In today's news, a BIG BROWN UPDATE, HARLEM ROCKER works, so does his rival the GATOR, scoreboards for people and FRESHMAN SIRES etc.
(PHOTOS - Owned/breeder John Kinsey sent these of his newcomers. First is a Survivalist colt out of Classy Solution.
Below him is a Tomahawk colt out of Aileesh.
Kinsey co-owns impressive maiden winner Blue Blood Wildcat)
PLATE TRIAL ON SUNDAY!!
HARLEM ROCKER worked in 1:02.60 at Belmont and is reportedly headed to Woodbine for Sunday's Plate Trial. Eibar Coa usually rides the undefeated Stronach Stables colt.
COOL GATOR, his main rival for the Plate Trial (which may have a tiny, tiny field), worked in 1:03.80 yesterday for trainer Dan Vella.
Others on the Plate list are (not necessarily racing on Sunday in the Trial)
TOOK THE TIME
EAST END TAP
CONNECTIONS HAPPY WITH BIG BROWN PROGRESS Press Association
Big Brown's left front foot has shown improvement, putting the Triple Crown contender on course to take his chance in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday week.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner suffered a minor crack to his left front hoof and has not been on the track since Friday.
Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay said: "We stopped and saw him and a lot of heat had come out, which is an excellent sign. As usual, just a little bit of movement in that heel is enough to warm the foot."
McKinlay and trainer Rick Dutrow were optimistic that Big Brown could resume training later in the week as he tries to stay on course to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Dutrow said: "I want Ian to look at him again before we actually go to the track. The time he has missed means nothing to me or him.
"This could also be a very good thing because he burnt his heels (at Pimlico) and it gives him time to get over that. No way missing four, five or six days is going to affect the outcome and his racing ability when he runs."
SIMPLY DIVINE -
DIVINE PARK puts TJ's Lucky Moon in news again
Everyone should have an Ascot Knight mare.
Okay, I have said that many times before in the 2 plus years of THOROUGHBLOG.
How about multiple stakes winner DIVINE PARK getting up to win the Grade 1 Met Mile yesterday over a very game Commentator?
(With a 109 Beyer Figure)
It is something that the colt, a son of Chester House, was winning for the 6th time in his 8th start,but the son of HIGH IN THE PARK, an Ascot Knight gal, is also closely related to Queen's Plate winner T J'S LUCKY MOON.
HIGH IN THE PARK (3 wins, $64,000) is a half-sister to MOONLAND PRINCESS, the dam of T J.
High in the Park (out of Czar's Princess) was bred in Kentucky by DENNY ANDREWS, who also has many Canadian bred horses.
Nicholas Gonzalez 39 10 4 4 $716,046
Daniel J. Vella 45 9 7 4 $515,155
Audre Cappuccitti 59 9 6 5 $248,099
Steven M. Asmussen 51 9 4 8 $457,541
Mark E. Casse 62 8 11 9 $682,062
Scott H. Fairlie 51 8 9 6 $266,523
Reade Baker 55 8 7 6 $482,094
Roger L. Attfield 34 7 3 4 $448,338
Michael J. Doyle 58 6 8 10 $321,241
Sid C. Attard 60 6 8 4 $394,892
Malcolm Pierce 25 6 6 2 $386,776
Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Eurico Rosa Da Silva 138 24 9 11 $1,041,520
Emile Ramsammy 163 23 21 24 $1,267,905
Patrick Husbands 111 23 20 11 $1,321,037
James McAleney 138 22 17 22 $1,224,169
Tyler Pizarro 126 19 14 15 $785,308
Emma-Jayne Wilson 158 17 18 23 $1,056,728
Jono C. Jones 122 16 14 10 $901,086
David Clark 113 11 16 7 $742,690
Justin Stein 116 10 17 11 $464,449
FRESHMAN SIRE CONTEST
Check your team on the link on my sidebar!
Here is the current list, as provided by Thoroughbred Times, of the top Freshman sires (by earnings).
Stats for the THOROUGHBLOG FRESHMAN SIRE CONTEST are
also being kept by an outside source and final stats will be tabulated at year's end through brisnet.com.
2008 Freshman Sire List
For sires who stand in North America (or stood in North America if pensioned or deceased) in the year of conception or currently stand or last stood in North America. Freshman sires are those sires whose first crop of foals are two-year-olds of 2008. Worldwide Statistics by EquineLine North American statistics are generally complete through Monday, May 26, 2008.
