This is Horse Racing
The American jump season is over, the turf season is winding down in the Mid-Atlantic, the National Hunt season is gaining steam and you’ve got nowhere to go and all these races to watch. Here’s your Saturday Special from Ascot to Oklahoma.
Scan the Internet for the words “horse layover” and there are hundreds if not thousands of results all over North America. Big and small, commercial and mom and pop, they’re out there, ready to take your horse at almost a moments notice with a catch or two.
The initial crop of weanlings by some promising young stallions hit the market this month along with the first mares in foal to sires from the 2014 stallion crop.
If you want the full effect, close your eyes and have someone read the next paragraph to you…
Whether Zee Bros was fast enough to get the job done was rarely in doubt. Whether Zee Bros could put back-to-back good races together most certainly was.
Horses like Divine Fortune defy logic. Rules don't apply. He's 11, as good as he was at 5 (only different). He's absorbed some hard falls and ugly losses, thrown some wild pitches and even struck out a few times. But he keeps stepping in and taking his cuts.
Richard Valentine walked down the hill after the Grand National and looked across the Far Hills racecourse. Tempering his emotions in front of a reporter but describing what he had just seen, Valentine uttered a three-word mantra, well, it turned into four words.
The flat racing world here in the U.S. finds itself this weekend smack dab in the middle of that in-between period after the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and before the big Thanksgiving holiday stakes programs.
The jumpers are back in Camden, S.C. for the steeplechase finale Saturday at Springdale Race Course. Six races bring down the curtain on the season with a first post time of 12:30 p.m. The star of the show, Demonstrative, eyes a fourth consecutive Grade 1 win and second Colonial Cup in three years.
Light snow flew about for the first time in Saratoga Springs Thursday night and even though it didn’t stick around much by the time training started Friday morning, the air and mood around town feels a lot more like onset of winter than the recent mild days of fall.
It’s come down to this. The 2014 National Steeplechase Association’s final race day heads to the post Saturday with the Colonial Cup Races at Springdale Racecourse in Camden, S.C. After Saturday, it’s rest, recover, regroup until March.
Glance at the past performances for Talk Show Man and a race three starts back stands out a bit more clearly and means quite a bit more than it did at the time.
They’re jumping for another two weekends on the National Steeplechase Association circuit – this weekend at Charleston and next week at the Colonial Cup. Both meets are in South Carolina and put a lid on the 2015 season.
Well, not exactly Breeders’ Cup Weekend, but here’s your Saturday Special. Proper National Hunt season is underway in Europe while Del Mar opens its winter meet and Aqueduct bangs out another card, highlighted by an array of globe-trotting fillies and mares in the Long Island Handicap.
Champagne Royale, the dam of Arkansas Derby winner Danza and Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Majestic Harbor, is the clear frontrunner for 2014 Broodmare of the Year honors. But maybe 2005 Broodmare of the Year Baby Zip should be nominated for a repeat.
You can hear them all over Fair Hill Training Center – conversations about Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Main Sequence. The talk spans the horse’s early days, when he was sick and on antibiotics, to his training sessions, his races, his Horse of the Year chances.
Princess of Sylmar is off to Japan. Well, maybe not at exactly this moment, but shortly after the hammer dropped, the bid board stopped at $3,100,000 and the buyer was revealed, it was only a matter of time before the daughter of Majestic Warrior would be on a plane for the Far East.
The weekend that was saw upsets galore at the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in California and plenty of steeplechase and timber racing in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia.
The dust settled, the big crowds are long gone, the television cameras are mercifully off and the clocks have been turned back. Left behind at Santa Anita Park are 13 winners and scores and scores of non-winners from the 31st Breeders’ Cup World Championship, the two-day extravaganza that many times determines the season’s champions.