Bye, Bye Belmont

Sometimes, timing is everything; in response to Railbird’s post about Breeders’ Cup pre-entries, I posted a comment about the mysterious missing Sargent Seattle, who raced so well at Saratoga this summer. From the same owner/trainer combo who brought us Discreet Cat two summers ago, rumors abounded after Sargent Seattle’s late scratch from the Saratoga Special that he, like Discreet Cat, was being sold overseas, following an impressive maiden win his first time on the track.

The rumored sale didn’t transpire; Stanley Hough said that the colt had contracted a virus from which he took a long time to recover (Daily Racing Form), and Sargent Seattle was entered in a stakes race at Belmont today. Cornelio Velasquez sent him to the front then dropped him back; the fractions were fast and Sargent Seattle finished a fairly distant third. He was game at the beginning but didn’t have anything left about halfway through the race. I’m hoping that after one race followed by a three-month layoff, the colt simply needed the race and will return to his competitive self next time out.

Two of my favorite turf fillies raced at Keeneland today; I mention it not because Jade Queen or Nunnery did particularly well (third and seventh respectively), but because it gives me the opportunity to add another to the list of terribly-named races for fillies and mare…the Dowager??? For fillies and mares three and up, of course. The Dowager??? I’ve commented previously on the Matron and the Spinster, and I can’t think of any comparably named races for colts, but I welcome suggestions.

Today marks the end of Belmont’s Fall Championship meet; I made it to four of the seven weekends and ended up with about a $10 profit for the meet, which is a heck of a lot better than I can say for how I did at Saratoga. We’re off to Aqueduct for the Fall Meet, beginning Wednesday and ending December 30th. I’ll be there this weekend to watch the Breeders’ Cup races.

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