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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Macho Uno, Baby

Congratulations to fellow TBA blogger Patrick (of Handride fame) for the winning effort of his Harlem Rocker in today’s G3 Withers Stakes; the gray son of Macho Uno looked amazing kicking in down the stretch to blow right on by J Be K and Double or Nothing. David and Marilyn Randal should be kicking themselves about now for selling most of Face the Cat to Satish Sanan’s Padua Stables because moving that promising colt from Helen Pitts’ care to Todd Pletcher has ruined that horse; he floundered badly to finish last.

Another Macho Uno three-year-old, West Point Thoroughbred’s Macho Again, won the Derby Trial over Kodiak Kowboy and seven others. With the “real” race looming less than a week from now, I’m still all over the place in terms of a “favorite.” Maybe after the post position draw on Wednesday things will become clearer…

Some old favorites worked well today at out-of-the-way tracks, including G1 Vosburgh winner Fabulous Strike who went 3f in 36:60 (13/39) at Penn National, and sprinting mare Miss Macy Sue who threw a bullet 5f (58:97) at Prairie Meadows—her second bullet work in a week.

Not to take anything away from Pepper’s Pride and her record-tying sixteenth straight win today in the $75,000 Foutz Distaff Handicap at SunRay Park, but there wasn’t one damn mention in the Daily Racing Form, Bloodhorse or Thoroughbred Times articles that the game runner-up Bossy Bush broke down just past the wire. No further word about her condition.


Rob said...

I also was wondering about the condition of Bossy Bush. I saw her breakdown but the video cut away before she tried to get up. I hope both her and rider are okay.

Rob said...

"Bossy Bush broke down past the wire and was euthanized after suffering a broken right front leg, according to SunRay racing secretary Sean Winsor. Her jockey, Jorge M. Bourdieu, sustained a broken collarbone, he said." per

Valerie said...

Thanks for the update, Rob. That's awful! What a gritty horse...RIP.

Don said...

You state that Todd Pletcher ruined Face the Cat.

Did he also ruin Harlem Rocker?

Things happen with horses, and it's not always the trainer's fault.

Valerie said...

Don, the difference between Harlem Rocker and Face the Cat is Pletcher has had Harlem Rocker from the get-go; Helen Pitts had done a fabulous job preparing Face the Cat, then he's sold. New owners switch him to Pletcher who had no intention of running him in the Fountain of Youth where Pitts had been aiming him (he had Monba sent there, and, boy, didn't that work out). So, they wait another month for the Florida Derby where he runs into the steamtrain that is Big Brown.

Rather than keeping Face the Cat on track with a highly-competent trainer who handles the horse well, Satish Sanan moves him and he gets a bit lost. Yeah, things happen with horses, but some trainers can and do ruin them too. I readily admit a bias towards the "corporate" approach to training, and make no apologies for that. Hey, it's my blog and I can bitch if I want to! :) LOL