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“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

Dear Wicked Strong,
Let me start out by saying I’ve been a big fan of yours ever since you broke your maiden at Belmont Park in your second start. I cashed a pretty nice win bet on you that day at 4-1 and immediately but you on my early list of Derby contenders.
You solidified your position with a solid third in the Remsen when you were gaining ground on my top two Derby prospects at the time, Honor Code and Cairo prince, and certainly appeared to be a horse that would relish a distance of ground. Needless to say, I was pretty excited. And then came Gulfstream Park. Read more

“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

I haven’t been excited going into a weekend in the manner I was this past Saturday since the Breeders’ Cup last November. A ton of great racing was slated for Dubai, Gulfstream and the Fair Grounds and my 37th birthday was all set for Monday.

The way I figured, I’d win four figures Saturday, watch the Kentucky game with my HRRN Live! tag-team partner Chad Summers on Sunday then blow it out with family and friends, including my main man Jack Daniels on Monday. Read more

“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

The past few weeks on the 2014 Kentucky Derby trail are a great example of how the pendulum can swing crazy in the Sport of Kings, especially around this time each and every year. Read more

“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

In a nutshell, this past Saturday was a great example as to why I love the Sport of Kings as much as I do. In a five hour period, we were treated to a plethora of different races and story angles, from the every winter prevalent Triple Crown Trail for the sophomores to seeing the best older horses in the land, some of whom are still looking to establish themselves while others were in search of at least one more good afternoon in the sun. Read more

“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

The Kentucky Derby Trail has really started to heat up since we last met a couple of weeks ago as we’ve had three major points race preps as all races, save the Lexington from here on in, are worth at least 50 Derby points to the winner.

Back on February 22nd, Fair Grounds hosted the Risen Star while Gulfstream offered both the Fountain of Youth and what could be a key race allowance contest earlier in the card. That’s where we’ll start. Read more

“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

In this weeks’ installment, we’ll break out a feature that will pop up every now and again, The Week That Was, which essentially will cover a week of thoughts since we last met.

Tuesday, Feb. 11th – I spent most of Tuesday thinking about the new Belmont Stakes day card. Not much else to do with limited racing action and a foot of old snow outside your door. I didn’t want to write about the announcement last week because I wanted to see if me knee-jerk reaction of hating the idea of putting the prestigious Metropolitan Handicap, or Met Mile as its friends call it, on the Belmont Stakes undercard as opposed to its traditional spot on Memorial Day. Read more

“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

To use an old cliché, there really was something for everyone this past weekend in the world of Thoroughbred racing. In California, a tarnishing, aging star tried to knock the rust off and start another run at a Breeders’ Cup victory while a new kid on the block tried to anoint himself the top dog as the division leader sits on the sidelines.

In Florida, a fabulous filly took what were supposed to be her final steps on the track as a racehorse before heading off to her new career as a mother just hours before the defending sophomore champ took his first strides towards a Horse of the Year title he fell just a nose short of last year. We’ll start in California. Read more

“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

While there was plenty of great racing in several divisions this past weekend, my focus, as it usually is this time of year, was on the three-year-olds. Aqueduct, Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream each played host to a graded stakes that, in theory, could have Triple Crown implications down the Trail. But what I have to say this week is that those races left a lot to be desired. We’ll start in New York.

Back in 2003, the gutsy gelding Funny Cide became the first and only New York-bred to win the Run for the Roses. In this past Saturday’s Withers, a race that offered precious Kentucky Derby points, a pair of statebreds in the undefeated Samraat and Uncle Sigh were each sent off at even money and turned what looked like a two-horse race on paper into reality. Read more

Hey Big A, What Do You Say?

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

Unlike a majority of sports fan who are focused on nothing else but the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl when the holidays are over, I go from singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to humming My Old Kentucky home as soon as the Christmas decorations come down.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big sports fan but the thing I will be most concerned with next Sunday at the Super Bowl party I will be at next week is where the winners of the Withers and Sam F. Davis, both to be run on Saturday, are pointing next. And, of course, if there is any of Eddie’s famous chili left for the second half. Read more

Hey Big A, What Do You Say?

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

For the first installment I think it’s only fitting that we wrap up last season before looking ahead to what should be another action-packed season of Thoroughbred racing in 2014. And what better way to do that than by recapping the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards, held this past Saturday night at Gulfstream Park.

For the second consecutive year, the night belonged to Wise Dan, who made history by becoming the first horse to win three awards in consecutive years by once again being crowned Horse of the Year as well as Champion Older Horse and Turf Horse. Six for seven on the year, with all of his victories coming on the turf, Wise Dan capped off his season by defending his title in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and joins Secretariat, Forego, Affirmed, John Henry, Cigar and Curlin as the only horses to win multiple Horse of the Year titles since the inception of the awards in 1971. Read more