticed that there were no stakes at the Big A, Gulfstream, Fair Grounds, nor Oaklawn, and it’s not the first time of late that Sunday seems to be an ordinary card. While there are some of us old enough to remember when you had to drive to Monticello for 2:30 post time to get any racing action in NY state on Sundays, I’ve now gotten used to stakes races on those days. Perhaps it's a sign of too many stakes packed on to Super Saturday cards, but it’s probably just the time of year. It should pick up when pitchers and catchers report......


- A pair of full siblings each won graded stakes this weekend on different coasts and you’ll have to call the Elias Sports Bureau to find out when’s the last time that happened. Mr. Light, who took the G3 Appleton Handicap on the turf at Gulfstream, and the aforementioned Miss Loren, are both by Numerous (Mr. Prospector) out of an Argentine mare, Luminare, by Forlitano. Numerous stands in France for 10,000 Euros which, given the recent decline of the dollar, is probably now around $1.7 million. For that you get a successful stallion who produced 8% stakes winner with six crops in Argentina, and a prodigious female family. His dam is Number (Nijinsky II), a multiple graded stakes winner, and his second dam is the suitably named Special, who never won but produced the important sire Nureyev, who has over 100 stakes winners at a 17.5% clip, and Fairy Bridge, the dam of Sadlers Wells, sire of well over 200 stakes winners. With the suitable mare, it just may be worth that 1.7 mil.