Thursday, January 28, 2016

January 30, 2016 - HOLY BULL

Let's Go To The Races - Jan 30, 2016
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That Handicapping Show - Holy Bull Stakes
Steve Haskin Derby Dozen
Mike's Derby Picks
Kentucky Derby site - Horses, Qualifying Races, etc.
Kentucky Oaks - Horses, Qualifying Races, etc.
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown
The Withers preview
Complete list of Triple Crown nominees

Conquest Stables made it worth Mike Smith's time to spend the day at Gulfstream

Mike Smith rides on Saturday at Gulfstream!
1 Allowance Optional Claiming Conquest Artura Mark Casse
3 Forward Gal Stakes - Gr. 2 Conquest Babayaga Mark Casse
6 Allowance Optional Claiming Conquest Misbehave Mark Casse
7 Maiden Special Weight Conquest Sandman Mark Casse
8 Allowance Optional Claiming Conquest Typhoon Mark Casse
10 Sweetest Chant Stakes - Gr. 3 Conquest Bebop Mark Casse
11 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes - Gr. 2 Conquest Big E Mark Casse

CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY - Favorite will be Smokey Image
Don't forget that California Chrome ran in this race on his way to two legs of the Triple Crown.
Smokey Image wins Golden State Juvenile - Replay video
Smokey Image wins I'm Smokin' Stakes at Del Mar Sept 6, 2015 - Video



Return here once a race is complete to see the result and watch a replay at the CARD

TIME ORDERED RACES - JAN 30 - Printable File
BloodHorse entries index

1:05 ET  FORWARD GAL S G2  GP  $200,000  3yo f  7f CA  **  R3  CARD
1:35 ET  Swale S G2 GP  $150,000  3yo  7f CA   R4  CARD
1:50 ET  WITHERS S G3 Aqu  $250,000  3yo  8.5f CA  *  R4  CARD
2:05 ET  Kitten's Joy S (L)  GP  $100,000  3yo  8f T    R5  CARD
4:20 ET Toboggan S G3, Aqu, 4+  6f  R9  CARD
4:30 ET  CA Cup Oaks  SA  $200,000  3yo f S  8f T    R4  CARD
4:35 ET  Sweetest Chant S G3  GP  $100,000  3yo f  8f T   R10  CARD
5:00 ET  CA Cup Derby  SA  $250,000  3yo S  8.5f    R5  CARD
5:05 ET  HOLY BULL S G2 GP  $350,000  3yo  8.5f CA  *  R11  CARD
5:30 ET  CA Cup Sprint  SA  $150,000  4+ S  6f CA    R6  CARD
5:38 ET  King Cotton S (L)  OP  $100,000  4+  6f CA   R8  CARD
6:00 ET  SM Filly/Mare Turf Sprint  SA  $150,000  4+ f/m S 6.5f T    R7  CARD
7:00 ET  CA Cup Turf Classic  SA  $250,000  4+ S  9f T    R9  CARD
9:35 ET  John B. Connally Turf Cup G3  Hou  $200,000  4+  12f T R8  CARD
10:05 ET  Ladies Classic G3  Hou  $400,000  4+ f/m  8.5f    R9  CARD

Result write-ups
Video recaps weekend review - DRF
Mohaymen romps in Holy Bull stakes
Mohaymen exhibits superiority in Holy Bull
Smokey Image dominant in Cal Cup Derby
Da Big Hoss sets course record in Turf Cup
Cathryn Sophia proves class in Forward Gal

More on today's races
Cathryn Sophia streaks into Forward Gal
Mohaymen starts Derby Drive in Holy Bull - DRF
Mohaymen set for 2016 debut in Holy Bull
Poshsky in peak form for Cal Cup Turf Classic
Pacific Heat gains health for Cal Cup Oaks


2:30 a.m. ET  CENTENARY SPRINT CUP, Sha Tin, US$1,026,541, 3yo/up, 1200mT R7  CARD
3:35 a.m. ET  STEWARDS’ CUP G1, Sha Tin, US$1,283,523, 3yo/up, 1600mT R9  CARD

Hong Kong
Contentment and Beauty Flame, respectable fifth-and sixth-place finishers in the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile in December, head a talented field for Sunday's Group 1 Stewards Cup at Sha Tin. The 11 entries for the 1,600-meters event also include some of Hong Kong's most recognizable names -- among them, Military Attack, Designs on Rome, Blazing Speed, Luger, Contentment and Beauty Only. Blazing Speed, Designs On Rome, Military Attack and Beauty Only cut back from the 2,000 meters of the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup, in which they finished third, fourth, sixth and eighth, respectively. Luger has not been seen since finishing last in the Group 1 Champions Mile last May -- that after winning the BMW Hong Kong Derby. Dan Excel, twice a Group 1 winner in Singapore's lamented international races, could be nearing the end of his tenure at age 8 after five straight disappointing runs.

