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Friday, May 30, 2008

Endings and Beginnings

First it was Panty Raid, and then we tragically lost Nashoba’s Key. Today it was Pussycat Doll who has been retired—and she’s already in foal to Ghostzapper! Who's the next filly/mare retirement? Well, Christophe Clement has said that Mauralakana is supposed to be bred by September 1, then sent to Australia as a broodmare, although "Of course, things could change." Flawless Treasure, who has notoriously had soundness problems and injuries during her career, was pulled up and vanned off during last weekend's Sheepshead Bay Handicap. At 6, who knows if we'll see her again. How about Vacare? Where has she been hiding?

Brandon Meier, 19-year-old son of veteran jockey Randy Meier, won with his very first mount Houseboat back on May 11 at Arlington. On Thursday, he had his first double-win day, taking race 5 on Tylan ($3.00) and getting a second-time-up victory on Houseboat ($7.20) in race 8; he also brought home two second-place finishers, Rahoo ($4.20) in race 7, and Regal Native ($17.00) in race 9. In 21 mounts, he’s recorded 8 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third—wow! What a way to start a career!

Finally, I don’t have a multi-million dollar deal with Dior China to worry about, so I’ll just say it…Rick Dutrow, karma is a bitch, so if you continue to run your mouth, don’t be surprised when it comes back to bite you in the ass. Just saying…

Here's Pussycat Doll's winning effort in the G1 Santa Monica last year:

3 comments:

trikey said...

Oy. I thought I didn't like Dutrow. Didn't he claim terrific karma before the Derby.........

Finally, I don’t have a multi-million dollar deal with Dior China to worry about, so I’ll just say it…Rick Dutrow, karma is a bitch, so if you continue to run your mouth, don’t be surprised when it comes back to bite you in the ass. Just saying…

ffffffuuuuuunnnnnnnyyyyyy

Anonymous said...

*shakes head* I just read somewhere the other day about the number of horses currently racing in the United States who have won more than three Grade I Races. You know how many there are? Seven. Se-ven. Let us count them.

Lava Man, Einstein, Precious Kitten, Curlin, Ginger Punch, Kip Deville and Big Brown.

:/ Racing is never going to attract new fans unless there is something to WATCH, for godssakes.

Valerie said...

I hadn't thought about that, Anon, but that's disturbing. And, looking at those names, only Einstein and Precious Kitten run and run successfully on a regular basis these days. I love Lava Man, but his G1 days may be few and far between now. Ginger Punch has more talented challengers. Who knows about Big Brown's future, and are we going to see Curlin again soon? I know they were talking about the Stephen Foster...

I'm totally pissed about Kip Deville. He won the G1 Maker's Mark on April 11; Dutrow and IEAH aren't planning on running him again until September 1 and the Woodbine Mile!! And he's perfectly healthy and ready to run! But, no, "we've got a plan" and that's one more prep before the BC Mile in October. Ridiculous! http://www.drf.com/news/article/94850.html