(Wanna bet? Here's a lovely youngster owned by SHYMAN FARM - a colt from the first crop of star runner LEROISDESANIMAUX out of Latest Joke, born at Windfields Farm on April 4.)
SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS...AND PICK WINNERS TODAY
Record Pix Six Carryover at Keeneland on Wednesday
April 13, 2008
The Pick Six at Keeneland was not hit for a seventh consecutive day Sunday, resulting in a record $307,049 carryover going into Wednesday’s nine-race card. The Pick Six Wednesday will cover races four through nine.
JEN'S PICK 6 TICKET
Hey, it's a quiet Wednesday, why not toss a few bucks into the kitty and try to win this thing...I won't spend much here...
Race 4 - HOLIDAY CRUISE fits nicely
Race 5- The 2yo race - yikes! FRESHMAN SIRES are plentiful in the race. Yesterday I mentioned IBERIAN GATE with her :10 flat workout at the 2yo sale in Feb. - the Steve Asmussen runner TIFFANY ROYAL looks scary too.
Race 6 - CHITOZ is the speed, CELESTIAL COMET perhaps best closer
Race 7 - VICTORIANNA looks solid
Race 8 - Apalachian Stakes for 3yo fillie son turf - a wild race...SWEEPSTAKE and ALWAJEEHA...very tough race
Race 9- Canadian-breds may figure...ARROW IN FLIGHT is well regarded but lost a workout in company recently...NIGHT FEVER is working fast but perhaps too fast for 7 furlongs, ROC ROE is the logical one who has raced.
the field for the APALACHIAN STAKES...
April 16, $125,000, f, 3yo, 1mT, Keeneland Race Course, 4:40 PM ET P Horse Jockey Wt. Trainer 1. I Lost My Choo Edgar S. Prado 119 Philip M. Serpe
2. Magger Bags Julien R. Leparoux 117 Dallas Stewart
3. Much Obliged Robby Albarado 119 Malcolm Pierce
4. Lickety Lemon Patrick Husbands 117 Mark E. Casse
5. Absolutely Cindy Jamie Theriot 119 Ronald Keith Kinmon
6. Sweepstake (Ire) ) Garrett K. Gomez 117 David M. Carroll
7. Fashion Rocks (Ire) Jose Lezcano 117 Roger L. Attfield
8. Namaste’s Wish Kent J. Desormeaux 119 William I. Mott
9. Alwajeeha John R. Velazquez 117 Kiaran P. McLaughlin
10. Vancy Pants Rene R. Douglas 119 Eric R. Reed
11. Fareena Shaun Bridgmohan 120 Leigh Delacour
12. Mrs Petoski Joe Bravo 117 William E. Hall
JUDITH'S WILD RUSH was 3rd beaten almost 10 lengths in the Norristown Stakes at Philadelphia Park for owner Harvey Tenenbaim.
The multiple champion 7yo horse is expected to enter stud next year.
KEENELAND WORKOUT - APRIL 14 CHAMPION Leonnatus Anteas
(5f) in 101.0 Conditions: fast Comment: finished well on his own, last 1/4 in 24.0
(from Clocker's Comments on Keeneland website)
RACING DISPATCH TOP TEN DERBY CONTENDERS (as voted on by a panel selected by www.racingdispatch.com)
Rank Horse Pts Odds Trainer Breeding
1. Colonel John (5) 175 12-1 Eoin G. Harty Tiznow - Sweet Damsel
2. Big Brown (8) 173 3-1 Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Boundary - Mien
3. Pyro (5) 122 4-1 Steven M. Asmussen Pulpit - Wild Vision
4. Gayego 89 30-1 Paulo H. Lobo Gilded Time - Devils Lake
5. Monba 84 15-1 Todd A. Pletcher Maria's Mon - Hamba
6. Tale Of Ekati 78 30-1 Barclay Tagg Tale Of The Cat - Silence Beauty (JPN)
7. War Pass 53 6-1 Nicholas P. Zito Cherokee Run - Vue
8. Smooth Air (1) 47 50-1 Bennie F. Stutts, Jr. Smooth Jazz - Air France
8. Adriano 47 30-1 H. Graham Motion A.p. Indy - Gold Canyon
10. Z Fortune (1) 43 50-1 Steven M. Asmussen Siphon (BRZ) - Fortunate Faith
Others Receiving Votes: Visionaire, Bob Black Jack, Cool Coal Man, Cowboy Cal, El Gato Malo, Big Truck, Yankee Bravo, Court Vision, Denis Of Cork, Into Mischief, Tomcito, Indian Sun, Kentucky Bear, Blackberry Road, Atoned, Z Humor, Hey Byrn.
