Thursday, August 4, 2016

Aug 5-7 2016 - THE WHITNEY

Let's Go To The Races - August 5-7, 2016
This is a non-commercial blog - Started as a convenience to organize my race viewing


Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file
HANDICAPPING: Showdown at the Spa

Note: HOW TO WATCH RACES: There is a possibility that NBC or NBC Sports , or Fox Sports 1 or 2, may televise the Whitney, as it is a part of the Breeders Cup Win and You're In series. Check your local listings for Saturday. Other possible TV or Streaming outlets include (West Virginia Derby and Gulfstream Saturday card); also: plus , of course TVG and TwinSpires.


Neil Latham, from American Thoroughbred
Zenyatta Slide Show from American Thoroughbred, by Neil Latham
Our girl has gotten world-wide attention once again, this time she has been enshrined and immortalized by an exquisite work of art by Neil Latham, "American Thoroughbred". We could have told Mr Latham that he would fall for "The Queen", and indeed he did, giving Zenyatta credit for providing the raison d'etre for his Magnus Opus, Mr. Latham had this to say:
"At that moment Latham knew that his journey had ended, he had captured the essence of the Thoroughbred. "All of my photographs portrayed the power and dominance of the breed, but it wasn't until Zenyatta that I was able to reveal the emotional, fragile side. It was the missing piece. I felt the finality and then a wave of sadness. I never wanted it to be over. It's hard to stop an obsession. But it seemed like there was nothing else to say, it had all been said with Zenyatta".
Yes, indeed, Zenyatta always has the "last word", and she is the "essence of the Thoroughbred." Yet, she is much more: Neil Latham's book has immortalized Zenyatta for those inside and outside the sport, as well, and in a strange way, I feel it validates how those of us who love this mare like no other and see her as the otherworldly creature that she is: We are not crazy.

Museum of Racing - Class of 2016 - Live Streaming Aug. 12 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 EDT


2016 EDITION: This year's edition will feature Frosted, Effinex, Noble Bird (all three will carry 124 lbs), the rest 117, El Kabir, Comfort, & Upstart 119lbs. Post time is 6:18 ET.

In the 2015 listing of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Whitney tied with the Kentucky Derby as the top Grade 1 race in the United States outside of the Breeders' Cup races.

Handicapping with Joe Kristufek and Bram Weinstein, Video 

FROSTED favorite for Whitney
In the 2015 listing of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Whitney tied with the Kentucky Derby as the top Grade 1 race in the United States outside of the Breeders' Cup races.

TDN Preview - Frosted Odds-on vs. Five in Whitney

LADY'S SECRET, winner of the 1986 edition of The Whitney Handicap, another in the ABR "Legends" series.  In 1986, the year she was named Older Female and Horse of the Year, LADY's SECRET had 15 starts, winning 10, including the WHITNEY, and what has to be a record 9 GRADE 1s. She never failed to finish at least third in three other Grade 1 contests against males in the Met Mile, Philip H. Iselin Handicap and Woodward Stakes (2nd). 

Six fillies have won the race: Black Maria (1928), Bateau (1929), Esposa (1937), Gallorette (1948), Lady's Secret (1986), and Personal Ensign (1988).

To view a photo of Lady's Secret, visit Signed print of Horse of the Year Lady's Secret, by Fred Stone

Esposa after winning the Wilson Stakes at Saratoga
(Property of Blood-Horse Library)

ESPOSA: Another Saratoga sensation -- and a winner of THE WHITNEY, but one who is likely unfamiliar to most of us. One of the biggest stars of the 1930s, she definitely made her mark at Saratoga. ESPOSA, indeed was a star every bit the equal of those more recent and familar to us, including Goldikova, Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, Tepin, etc. and who routinely challenged and beat males.

Racing in the 1930s against a strong group of male horses that included Seabiscuit, War Admiral, and Discovery, Esposa held her own against all of them, and—on one memorable occasion—even defeated Seabiscuit. She won the 1937 Whitney, and in 3 more renewals of that race she came in second to Discovery twice, and to War Admiral, once. She was the Champion Handicap mare in 1937 and 1938.

