Thursday, April 16, 2015

April 17-19, 2015

LET'S GO TO THE RACES  April 17-19, 2015


Friday, April 17, 2015, at Santa Anita, Race 2, post time about 1:30 p.m. PDT

Cozmic One (Mary Ellet)
Cozmic One (Mary Ellet)

UPDATE:  Coz is last in first time out, but there were some positives that came out of the experience.  
Coz posed in front of the grandstand, a la his famous mom

The day before he raced, fans watched training videos of him acting up in the gate, lashing out at John Shirreffs, his trainer.  Everyone was very concerned as to whether he was really ready to race.  John spent several hours Thursday before he raced "schooling" in the gate, and those lessons evidently paid off, because on race day, while he was fractious in the saddling area, once Victor Espinoza, his jockey, climbed on his back, he settled down and was as good as can be.  The stewards gave him permission to have the rider up from the paddock, and he proceeded nicely to the starting gate, loading and then waiting for the rest of the field to complete the lineup in the gate.  Read BloodHorse write up here  Horse Racing Nation write up  Race Replay here  Several people who posted reminded us that Coz' daddy and his granddaddy both finished 4th in their first time out, with chart comments that gave no indication as to their talent they displayed later on.  He is now expected to be shipped with John to Belmont in New York for the upcoming season there.  View race chart  Brisnet write-up


When the dark bay colt first arrived at Belmont Park to begin training, his endless, pent-up energy could not be subdued. 

"In order for us to even handle him, we had to put a lot of miles on him," Shirreffs said. "I never had a 2-year-old I trained more than Cozmic One and that was just to handle him. That wasn't even beginning to think about the lessons he would have to learn (to race him). It was in order to just hot walk him to get the edge off."  Read more      Cozmic One Facebook Page - click here
Patience key for Shirreffs with Cozmic One   Cozmic One approaches long-awaited debut  Cozmic One Ready for Debut - TDN 4-16-15   Zenyatta's first foal readies for debut - Brisnet 4-16-15

 2015 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1) - Preview
It’s a big weekend this week at Nakayama racecourse, following on from Saturday’s Grade 1 Nakayama Grand Jump, the 75th running of the first colts’ Classic, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), will take place on Sunday (April 19th) over 2000 meters on turf at the Chiba track.  There are nineteen nominations, and the race is shaping up to be a real competitive one, as a number of colts get to take each other on here, coming into the race from different trial races held earlier in the year.   Read more   CARD
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Derby Watch     Mike Watchmaker & Jay Privman keep a weekly tally on what's happening with their Top 20 Derby horses
BloodHorse KY Derby coverage


To watch replays of completed races, click on the CARD below for a particular race for the BloodHorse replay.

Cozmic One

Time Ordered Races / Entries - printable file
Race Index

                          Debut of Cozmic One
4:30 ET  Maiden Special Weight, $58,000, SA, 3yo, 1 mi R2  CARD
5:13 ET   Doubledogdare S G3  Kee  $100k g 4+ f/m  8.5f  R9  CARD

My Miss Sophia debuts for Doubledogdare 

International - Australia
12:25 a.m. ET Moet & Chandon Champagne S.-G1, Rand, US$307,220, 2yo, 1600mT
1:45 a.m. ET  Schweppes All Aged S.-G1, Rand, US$307,220, 3yo/up,1400mT

North America
1:51 ET  Distaff H G2  Aqu   $200,000  4+ f/m  6f   R2  CARD
2:38 ET  Allowance, Kee, $64,000, 3yo, 5 1/2f T R4  CARD  Hootenanny's prep
3:24 ET  Woodhaven S  Aqu   $100,000 3yo  1 1/16 mi T  R5  CARD
3:30 ET  Stormy Blues S  Pim   $100,000  3yo f  5f T    R6  CARD 
3:58 ET  Primonetta S  Pim   $100,000  3+ f/m  6f     R7  CARD 
4:26 ET  Dahlia S  Pim   $100,000 3+ f/m  1 mi T    R8  CARD 
4:38 ET  Whimsical S G3  WO   $150,000 4+ f/m  6f AW    R8  CARD 
4:40 ET  Sixty Sails H G3 Haw   $150,000  3+ f/m  1 1/8 mi    R5  CARD 
4:50 ET  Robert Hilton Memorial (L) CT   $100,000 3yo  7f  R10  CARD 
4:55 ET  Federico Tesio S  Pim   $100,000  3yo  1 1/16 miT     R9  CARD 
5:13 ET  Dixiana Elkhorn S G2  Kee   $250,000  4+  1 1/2 miT    R9  CARD 
5:20 ET  Sugar Maple S (L)  CT   $150,000  4+ f/m  7f     R11  CARD
5:24 ET  Henry S. Clark S  Pim   $100,000  3+  1 miT    R10  CARD 
6:05 ET  Charles Town Classic G2  CT   $1,500,000 4+  1 1/9 mi  R12  CARD
6:30 ET  Santa Barbara H G3 SA   $150,000 4+ f/m  1 1/4 mi T R7  CARD 
6:40 ET  Illinois Derby G3  Haw   $400,000 3yo  1 1/8 mi     R9  CARD 

More about today's races
Hootenanny being readied for Ascot tilt in 2000 Guineas May 2
Shared Belief faces eight in Charles Town Classic

International - Japan
2:40 a.m. ET Satsuki Sho (JP 2000 Guineas) G1 JRA $1.7 MMUS 3yo  1 1/4 mi T R11 R  CARD 

North America
Memories of Silver S Aqu  $100,000 3yo f  1 1/16 mi T    R  CARD 
6:30 ET  San Simeon S G3  SA  $100,000 4+  abt 6.5f T   R7  CARD 

More on today's races
Preview - Satsuki Sho

Letter to the TDN: Fred Pope: In a letter to TDN, Fred Pope argues against the approval clause in the 1978 Interstate Horseracing Act. 


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