Feb 232012
 

If you missed Baffert’s winner in the first leg of last Monday’s split Southwest GIII you must have forgotten Phil’s wagering rule ss. 636.27 (d): never leave the horse brought along to balance the trailer out of your P4.

 ESPN – Castaway wins first Southwest division

ESPN - Secret Circle gives Baffert sweep

Bloodhorse – True Nicks – Porter – Southwest Winners Fit Separate Profiles

DRF – Rampellini -Oaklawn: Baffert will return for Rebel

DRF – Illman – It’s Baffert’s World!

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I’m not a professional politician. I’m a professional problem solver, and I believe we should cut the salaries of senators and congressmen 10 percent until they balance the budget. I call that conservative common sense.

Herman Cain

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Thoroughbred Times – Angst – Bill to allow casino gambling falls short in Kentucky Senate

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ESPN – West – All eyes on the 3-year-olds

Thoroughbred Times – Nevills – Road to the Triple Crown: Starlight with bright roster

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I Wasn’t Born To Follow

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Sera esta la tierra donde puedo encontrar la Fuente De La Juventud.

Ponce de Leon

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Bloodhorse – Triple Crown Talk – A Can’t-Miss Weekend

DRF – Privman – Kentucky Derby: Pletcher’s turn to show off his talent

Bloodhorse – Shinar - Drill Digs Deep in San Vicente Stakes Duel

Bloodhorse –  Haskin’s Derby Trail: Red, White, and Godolphin Blue

Bloodhorse – Shinar -El Padrino Heads 11-Horse Field in Risen Star

DRF – Privman – Fair Grounds: El Padrino heads field of 11 for Risen Star

Brisnet – El Padrino Invades For Risen Star

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Algorithms vs. Union Rags in 3YO Showdown

Bloodhorse – Union Rags Ready for Fountain of Youth

DRF – Welsch – Gulfstream: Union Rags among three Kentucky Derby prospects busy working

Bloodhorse -Shandler – Union Rags Takes on Pletcher Duo in FOY

Thoroughbred Times – Nichols – Super showdown set for Sunday in Fountain of Youth

DRF – Privman – Santa Anita: Sabercat remains on target for San Felipe

Bloodhorse – Triple Crown Talk – Three of a Kind

DRF – Illman – Kentucky Derby 2012: Under the Radar – My Adonis

Bloodhorse – Shinar – Isn’t He Clever Favored in Borderland Derby

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Acadian Driftwood

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DRF – Hersh – Fair Grounds: Jones’s trio of 3-year-olds gear up for stakes

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First scoring races in the Road to the Roses Contest this weekend.

Bloodhorse – Churchill Launches Derby Fantasy Challenge

Road To The Roses

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Bloodhorse – Updated Kentucky Derby Graded Earnings

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Brisnet – March Madness meets racing in Santa Anita online contest

Santa Anita – Derby Madness

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A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Bloodhorse – Biles – Super Shopper Starlight Has Basket of 3YOs

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From The Insider

Who will drink from the Fountain?

Get ready for the most important weekend on the Derby trail so far, featuring the Fountain of Youth Stakes Sunday at Gulfstream and the Risen Star Stakes Saturday at Fair Grounds.

TITANS TANGLE IN THE FOUNTAIN:  The top two 3-year-olds in the U.S.: Algorithms and Union Rags are set to have it out in the Fountain. Look for Algorithms to get the jump on Union Rags this time as Union Rags will likely need a race. Discreet Dancer, another promising colt out of the Todd Pletcher barn, could be very tough. Look for him to be out on the lead. He is a freak colt who has dominated in two wins against lesser company. These three horses plus a host of other characters should make the road to the Derby at little more clear.

RISEN STAR:   A FOUR-WAY TUSSLE?   Mr. BowlingZ Dager, El Padrino and Optimizer should be the main players. Pletcher’s El Padrino ran a great allowance score and will test stakes winners again.   Mr. Bowling won the local prep over Z Dager in the LeComte Stakes.  D.Wayne Lukas’ Optimizer is a big improving colt according to his Hall of Fame trainer. My gun-to-my-head choice?  Mr. Bowling.

