Thursday, November 8, 2012
AMERICA'S BEST RACING Thoroughbred Notebook
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Multi-Media
In the News
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CALENDAR
Weekend Stakes Races
Racing to History
TURN OF FOOT
 
Editor’s Note:
Following the edition of Thursday, November 15, the ABR Thoroughbred Notebook will next be published on Thursday, January 10, 2013.
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK  top 
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Film star Elizabeth Banks and sports radio personality Jim Rome at the Breeders’ Cup. (Image via the @BreedersCup Twitter feed)
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Royal Delta wins the Breeders’ Cup Ladies' Classic for the second year in a row. (Image courtesy of Penelope P. Miller/America’s Best Racing)
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Jockey Brian Hernandez gives Fort Larned a grateful pat after winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic. (Image courtesy of Penelope P. Miller/America’s Best Racing)
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The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf trends globally
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Wise Dan wins the Breeders’ Cup Mile in course-record setting fashion (Image courtesy of Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
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(Image via InsideSTL.com)

Ken Rosenthal has been Senior MLB Writer for FOXSports.com since August 2005. He appears weekly on MLB on FOX and serves as the field reporter during FOX Sports' featured baseball match-up. He has worked the last four All-Star Games and World Series, and he is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

TWO MINUTE LICK WITH KEN ROSENTHAL top

Name: Ken Rosenthal

What I do for a living: Senior baseball writer, FOXSports.com; field reporter, MLB on Fox

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: While covering harness racing for the Courier-Post in N.J. in the late 1980s.

My favorite racetrack: Belmont. But honestly, I haven’t been to that many.

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Kentucky Derby

Other sports/teams I follow: Well, I am a baseball writer. I do this for a living. In football, the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens. But that’s about it.

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred Racing: I would just like to see it get bigger again. There is a magic at the track that is unique, and not enough people are aware of the great stories that exist in every aspect of the sport.

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred Racing: Bad facilities. I covered Garden State Park when it opened, and the beauty and modernity of the place attracted, to some degree, a different kind of fan.

Three words that define what Thoroughbred Racing means to me: And they’re off!

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended: Meadowlands.

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Spend a Buck.

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred Racing: Watching Spend a Buck win the Jersey Derby. It was very exciting, and there was a certain renegade aspect to what was happening.

My favorite jockey: Steve Cauthen

My favorite trainer: Bob Baffert

My Heroes: Dick Jerardi from the Philadelphia Daily News is a great writer, a friend and someone I’ve looked up to. He taught me a lot.

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Baffert.

Favorite quote or motto: Ovid: “Endure and persist; this pain will turn to your good.”

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Olympics

Favorite vacation spot: Any place where I’m with my family.

Favorite city: New York (home); San Francisco (road)

Favorite Musician/band: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Favorite all-time movie(s): “Animal House,” “Chariots of Fire”

Favorite TV show: “24” (when it was on)

Websites I visit daily: Too numerous to list!

What I drive: Live in New York. No longer own a car.

Pet Peeve: People who take their sweet time with customers.

The actor who would play me in a movie: A short one. Michael J. Fox? (My wife loves him, at least.)

Alma Mater: Penn

Favorite radio shows/channels: E Street Radio on Sirius/XM.

Best book I recently read: The Steve Jobs bio

Favorite memento: A photo of myself with Pele.

What I like about my job: The action

Favorite Tech gadget: iPhone

Twitter Handle: @Ken_Rosenthal

People I follow on Twitter: Baseball writers, mostly.

No. 1 Bucket List Item: Seeing Springsteen in Europe.
VOICES top
FROM THE GRANDSTAND top

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, quoted byBrisnet.com, on what it meant to win this year’s Bill Shoemaker Award at the Breeders’ Cup:
“I’ve been trying to win this award since it was first started [in 2003]. I thought I had a shot at it last year when I won on Drosselmeyer in the Classic, but Johnny [Velazquez] just beat me out. I know it’s an award that Garrett [Gomez], Johnny and a lot of us really want to win. Bill Shoemaker was to our sport what Babe Ruth was to baseball.”

Trainer Bill Mott on Royal Delta’s 2013 race schedule following her repeat victory in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic:
"She has to remain healthy and we've got big plans for her.. If ever there was a filly that you could shoot for the moon with, I could say it would probably be one like her."

Sportstalk host and majority owner of Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection Jim Rome, quoted by Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News, after the big win:
"I'm numb. I'm having a hard time believing that just happened. Ask me tomorrow. This is an awesome, awesome day...I was a convert [to horseracing] long before now, but I've just had a moment that I've never experienced in my life."

Jack Wolf, principal owner of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby, on whether he is already looking ahead to next May’s Kentucky Derby:
“No, they [the new Kentucky Derby points system] only give us 10 points.”


