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Florida offers one of the big races before the Kentucky Derby.

March 24, 2015

Florida offers one of the big races before the Kentucky Derby. The Florida Derby is south Florida’s show case race.


Black Caviar cracks 20th straight win in the Group One Sangster in Australia.

April 29, 2012



Black Caviar cracks 20th straight win


Black Caviar wrote yet another chapter in racing’s record book on Saturday, this time landing the Robert Sangster Stakes and an Australian-best 20th consecutive victory.

For weeks Adelaide had been abuzz with anticipation of the great mare’s appearance and she failed to disappoint the sell-out crowd of 30,000 packed into Morphettville.

The ease at which Black Caviar trounces her rivals has astounded race fans, and on Saturday she wasn’t asked to get out of second gear to defeat Sistine Angel and Power Princess by four lengths.

“Luke has got great faith in her ability and so have I,” trainer Peter Moody said.

“I don’t think we ever had too much concern.

“Luke was pretty kind to her, he gave her one little smack on the bum and she did the rest.”

Twenty victories surpasses the Australian record for consecutive metropolitan wins set by Desert Gold and Gloaming early last century.

It also breaks the modern-day mark set by US wonder mare Zenyatta in 2010.


“It’s unbelievable isn’t it, how she has coped with it,” Moody said.

“Most of your sprinters are wound up, excitable types, but she’s just so laid-back and takes it all in her stride.

“She’s a remarkable horse.”

To see Black Caviar achieve the feat on Australian soil is especially satisfying for her connections as they dream of showcasing her to the world in the coming months.

The Group One Sangster was the first of two scheduled Adelaide appearances for Black Caviar following a 10-week absence after her Lightning Stakes triumph.

Trainer Peter Moody expected her to derive plenty of improvement from Saturday’s run as she heads toward The Goodwood (1,200m) at Morphettville in a fortnight.

That will be her final appearance in Australia before heading to England to contest the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1,200m) at Royal Ascot on June 23.

While many race fans bet a mere dollar on Black Caviar and keep the winning ticket as a souvenir, one punter on Friday placed $100,000 on her at $1.04 – a $4,000 profit from her 70 seconds’ work.

The Sangster was the third win on the card for Moody and jockey Luke Nolen.

They earlier combined to win the Benchmark 68+ with Cosmic Causeway and then the Group Two Queen Of The South Stakes with So Pristine.

It is a very sad day for horse racing fans everywhere, Havre de Grace retired .

April 24, 2012


Champion horse Havre de Grace retired with injury

2011 Horse of the Year hurt ankle training at Churchill Downs.


The 2011 American Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Havre de Grace was retired from racing after suffering an ankle injury Sunday while training at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, the horse’s owner said.

“It is with great disappointment that I have to announce that Havre de Grace has been retired,” Rick Porter, Havre de Grace’s owner, wrote Monday on his Fox Hill Farm’s website

“After her work yesterday at Churchill, a little heat was noted in her right front ankle,” Porter continued. “Still there this morning, ‘Grace’ was sent to Rood & Riddle [veterinary hospital] to be seen by Dr. Larry Bramlage.”

“Unfortunately,” he wrote, “we didn’t get a positive prognosis for continuing her racing career.”

Porter posted the veterinary report and X-ray of Havre de Grace’s right front ankle on the website. The diagnosis read: “RF lateral middle distal sesamoidean ligament desmitis.”

Havre de Grace had raced once this year, winning easily in the New Orleans Ladies Handicap at the Fair Grounds Race Track on St. Patrick’s Day. She spent the winter at the Fair Grounds.

Porter and Larry Jones had been undecided where to race her next. They skipped last weekend’s Apple Blossom Handicap in Arkansas, a race Havre de Grace won last year, because Porter didn’t like the weight assigned to her.

Havre de Grace arrived at Churchill Downs with Jones on April 17.

A 5-year-old daughter of St. Liam, Havre de Grace was voted Horse of the Year after a 2011 campaign in which she won five of seven starts, including three Grade I stakes races, only one of two horses to win that many top tier races last year. She was also voted the Top Filly or Older Mare of 2011.

Her only losses in 2011 were by a nose in the Delaware Handicap and a fourth place finish in the Breeders Cup Championship. She beat a field of males in winning the prestigious Woodward Stakes at Saratoga last summer and also won the Beldame Handicap at Belmont Park.

Havre de Grace won nine races and nearly $2.6 million in purses in her 16 career starts..

“Owning Grace through her racing career has been the highlight of my time in horse racing,” Porter wrote. “She was a wonderful, wonderful racehorse, and I feel confident she’ll be an equally wonderful broodmare. Thanks, Grace, for all you gave us, and here’s to a long and enjoyable retirement.”

