Very impressive win by Tiago in the G2 Swaps Breeders’ Cup on Saturday, just .05 off the track record for 1-1/8 mile distance. He does seem to have matured since the Belmont, and I’m looking forward to him coming back East in August. There is some talk of pitting him against Lava Man in the G1 Pacific Classic, and I think he would do well in that, but let’s face it, he’s gotta beat the major three-year-olds, and they are on the East Coast.
Apropos that Edgar Prado won the Barbaro Stakes at Delaware today aboard Xchanger, even though the race was quite dull. The only excitement was watching Jeremy Rose try and maneuver Longley during his very difficult trip, ultimately failing to get him through on the rail around the last turn. Too bad.
Beautiful ride by Ramon Dominguez on Unbridled Belle to win the Delaware Handicap going away! I had a feeling about her. Too bad I didn’t bet any money, as she paid $18.60 for the win, in the fastest winning time in the Del ‘Cap in 20 years. Lila Paige ($34.80 place) got second and Promenade Girl ($8.60 show) was third. The $2 tri paid $4,137.80. As for Asi Siempre and Indian Vale…what the hell? Both were completely out of the money. And the beauty of Unbridled Belle? She was a $4,000 yearling purchase. Ha! Who says you need to spend $16 million for a good horse?
Danthebluegrassman never got to run at River Downs, as they cancelled the card after one race due to a power outage caused by severe storms. We got hit hard here too, but just heavy rain which we definitely can use.
Bored and cruising around YouTube when I came across this gem of a short film, shot by Thomas Edison himself, at the old Sheepshead Bay race track on July 31, 1897. Enjoy!