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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Notes - Dec 29

- Speaking of Maria's Mon, his son Monarchos is one that has not fared particularly well as a sire. He started out at $25,000 in 2002, was cut to $15,000 this year, and slashed further to $7500 for 2007. From his two crops to race thus far, he's had three stakes winners, just one this year, and none of them of the graded variety.

- Interesting winner for Bob Baffert at Santa Anita on Thursday. C'Mon Tiger (Storm Cat) had raced once over in Ireland, running 4th before making his dirt debut here. He's a half brother to the two time Classic winner and dual champ Tiznow. So it was little surprise that the bettors ignored his 5-1 morning line and sent him off as the 9-5 favorite, especially given his sensational workout tab. He won by three lengths, but will have to improve on his final quarter clocking of 26 seconds in order to step up to more serious company.

Bobby Frankel had two winners on the card, including Indian Flare, who took the Kalookan Queen Handicap, defeating the slight favorite Somethinaboutlaura. It's been a good week for Indian Flare's dam True Flare, whose three-year old son Latent Heat won the Malibu on Tuesday.


El Angelo said...

The Form has suspended all online forums. Whiskey Hotel Foxtrot? Not that there was an abundance of intelligent chatter going on at anything save for Illman's blog, but what happened?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to NYRA-based Eibar Coa, who this afternoon became the fourth jockey since 1940 to win 300 races on the New York circuit in one year.

Since 1940, New York jockeys have won 300 or more races in one year only five other times:

Steve Cauthen 433 wins in 1977;
Angel Cordero Jr. 340 wins in 1982 ;
Angel Cordero Jr. 309 wins in 1983;
Mike Smith 330 wins in 1991; and
Mike Smith 313 wins in 1993.

Outstanding company and a great accomplishment.