CHURCHILL DOWNS COMPANY - WEBSITE KINGS In the THOROUGHBRED TIMES today, BOB EHALT writes about the fancy work being done on wesbites for the Chuchill Downs Co. tracks.
A highlight of the new features promises to be a new real-time toteboard that resembles a selfactivated wagering machine a patron has access to at the track. This one, though, has extra features like links to brisnet.com for past performances and twinspires. com for wagering.
The websites also will provide replays of each track’s race about 10-15 minutes after its conclusion.
Each website also will have its own resident blogger, a writer who will keep fans abreast of happenings at that track. The improvements will not stop there. At the Churchill Downs website, horsemen will be available to access their bookkeeper accounts.
In time, more will be done with text messaging and mobile phones. Video analysis of races will be posted more frequently and social networking areas, where customers can post their thoughts or wagering selections, also are on the horizon.
I hope they don't mind but it was the only site with this story on it....
a hot topic these days and simply incredible that this guy could end up where he did...
LITTLE CLIFF (at right) was Nick Zito's Derby horse a few years back......
Little Cliff rescued from slaughter by Ed DeRosa
Little Cliff, one of two horses owner Robert LaPenta named after the late turf writer and chartcaller Cliff Guilliams, was rescued from slaughter on April 7.
Christy Sheidy, co-founder of Another Chance 4 Horses rescue in Bernville, Pennsylvania, discovered the five-year-old Gulch gelding in a direct-to-kill pen in New Holland, Pennsylvania.
He had last raced in a $10,000 claiming race on March 1 at Philadelphia Park, finishing seventh of nine and earning $170 for owner LA Buzz Stable. Trainer Ramon Preciado had claimed the horse from Jimmy Moran Jr. for $10,000 on January 13.
Sheidy ran the gelding’s tattoo and had Diana Baker, formerly of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, pull a race record, which is when the connection to LaPenta and Racing Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito appeared. Zito’s wife, Kim, is involved in horse rescue efforts as well.
“Mr. LaPenta and [Zito] sent a very generous check to Christy that more than covered [Little Cliff’s] expenses,” Baker said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better or more generous response than what we received.”
In a cruel twist of fate, Moran and Guilliams both died within a week of Little Cliff’s rescue but not before Nick Zito had a chance to tell Guilliams that one of his equine namesakes had been rescued. “The Cliff’s Edge and Little Cliff were both named after [Guilliams],” Kim Zito said. “Nick had dinner with [Guilliams] just recently and told him what had happened to Little Cliff. [Guilliams] got very emotional and very upset.”
LaPenta purchased Little Cliff for $250,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale and bought him back on a bid of $350,000 at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale of selected two-year-olds in training. Little Cliff finished sixth behind eventual Grade 1 winners and Central Kentucky stallions Political Force and Flashy Bull in his second career start before winning his next two races by a combined 6 1/4 lengths to close out his two-year-old season. At three, he finished third in both the Leonard Richards (G3) and Sir Barton Stakes. He won three of 27 starts and earned $202,762.
Although Little Cliff had changed owners four times throughout his life before being rescued, one thing that followed him from Kentucky to New York to Florida to Pennsylvania were his Jockey Club papers, papers that Kim Zito had affixed with a white sticker that says, “If this horse needs a home when he retires, please call.” “
The tragic part of this story is that Little Cliff had this sticker on his papers, and that breaks my heart because it proves that there are people in this industry who don’t give a [darn],” Kim Zito said.
(Ed DeRosa is news editor of Thoroughbred Times)