The excitement is really beginning to build as we are now just one week away from Horse Racing’s biggest day, the 2012 Breeders Cup World Championships. I will, of course, have full analysis of both days and all 15 races, but first things first.
This weekend’s Horse Racing Race of the Week brings us back to Belmont Park in New York for a look at the 2012 Bold Ruler Handicap at seven furlongs for three year olds and up where the seven year old Caixa Electronica has been installed as the 5/2 morning line favorite.
As for the race’s namesake, Bold Ruler was not only great race horse but one of the most influential sires of his (our) time. (Second only to perhaps the great Northern Dancer from where I sit.)
As a racehorse he voted was voted Champion Three Year Old Male and Champion Sprinter in 1957. Albeit, he was beaten in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, he did win the Preakness Stakes that year as well as The Flamingo Stakes, the Wood Memorial, and the Jerome Mile. After a set back loss in the Woodward Stakes, Bold Ruler won his last four straight races to close out the year.
As a four year old, he won four of five races including the Carter Handicap, the Stymie Handicap, the Suburban Handicap and the Monmouth Handicap.
In July of 1958, Bold Ruler retired to stud at Claiborne Farm. He sired 11 champions in all, and in my opinion, was directly responsible for four of the greatest horses ever to step foot on a racetrack.
His most famous son, of course, was Secretariat but did you know he was the grandsire Ruffian, Spectacular Bid and (great grandsire of) Seatlle Slew?…like I said, four of the greatest ever.
Other famous (champion) offspring include Hall of Famer Gamely, and grandsire of Kentucky Derby winners Bold Forbes and Foolish Pleasure, as well as Three Year Old Champion Filly Bold ‘n Determined.
Moreover, he was the Leading Sire in North America an eye popping seven straight years (1963 and 1969).
The great Bold Ruler
Belmont Park – October 27, 2012
Race 9 – 5:06 PM
Bold Ruler Handicap (Grade III)
For Three-Year-Olds and Upward
Spring to the Sky
I Ortiz, Jr.
B R Brown
Isn’t He Perfect
E S Prado
J R Velazquez
R E Dutrow, Jr.
Zero Rate Policy
W A Garcia
T M Pompay
M J Trombetta
R E Dutrow, Jr.
T A Pletcher
1) Buffum- absolutely mailed it in in his last start (The one and one eighth mile Suburban Handicap) as he didn’t run well at all (sixth, beaten 14 lengths to Mucho Macho Man, who basically sprouted wings that day).
A closer look shows he bombed the other time he ran at that distance too (fifth, beaten 20 lengths). This leads me to believe a mile is as far as this horse wants to go.
That thought is further fueled by the fact that he was nothing short of dominant in the three races leading up to the Suburban, which were all at a mile or less (He won all three by a combined 20 lengths vs. albeit, inferior competition) and (almost) scored three straight triple digit speed figures in the process….noone else in this race has come close to putting up those kinds of figures.
I’m a little concerned about his post position (PP#1) and I hope (jockey) Eddie Castro doesn’t coming firing out of there and try to take this field wire to wire because, once again, a closer look shows he runs his best while laying just off the early pace….4-1 morning line odds look like a good value to me as well for this $1.2 million yearling purchase by Berardini…tepid choice is a race that screaming out for a longshot to win.
2) Caxia Electronica- is the 5/2 morning line favorite from the Pletcher/Repole team based off his big, late running second in the Grade: 1 Vosburgh his last time out. That being said, he looks like a beatable favorite to me in this spot.
Please note that second he ran in the Vosburgh over a track labeled “good” and I’m wondering how much that helped. (He’s never finished off the board in seven wet track starts).
Also, this now seven year old chestnut horse by Arromanches appears (to me) to have lost a step from last year to this year as he’s been just a little less consistent.
3) Golddiggers Boy- is kind of in the opposite situation to the second choice. This horse was beaten handily in is last (The Kelso Handicap) over a track labeled “good”. Once again, a closer look shows this gelding by Jump Start (A.P. Indy) has an astounding 16 of 17 finishes on the board in his career, yet is 0 for 2 over wet tracks.
Provided it doesn’t rain in New York on Saturday, another on the board finish is expected.
Little Drama is (obviously) a well-named full brother to Champion Sprinter Big Drama and is coming into this race off (from a speed figure prospective) his best race to date. The problem is, he ran what might have been his best race and was still beaten almost two lengths by Caxia Electronica. Associate, this stretch runner is 3 for 3 over the Belmont Park surface and although he is taking a big step up in class, I won’t be surprised if he runs well at long odds (He’s 8-1 morning line) on Saturday afternoon.
Little Bets N’ Pieces
**** Jockey Chantal Sutherland surprisingly announced her retirement in a statement released last Sunday, saying she is ready “to begin a new chapter in my life.”
Her final race, was seventh at Woodbine in the Bunty Lawless Stakes for her family’s Paradox Farms.
“I love Woodbine, I love riding here,” said Sutherland. “It’s nice that I could end it here, where it all started for me.”
Sutherland admitted afterward that it was difficult to be walking away as a jockey for the last time after a 13-year career.
“It’s a very emotional experience,” said Sutherland. “It’s sad, but I feel good about the decision and the timing is right for me. I hope to be remembered as a very good jockey.”
Sutherland, 36, did not specify what will follow her riding career. “I’m excited about my future and the challenges it will bring,” she said. “I enjoy working hard and striving to achieve goals, so who knows; maybe you will see me pop up somewhere soon.”
Her full statement is available on her website, www.chantalsutherlandjockey.com.
The gorgeous Chantal Sutherland surprisingly retires
**** Multiple grade I winner It’s Tricky will not run in the Breeders Cup and has been retired with an injury to her right hind ankle, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said last weekend.
She sustained the beginnings of a condylar fracture to the ankle during a five-furlong work last Friday as she prepared for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic .
“She worked well and the next morning when we went to look at her, she had heat and inflammation in her right hind ankle,” said Kiaran McLaughlin
“We had it X-rayed, and forwarded the X-rays to Dr. Larry Bramlage, and both he and Dr. Christian Rhein, who did the X-rays, agreed it was the beginning of a condylar fracture. No surgery will be required. We just have to stop on her and at this point, she’ll go on to her new career as a mother.”
It’s Tricky retires with a record of 14 starts 8 wins, 4 seconds and a third (including two grade: 1 wins in the Acorn and Coaching Club American Oaks last year) and $1,666,550 in earnings.
It’s Tricky also retired this week.
**** 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will stand the 2013 season at Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley farm in Japan.
Olly Tait, Darley’s chief operating officer, said, “Japanis a racing superpower. The transfer of Street Sense there is an indication of the ambition that Darley has for our operation in many different parts of the world.”…great, the US loses yet another top sire.
Street Sense, the only winner of both the BC Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby, is relocating.