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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Breeders' Cup Hangover

The blur that is the Breeders' Cup World Championships is over for another year - my picks did okay, 3 winners (Dreaming of Anna, Ouija Board, Round Pond) but Bernardini losing was a kick in the stomach. Too bad his first serious test had to result in him losing by just over a length. Perhaps he was asked for his move far too soon before the long, long Churchill stretch. Perhaps.

Woodbine's Summer Stakes got some good press since Dreaming of Anna came out of the race to win the Juvenile Fillies; Skip Code was 9th in the Juvenile, better than expected!

Thor's Echo saved the day for California horses (Wait a While, ick, Aragorn, not too bad, T.H. Approval, who? Lava Man, 'nuff said.) and the gelding simply forgot to bounce off the career best 116 Beyer Figure.

Miesque's Approval won a weak Mile - okay, it looked like a good field with all those Euro's and Aragorn but really, it was not that great a race as the Euro's were overmatched.

Round Pond rode the golden rail on Cup day but Asi Siempre may have been best but had a horrible journey and then was dq'd when she had to push a horse out of the way.
Sad that a horse has to die almost every year it seems. Pine Island's accident, which was barely noticed by TV types, was tragic.

Red Rocks? Won a very average Turf for "Canadian" owner J. Paul Reddam.

Invasor was deemed the only horse that could beat Bernardini by this corner but I couldn't bet it that way. Giacomo, a very gritty 4th, was absolutely pummeled with the whip by Mike Smith. Ouch.

On the homefront, WOODBINE'S POLYTRACK (Polydust is what it's being called these days) continues to play...well, confusing. Fast fractions in sprints, slow, slow times in routes and so much kickback that it looks like a snowstorm. Speed is doing well because the kickback is so bad. Apparently jockeys are getting cut in the face by the surface now. Eeks.
SHOT GUN ELA, owned by my friends Rocco and Frank, led all the way to upset the Ontario Fashion Stakes over over-the-top fillies Count to Three and Hide and Chic.

Oh, and from the "Now you know how much a jockey makes a difference" file, learningn apprentice MATT MOORE won his first career race at Woodbine yesterday without a whip and his mount, Arden Belle, did not wear shoes. At 11 to 1, she wore down 3 to 5 Song of a Lark, owned by Sam-Son Farms and ridden by Todd Kabel. And, while admitting the kid is just learning, you had to see his style down the stretch to believe it. Never has a rider looked like he was actually slowing down a horse while totally out of sync.


  • At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "barely noticed by TV types." I don't know what show you were watching, but ESPN went on about it for an hour, almost too much. They interviewed the vet at least three times. Jerry Bailey was grilled about it as was the bonehead jock who could have saved the filly if he pulled her up when she made the bad step but instead kept on going.

  • At 8:21 AM, Blogger Jen Morrison said…

    Referring to Churchill Downs feed with Todd Schrupp, etc. The ESPN show was not available in Canada.

  • At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you should stick with hockey, instead of racing, they had a great show, and you single one thing out, but that is why you are in canada,hoser

  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger Jen Morrison said…

    Indeed, hockey is a great game!
    Thanks for reading!

  • At 11:59 AM, Blogger Tote Board Brad said…

    Don't you just love hate mail! S/he's probably bitter that you put out better picks.

  • At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In reference to the new apprentice could you explaine what you meant by
    "And, while admitting the kid is just learning, you had to see his style down the stretch to believe it. Never has a rider looked like he was actually slowing down a horse while totally out of sync."
    I watched this race and made a couple bucks on the winner.

  • At 4:46 PM, Blogger Jen Morrison said…

    Congratulations! Nothing like cashing a winning bet, no matter what it looks like! 'Out of sync' means the rider was going back and forth, up and down, opposite of the movement of the horse and appearing to pull back as the horse is going forward. Arden Belle is quite a good little filly, I have bet her before. No shoes must have made the difference!


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