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Sunday, February 18, 2007


I had no time for wagering yesterday but what a great game this still is to bet on when so many favourites are pounded down into overbet status and plenty of them lose.
We've already seen classic contenders Dreaming of Anna and Lawrence the Roman go down in flames and yesterday, poor little Golden Dreamer, who had already been presented the win in Aqueduct's Dearly Precious Stakes in all media outlets before yesterday, was chewed up in a maniacal speed duel and finished off the board.
Wagering is what makes horse racing go 'round and how cool is it that, even with all our speed figures and trip notes and pedigree stuff that so-called 'sure things' still falter. They are all living creatures after all and you gotta love 'em.

Speaking of speed duels - that was quite something in the Grade 3 Sabin at Gulfstream yesterday. Again, the race was essentially awarded to favoured OONAGH MACCOOL by folks (even me!) but Canadian-bred SUGAR SWIRL would not let her go and eventually beat that one to the wire - for 4th place.
Still, quite a super effort by SUGAR SWIRL (Touch Gold - Astrapi, Distinctive Pro), her Beyer yesterday was 81, and perhaps we will have a good older mare for the main track up at Woodbine this year (that division is always painfully weak up here).

Trainer Allen Jerkens won both Gulfstream stakes yesterday while Jimmy Jerkens unleashed a nice debut winner (from the 1 post) named VITRUVIUS, by E Dubai out of an Easy Goer mare.

TOP TEN LIST was scratched from that stake at Tampa yesterday, too bad, the winner led all the way through slow fractions and 'List is a solid front running type.

Good news for top 3yo Canadian-bred filly SEALY HILL as the gal who beat her in her 2007 debut at Gulfstream, AUTOBAHN GIRL, won a stake at Tampa yesterday. The latter became the 97th stakes winner for superstar stud A. P. INDY (see how he has a new halter on in his ads, I have one that was taken off of him last summer!) and the filly is out of Canadian champion SOARISE.

Pretty quiet around the tracks today since tomorrow's American holiday, PRESIDENT'S DAY, has tons of cool racing action.
Canada's champion 2yo of a few years back, WHOLELOTTABOURBON, is in a turf, sprint claiming race today at Gulfie.
Also, there is an intriguing Can.-bred 3yo filly in the 8th race - CHRISTIES TREASURE (Belong to Me - Roses at Sunset, by Valid Appeal), bred by Cam Allard, who makes her 2nd start since her 1 1/8 mile maiden score at Churchill for Todd Pletcher.

JAMBALAYA bulleted again in a workout yesterday in Ocala and is headed to the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup 'Cap. Trainer Catherine Day Phillips told THOROUGHBLOG she was 'thrilled' with the geldings 3rd place finish in the Can. Turf 2 weeks ago.


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