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Update 4559: Superfecta here, with your regular weekly update (birthday edition):
Old Fashioned lived up to his hype in the Southwest yesterday; his win was nothing short of thoroughly professional. He did not seem fazed by his layoff prior to the race nor the tougher competition - it's easy to see why he'll be the Derby favorite in the next future wager pool. Of course, there's always the concern lurking in the background that things did not turn out so well with owner Rick Porter's other two grey stars by Unbridled's Song (Rockport Harbor, who never really seemed to recover from the injury he sustained in his Remsen victory, and of course the ill-fated Eight Belles), but if he stays sound, this could be an exciting year.
Also yesterday, Evita Argentina beat the boys in the San Vincente in great style. She reminded me very much of Megahertz in her last-to-first move - I'd love to see her follow a similar career path (although as an aside, I wonder why Megahertz is being bred stallions who are nearly a good two hands taller than she is - she's already living proof that a tiny horse can be a strong, solid winner - but I digress). Evita Argentina was the first filly to win the race since 1947 - I'm hoping to see her in more sprints down the line, although it sounds as though her next start, possibly in the Fair Grounds Oaks, would aim for more distance.
Over the weekend, Chocolate Candy had no real trouble in the El Camino Real; the Jenny Craig-owned (and bred) son of Candy Ride will likely head to Santa Anita next, and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer seems to be taking a pleasingly old-school approach with him:
"We want to run in the Santa Anita Derby but we'll also look at the San Felipe Stakes," said Hollendorfer. "There are different approaches to the Kentucky Derby, but I think the fitter the horse, the better his chance to win. A lot of people go in there with fewer races but most horses that do well have a foundation under them."Chocolate Candy's win earned him a Beyer of 90 (so he's got a ways to go to get into the Old Fashioned eschelon), but that was encouraging, given that now-4-year-old El Gato Malo only managed an 85 in his win in the McCann's Mojave on the same card.
Sticking with last weekend, Santa Teresita managed to defeat Leah's Secret and Visit in the Santa Maria Handicap - while there was some trouble in the gate when Country Star sat down in it (she was uninjured, but scratched) which may have thrown everyone else off their game, it's still nice to see Santa Teresita get a win in this sort of company.
Alas, the same cannot be said for poor Brass Hat, who finished eighth in the Dust Commander - perhaps it is time for retirement, but he's bounced back from down times before. I'd like to see him take another shot first if he's healthy and sound before heading out to pasture.
And with that, I'll head off to continue my birthday celebrations, which chiefly include searching for a 19th-century photo that may not exist and working on other reference requests - it's all good!
Update 4558: Five sets this morning at Oaklawn Park, so an easy morning's work. And all mine galloped nicely. Which was good after a long weekend of races. Today is a day to chill out and relax a little I think.
Update 4557: Media report of Old Fashioned's win yesterday here at Oaklawn Park: Southwest Suits Old Fashioned.
Here is the weekly e-mail sent out this morning to the ABR Facebook Group: Rachel Alexandra, Ballymore Lady, Old Fashioned, Voorhees Ballad, Gloriously, Sleuse, Stage Colony, Nicanor, Desert Honey Cup, Essay, YouTube Contest, and Easy Grades.
And please keep calling.