Arrrrr Runs on Breeders' Cup Day with a Twist

A Blissful Kiss:

Driving to Keeneland from a previous evening in Louisville was quite an adventure Sunday. I did make it to Keeneland in time for race 7 finally, in time to see the jockeys load and hear the call to post trumpet sound. However, I had to make my way to the box seats and by the time I made it there, the horses were loading in the gate, so I did not wager on this race. No cash in hand and not wanting to mess with the ATM. Oh, but I should have.

I was rushing to attend a sweet climax to a great weekend. Kiss With A Twist was set to run in race 7. I had spent all Friday afternoon and part of Sunday evening at Keeneland with a good friend from the Nuckols family who own the filly. They are kind and great to be around, so I encourage you to introduce yourself sometime.  The box seats were right off the finish line and a great view to the action that was about to begin.

After a good break, Kiss With A Twist rounded the first turn towards the back and sat decently off the pace. She sat in a solid off position along the back stretch. Then traffic picked up around the final turn and that traffic was heavy. Kissy came up the inside, but then moved slightly outside, looking for a hole. A good move, as a brief break in the traffic opened, allowing Kiss With A Twist to jump into gear and pass the lingering traffic to catch up with the main leaders of the pack. Inches at a time, Kiss With A Twist saw the finish line and let the heart take over. Gaining the edge ever so slightly, finally, she reached the leader and continued to gain until the wire. As the wire approached, it was clear Kiss With A Twist was going to get the win, but it was exciting and tense at the final turn. The horses went four wide, but that nice gap opened and Kissy took it.

The box went crazy and I shook/congradualted the hand of Alfred and family. I was invited to come to the winners circle and to be in the winning photo. First time experience with that and it was actually quite thrilling. Kiss With A Twist happily strutted into the circle. She was on her toes, ears engaged and she KNEW she did well. She looked like she was ready to go again, almost as if she had not run. That was a wonderful sign.

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The East.

So Pyro is moving to Darley after the BC and Alysheba is coming home!

Pyro has been bought by Sheikh Mohammed and he has said there are no definite plans to retire Pyro just yet. I am very excited that Pyro is getting a good home, but will miss his Winchell silks.
http://news.bloodhorse.com/article/47689.htm

Alysheba, who I am a huge fan of, is coming to the Hall of Champions. Poor Cigar can't seem to catch a break from the attention stealers. John Henry and now Alysheba. They will have plenty to talk about though, since Cigar did steal the earnings record from Alysheba.
http://news.bloodhorse.com/article/47699.htm

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Arrrrr Runs on Breeders' Cup Day

Arrrrr is entered to run on October 24, 2008 at FINGER LAKES.

Race: 7  Distance: Five And One Half Furlongs  Surface: Dirt  Age: 4   Sex: Gelding
Race Type: Allowance Purse: $ 20,500
Jockey: John R. Davila, Jr.
Trainer: Jeremiah C. Englehart
Race conditions: FOR FOALED IN NEW YORK STATE AND APPROVED BY THE NEW YORK STATE-BRED REGISTRY THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON A STATE BRED RACE OTHER THAN MAIDEN, CLAIMING, OR STARTER. Three Year Olds, 120 lbs.; Older, 124 lbs. Non-winners of a race since September 24 Allowed 2 lbs. A race since August 24 Allowed 4 lbs. (Races where entered for $15,000 or less not considered in allowances).

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Arrrrr is entered to run on October 25, 2008 at FINGER LAKES.

