New York Racing

I’ve mentioned before that I buy my past performances from Brisnet.com, but I confess that I’ve never paid much attention to the rest of the site. A friend this week introduced me to the site’s Bloodstock Journal, and it’s clear that I’m soon going to have to quit my teaching job in order to find time to do all my online reading. Wow! The volume that’s published here daily is staggering.

Reading today, I learned that Simply Perfect, the English filly who went wide on the turn in the Filly and Mare Turf, taking my Precious Kitten with her, has been retired. Said her trainer Jeremy Noseda,

“She has been a top-class filly at two and three, winning a Group 1 in both
seasons…She was a pleasure to train and has been great to have around the yard.
She will head to Coolmore in the next week to 10 days and I hope she will go on
to become a good broodmare. I was very disappointed with what happened at
Monmouth Park and am still unsure as to why she took such an erratic course.”

You and me both, Jeremy.

Thursday night’s gathering of horsepeople at the Racing Museum in Saratoga yielded an unsurprising conclusion: “Get it done.” According to Paul Post’s article, a number of trainers/owners have already taken their horses out of New York and are making plans to get stalls and race elsewhere this winter, concerned that basing themselves in New York will leave themselves out of luck on January 1 if no resolution to the franchise problem has been reached.

Michael Veitch, racing columnist for The Saratogian (and my brother’s high school history teacher), gives his opinion in his column last Saturday; it’s worth quoting:

The Saratoga influence – a memo to Joe Bruno

Horses that raced and trained at Saratoga this year had an enormous influence on the Breeders’ Cup. On Friday, Maryfield won the Filly and Mare Sprint, Nownownow the Juvenile Turf and Corinthian the Dirt Mile. Maryfield won the Ballerina Handicap and Nownownow the With Anticipation Stakes last summer at Saratoga Race Course. Corinthian was fourth in the Woodward Stakes.

On Saturday, four of the winners also won races at Saratoga.

Indian Blessing and War Pass, the respective winners of the Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile, both broke their maidens at Saratoga.

Sprint winner Midnight Lute won the Forego Handicap, while Distaff winner Ginger Punch won the Go For Wand Handicap.

English Channel, winner of the Turf, finished second in the Sword Dancer Handicap.

Curlin trained at the Oklahoma Training Track in preparation for his Jockey Club Gold Cup win, which set him up for the Classic and Horse of the Year honors.

Overall, six of the 11 Breeders’ Cup winners also won at Saratoga, a reminder of the quality of racing staged by the New York Racing Association.

Not bad for an organization considered inept by its critics, don’t you think? The Bruno Brigade wants to take Saratoga away from NYRA and run it with a bunch of state appointees.

You’ve got to be kidding.

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It’s the first weekend in November; the clocks are changing; and Aqueduct cancelled because of the weather. It’s a long way to April…

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