Posted By Warren Eves on November 26, 2013
By Warren Eves The testimony of the NHBPA representative in Congress November 21st was appalling. Philip Hanrahan may be a skilled lawyer but his priority was obviously agenda based beyond belief. “The NHBPA draws a clear distinction between illegal doping and lawful therapeutic medication that has long been used in horse racing by licensed veterinarians,” Hanrahan began. He wasted no time. Hanrahan jumped to the chase with his group’s pro Lasix stance, conveniently ignoring true facts of the much debated post race med. It made those of us who have been following (more…)
Posted By Warren Eves on November 18, 2013
By Warren Eves
Summer Solo may be special among New York-breds and beyond.
The Christophe Clement trained two-year-old won November 13 at Aqueduct on the turf. It’s just one race but this colt looks like he could make a lot of noise against three-year-olds in 2014.
Here’s why the debut win of Summer Solo impressed this writer so much.
1. His last to first run was accomplished despite a slow 49.43 half and a even slower 3.4-mile clocking of 1:15.06.
2. Our consistently conservative lengths lost estimates had the son of Arch losing 3-1/2 lengths.
3. Sarah Leigh’s New York-bred galloped out in awesome fashion after hitting the finish.
4. His Tomlinson turf number was a lofty 362 going in and Joel Rosario’s crack agent Ron Anderson is sure to stay open to ride this youngster back against winners.
First off Summer Solo was slow to begin and we gave him a minus(-1-1/2) as he trailed early. Many years ago when I was writing the workout tab for the Southern California Weekly Racing Report I began assigning conservative ground loss estimates. Summer Solo settled out last earning a (-1) number.
Rosario eased Summer Solo outside going down the backstretch. He was 10th and at least three-wide midway on the second turn. That’s where I gave him another(-1).
One final note on this maiden special weight race on turf. We also liked the way Takeoff Your Hat finished up for third. This race has the appearance of being productive down (more…)
Posted By Warren Eves on November 7, 2013
By Warren Eves Over the years Rusty Arnold has been a trainer worth following. This came to mind after a maiden special weight race for fillies at Churchill Downs. After watching replays of a November 1 route race many times I was convinced Arnold has Miracle Run ready to graduate. The clincher was when I looked at the head-on shot of the fillies coming to the wire. Corey Lanerie had to create room along the fence in the late stages to get as close as they did. In the early going the Street Cry filly was far out of it and saving ground. She finally got rolling about (more…)
Posted By Warren Eves on October 24, 2013
By Warren Eves If you’re looking for a horse to key we found one on Maryland Millions Day. Richard Small sent out the sophomore filly Very Few Details in a maiden special early on the card. The daughter of Great Notion made a notable late run in race three around two turns on the turf. Julian Pimental had Very Few Details near the rear early on. She appeared full of run while covered up down the backstretch. Pimental was patient on the second turn and room finally developed. She made a run off the top and was eighth (more…)
Posted By Warren Eves on October 7, 2013
By Warren Eves Churchill Downs’ sixth race on September 29th is worth noting. On review we believe the six furlong maiden special weight race will produce multiple winners. Steve Mongerson’s Legend Forever was visually impressive. The way this son of Street Boss won we’d like to know why he had been gelded. Slow to being leaving post one. Legend Forever slammed a foe after an eighth of a mile with Brian Hernandez Jr. He moved strongly on the turn to be fourth to the top and when Hernandez tapped him twice left-handed he clear to win by 4. Prayer On a Wing, another first time starter, also impressed despite beginning slowly and brushing a foe. He trailed down the backstretch and was last moving three-wide on the turn. Sixth midway through the stretch he staged a nice finish and we liked the manner in which he galloped out under Miguel Mena. (more…)
Posted By Warren Eves on September 29, 2013
By Warren Eves On Septemter 26 the United State Trotting Association rejected RCI’s proposed national model rules on medical standards. Seeking reaction we contacted three respected veterinarians: Dr. Sheila Lyons, who testified before Congress in 2012, Brian Stewart of Australia’s Racing Victoria and Peter Curl of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. We sought reaction to the USTA leaving the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Phil Langley, president of the highly respected USTA, said: “Many safeguards now in use in harness racing would never be acceptable to the more high-strung thoroughbreds, including Lasix barns, two to four-hour paddock times, and racing on a weekly basis. On the other hand, both the (more…)
Posted By Mark Geiger on September 20, 2013
Hiatus is ending. Let’s keep this short and sweet. CHRB has approved dates for 2014. Includes one long meet at SA through late June. They’ll bop over to Los Al for a couple of weeks before heading to the beach. Over to FPX or whatever they call it this year, then back to what used to Oak Tree before Stornach killed them. Back to DMR for a second helping in November and then to Los Al again for a few weeks. Next. You can read about it at DRF. Back in the day, Jack (more…)
Posted By Warren Eves on September 12, 2013
By Warren Eves Sadly turf writers have faded from view. You cannot find many willing to tackle the Bob Baffert 7 “sudden death” issue. If it had been Jeff Mullins with similar multiple equine “death” issues? The story would have eight legs and growing. There’s Ryan Goldberg, son of a trainer, a young shining star among investigative turf writers. Unfortunately he’s on the other coast. When trainer Doug O’Neill’s foreman was caught breaking the rules on August 24–the story was treated in ho-hum fashion by industry rag the Daily Racing Form. Unfortunately you do not have a bonafide investigative turf writer in California. Nobody is wanting or willing to tackle and research obvious wrong doing. Investigative horse racing writers are not to be found on a (more…)
Posted By Warren Eves on August 27, 2013
By Warren Eves Charlie Clifton was best storyteller of my time. His nightly radio show was the most popular thing going in Los Angeles, Ca., from July 15, 1937 until March 31, 1956. He put KRKD on the map. His easy delivery found you always turning the dial to listen. Charlie dabbled in a bit of this and bit of that in the world of horse racing. It was also part of his format to let listeners know how his stable was doing. He was the master of ad-lib. ”I just like (more…)
Posted By Warren Eves on August 14, 2013
By Warren Eves Without doubt the toughest puzzle in horse racing is prognosticating how romping maiden winners perform when they return. More times than one can count, impressive maiden special weight winners can’t be found next time around. All that being said, one has to conclude trainer Kelly Breen had to be impressed with the way Solemnly Swear won trying two-turns the first time. Visually it was an obvious case of a colt who absolutely loved his first opportunity to stretch his legs out. It happened in Monmouth Park’s eighth race on (more…)