Saturday, August 12, 2006

Quick Hits

- Showing Up is awsome. He kicked some G1 turf tail today in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes with a time that would have hypothetically crushed the older horses in the Arlington Million. His only loss was in the Kentucky Derby, he has won on dirt and turf and he is a millionaire after only 6 starts. Last week I wrote about Bernardini overshadowing Barbaro in the 3-year-old division, and Barbaro's stablemate may also as well.

Showing Up was a $60,000 2-year-old purchase by the Jacksons. His sire, Strategic Mission (Mr. Prospector), stood for $3,500 early this year and has only 19 foals of racing age so far. However, of 11 starters, he has 3 stakes winners including a Panamanian Champion. His recent success and the resolution of some fertility problems has Strategic Mission "movin' on up" to once again stand at Gainesway Farm in 2007 for an as-yet-unannounced fee.

- I really enjoy Kenny Mayne doing coverage of racing on ESPN/ABC. His sarcasm and comedy are entertaining and even refreshing during telecasts that can get a little dry. Last week, I think he had the most outrageous line ever when prior to the Matchmaker Stakes he said, "Masseuse, the 5 is getting the heavy action here. The backers of Masseuse (are) hoping for a happy ending here on the turf." Great double entendre. The three-man booth of Mayne, Bailey and Moss is a fantastic combination.

1 comment:

Tote Board Brad said...

Yeah, that's good Kenny Mayne stuff, but I heard Frank Lyons use it first during the lead up to last years BC. The Aussie entry Starcraft that was supplemented and as was a favorite fact to report in every artilce the horse, he had his own masseuse that traveled with him. Frank says "Since the connections put up $380,000 and brought their own masseuse, you know they're hoping for a happy ending."


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