Sunday's companion Centenary Sprint Cup also has some stars, including Aerovelocity, who he missed a chance to claim the US$1 million Global Sprint Challenge bonus when he bypassed the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint in December. Maybe this year. Also entered for this are Gold-Fun, Lucky Nine, Not Listenin'tome and Peniaphobia, among others.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nov 26-30 - Thanksgiving

Let's Go To The Races - Nov 26-30, 2015
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You can return here after the races, click on the CARD, to watch replay of race.


Race Index - Entries

12:50 ET  Furlough S  Aqu  $150,000 2yo f  6f     R3  CARD
3:20 ET  FALL HIGHWEIGHT H G3  AQU  $250,000 3+ 6f   R8  CARD
3:53 ET  River City H G3  CD  $100,000 3+ 9f T    R10  CARD
4:22 ET  FALLS CITY H G2  CD  $200,000 3+F/M  9f     R11  CARD
5:00 ET  HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP G2 DMR  $250,000 3+ 12f T    R7  CARD

Also, you can click on the CARD for the replay at BloodHorse
Heart to Heart wins River City Handicap

12:50 ET  King's Swan S  Aqu  $150,000 2yo  6f   R3  CARD
3:20 ET  GO FOR WAND H G3  AQU  $300,000 3+F/M  8f    R8  CARD
5:05 ET  Commonwealth Turf G3  CD  $100,000 3yo  8.5f T    R10  CARD
5:35 ET  CLARK H G1  CD  $500,000 3+ 9F   R11  CARD 
7:00 ET  SEABISCUIT H G2  DMR  $250,000 3+ 8.5f T    R 8 CARD

Bal a Bali headlines strong field in the Seabiscuit Handicap 

Also, you can click on the CARD for the replay at BloodHorse
Midnight Storm Race Replay Seabiscuit Handicap
Clark Handicap - Effinex shines

12:50 ET  DEMOISELLE S G2  AQU  $300,000 2yo F  9f   (OAKS PREP)  R3  CARD
1:50 ET  REMSEN S G2  AQU  $300,000 2YO  9f  (DERBY PREP)   R5  CARD
2:50 ET  COMELY S G3  AQU  $300,000 3YO F  9f     R7  CARD
3:50 ET  CIGAR MILE H G1  AQU  $500,000 3+ 8f     R9  CARD
4:22 ET  KY JOCKEY CLUB S G2  CD  $200,000 2yo  8.5f   (DERBY PREP)  R11  CARD
4:35 ET  GOLDEN ROD S G2  CD  $200,000 2yo F  8.5f   (OAKS PREP)  R9  CARD
5:30 ET  Jimmy Durante S G3  Dmr  $100,000 2yo f  8f T   R5  CARD
5:45 ET  HAWTHORNE GOLD CUP H G2  HAW  $250,000 3+ 10f   R8  CARD 
6:30 ET  HOLLYWOOD DERBY G1  DMR  $300,000 3yo  9f T    R7  CARD
7:00 ET  Native Diver H G3  Dmr  $150,000 3+ 9f     R8  CARD

Tribute to Native Diver
Airoforce competitive in the Kentucky Jockey Club 
Sharla Rae takes on males in Hollywood Derby

Or, click on the CARD for each race to watch the BloodHorse replay
Golden Rod Carina Mia
Airoforce in Kentucky Jockey Club

6:00 ET  Cecil B. DeMille S G3  Dmr  $100,000 2yo  8f T   R6  CARD
7:00 ET  MATRIARCH S G1  DMR  $300,000 3+F/M  8f T    R8  CARD

International - Japan
1:40 a.m. ET Japan Cup G1  JRA  $5,426,000 3+ 12f T    R11  CARD

Japan Cup Preview
Invaders set to have impact in Japan Cup
A field of 18 is set for the Nov. 29 Japan Cup (Jpn-I), with the foreign contingent showing promise against a home team generally regarded as slightly less imposing than usual for a Japan Cup.
Japanese horses have dominated the 2,400-meter challenge around the left-handed Tokyo Racecourse track throughout its previous 34 editions. But after a rash of retirements and injuries, the local contingent is without a definitive star.

Another Japan Cup winner for champion sire, Deep Impact


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tough Sunday


Photo: Nick Alexander

Photo: Gary Tasich

Photo: Nick Alexander

This one will steal your heart...  for some reason, this horse reminds me of Your Host, who Abigail Anderson has written about on her blog in March 2011. My hope is that Tough Sunday is as successful as the tough Your Host who had many obstacles to overcome, both on and off the track. Who knows if Tough Sunday will ever make any history in the breeding shed, as did Your Host, who sired one of the greatest geldings of all time, five-time Horse of the Year, Kelso. One thing for sure, though, he has done enough already to prove that miracles can happen and he has certainly defied the odds.

Tough Sunday - Pedigree
His pedigree is considered to be "modest", although his broodmare sire, General Meeting x Seattle Slew was a leading California sire for several years, and they don't come much tougher than Alydar who is on the top and bottom of his pedigree in the 3rd and 4th generation. Also on the bottom, in the 5th generation is none other than old Halo himself, the original "Big Toughie," Sunday Silence's papa. Halo sired two KY Derby winners, including Sunday Silence.

