6727. wabbit - 3/26/2017 10:13:13 PM
I don't agree that this makes him the greatest ever, I'd go with the best at this distance racing now, but what a race - Arrogate came from last to first to win the Dubai World Cup. Even more impressive when you remember he didn't race as a two year old and hadn't run a single race this time last year. He was a late bloomer and the owners had patience. Good for them. Great ride by Mike Smith, reminiscent of his Zenyatta days. I made $0.50 on a $10 win bet, lol! A good day of racing in Dubai.
6728. wabbit - 3/26/2017 10:17:25 PM
Speaking of the greatest ever, on Wednesday it will have been 100 years since Man o' War was foaled. Now imho he could be called the greatest ever...
6729. wabbit - 10/8/2017 11:43:15 PM
Spotted Demon gets a 41 score and Mystical only gets a 42?? wtf?? Can't hold a 2 second ride against the bull's score, solid 45 at least.
Ok, even the cable installation guys make fun of me for following the PBR.
6730. wabbit - 1/28/2018 7:15:37 PM
2017 Horse of the Yea for 2017, Gun Runner, won the 2nd Pegasus World Cup and retires to stud. West Coast finished second, followed by Gunnevera and Fear The Cowboy.
6731. wabbit - 1/28/2018 7:24:05 PM
At age 36 years, Roger Federer won his 20th Grand Slam over Marin Cilic with a victory in the men's singles at the 2018 Australian Open.
Caroline Wozniacki won the women's singles in her first career major over Simona Halep 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4.
6732. wabbit - 6/10/2018 10:18:44 PM
Simona Halep wins her first grand slam at the 2018 French Open. After losing the first set 3-6 to American Sloane Stephens, Halep won the second and third sets 6-4 and 6-1 to claim victory.
Rafael Nadal has his 11th French Open title, winning 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 over Dominic Thiem.
6733. wabbit - 6/10/2018 10:32:44 PM
Justify is the 13th Triple Crown winner, having won the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes leading wire-to-wire. Since he never raced as a two-year-old, I'm hoping he'll race next year, but breeding rights may nix that.
Mike Smith got his first Triple Crown as a jockey at age 52, and Bob Baffert has his second, only the 2nd trainer to win US horse racing's Triple Crown twice.
Gronkowski was the surprise of the race. Having never run more than a mile or run on dirt, but with a great ride by Jose Ortiz, he rallied from a slow break and being dead last and far behind to finish second. Well done. I won't doubt Chad Brown again.
6734. arkymalarky - 6/11/2018 5:39:55 AM
Wabbit! I thought I'd find you in here after the Triple Crown win. How's everything going? Catch us up.
6735. wabbit - 10/6/2018 10:44:16 PM
As depressed as I am considering the state of politics in this country these days...at least there is an absolutely gorgeous Appy draft-type lead pony at Keeneland that I am completely in love with.
6736. wabbit - 10/6/2018 10:46:44 PM
I miss riding.
6737. Ms. No - 10/12/2018 1:53:20 AM
I never did become a confident rider, but I loved it.
6738. wabbit - 10/19/2018 10:46:43 PM
I'm a "seat-of-your-pants" rider. My cousin taught me how to ride when I was about six years old. She put me on her middle aged thoroughbred Girl (while she rode the crazy horse Stormy - he was well named), and off we went through fields and over ditches in PA, it was wonderful. She has always said I was the more fearless rider she ever knew. I don't know about that, but she and Girl taught me well.
6739. wabbit - 10/19/2018 10:52:17 PM
In other Sports News, the Red Sox are in the 2018 World Series, opponent yet to be determined (Dodgers or Brewers).
6740. wabbit - 10/27/2018 4:18:23 PM
Damn, I'm tired. Great game, but jeez louise.
Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy hit a home run to left field that gave Los Angeles a 3-2 victory in 18 innings.
A few records set: the longest game in World Series by innings and time (7:21); the longest postseason game ever by nearly an hour, surpassing the 2014 NLDS between the Nationals and the Dodgers (also 18 innings but only 6:23, lol). Walker Buehler had an amazing game, pitching seven innings, striking out seven and allowing only two hits.
Boston's Nathan Eovaldi took the loss after throwing more than 90 pitches in relief, with Boston's top four hitters combined to go 0 for 28 in the loss.
Hey LA, enough with the 18 inning games, ok?