 

Bob Baffert
Left his mark everywhere 

 

“FOXY” THOUGHTS ON LAST WEEKEND:   The silver fox, Bob Baffert, left his mark just about everywhere.  His horses won both divisions of the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn–Castaway and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner, Secret Circle–and Drill took down the San Vicente at Santa Anita. Secret Circle even ran a 102 Beyer but getting more distance may be a problem.   At Santa, Drill beat heavily-favoured Creative Cause but ‘Cause likely needed the start.  Don’t expect Drill to jump on the Derby Trail, though, as he is being pointed to one-turn stakes races for 3-year-olds.  And finally, Steve Asmussen’s  Daddy Nose Best won the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate  by a slim nose after a tough trip. It will be interesting to see how much that took out of him.

ON THE HORIZON:  (1) The Kentucky Oaks Future Pool  (2)  The Kentucky Derby Future Pool # 2  (3) The Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.

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Bloodhorse – Maiden Watch – Castaway For More

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DRF – Andersen – Santa Anita: Amazombie faces dangerous speed of The Factor in San Carlos

ESPN – Shinar – Six set for Grade 2 San Carlos

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DRF – Dybal – Golden Gate: El Camino Real runner-up headed to Dubai

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Bloodhorse – 10YO Musketier Back for Mac Diarmida Stakes

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Brisnet – Believe You Can, Applauding face off in Rachel Alexandra

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DRF – Hovdey: Royal Delta, Amazombie continue early-season parade of 2011 champions

Bloodhorse – Shandler – Royal Delta Faces Awesome Maria in Sabin

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ESPN – Moran – Animal Kingdom eyes road to Dubai

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It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.

Mark Twain

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Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Nine-Year-Old Awesome Gem Prepares for Return

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ESPN – Cronley – Numbers game

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Bloodhorse – Stakes-Placed Spaniard to Gardiner Farms

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Bloodhorse – Oaklawn Park Hikes Purses $100,000 a Week

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Horse Race Insider – Good Races + Good Decisions = Good Business

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Thoroughbred Times – Strong start to meet has Santa Anita looking forward

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Thoroughbred Times – O Canada (Pre-Drummond)

The Globe And Mail – Smith – Ontario horsemen fight to keep share of slots money

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DRF – Tallon – Woodbine adds additional stakes to biggest days on 102-race schedule

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DRF – Beyer: Tampa Bay Downs decline sudden as its ascension

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February 25

 Aqueduct

Busher Stake $75,000g, 3yo Fillies 8.5f.

 

Fair Grounds

Risen Star Stake GII, $300,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

Rachel Alexandra Stake GIII, $200,000g, 3yo Fillies 8.5f.

Fair Grounds Handicap GIIIT, $125,000g, 4&up, 9f (turf).

Mineshaft Handicap GIII, $125,000g, 4&up, 8.5f.

Colonel Power Stake $75,000g, 4&up, 5.5f (turf).

Gentilly Stake (R), $75,000g, 3yo, Louisiana-bred, 8.5f (turf).

 

Gulfstream Park

Davona Dale Stake GII, $250,000g, 3yo Fillies 8.5f.

Sabin Stake GIII, $100,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 8.5f.

The Very One Stake GIIIT, $100,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 11f (turf).

 

Oaklawn Park

Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stake (R), $50,000g, 3&up, Fillies & Mares Arkansas-bred, 6f.

Nodouble Breeders’ Stake (R), $50,000g, 3&up, Colts & Geldings Arkansas-bred, 6f.

 

Sam Houston Race Park

Sam Houston Distaff, $50,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 8.5f.

 

Santa Anita

San Carlos Stake GII, $200,000g, 4&up, 7f.

 

Sunland Park

Borderland Derby, $150,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

 

Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Stake GIIIT, $150,000g, 4&up, 8.5f (turf).

 

Turf Paradise

Turf Paradise Derby, $75,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

Arizona Oaks, $35,000a, 3yo Fillies 8f.

 

Turfway Park

Valdale Stake $50,000g, 3yo Fillies 8f.

 

February 26

 Gulfstream Park

Fountain of Youth Stake GII, $400,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

Mac Diarmida Stake GIIT, $150,000g, 4&up, 11f (turf).

 

Sunland Park

Island Fashion Stake $50,000g, 3yo Fillies 8f.

