As usual, I spent some time at the Massachusetts Equine Affaire. You’ll see more about that in upcoming posts, perhaps spread across the winter to ease the malaise from all the cold and ice.
Anyway, at Equine Affair’s Lexington, Kentucky, convention and visitors booth, I picked up a hot tip, especially if you plan to attend the 2015 Breeder’s Cup races at Keeneland.
You may have noticed I haven’t been posting as often as I was. I’m so grateful to you all for reading and subscribing, so you should know a bit of what’s been going on. Several of my writer pals have stopped blogging. Perhaps you’ve wondered if I stopped, too?
Update on The Book
Thank you, NBC Sports, for updating us viewers during the broadcast about Clenor, the filly jockey Tyler Baze pulled up in the Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Instead of leaving us wondering and thinking the worst, your announcers told us during the live telecast that she was fine.
A check of trainer Doug O’Neil’s Twitter feed confirms it. Shortly after the race, O’Neill tweeted:
On Sunday night, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome went home to kisses, hugs and carrots at Los Alamitos Race Course.
If you can’t see the embedded video, click on this link by YouTube user Goman Go.
We’ve seen his arrivals at Pimlico and Belmont Park, each with growing excitement and entourage, but the affection for him at Los Alamitos, among his everyday friends, almost doesn’t need a musical soundtrack.
Post-race note: Check out Tonalist’s dosage profile. Just sayin’.
Yeah, the video reflects dated attitudes, so engage your sense of humor:
As you can see, real handicappers laugh at Dosage Profiles. Outdated and outmoded, serious horseplayers proclaim on Twitter. Voodoo and witchcraft, as the famous trainer said in the above ESPN video. Less effective for predicting the Belmont? Two names – Birdstone and Drosselmeyer, winners of the Belmont Stakes who had the numbers to get it done.
If you can’t see the embedded version, here’s the link: http://youtu.be/JQiWuOu2ZXY
Still, if Dosage works all the time, then we won’t have a Triple Crown this year.
That said, despite my fascination with Dosage, I’d rather have a Triple Crown than be right. Still, let’s take a look at the numbers.
The entourage was bigger and the photographers noisier as the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome arrived at Belmont Park a few days after The Preakness Stakes, in this video courtesy of the New York Racing Association (NYRA)
When this blog began, “where and when to watch” meant TV. Now we can watch the live stream on our computers or portable devices, in addition to TV.
IMO, we have those ginormous big screen TVs for a reason. Yeah, I know I watch live stream video via TV. Just humor me, okay?
So, let’s check out the schedule of NBC’s 2014 Belmont Stakes coverage.
Mystery author Edith Maxwell knows a lot about dirt, especially the stuff that grows plants. What did you think we were talking about?
Granted, Edith – who learned to drive in the parking lot at the Santa Anita Racecourse — may know some “good dirt,” too, but she’s not telling, not here anyway. However, she will be telling us what natural substance helps make the best dirt for growing plants. A big clue? It involves this blog’s favorite animal.
BTW, Edith is willing to give away a copy of her first book in the series A TINE TO LIVE, A TINE TO DIE to a lucky commenter who posts by 12 am EDT, Tuesday, 5/27/14. This contest is restricted to readers in the continental US due to shipping charges. (Ed. note: Alas, the deadline for the giveaway has passed. A big “thank you” to all who commented! However, even without the contest, keep reading to find out how easy compost is to make.)
Now, take it away, Edith!
A visiting dignitary, the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, arrived at Pimlico on Monday. You’ll see his blaze first, about 5:30 into the video shot by YouTube user Maryland Thoroughbred. He hasn’t yet developed that eagerness for photo ops as I’ve seen in other Derby winners.
Can California Chrome capture the second jewel in the American Triple Crown? Or will someone else make his own brand of history?
That said, if we can’t be at Pimlico, where and when can we watch?
The race runs the same day every year, pretty much at about the same time in recent years. Yet, spring is busy, with lots to do after we’ve all been cooped up over winter, so we need reminders as to when to tune in. Plus, this year, Kentucky Derby weekend will also feature the coverage of 2014 Rolex Kentucky.
Let’s get started.
We American racing fans, that is. We’d just met Mars during his final race, so I’ve been wondering if we could have acknowledged his passing better than we did?
First, I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his connections: trainer Mike de Kock and his team, original trainer Aidan O’Brien and the staff at Ballydoyle and Mars’s owners — both past and present — and jockey Richard Hughes, who also receives “heal up soon” wishes.
29/3 Dubai Sheema Classic Mars – Richard Hughes Sadly pulled up after 2F Fatal Heart Attack RIP little man. pic.twitter.com/Bj7TmQFvTD
— HorseRacing Memorial (@HorseRacingRIP) March 29, 2014
The Irish-bred four-year-old by Galileo out of Massarra was originally destined to run in the Dubai World Cup, as was mentioned in the British racing press.