Thursday morning quick picks

Follow my post yesterday about Tiger Woods and Big Brown, and the subsequent announcement about Tiger Woods’ season-ending injury, Valerie from Foolish Pleasure commented, “And, in true thoroughbred fashion, Tiger is now out for the rest of the year.” Citing the specifics of the injury and of Tiger’s swing, Rick Reilly of ESPN said that there’s a “very real chance that Tiger Woods comes out of this a different and lesser player.” Has the stud deal been announced yet?

At the NYRA website, Jenny Kellner has a couple of nice articles up. One is from last Sunday, a Father’s Day piece on Allen Jerkens; the other is on Dancinginmydreams, the dam of Dancing Forever, the Phipps/Shug horse who won the Manhattan a couple of weeks ago. Is this the same horse that that movie Dreamer is about? Never saw it, but something about the story sounds familiar. In 2000, Dancinginmydreams suffered a fractured pastern and spent thirteen months at New Bolton before being transferred to Rood and Riddle. After literally years of recovery, she was bred to Rahy and produced her first foal, Dancing Forever. Kellner includes in the article more details about her recovery and subsequent foals.

Over at the Daily Racing Form, Dave Grening writes that Barclay Tagg’s Groomedforvictory might make a quick return to the races following his defeat in the Woody Stephens. I watched him finish second in his first race in November and kept thinking that at some point he’d really break out, but I’m beginning to think that that might not happen. The Woody Stephens was his first graded stakes and first time off the board, and granted, a pretty big step up; the race he’s pointed to on Sunday is an ungraded stakes of the type he won in early May.

The same article tells the story of jockey Alan Garcia’s father, Dagoberto, who rode in his first North American race yesterday, finishing last. A jockey in Peru, Garcia the father has been working for an exercise rider for the last few years here. Maybe his classic-winning son can offer a few tips?

A belated welcome to the Paulick Report, the latest venture by journalist Ray Paulick; it launched on Monday and contains links to current news as well as original reporting and commentary.

And of course, today is the big day on Capitol Hill, when members of the racing industry testify before a House subcommittee on racing safety. I’ll be in a faculty meeting for seven hours with only mute access to the internet, so I’ll have to wait until this evening for a full update. Multiple media outlets live-blogged (is that a verb?) from the Clemens/McNamee hearing…anyone planning to do so today? Update: just learned that Dutrow has cancelled due to illness (this is what I get for writing before reading the morning “papers”). Hmm…at school, we might require a doctor’s note to excuse this absence…

Update #2: Word from Ray Paulick that he’ll be live blogging from Capitol Hill…

2 thoughts on “Thursday morning quick picks

  1. Re: Tiger WoodsSurprised racing people haven’t picked up on this … After the fourth round Sunday, Tiger, with a smile, said on camera he had taken something for pain to help him play through his knee injury and finish the round. Now Tiger is out for the year. See any similarities to what the racing game is being grilled about? I guess it’s the free will issue — if Tiger wants to risk permanently injuring himself by playing on painkillers, it’s a-ok, but if a trainer gives his horse something to run through pain it is not. I’m not passing judgment here, I’m just sayin’.– J.S.

  2. Now CONgress has to bloviate. What horrible low lifes “lead” this nation. Time to pull out “Decade of Champions”, pour a glass of sherry and read about real heros.

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