She was so good and ran over a period of 7 years from 1934 through 1940, I marvel that her name isn't more well known. And maybe it is, but somehow she escaped my attention. To view a photo of Esposa with her first foal Esteem:
Note: Zenyatta and the other Hall of Fame inductees in the Class of 2016 will be honored  in the special ceremony on Friday, August 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 EDT.  2016 Hall of Fame Class
John Shirreffs calls it his Camelot, those days from late 2007 to late 2010 when he was the keeper of a flame that burned so brightly that it set the Thoroughbred racing world aglow with enthusiasm not seen since the sport’s Triple Crown heydays of Secretariat, Affirmed and Seattle Slew.
Referencing Camelot always triggers this: “One shining moment.” In John’s Camelot it was “one shining moment after another shining moment after another …” You know what’s coming. Those multiple moments revolved around the great race mare Zenyatta – 20 in all.
Along the way she won three Eclipse Awards as best older female in America, was acclaimed Horse of the Year in 2010, as well, and became the first – and still only - female to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2009). And during that time, she ran off 19 straight victories. In her final race, her attempt to repeat as Classic champion, she fell a head short after another of her signature dashes from last place. Even the loss, Shirreffs said, could have been one of her best races. Read more at source
Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file
Race Index

Past Performances includes following races:
Test S.-GI, SAR, West Virginia Derby-GII, MNR,  Waya S.-GIII, SAR, Groupie Doll S.-GIII, ELP, Whitney S.-GI, SAR, , , Sorrento S.-GII, DMR, La Jolla H.-GIII, DMR

Note: After a race has been run, return here and click on CARD for a replay (about a 20-min delay)  Also: DRF has a great race replay site which includes chart and Beyer speed figure.

Note: Mountaineer (West Virginia) and Louisiana Downs have state-bred racing festivals; full list at the BloodHorse Race Index link above.

5:40 ET  Hall of Fame  S G2  Sar  $200,000  3yo  8.5f T R9  CARD

'Kitten' wins racing Hall of Fame thriller - includes replay
TDN: Camelot Kitten prevails in thrilling Hall of Fame - Notes + Video

More on today's races
Camelot Kitten looks to resume winning ways in Hall of Fame on Friday

1:00 ET  Maiden Sp. Wgt Sar $83,000,  2yo, 1 1/16 mi R1 CARD Brooklyn Bobby
4:25 ET  Lure S  Sar  $100,000  4+ R  8.5f T R7  CARD
4:35 ET  W. Va Governor's S (L)  MNR  $200,000  3+  8.5f R7  CARD
4:40 ET  Groupie Doll G3  ElP  $100,000  3+ f/m  8f R9  CARD
5:02 ET  TEST S G1  Sar  $500,000  3yo f  7f  R8  CARD
5:21 ET  W. Va Derby G2  MNR  $750,000  3yo  9f R8  CARD
5:40 ET  Waya S G3  Sar  $200,000  3+ f/m  12f T R9  CARD
6:18 ET  WHITNEY *G1 BC  Sar  $1,250,000  3+  9f  R10  CARD
6:30 ET  Super Derby Prelude (L)  LaD  $100,000  3yo  8.5f R6  CARD
6:40 ET  Sorrento S G2  Dmr  $200,000  2yo f  6.5f R4  CARD
6:54 ET  De La Rose S  Sar  $100,000  4+ f/m  8f T R11  CARD
7:33 ET  Maiden Sp'l Wgt Dlmr  $63,000, 3yo f  6 1/2f R6  CARD Lady Pamela

9:10 ET  La Jolla H G3 Dmr  $150,000  3yo  8.5f T R9  CARD
10:10 ET  Downs at Albuquerque H  Alb  $175,000  3+  9f  R6  CARD
* = Breeders Cup qualifying

Frosted dazzles in Whitney - Race Replay
Watchmaker: Frosted continues to amaze

More on today's races
First Frankel runner set for U.S. set for Saturday at Saratoga
Lady Pamela (Tapit - Life Is Sweet by Storm Cat) Maiden Race 6 at Del Mar
Prepping Effinex - Jerkens recalls The Chief
ABR: 2016 Record setting Frosted tops Whitney Stakes
Frosted returns in six-horse Whitney Stakes
Upstart training well for Whitney
Cupid, Mo Tom top draws in West Virginia Derby
Handicapping:  Noble Bird could turn tables on Frosted in Whitney

