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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Buffalo is the Man

Another Canadian-bred 3-year-old has signalled that he is Queen's Plate material (and perhaps the Kentucky Derby) after BUFFALO MAN strolled away to win the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream today. The Ontario-bred is by El Prado out of the Saratoga Six mare Prefect Six and was bred by Adena Springs. The leggy bay with a white blaze and four white feet is co-owned by NBA basketball coach Rick Pitino. Trainer Cam Gambolati (Spend a Buck) said the colt wants to go farther than the six furlongs of the 'Bid' but had said the colt was traininig very well.
Incredibly, jockey Eddie Castro looked behind him about 5 times around the turn while guiding the Man 3 wide in a chasing position. That didn't slow down the colt, however.
Forget the Derby fever folks - get Plate fever!
It was the fourth win in 6 starts for Buffalo Man, who won the Storm Cat Stakes with a 91 Beyer Figure at the Meadowlands in November.
A troubled Out of Gwedda finished a closing second in the 'Bid'. The time was a goof 1:10 3/5.

Earlier on the Gulfstream card, Canadian bred 3yo filly SANIBEL was very impressive in a maiden score for trainer Mark Casse and Woodford Racing. The filly was racing for just the second time after finishing 3rd in her debut at Woodbine in Nov. and won the $62,500 claiming event by a long margin in a fast 1:16 4/5. While the Ecton Park miss has a wide and very high and choppy galloping action, she looked good in the win and perhaps will not be in a claiming race again any time soon.

More impressive stuff from Sunday included E Z WARRIOR's easy win in the San Miguel. The smoothing striding colt led all the way under a hand ride. The Exploit colt will get all kinds of press as far as Derby news goes but it's really hard to imagine this one being a route horse based on his breeding (out of a Carson City mare).

The filly RAGS TO RICHES was super in her maiden score at Santa Anita in a race before E Z Warrior. Making her second start, the $1.9 million yearling purchase won easy and looks like a very good one.

Premature move of the day - LADY RAJ in race 7 at Aqueduct. Didn't bet on her but she made an Arazi-type move on the turn but thewire had not been moved! She ultimately weakened late but could be one to tab for next time.


  • At 9:16 PM, Blogger Tote Board Brad said…

    Pitino is the coach for the University of Louisville Cardinals. He made his name as the head coach of University of Kentucky, but did have a brief stint in the pros with Boston & New York.

  • At 8:33 AM, Blogger judy said…

    Hall of famer Roger Attfield scored a nice win as well in the nightcap at Gulfstream with Querida Amiga.


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