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Thoroughbred Times – Training: Interval training makes iron horses

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DRF – Andersen – Santa Anita: Bejarano passing tests on, off the track

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ESPN – Novak – Gomez tells story of abuse and addiction

ESPN – Garret Gomez Blog – An open book

ESPN – Claire Novak Blog – Backing a Winner

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DRF – Hersh – Fair Grounds trainer Amoss finds success with hardnosed tactics

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Bloodhorse – Kady – Parties Will Intervene in Ohio VLT Lawsuit

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Horse Race Insider – Racey lady

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Horse Race Insider – New York State Of Confusion

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Canmor Open House and Stallion Parade

Canmor Farms open house and stallion Parade

Sunday, February 26th 1:00pm.

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

For more information call Maureen Goss at 604-856-2312 or check their website at canmorfarms.ca

Canmor Stallions this year include Stephanotis, Teide, Rosberg and Forest Grove.

Rosberg

Canmor is located at 205-256th Street, Aldergrove, BC.

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Bloodhorse – Hammertime – Shopping for 2-Year-Olds? Here’s Some Advice

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Phil’s Drink And A Flick

Cotton Mouth

The Horse’s Mouth

All These Things That I Have Done

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NY Times – Davidson – Don’t Mock the Artisanal-Pickle Makers

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The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Come On Teacher

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Horse racing needs to adopt a similar program that empowers its loyal followers. Make them happy and they will spread the word. My friend who got me into racing back in 2002 merely stumbled upon Saratoga. Where would we be had he not found this diamond in a haystack? Had he not we’d likely be successful business tycoons cut from the mold of Barney Stinson. But instead we traveled down less awesome paths … or did we? We’ll explore this in another column.

Ambassadors will get two dozen complimentary past performances and vouchers for each newbie they bring to the track. They will receive honorary diplomas for the preservation of the game they love. They will be honored with exclusive parties. They will be made to feel like the Kings and Queens they are because without ambassadors, without people waving the pride banner, where will the sport be?

The answer is painfully clear: it will continue to lose its base and a sport with its base cannot stand.

Horse Race Insider – Spread The Word

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Bloodhorse – True Nicks – Tapp – Airdrie Looking Beyond Indian Charlie