Toughie is so lovable... you would have to have a heart of stone to not love and appreciate just being able to survive the tough beginning he had. He was so lucky to have an owner that was sensitive enough to look for signals that the foal wanted to live. It tugs at my heart strings every time I read about his owner wrestling with decisions daily as to what to do with him, when Nick walks up to his stall and sees the little fellow's eyes following him. It was at that moment Nick made a commitment to see it through and give him every chance.

Tough Sunday has his own Facebook page with almost 3,000 followers. It's no wonder, with his full story as told by his owner/breeder, Nicholas Alexander, it's really hard to believe this colt not only survived, but has continued to surprise and amaze by winning a couple of races, and finishing in the money in 6 of his 8 starts. 

Although Toughie's story has been told in several horse racing publications, including the Daily News, BloodHorse, and Fox Sports (see links below), his owner and benefactor, Nick Alexander, has posted Toughie's story at his Facebook page, and is told in his own words:

"This colt had a tough beginning. He was very big and got stuck during delivery, and in struggling to get out his (umbilical) cord was severed and by the time we pulled him out, he had been without oxygen for some time.

"We rushed him and his mom (Sunday Dress, by General Meeting) to Alamo Pintado Clinic just a few minutes from our ranch in Santa Ynez. The news was bad: He was blind, deaf, had no nursing instinct, and a heart murmur.

"Dr. Erin Burn and her staff worked around the clock to stabilize him, but he developed pneumonia. He could stand up but couldn't lie back down. He looked like a pin cushion with so many tubes, IVs, etc.

"Because he didn't know how to nurse, his mom abandoned him. About the fifth day, he wasn't improving and I was told to make a decision whether or not to keep at it. The next morning I went to the clinic, and as I walked up to his stall, his eyes followed me.

"That was enough progress for me, but he still was in an ICU almost a month before he was strong enough to bring home. We pail-fed him and eventually got his mom to accept him, although he never did learn to nurse.

"A month or so later, we turned him out with other foals and mares."

"The colt made steady progress toward his breakthrough victory. He was third in his career debut Oct. 29 [last fall] at Santa Anita, and then second Dec. 18 at Los Alamitos Race Course, both at six furlongs, before finding the winner's circle when stretching out a furlong further.

"With Tyler Baze aboard, Tough Sunday dueled for the early lead before settling into a stalking trip in the maiden special weight race. He bid for command again off the turn and led in early stretch by two lengths before drawing off unchallenged as the 7-10 favorite in the seven-horse field. The time was 1:21.90 on a fast track.

Second setback: "In January Tough Sunday sustained a cracked cannon bone in his leg while racing at Santa Anita in the California Cup that required several months of rest and rehab.. he finally returned to racing on July 10th at Los Alamitos and came in 2nd in his comeback race.

"If there were an Eclipse Award for courage, Tough Sunday would be a prime candidate."

He's Back!  In his comeback race in July, Toughie ran an impressive second and finished well ahead of the rest of the field.

In August, he ran in a couple more allowance races, coming in a fourth in which he got caught wide, and then he ran a third at Del Mar.

Then, on October 4, it was almost too much to hope for. The "horse that could" made it back to the winner's circle at Santa Anita, his recovery from his second setback apparently complete. For most of the race, attending the pace up close to the leaders, he duked it out to the wire, prevailing by a neck. Toughie's not afraid of a fight!  Replay

Whatever he does from now until he retires, whether he ever wins another race or not, he has been successful beyond anything anyone could ever have imagined. He's won or finished in the money in 6 of his 8 starts so far, and he seems to try every time.

Tough Sunday's Facebook page reported that he's being considered for a race at Santa Anita on October 25th, or possibly at Del Mar on November 14th, both allowance races at 1 1/16 miles. Nick reported that he had a strong 5 furlong workout on Saturday, October 17, and a decision will be made in the next few days on which race he will be entered. GO TOUGHIE!

Tough Sunday Facebook page


NEWS COVERAGE - A few of the many articles about this remarkable horse
BloodHorse: Courageous Cal-bred colt wins at Santa Anita
Fox Sports: Born deaf and blind, horse makes it to the winner's circle 
Daily Racing Form: Deaf Colt, Tough Sunday, proves to be a survivor

Santa Anita, 10/4/2015, R7, AOC, 1st, Chart   Replay
Del Mar, 8/28/2015, R4, AOC, 3rd, Chart   Replay
Del Mar, 8/2/2015, R3, AOC, 4th, Chart   Replay
Los Alamitos, 7/10/15, R7, AOC, 2nd, Chart  Replay
Santa Anita, 1/24/15, R6, Cal Cup Derby, 7th, Chart   Replay
Santa Anita, 12/28/14, R2, MSW, 1st, Chart  Replay
Los Alamitos, 12/18/14, R6, MSW, 2nd, Chart  Replay
Santa Anita, 10/29/14, R8, MSW, 3rd, Chart   Replay


Photo: Nick Alexander