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Monday, October 23, 2006

"Eight-Year-old with Dodgy Joints", Arravale H.O.Y

It's pretty cool to see old horses racing, as long as they are still competitive and not being abused.
COLLIER HILL is one such dude - an arthritic 8-year-old gelding whose name used to be Dr Freeze. His owner had to buy out a co-owner last year for 20 times what he originally paid for the gelding but $1.2 million (Can.) later, Russell Hall is not worried about it.
Collier Hill sure looked good all week when training over the Woodbine grass, often in company with Blue Monday. But the deteriorating nature of the grass course because of heavy rain was a concern. The folks overseas said he would rather it not be so soft.
That was hard to tell on Sunday as the olg guy came back at the wire to out-nose the young buck Go Deputy, trained by Todd Pletcher.
And what's this? He earned a whopping 109 Beyer Figure.

Meanwhile, SKY CONQUEROR likely would have won the race anyway with a clean trip. It was a mess from start to finish as the colt had trouble with the footing, was too far behind the slow pace and then was checked hard in mid-stretch when an opening closed on him. He closed fast and galloped out well.

ARRAVALE, Canada's probable Horse of the Year, earned a 103 Beyer Figure, a lifetime best, in her E.P. Taylor score for owner Bob Costigan. It was a nice run by the Arch filly - too bad she's not a Canadian-bred but hey, she's the best local horse we've seen around here for a while.
At least the Canadian-breds are starting to heat up now. sam-Son Farms' A.P. Indy filly CATCH THE THRILL earned a 90 Beyer Figure winning the Princess Elizabeth, putting her among the best 2yo fillies in North America.
Oh ya, SEALY HILL, a Point Given filly won won her maiden at 7 furlongs last week, posted a 91 Beyer Figure and is indeed one of the fastest fillies on the continent.

A weekend with Polytrack saw horses lead all the way or rally so things are fair in the Polyworld.


  • At 6:41 PM, Blogger Tote Board Brad said…

    Well, tell us about Illman. Had you met him before? Specifically, what brand of hair jelly does he actully use?


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