It’s not often that you hear “West Virginia-bred” prefacing a stakes winner (outside the state of WV)—I knew I should have bet Doyouwanttodance ($38.80) in the American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn today! She wired the field, and looked to do so with ease. It was her fifth straight win, although first stakes victory, and this 4-year-old daughter of champion Maryland sprinter Disco Rico out of Marine Court by Marine Brass (good God, talk about obscure breeding—although she’s 5 x 4 to Hoist the Flag) is lightly-raced having spent all of last summer on the sidelines. I’m not saying she’d make a splash in graded company, but trying her at G3 might be do-able. Congrats to her connections.
Didn’t the old gray gelding look fabulous today at Aqueduct? Angliana may have won, but ten-year-old Evening Attire looked years younger closing on him in the stretch, finishing just a length back and a nose ahead of Judiths Wild Rush who had taken over the lead at the ¾ pole from early leader Pink Viper.
Jeremy Rose had a great day at Laurel, with four winners—Fantastic Foe ($3.20) in the 3rd, and then three straight beginning in the 7th with Malibu Kid ($3.40), Ah Day ($3.60), and Arcata ($3.60). He also brought Praderoso ($2.10) in for show in the 6th. Of course, if you are riding the best horses like he is you should bring them in…
Overall, I didn’t do too well today with my bets, only hitting with Awesome Chic ($5.80 win) in the Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay. In fact, I’ve been in a funk for the past two weeks, just “off” when handicapping and second-guessing my gut choices too. Guess it’s time to back off for a bit. I hear those horseplayers who say when your luck is down just play more…well, money’s tight right now so, not an option. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
BC Juvenile Turf champ Nownownow will race in Europe this year, having been switched to the barn of Irish trainer David Wachman. Probably a wise move, with the depth and breadth of top turf races for three-year-olds there as opposed to here.
Finally, we know of at least one MGSW mare that is booked to Hard Spun this year: Monashee. With 18 wins in 24 starts—most recently in the Paseana Handicap—her connections are aiming for one last race, the Santa Maria at Santa Anita on February 9, in hopes of adding that G1 to her record.