Plum Pretty will run instead in the Hollywood Oaks, instead of Saturday’s GI Mother Goose Stakes!
Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty (seen here) will be out this Saturday gunning for her 2nd straight GI win of her 3yo campaign in the GI Mother Goose Stakes for 3yo Fillies only, going 1 1/16 mile for a purse of $250,000 at Belmont Park!
Other probables for this “Big Apple”GI dust-up are Buster’s Ready, Alseera and Joyful Victory.
Hopefully this field will firm up with some additional starters by midweek, but Plum Pretty will be the odds on favorite here at no greater than 5/2 and probably less when the morning/line is released on Wednesday!
So to refresh your memory, here’s a replay her Kentucky Oaks victory!
Yes, a little left coast action for you from Sunday. The Martin Garica/Bob Baffert combo capped a big Four- Bagger day this Father’s Day by winning the Desert Stormer Handicap going 6f over the Hollywood Park cushion main track with the 5yo mare Irish Gypsy (seen here) taking top money.
In light of another long shot upset in a major GI Stakes race yesterday, we now ponder a loud,”What’s the matter with Horse – Racing“?
Beside its somewhat seedy image of trainer induced, medical enhancements, odd calls, at times, from the Steward’s box and an aging, older generation whose only avenue, in times past, for a gaming outlet was horse racing is now ebbing, something else is still afoot here!
No, its nothing nefarious!
The game, for all its faults, is still alive and well today! The 325,000 or so souls who ventured out, in slow economic times, for this year’s Triple Crown races speaks volumes about the underlying popularity of the sport!
No, for us the problem seems to be one of a real lack of leadership across almost every division or maybe just some “real rooting interests”, to be exact!
The 3yo divisions, both male and female, dirt and turf all seem to be in an utter state of continuing flux. With half the year gone by now, ask yourself, who is the leader or leaders in each of these four groupings?
You can’t because it changes from week to week!
The 4yo and up divisions aren’t much better either! Only the performances of Havre De Grace andBlind Luck have stood out like a beacon in the older Ladies group this year!
Even the older boys couldn’t hold off a first-time dirt and Canadian-Invader, Pool Play in Churchill Downs most prestigious handicap division contest this year, as the murkiness still persists in this division!
Older turfers, both male and female are changing their leaders regularly, like fickled teenagers!
Even the great Gio Ponti seems to be missing a step now and at best, seems only able to fill out your exotics now!
So for now, gone are the great rivalries like Alydar and Affirmed or even the 3 amigo’s from 2007 of Curlin, Hardspun and Street Sense all seem but distance echos of great racing past as their lines too are just now foaling out!
Yes, some real divisional leadership is needed now as we sit in the dying echoed memories of Rachel,Blame and of course the “Big Z”!
So the masses are longing for a star, any star, to hang their hats on and to have a real vested rooting interest in!
No sport can hold its fan-base for long without some “real rooting interests“!
“What’s the matter with Horse-Racing“? “Leaders or the lack there of”!
So perhaps, the 2nd half of the racing season will help congeal these divisions and product some real stars by the time the Breeders’ Cup contests are at hand!
Yours truly was in attendance for this GIII dust-up and for the first time, in a long time, a favorite finally won a 3yo G/S contest, as it all seemed a bit sacrilegious looking back on it now!
Rosie Napravnik had Pants on Fire (seen above) sitting chilly in the opening frames then gave him the go-sign as he poked his head up into the lead at the 3/4 mark then at the top of the stretch, turned on that Pant On Fires speed and the rest was, as they say, history!
He surprised me a bit here yesterday as he rated, not the usual Pants On Firemodus operandi, as he has always been a needs the lead horse, up until now that is!
He came out of this clash in much better shape than his Derby effort as he looked like he could have done more very easily here yesterday!
So perhaps a Haskell run for him after all, as he and his Belmont winning team-mate Ruler On Ice could dominate that event in what we’d call a typical Monmouth Park “home-cookin” contest!
“Local boys have indeed made good”!
Click on the link below to see this race by the number!