6741. wabbit - 10/28/2018 10:30:05 PM
Another long game, but only nine innings.
The Dodgers hadn't lost a game all season when they had a four run lead. The Sox hadn't recovered from being more than three runs behind. Both statements are moot after last night.
The first 5-1/2 innings were staid at best, then the Dodgers woke up and scored four runs. It looked like game over.
But this particular BoSox team has some quirks. They don't care about two strikes, or two outs. They carry on. Between the seventh and top of the ninth innings, they scored nine runs to take a 9-4 lead. With a tired Sox closer, the Dodgers scraped up two more runs, but the final score was 9-6 in favor of Boston.
You could skip the first five innings and just watch the last four if you don't care about some good pitching by both teams. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched like the Sox have been expecting him to pitch for the first five + innings. And 38 year old Rich Hill did very well indeed for LA into the sixth inning, and maybe Dave Roberts (beloved in Boston, fwiw) should have pulled him before the seventh inning, but I'm not sure it would have mattered. The Sox are something of a freak show this year.
Well done, Alex Cora.
6742. wabbit - 5/17/2019 7:33:20 PM
The 145th Kentucky Derby took place a couple weeks ago. The track, usually one that drains and seals pretty well, was a sloppy mess. Usually there is a field of 20 horses and this year the favorite was Omaha Beach, who was withdrawn a few days before the race due to an entrapped epiglottis (has since been repaired and OB is doing fine). Bodexpress became his replacement. Haikal also withdrew, was having hoof problems, but due to the lateness of the scratch, no horse was entered as a replacement, so the field was down to 19. Still too many, imho.
Without OB, Maximum Security ended up being the race day favorite, and indeed he won. A big longshot, Country House, finished a decent second, with a group behind him. The problem was, Maximum Security had swerved out from his position coming out of the final turn and he damn near caused a tragedy.
Jockey Luis Saez said his horse was inexperienced and spooked at noise from the infield. Unfortunately, inexperience isn't a great excuse, it could be said of most of the horses in the race. Noise from the infield is an issue, but it is also the jockey's job to keep his horse in his path. MS did two things - first, he switched leads too soon, which started him moving to his right and into the path of War of Will, who was trying to get through an opening. It was really amazing that WoW didn't go down, and if he had, a bunch of horses behind him would have also gone down. When Saez got MS moving back to the left and back into his original path, he overcorrected and bumped into Code of Honor coming up along the rail. MS was, after a very careful 22 minute long review, DQ'd. Rightfully so, again imho.
6743. wabbit - 5/17/2019 7:49:42 PM
The Wests, MS's owners, are filing a court case to have the stewards' decision overturned (the stewards denied their appeal), but I will be shocked if that happens, and frankly the Wests should know better, stop whining and get their horse ready for his next race. They claim the "evidence" from Ricky Depass's slowed down and annotated video shows their horse did nothing wrong. I'm not so sure. In trying to exonerate MS, what the annotation fails to annotate is the movement by MS. FWIW, video maker and assistant trainer Depass is related to Saez's agent.
Next, Luis Saez was suspended for two weeks by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. I wasn't as sure that he could have prevented MS from moving to his right when he did, but having now watched the various videos several times, I would like to hear why, when his horse switched leads too soon, he wasn't better prepared for the shift to the right. Also, Saez has a history of questionable riding tactics. Maybe it was just time. The suspension runs from May 23-27, May 30-31, June 1-2, June 6-9 and June 13-14. Saez will be riding regularly at Belmont Park and could miss Belmont Stakes day on June 8.
Full disclosure - I had a $2 show bet on Country House, so making him the winner didn't benefit me and I have no financial stake in the argument. I was thrilled to see him get 2nd, I had been talking about him to my sister for two months. Just a horse who caught my eye.
There is still a lot of noise swirling around the KD, we'll see what, if anything, changes.
6744. wabbit - 2/20/2020 11:38:28 PM
Hey Arky, you won't see this in time, but there is a three year old filly running at Oaklawn in about 20 minutes named Arkyarkyarky!
6745. wabbit - 2/21/2020 12:10:40 AM
aarrrgh, 4th by maybe a nose, but it was her maiden race, so we shall see!
6746. arkymalarky - 2/21/2020 6:57:27 AM
Awww! I'll keep my eyes open for any other races she's in. that's pretty cool