MULTI-MEDIA top

Video: Havre de Grace sells at Keeneland for $10 million (@NatashaFL’s Twitter feed)

Video: Mizdirection wins the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (@JimRome’s Twitter feed)

Video: Sports radio superstar Jim Rome leads his Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint hero Mizdirection into the winner’s circle (@MarcDoche’s Twitter feed)

Photos: Saturday thrills and chills at the Breeders’ Cup (America’s Best Racing)

Video: Making a case for Wise Dan as Horse of the Year (Marc Doche’s YouTube channel)

Video: Hollywood legend Mel Brooks talks about Dick Van Patten, who is honored with a race named after him at Santa Anita Park (SantaAnitaParkLive’s YouTube channel)

Photos: The hats of the Melbourne Cup (Go Fug Yourself)

Video: Paynter plays in his round pen at Fair Hill (@trifectabox’s Twitter feed)

Video: New Gangnam Style parody: Jockey Style (Lovethe Races’s YouTube channel)

Video: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Horse Player (@BombsawayBob’s Twitter feed)


IN THE NEWS top

At Breeders’ Cup, soul stirring results (The New York Times)

Wise Dan proves worthy of Horse of the Year (Washington Post)

Wise Dan sets Mile record in run for Horse of the Year (USA Today)

Fort Larned caps big day for shippers at Breeders’ Cup (Bleacher Report)

Classic strategy pays off for trainer Ian Wilkes (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Trainer ‘humbled’ by Fort Larned’s Classic win (USA Today)

Wise Dan, Fort Larned and Royal Delta take principal Breeders’ races (Cecil Daily)

Breeders’ Cup battles settle yearly honors (New York Post)

Breeders’ Cup review (The Saratogian)

With Breeders’ Cup win, Jim Rome joins racing elite (Forbes)

Jim Rome talks about Mizdirection’s Breeders’ Cup win (Paulick Report)

Talk-show host Jim Rome’s Mizdirection leaves him searching for words as Turf Sprint Champ (Los Angeles Daily News)

Jim Rome’s horse wins the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Sports Illustrated)

At 81, Fred Bradley set up Groupie Doll for win (Los Angeles Times)

Trinniberg springs upset in Breeders’ Cup Sprint (NBC Sports)

Tapizar rebounds to win Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (FOX Sports)

Don’t overlook Shanghai Bobby for Horse of the Year (Macon.com)

Breeders’ Cup: Addendum (Examiner)

Five Breeders’ Cup winners to parade at Churchill Downs Sunday (The Blood-Horse)

Breeders’ Cup gives boost to horse racing (The Sacramento Bee)

After the Breedes’ Cup; A question worth asking: Is the sport of horse racing really dying? (Forbes)

Why does horse racing survive? (The Atlantic)

Beleaguered sport ready to turn calendar page (ESPN)

Breeders’ Cup drug samples all test clean (The Blood-Horse)

Defending champion wins BC Betting Challenge again (Daily Racing Form)

Breeders’ Cup kickoff at mayor’s mansion gets moody, modern, masquerade look (BizBash.com)  

Gemma Hassett and Mike Tippett named winners of Breeders’ Cup fashion event (Breeders’ Cup)

Four Ocala horses taste success at Breeders’ Cup (Ocala.com)

St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK doesn’t get out of the gate for Breeders’ Cup (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Final NTRA Top Poll goes to Wise Dan (Sun Herald)

Young, beautiful shine on Day 2 of Keeneland sale (The Blood-Horse)

Harve de Grace brings $10 million in Fasig-Tipton Sale (The Blood-Horse)

Betfair Hollywood Park autumn meeting begins today amid suspense over next fall (Daily Racing Form)

NYRA to donate to Red Cross for Sandy Relief (The Blood-Horse)

Long Island Handicap is swan song for Hit it Rich (The Blood-Horse)

Brian Hernandez to ride at Gulfstream meet (Paulick Report)

Jockey Alejandro Medellin rides seven winners Monday at Zia Park (Daily Racing Form)

Melbourne Cup: A day for Thoroughbreds and the fully festive (The New York Times)

OTTB Showcase: Intrepid Soul (a.k.a. “Rudy”) (Paulick Report)

IN THE BLOGOSPHERE top

Breeders’ Cup Recap from Santa Anita morning line oddsmaker (Xpressbet.com)

Wise Dan emerges as favorite for wide-open Horse of Year honor (Chron.com)

O’Neill might have another Derby contender in He’s Had Enough (Bettor.com)

Thanks to Fort Larned, New Orleans attorney repeats as Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge winner (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Santa Anita/Hollywood bugler Jay Cohen should toot horn (ESPN)

Auction results prove that the sport is alive and well (All Equine All The Time)
CALENDAR top
RACING TO HISTORY top

Nov. 8, 1997: Favorite Trick won the Breeder's Cup Juvenile, concluding an 8-for-8 two-year-old campaign.  Favorite Trick would later be voted 1997 Horse of the Year.

Nov. 8, 2000: The New York Racing Association announced that it would begin using the color-coded saddlecloths adopted by many other racetracks around the country.

Nov. 9, 1957: Wheatley Stable’s Bold Ruler, with Eddie Arcaro aboard, won the Trenton Handicap in a wire-to-wire victory over Gallant Man and Round Table in a three-horse race. Bold Ruler was subsequently named Horse of the Year off this performance.

