Congratulations to the Bridgmohan brothers, Shaun and Jermaine. On Saturday at about 2:00 at Belmont, apprentice Jermaine brought home Giant Deputy at $25.40; a little more than an hour later at Keeneland, Shaun rode Platinee to victory at $45.40, topping a $184.60 exacta. Today, Jermaine went one better than yesterday’s performance; in the fourth, David’s Skye paid $68, topping a whopping $825 exacta. Nicely done, boys.
In other “bombs away at Belmont” news, Keuka Maid paid $49.80 in the first; the exacta paid $269.50. There was money to be made at Big Sandy this weekend…hope some of you did.
I am puzzled by Blue Sky God. I watched the Breeders’ Cup from Aqueduct last year, and he ran in the mini-card that the Big A puts on that day. He was trained by Barclay Tagg at that point, and he looked great; I then lost sight of him, and realized recently that he’d been sold (I guess) and was shipped to Dubai to be trained by Saeed bin Suroor. I don’t think that the horse has won since then, though he was second today at Belmont. If anyone knows anything about him, please post.
Jamacian [sic] Kev raced in a maiden race on the Wood Memorial undercard last April; he was the only first-time starter in the race, and I liked the angle, but he didn’t get bet at all, so I went another way. You know how the story ends…he won and paid a big price. I don’t think he’s won since, either, but he was third behind Blue Sky God today. I remember him a) because the loss killed me, and b) because it drives me bananas that his owners spelled “Jamaican” wrong.
In the incestuous world of Thoroughbred blogging, I am happy to report that the Hennegan brothers linked on their website to my October 10th post about them…so in the worst kind of meta-way, I am now linking to their link to my story that is posted below. Hello, solipsism!