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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Old guys continue to roll

They are a lot older than their rivals, certainly wiser and just as fast it seems.
Old-timers like CHRIS'S BAD BOY (Woodbine), DEL MAR SHOW (Keeneland) and the incredible PROVEN CURE (Lone Star, see release in this post) have been taking it to their younger counterparts in recent weeks.
The former, owned by Alpine Stables and trained by Francesca Armata, was stunning in his 9-year-old debut on April 8 at Woodbine, scorching 5 furlongs in :57 3/5, earning a 93 Beyer Figure. That race was the prep for the Jacques Cartier Stakes, am event that Chris by-passed.
At Keeneland today, the oh-so handsome Del Mar Show, owned and bred by the late Allen Paulson, was up in the final strides to win an allowance race over soft Keeneland grass in his second start as a 9-year-old horse.
Read on about Proven Cure's exploits today in Texas:
(from Lone Star press release)

Proven Cure became only the fifth Thoroughbred since 1976 to win a stakes race at the age of 12 when he rolled to a three-length victory over Mr. Meso in Saturday's $40,000 Littlebitlively Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Proven Cure, ridden by Quincy Hamilton and carrying 122 pounds, covered five furlongs on a turf course labeled "soft" in :57.30 - a stakes record for the second running of the race. He paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.60 as the 7-5 favorite in the field of nine older horses. Mr. Meso returned $13.40 and $6.40. April's Lucky Boy was another neck back in third and paid $3.60.
The win was the 21st in 85 lifetime starts for Proven Cure and was worth $24,000, raising his career earnings to $733,531 for owner/breeder Dr. William A. Reed's Stonecrest Farm of Kansas City, Mo.
Proven Cure, a Cure the Blues gelding born on April 8, 1994, joined Bold Sundance (b. 1989), Island Day Break (b. 1985), Leaping Plum (b. 1991) and Mayruncouldfly (b. 1974) as horse racing's only 12-year-old stakes winners in the last 30 years. Since turning 11, Proven Cure has won eight of 12 starts and $153,050, including three stakes.
This was Proven Cure's second start in the last 13 days. Previously, he finished a nose back of Charming Socialite in the $40,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint Cup.
"It'll be up to Dr. Reed if he gets a break," Proven Cure's trainer John Locke said. "I believe he took him home for a while at this time last year. It was just good to get it over with because you're always a little apprehensive."


  • At 8:03 PM, Blogger Milhouse said…

    Great to see the old dudes doing some great things! Let's hope that they will now retire Del Mar Show because he is now over the million dollar mark in career earnings. Jen what about some of the young guns at Woodbine today? Main Executive a future stakes winner as far as I am concerned rolled, and Atlas Shrug flew home late in the Woodstock. Verne's Baby ran a heck of a race for his first start in over 50 weeks.


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