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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Asi Siempre Simple

- Thursday's Keeneland selections are up now at the Keeneland Special.

Did you see Asi Siempre's win at Keeneland on Wednesday? It was another one of these new wave "ugly" races, with Biancone's Pyramid Love walking to the half in 52.11. Asi Siempre was last at that point, and under other circumstances you might think that Garrett Gomez might be a little concerned. He wasn't. Last year's Spinster winner moved up as easily as could be, and just breezed by the field before Gomez wrapped her up before the finish line. She's proven to be formidable on all three surfaces on which she's run. Her Beyers are highest on the turf, and I imagine her effort on Wednesday, completed in 1:46.40 (final sixteenth in a restrained 5.94 seconds) isn't going to earn the highest number. But she really seems to relish the Polytrack. Like with the Blue Grass, I think you have to make a mental adjustment on the speed figure considering the crawling pace.

- The Mineshaft filly who sold for a Keeneland record, for a juvenile filly, $1.75 million had worked a furlong in 9 3/5 seconds over the Polytrack last week. She's out of Stylish Talent (Forty Niner), who is out of the graded stakes winner Stylish Star. Another Mineshaft sold for $500,000, that one a colt out of Immerse (Cox's Ridge), which makes him a three-quarter brother to Stephen Got Even. I haven't noticed any Mineshafts having run thus far. The sire didn't race at two, and didn't win any stakes until he was four, so we might expect his juveniles to be slow to get going.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Are we seeing a two tier class system evolve as a result of polytrack? (1) Lower grade, less firm horses need polytrack to prolong their careers; and (2) Dirt tracks for Grade I stakes races confirming that the laws of nature are still decided in a Darwinian survival of the fittest mode. I do not want to see polytrack at Belmont or Saratoga- that would absolutely ruin the authenticity of both tracks. I see polytrack as another concession to the preponderance of speedy, infirm offspring produced by modern breeding practices. Why should we perpetuate that outcome? I thought thoroughbred racing was all about "improvement of the breed"? Or, is that just another anachronistic notion of mine?

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