Rank Name 2yos Strs Wnrs Rpt Wnrs SWs Graded SWs Leading Earner Progeny Earnings
1 Lion Heart 129 10 5 0 0 0 Silent Valor $134,161
2 Roll Hennessy Roll 13 2 1 0 1 0 Bewild Hennessy $116,561
3 Chapel Royal 124 10 3 0 0 0 Royal Card $100,250
4 Alke 45 4 2 0 0 0 Tipsy Saint $71,938
5 Roar of the Tiger 52 6 2 0 0 0 Can'tstopthiscat $66,575
6 Peace Rules 86 5 1 0 1 0 Trifecta King $59,910
7 Cat Dreams 38 5 2 0 0 0 Ancient Future $53,136
8 Red Sky's 22 1 1 1 0 Big Bug Creek $45,728
9 Momentum 22 4 2 0 0 0 Aromatica $39,680
10 Omega Code 66 7 1 0 0 0 Bea D J Code $39,006
11 Tapit 72 6 1 0 0 0 Retap $36,727
12 Cuvee 84 9 1 0 0 0 Border Cuvee $32,685
13 Stroll 28 2 2 0 0 0 Fast Eddie $29,529
14 Scrimshaw 61 3 1 0 0 0 Ravin Maniac $22,233
15 Bowman's Band 44 1 1 0 0 0 Just Hummm $17,160
16 Speightstown 75 1 1 0 0 0 Lord Shanakill $16,773
17 Newfoundland 39 4 1 0 0 0 Stormy Land $15,102
18 Anasheed 16 1 1 0 0 0 Garter Belt $14,000
19 Friends Lake 64 3 0 0 0 0 Screen Your Friend $13,440
20 Gimmeawink 50 5 0 0 0 0 Winked $12,676
NOTE - Points are given for wins and then stakes wins, and graded stakes wins and placings. PEACE RULES' first winner is a stakes winner. For the scoring for the Freshman Contest, do a search up top for Freshman Sire Contest to see an earlier post.
BETFAIR - fair??
A report from JOE DRAPE in the New York Times (May 25)
"Betfair has become a focal point for the growing list of match-fixing scandals. Over the past seven years, it has alerted dozens of sports about suspicious betting activity, leading to investigations in horse racing, soccer and now tennis."
NYRA and Horse Racing Simulation LLC Introduce Interactive 3D Race Simulation of the Belmont Stakes and 3 other Grade 1 Stake Races for Belmont Stakes Day
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and Horse Racing Simulation LLC announced today the launch of an exciting product that is both an interactive horse race handicapping tool as well as an exciting and innovative horse racing game featuring champion race horse Big Brown running in the 2008 Belmont Stakes and available at (www.NYRA.com) and (www.BelmontStakesGame.com).
RELEASE: Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) May 27, 2008 -- NYRA and Horse Racing Simulation LLC announced today the launch of an interactive horse racing simulation game that will feature four Grade 1 races associated with Belmont Stakes Day including the actual 2008 Belmont Stakes featuring Big Brown's quest to win all three legs of horse racing's Triple Crown.
The racing game, known as Horse Racing Fantasy "Community Edition" Featuring the 2008 Belmont Stakes has multiple interactive features that include the ability to run simulations of the Belmont Stakes with the actual contenders and their correct post positions. As a simulation tool, it will help both the experienced and novice handicapper to translate the available sophisticated and complicated numeric horse racing past performance data into a full screen 3D visual event. In simplistic terms, it brings those numbers to life.
Users can adjust the true racing characteristics of each race horse to explore different race scenarios leading up to potential profitable wagering strategies. The product also provides a simulated betting platform and a jockey mode that allows race fans to see first-hand what it's like to ride a champion thoroughbred race horse (like Big Brown, Triple Crown contender) in this premier horse racing event.
"NYRA (the New York Racing Association) understands the importance of providing not only new educational, but also entertaining tools to help horse racing fans of all levels become more engaged in the great sport of horse racing," said Michael Calderone, President of Horse Racing Simulation. "Fans can jockey their favorite race horse or can use our platform as a powerful horse racing handicapping software tool. "
The free horse racing simulation tool/virtual horse race game is exclusively available at the New York Racing Association's web site (www.NYRA.com) and (www.BelmontStakesGame.com). The following four Grade 1 races will be available for simulation with the true race horse contenders: The Acorn Stakes, The Manhattan Handicap, the Just A Game Handicap and the Belmont Stakes.
In addition, there will be one fantasy horse race that will include some of the greatest champion race horses in what might be called the "Dream Belmont Stakes" race. Anyone registering for this product now will be eligible to receive all true contender/post position upgrades once those details are known and can enjoy 3D interactive fantasy racing until then.
A DISCUSSION ON 'UNWANTED' HORSES