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Important Dates to Note

Saturday February 25
Risen Star Stakes GII 1 1/16 Mile Fair Grounds $300,000
First Scoring Races in Road To the Roses Contest
Sunday February 26
Fountain Of Youth Stakes GII 1 1/16 Mile Gulfstream Park $400,000
Open House and Stallion Parade at Canmor Farms at 1:00pm
Thursday March 1
Assiniboia Downs Training Track and Equiser open
Saturday March 3
The Santa Anita Handicap Santa Anita
John Battaglia Memorial Stakes 1 1/16 Mile Turfway Park $75000
Gotham Stakes GIII 1 1/16 Mile Aqueduct $400,000
Saturday March 10
The Swale Stakes Gulfstream Park
Tampa Bay Derby GII 1 1/16 Mile Tampa Bay Downs $350,000
San Felipe Stakes GII 1 1/16 Mile Santa Anita $300,000
Albastakiya About 1 3/16 Mile 1900 Meters Meydan Racecourse $250,000
Sunday March 11
Palm Beach Stakes GIII 1 1/8 Mile Gulfstream Park $150,000
Tuesday March 13
NCAA – March Madness – First Four
Wednesday March 14
Northlands Park – Horses may begin to ship in
Friday March 16
Northlands Park – Training opens
Saturday March 17
Rebel Stakes GII 1 1/16 Mile Oaklawn Park $500,000
Saturday March 24
Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes GIII 1 1/8 Mile Turfway Park $500,000
Early Nominations for Hastings Stake Races due
Sustaining Fees for the CTHS BC Sales Stakes Due
Sunday March 25
Sunland Derby GIII 1 1/8 Mile Sunland Park $800,000
Saturday March 31
Dubai World Cup
Florida Derby GI 1 1/8 Mile Gulfstream Park $1,000 ,000
UAE Derby Group II About 1 3/16 Mile 1900 Meters Meydan Racecourse $2000,000
Sunday April 1
Louisiana Derby GII 1 1/8 Mile Fair Grounds $1,000 ,000
Monday April 2
NCAA – March Madness – National Championship
Thursday April 5
2011 Sovereign Awards – Woodbine Race Track – Toronto
Friday April 6
Woodbine Thoroughbreds – Opening Day
Fort Erie Race Track – Trainers may begin to set up stalls
Saturday April 7
Santa Anita Derby GI 1 1/8 Mile Santa Anita Park $750,000
The Illinois Derby GIII 1 1/8 Mile Hawthorne Park $500,000
Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial GI 1 1/8 Mile GI Aqueduct $1,000,000
Fort Erie – Horses may begin to ship in
Sunday April 8
Fort Erie Race Track opens for training
Saturday April 14
Arkansas Derby GI 1 1/8 Mile Oaklawn Park $1,000,000
Toyota Bluegrass GI 1 1/8 Mile Keeneland $750,000
Hastings Park Opening Day
Saturday April 21
Coolmore Lexington Stakes GIII 1 1/16 Mile Keeneland $200,000
Jerome GII 1 Mile Aqueduct $200,000
Saturday April 28
The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial GIII 1 Mile Churchill Downs $200,000 added
Friday May 4
Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs
Northlands Park Opening Day
Saturday May 5
Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs
Sunday May 6
Fort Erie Race Track Opening Day
Assiniboia Downs Opening Day
Saturday May 12
2011 Night of Champions – Northlands Park
Friday May 18
CTHS BC 2012 Sale Entry Fees Due
Saturday May 19
Preakness Pimlico Race Track
Friday May 25
Marquis Downs Opens
Saturday June 9th
Belmont Stakes Belmont Park
Sunday June 24th
Queen’s Plate Day Woodbine  $1 million Queen’s Plate
Sunday July 1
Millarville Canada Day Racing
Thursday July 12
TeePee Creek Stampede Opening Day
Sunday July 15
The 77 th Edition of the Prince of Wales Stakes 1 3/16 miles $500,000  Fort Erie Race Track The 2nd Jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown
Monday August 6th
BC Cup Day at Hastings Park
Saturday August 18
Arlington Million XXX GIT 10f (turf) Arlington Park $1,000,000
Beverly D. GIT 9.5f (turf) Arlington Park $750,000g
Secretariat Stake GIT 10f (turf) Arlington Park $500,000g,
Saturday August 25
South Cariboo Garlic Festival
Sunday September 9th
BC Derby Day at Hastings Park – 6 Stakes
Monday September 10
CTHS BC Yearling Parade
Tuesday September 11
CTHS BC Yearling & Mixed Sale
Sunday September 16
CTHS Alberta Yearling & Mixed Sale
Woodbine Mile Woodbine – Ontario Derby
Monday October 8
Ballerina Stake GIIC 9f Hastings Racecourse $100,000g
British Columbia Premier’s Handicap GIIC 11f Hastings Racecourse $100,000g,
Sunday October 14
Canadian International Day – Woodbine
Hastings Park Closing Day
Friday November 2
Breeders Cup Santa Anita
Saturday November 3
Breeders Cup Santa Anita
Tuesday December 25
Christmas Day

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Brisnet – Hills Hanging Up His Tack At Close Of Carnival

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NY Times – Hoppert – ‘Real Sports’ Examines Yaroslavl Lokomotiv Plane Crash

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LA Times – Hernandez – For the Dodgers, change is in the wind, but not on the field

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NY Times – Sandomir – Trustee Says Mets Saw Madoff as House Money

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If I would be happy, I would be a bad ballplayer. With me, when I get mad, it puts energy in my body.

Roberto Clemente

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NY Times – Powell – An Appetite for Straight A’s

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NY Times – Female Athletes for Qatar

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National Post – Conrad Black on sports, Super Bowls and loyal spouses

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Long ago, right when he was beginning his career, Shaquille O’Neal once told me, “Look, I know people are going to make a cartoon out of me. The important thing is to control your own cartoon.”

Grantland – Pierce – Leave Jeremy Lin Alone

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National Post – Atkinson – The Dissenters: Woody Allen’s Literary Paris for Dummies

National Post – Crosariol – If the wine is hard to pronounce, is it worth more?

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Somewhere Down The Crazy River

Fortunate Son

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Phil M Stockmen