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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tuesday Morning Notes - Feb 19

- Calvin Borel had ridden Denis of Cork in his first two starts, but opted for Turf War in the Southwest Stakes, allowing his buddy Robby Albarado to pick up the mount. "They felt like they had the [graded ] earnings to get into the [Kentucky ] Derby,” explained trainer David Carroll. {Arkansas Democrat Gazette] The Southwest Stakes winner will return to Fair Grounds, but the March 15 Rebel back at Oaklawn is his next objective.

-Laurel Park continued to serve as a proving ground for NY-based horses over the weekend; first it was Golden Dawn taking the Barbara Fritchie, and on Monday, NY-bred Bustin Stones (City Zip) remained undefeated with a win in the Grade 2 General George Handicap - his first race in open company. It was his second win after having surgery on both knees.

"He is a dream horse to ride because he is like a quarter horse coming out of the gate," [Ramon] Dominguez said. "By the second jump he is listening to you." [Baltimore Sun]
- Bob Baffert likes the Fair Grounds surface, and will send Indian Blessing back there to make her next start in the Fair Grounds Oaks on March 8. "She's doing great and looks awesome. She bounced out if really quick." [DRF]


Anonymous said...

To Alan from Sunny Jim

You are one dedicated dude! Is it true that you stole your kids' laptop while on vacation so you could keep posting every day?

Thanks for the blog and count me among your legions of regular readers.

If you ever get into hot water with your family for spending too much time with "that damn computer" or "those damn horses", let us know and we'll do something for you, like a fundraiser of Two-Dollar-Bets-For-Alan. Or something.


Anonymous said...

As is racing one year you're on top and the next not quite so high. I'm sure Calvin wants to get back to that First Saturday in May but things happen.

He's dropped from riding Blackberry Road with a critical view of his last effort by Dogwood. Now that choice of Turf War over Denis of Cork. I'm sure he'll get offered a nod for some mount in the Derby - but likely a horse with only modest chances.

Interesting that Mott is putting in Majestic Warrior right into the Louisiana Derby for his 1st start at 3. Is that wise?