The $400,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on Saturday March 3rd. Hansen tops the field.

March 3, 2012
The $400,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) is expected to draw a full field to Aqueduct on Saturday March 3rd.
The big purse, with $240,000 going to the first place finisher, should give the winner enough graded stakes earnings to lock up a spot in the Kentucky Derby field.
Heading the field for this year’s Gotham is the two year-old champion of 2011, Hansen. The near white Pulpit colt enters the race off of his second place finish behind Algorithms in the Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream on Jan 29th.
The rest of the field is likely to include Consortium, who has run behind Algorithms in his last two starts. This Darley colt had a troubled trip on the sloppy track in the Holy Bull and before that got caught at the finish after being on the lead. Dan and Sheila, trained by Todd Pletcher, made a big move from last to fourth in the LeComte (G3) finishing just three lengths off of the winner. Done Talking returns to the races after making a bold move in the 2011 Remsen (G2). He rallied from last to a length defeat, in which he was a head behind the recent Risen Star (G2) winner El Padrino. Dutrow trainee King and Crusader is undefeated on the Aqueduct inner track including the Jan. 16th Jimmy Winkfield Stake. The New Jersey stable of George and Lori Hall will send out My Adonis after a rough trip and a third place finish in the Holy Bull. Tiger Walk finished third in the Withers (G3) behind Alpha on Feb. 4th.

Uncle Mo, last year’s 2-year-old champion to return to Pletcher next week

July 6, 2011
Belmont Park: Uncle Mo to return to Pletcher next week
By David Grening

ELMONT, N.Y. – Uncle Mo, last year’s 2-year-old champion who missed the Kentucky Derby because of a rare liver disease, has recently started galloping and is expected to ship to Saratoga next Monday, according to trainer Todd Pletcher.

Uncle Mo has been based at WinStar Farm in Kentucky since May 9 and started jogging on June 24.

“Excellent so far,” Pletcher said when asked how Uncle Mo was doing.

Pletcher wouldn’t say Uncle Mo was ahead of schedule, because “we didn’t really have a schedule.”

Mike Repole, the owner of Uncle Mo, has previously stated a dream scenario under which Uncle Mo could make the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 27, but it remains to be seen if there is enough time to get the sufficient preparation into the colt to make a race of that stature.

Palm Beach Kennel Club This Saturday watch the Belmont and enjoy the fun.

June 8, 2011

Palm Beach Kennel Club This Saturday watch the Belmont and enjoy the fun.

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The 2011 Preakness Stakes post positions

May 19, 2011
2011 Preakness Post Positions: Animal Kingdom To Race From No. 11 Post
by Mike Prada

The 2011 Preakness Stakes post positions were just announced by Pimlico Race Horse officials, and Animal Kingdom’s owners have to feel pretty decent about where their horse ended up. The Kentucky Derby winner will race from the 11 post on Saturday. Animal Kingdom raced from the No. 16 post at the Derby, which is obviously not a possibility since only 14 horses race at the Preakness. However, it’s it’s yet another chance for it take down a race from an outside position

Kentucky Derby favorite Dialed In will race from the No. 10 slot, while third-place Derby finisher Mucho Macho Man will race in the No. 9 slot. Midnight Interlude and Dance City will be in the two middle slots. Here is the complete order.

  1. Astrology
  2. Norman Asbjornson
  3. King Congle
  4. Flashpoint
  5. Shackelford
  6. Sway Away
  7. Midnight Interlude
  8. Dance City
  9. Mucho Macho Man
  10. Dialed In
  11. Animal Kingdom
  12. Isn’t He Perfect
  13. Concealed Identity
  14. Mr. Commons

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack

The movie Secretariat.

October 16, 2010

Review by Francis Marion   Feel free to post.

The movie Secretariat

The movie Secretariat is a very good movie if you do not know the history or story of the greatest racehorse ever. If you lived through this 8 weeks as a racing fan it is more of a major flashback on steroids. This is a fast 2 hours of action and history without killing or blowing up hundreds of people or the latest sex display. This is a fun, inspiring trip that uses racing footage to spin up the excitement and put you right where some of us were back in 1973. For those of you who weren’t there or missed this period of history you have a 2nd chance to relive it or live it. The characters put on great performances. This is a story of hope, drive, excellence and perseverance that we rarely see anymore. A woman who stood up and went head to head with the men running an all male industry when that was not expected or common. This is a horse that was not won but lost by a coin flip. From the date of the coin flip you see the American dream and story as it unfolds on the farms and race tracks of America. The dream becomes a quest and Penny Tweedy will not let anything stand in her way as she puts everything on the line to make her dream come true. Secretariat is more than a race horse, he is what is right with America. Spend 2 hours and enjoy a great job of capturing a past time based on what was going on at the time.