2:30 ET  Duchess S  WO  (r) $125,000  3yo f  7f AW R4  CARD
4:47 ET  Wonder Where S  WO (r) $250,000  3yo 10f T R8  CARD
5:40 ET  Alydar S  Sar  $100,000  4+ R  9f  R9  CARD


A look at who's who and what's what in the $12 Million Pegasus Stakes

First Foal out of Switch debut Aug 4, 2016     Switch foal by Galileo debut - CARD
Click on above link for result: Switch In Time 5th

'Bobby' a Frankel first at the Spa on Saturday

Interesting update on Kieran McLaughlin's digs at his Saratoga Darley training area. His barn is white-hot for the Saratoga meet so far.
McLaughlin going the "right way" into Whitney weekend
TDN - Bowman: Winx may be even better this year
BloodHorse: Here Come the Freshmen - Part 1
BloodHorse: Here Com the Freshmen - Part 2

From Brisnet
Frosted tops Whitney, Mother Goose rematch in Test
A stirring 14 1/4-length winner of the Metropolitan H. (G1), Frosted was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite over five rivals in Saturday's $1.25 million Whitney (G1) at Saratoga.
The $500,000 Test (G1) shares the spotlight with the Whitney on Saturday and the 7-furlong race features a rematch between the top three finishers from the July 2 Mother Goose (G1) at Belmont Park, Off the Tracks, Lewis Bay and Lightstream, respectively. The $200,000 Waya (G3) heads a trio of turf stakes on the same program.

At Del Mar, Monster Bea & Lucky Bryan could benefit from a speed duel in the $150,000 La Jolla H. (G3) and six juvenile fillies will square off in the $200,000 Sorrento (G2).

Wavell Avenue, the 2015 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner, proved too much for her Shine Again rivals in Wednesday's $100,000 Shine Again at Saratoga.

Exaggerator, Stellar Wind shake things up in divisional title races Scott Shapiro notes from Del Mar that California Chrome is sure to be favored in the Pacific Classic (G1) over Beholder if the three-time champion mare runs.

At Saratoga on Monday, undefeated turf star Lady Eli worked in company with Sea Calisi, while trainer Rick Violette is pondering whether to enter Samraat in Saturday's Whitney (G1).

From late Sunday, Lord Nelson won as the even-money favorite in the Bing Crosby (G1) at Del Mar.

Ron Flatter took at look at the Haskell, talking about the pall cast over the race following American Pharoah's 2015 victory and then asking the question, "Who's the champ?" following Exaggerator's win. Teresa Genaro had the same thought and surmised the Travers (G1) might end up clearing the muddy waters.

American Pharoah dominated last year's Haskell, and last Sunday his full sister American Cleopatra scored an easy win in her debut at Del Mar.

Curalina seemed to relish the off-going at Saratoga last Sunday as the chestnut miss splashed home an easy winner of the Shuvee H. (G2).

Lady Shipman returned the winner's circle with an easy triumph in the Royal North (Can-G3) at Woodbine last Sunday.

Jim Dandy (G2) winner Laoban could rematch with third-placer Destin and Mohaymen in the Travers (G1) on August 27 at Saratoga.

American Cleopatra wasn't the only two-year-old to make a splashy debut, as juvenile Theory romped in his Saratoga debut on Saturday to earn a spot in the Hopeful (G1).

Above section from

Date Race Track
GII Hall of Fame S. SAR
GI Whitney S. SAR
GI Test S. SAR
GII West Virginia Derby MNR
GII Sorrento S. DMR
GIII La Jolla H. DMR
GIII Groupie Doll S. ELP
GI Arlington Million AP
GI Beverly D. S. AP
GI Secretariat S. AP
GI Fourstardave S. SAR
GII Best Pal S. DMR
GII Adirondack S. SAR
GIII Pucker Up S. AP
GIII American St Leger S. AP

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