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Thursday, September 13, 2007



It's arguably the most important mile turf race of the season to this point
in North America simply because of a loaded field featuring most of the
continent's best milers.
It was a scramble in the last 24 hours with several folks sitting
on the fence (all locals too) and keeping their plans close to
the vest.
In the end, SKY CONQUEROR went in the Mile in a surprise move
(weight at 1 1/2 miles in the upcoming Sky Classic was cited as
one reason, last year's Horse of the Year ARRAVALE went in, a shocking move
since the gal has been a bit short of her best form so far, and
longshot AWESOME ACTION popped up at the last minute.

The local horsemen aren't being all that helpful to the local media
with all the secrecy- you want to promote the sport, get it into the papers....
tell us you're going to run,or not going to run...

Anyway, it's a heck of a race...

Sunday, post 5:06 p.m.

1 Host/Melnyk Racing Stables Inc./Todd Pletcher/John Velazquez 15-1
2 Becrux/Team Valor & Gary Barber/Neil Drysdale/David Flores 5-1
3 Shakespeare/Dell Ridge Farm & William Schettine/Kiaran Mclaughlin/Gar.Gomez 3-1
4 Sky Conqueror/Bill Sorokolit/Darwin Banach/Javiar Castellano 6-1
5 Kip Deville/IEAH Stables/Richard Dutrow Jr./Cornelio Velasquez 12-1
6 Galantas/Earle Mack/Graham Motion/Todd Kabel 30-1
7 Storm Caller/Jim & Susan Hill/Reade Baker/Jim McAleney50-1
8 Estevan/Barbara Minshall/Barbara Minshall/Eurico Rosa da Silva 50-1
9 Remarkable News/Holly Rincon/Angel Penna Jr./Ramon Dominguez 8-1
10 Dead Red/George Mikhalides, Milena Stable, Mirage Ranch/George Mikhalides
/Emma Wilson 30-1
11 Art Master/Juddmonte Farms/Robert Frankel/Julien Leparoux 4-1
12 Arravale/Bob Costigan/Mac Benson/J Valdivia 15-1
13 Awesome Action/Sue Leslie, Don Meehan, Curtis,Nancy Joseph/Sue Leslie/Rob Landry
14 Le Cinquieme Essai/William Scott/Paul Nielsen/Steven Bahen 15-1


THE GREEN MONKEY is entered to race on SATURDAY at BELMONT!!!
($16million 2yo purchase).
It seems like forever ago since I watched him parade in front of me before
heading into the ring at Calder last February.
Go Monkey Go!


  • At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Steve said…


    I agree with you. Being secretive about your plans to enter/run in an upcoming stakes race is no way to promote a sport. Especially on of this magnitude. Why wait so long? Who benefits? Can you imagine if Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson waited until Monday morning each week to announce whether or not they were playing in next weeks, sorry, THIS WEEKS, tournament? The PGA would certainly not allow this, and Tim Fincham would surely be fired!

    I think that we are spoiled at Woodbine. Woodbine was once unique until the slots came around. Too much money has been floating in the last few years and the owners/trainers, mostly trainers, have lost touch with reality. Run your horses(if healthy) and stop playing a ridiculous game of whether or not you may run in an upcoming race. I wonder if the money was cut in half, would you announce your participation in the larger purse races a heck of a lot sooner? Especially if you had to earn your spot or had to obtain it via lottery!

    P.S. I don't always agree with the Drake but he does make some legit points regarding the "select" vs "preferred" sale.


  • At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Tom M said…

    This is totally unrelated to anything you have touched on lately but perhaps you know the answer.

    Where is, what happened to, Fernando Jara?

    He was the hottest rider in the U.S. for a while especially when Invasor was still around. Invasor was retired and seems like Jara has disappeared.

    Do you know if he was injured or just no longer the darling of the jockey colony these days. Racing does have a way of casting aside riders pretty quickly - when you hot you're hot, when you're not ....

    Thanks for any info you can provide.

  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger the_drake said…

    Jara left NY for So Cal, he went back to Panama to visit family for a while and I think he's supposed to start back up when the Santa Anita meet begins.

    At first glance it seems odd to move after being so hot in the past year, but his two big horses have retired and he was only winning at something like 8%, so in his mind it was probably time to take on a weaker jock colony than NY is at the moment.

  • At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Maybe he should try Hastings there is more than meets the eye or the newspaper reporting in the Alvarado Suspension and incident.
    Bob bc


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