Nov. 9, 1972: Secretariat worked seven furlongs in 1:25 4-5 at Garden State Park in preparation for the final race of his two-year-old season, the Garden State Stakes on Nov. 18.

Nov. 9, 1988: Laffit Pincay Jr. became the second jockey in history to win 7,000 races when he won the seventh race at Hollywood Park aboard Phone Bid.

Nov. 10, 1978: Jockey Patrick Valenzuela won his first career race, aboard Parker Petite, at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

Nov. 10, 1984: The inaugural Breeders’ Cup was run at Hollywood Park. The highlight of the seven Breeders’ Cup races, the Classic, pitted Wild Again, Gate Dancer and Slew o’ Gold, who was the odds-on favorite despite having a well-publicized hoof injury. After a furious drive to the wire, which involved considerable bumping among the three horses, Wild Again prevailed, but Gate Dancer was disqualified from his second-place finish for interference and was placed third, behind Slew o’ Gold.

Nov. 11, 1973: Secretariat was flown to Claiborne Farm to begin his stud career.

Nov. 11, 1978: At age four, 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew won his last race, the Stuyvesant Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, by 3 1-4 lengths.

Nov. 11, 2007: Jockey Garrett Gomez set a new record for stakes wins in one year when he piloted Spring Awakening to victory in the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Nov. 12, 1904: Four-year-old Machine Gun carried 159 pounds, believed to be the highest impost in a winning effort on the flat, at Riccarton in New Zealand. Time for the five-furlong race was :58.

Nov. 12, 1999, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a driving force behind American racing, died in Mill Neck, N.Y., at age 87.

Nov. 14, 1997: Jockey Eddie Arcaro, a 1958 Racing Hall of Fame inductee and the only two-time winner of the Triple Crown, died of cancer at his home in Miami at age 81.

Nov. 15, 1990: Alydar, one of the top sires in America and runner-up in all three Triple Crown races to Affirmed, was euthanized at Calumet Farm.

Nov. 15, 1995: Jockey Julie Krone rode her 3,000th career winner, in the fourth race at Aqueduct, aboard Dustin’s Dreamer.

Nov. 16, 1951: The Pimlico Special, then a winner-take-all $15,000 contest, became the first race to be televised nationally. The winner was C.T. Chenery’s Bryan G.

Nov. 16, 2009: Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel died at age 68 in Pacific Palisades, Calif., after a long battle with lymphoma.

Nov. 18, 1961: Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode his last career race, finishing third on Endymion in the Pimlico Futurity. He retired with a then-record $30,039,543 in purses.

Nov. 18, 1972: Secretariat capped his two-year-old racing season with a 3 1-2 length victory in the Garden State Stakes at Garden State Park. The winner’s share of the purse was $179,199, the most Secretariat ever won in a single race.

Nov. 18, 1979: In the eighth race at Aqueduct, Laffit Pincay Jr. had his 4,000th career win, aboard Gladiolus.

Nov. 18, 2011: Trainer Steve Asmussen registered his 6,000th career victory when he saddled Basalt to win the first race at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Asmussen, 46, became the youngest trainer to hit the 6,000-win plateau and the fifth trainer overall to reach that mark.

Nov. 19, 1956: Jockey Fernando Toro won his first career race at the Hipodromo in Santiago, Chile.

Nov. 19, 2003: Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze reached the 400-win mark for the 11th time in the last 12 years when he guided Hooked On Niners to victory in the third race at Golden Gate Fields.

Nov. 20, 2004: Trainer Steve Asmussen established a new single-year record for victories when Coronado Rose won the 9th race at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. The victory was Asmussen’s 497th of the year, surpassing the previous record set by Jack Van Berg in 1976. Asmussen went on to win a total of 555 races in 2004.

Nov. 21, 1971: Secretariat completed his preliminary training at Meadow training center.

Nov. 21, 2011: Five-year-old gelding Rapid Redux registered his 20th consecutive win, scoring in a starter allowance race at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. The 20th straight victory represented a modern, North American record.


WEEKEND STAKES RACES top

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Clever Trevor, 2yo, $100,000, 7F, Remington Park

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Autumn Stakes, 3&up, $150,000, Grade II, 1 1-16M, Woodbine

Long Island Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $150,000, Grade III, 1 1-2M (T), Aqueduct

James F. Lewis III Stakes, 2yo, $125,000, 6F, Laurel Park

Cardinal Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1 1-8M (T), Churchill Downs

Real Quiet Stakes, 2yo, $100,000, 1 1-16M, Betfair Hollywood Park

El Joven Stakes, 2yo, $75,000, 1M (T), Retama Park

M2 Technology La Senorita Stakes, 2yo fillies, $75,000, 1M (T), Retama Park

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Glorious Song Stakes, 2yo fillies, $150,000, 7F, Woodbine

Sharp Cat Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, 1 1-16M, Betfair Hollywood Park

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Sophomore Sprint Championship Stakes, 3yo, $85,000, 6F, Mountaineer Park


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TURN OF FOOT top
Whose Breeders’ Cup performance was most impressive? Tweet your answers to @ABRLive!