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Sunday, November 05, 2006


- Patrick Valenzuela didn't seem to have any more success than John McKee in settling Lawyer Ron down. "I thought we had it worked out," said Pletcher of the colt's headstrong nature.

- A commendable effort by Giacomo, closing for 4th in his final start. He only finished 4 1/2 lengths back, and it had to be a better race than his Derby, right? He was the only horse to close from the back of the pack, including and especially the disappointing Sun King.

- If it's true as reported here in the Courier-Journal that Neither Sheik Hamdan nor Sheik Mohammed attended yesterday's races, then who exactly was the man that ESPN reporter Joe Tessitore addressed as the former in the winner's circle after the Classic? I was thinking, "Gee, so there's Sheik Hamdan," until Shadwell's Rick Nichols said "..if Sheik Hamdan was here." Oops.


Anonymous said...

Nice touch by ESPN getting Simon Clare (spokesman for the large European betting firm Coral) onscreen. I've read numerous quotes from that guy over the years, great finally getting to see him (and hear his thoughts on the Mile) on tv. That's something i never saw on NBC.

Anonymous said...

I just got back from Churchill with a smaller bankroll but had alot of fun. Being there to see Ouija Board finish an exceptional career, local (Delaware) fave Round Pond win the Distaff, and Film Maker and Better Talk Now fighting for victory (but coming up short) was super exciting. Better Talk Now cost me a nice Pick 3 as I had Round Pond and Invasor on a ticket, yet I'm not too ticked b/c BTN tried his best.

There were a couple of downsides like Pine Island and Fleet Indian, and long waits at the window, but for those of us hooked on the sport, there is nothing like the thrill of having a winning possibility as the horses are blazing down the stretch.

Just a little down because the season is pretty much over, how long to the Fountain of Youth card?

Anonymous said...

Turner's "bomb" today Aqu. That keeps me going.