Race: 7  Distance: Six Furlongs  Surface: Dirt  Age: 4   Sex: Gelding
Race Type: Allowance Purse: $ 17,400
Jockey: Dennis Carr
Trainer: Jeremiah C. Englehart
Race conditions: FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON THREE RACES. Three Year Olds, 120 lbs.; Older, 124 lbs. Non-winners of two races since September 25 Allowed 2 lbs. A race since then Allowed 4 lbs. (Races where entered for $15,000 or less not considered in allowances).
 Last Raced: 10/11/2008 at BELMONT PARK in Race 4
Finish Position: 5th
Last Reported Workouts:
09/20/2008-BELMONT PARK-Three Furlongs-Dirt training Fast-37:81 Breezing
08/31/2008-BELMONT PARK-Three Furlongs-Dirt training Fast-35:67 Handily
07/19/2008-BELMONT PARK-Four Furlongs-Dirt training Fast-49:46 Breezing

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Jedi Code Watch

Date: October 21, 2008
Track: SKYLIGHT TRAINING CENTER
Distance: Five Furlongs
Time: 1.01:40 Breezing
Track Condition: Fast
Surface: Dirt
Rank: 1/10

Date: October 14, 2008
Track: SKYLIGHT TRAINING CENTER
Distance: Five Furlongs
Time: 1.03:40 Breezing
Track Condition: Fast
Surface: All Weather Track
Rank: 6/12

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Notable Workouts:

Piratesonthelake
Date: October 22, 2008
Track: HAWTHORNE
Distance: Four Furlongs
Time: 48:60 Breezing
Track Condition: Fast
Surface: Dirt
Rank: 5/33

Jedi Games is entered to run on October 23, 2008 at REMINGTON PARK.
Race: 7  Distance: Six Furlongs  Surface: Dirt  Age: 2   Sex: Colt
Race Type: Maiden Special Weight Purse: $ 28,000
Jockey: Belen Quinonez
Trainer: Mark W. Buehrer
Race conditions: FOR MAIDENS, TWO YEARS OLD. Weight, 120 lbs.

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MRO

Thank you to King Abdullah for sending Alysheba home. I have always loved Alysheba. He won the Ky Derby when I was a sophomore in high school. On my bulletin board were Alysheba's winner's circle photo, & newspaper clippings of Stefan Edberg (tennis player) & Jim Harbaugh (UofM quarterback). I recently stumbled across a photo I had taken of the bulletin board, obviously trying to finish out a roll of film in the years before digital cameras, and laughed because Alysheba was the only one of the three I still cared about. I never thought he would make it back to the U.S. I'm overjoyed! I can't wait to visit him at the Kentucky Horse Park.  

23 Oct 2008 5:05 PM
Luvthehorses

Gotta love Arrrr.

23 Oct 2008 6:20 PM
Shamfan49

I'm somewhat puzzled. My wife, daughter and I visited the Kentucky Horse Park October 4th because I was under the impression that Lava Man would be there. I was told that he was living at Old Friends because the Horse Park had no available space for him in the Hall of Champions. So after chatting with Cigar and his roomies, we went over to Old Friends and learned that Lava Man was still in California where his massive fan base was gathering to give him a well deserved good-bye party. But now I read in Blood-Horse that Hall of Famer Alysheba is moving into John Henry's old stall on Halloween. But if there was no room for Lava Man, how is there room for Alydar's fabulous son? Not complaining, in fact we'll probably be visiting both places as soon as possible.

23 Oct 2008 10:26 PM
Niteowl

Too bad I have to work both Fri & Sat - otherwise I'd head right out to FL to see Arrrrr.  He should be able to handle the horses out @ FL pretty well, and he's in good hands w/ Englehart.  Good luck to him!  And happy to hear the news on Alysheba!

23 Oct 2008 11:56 PM
da3hoss

I remember my first time standing in a "Winners Photo"...it is so much fun, congrats. Wonderful about Alysheba, I don't hink Cigar lacks for fans, or DaHoss and Kona Gold.;-)

24 Oct 2008 7:02 AM
Kiss With A Twist

You're the best! Too bad you didn't get to make a bet...but there's always Churchill in a few weeks! Oh, and there's going to be a winner's circle picture headed your way this coming week...

24 Oct 2008 1:11 PM
aspradling

Thank you all, Kissy I await the photo and will post it if/when I receive it. AND Arrrrr update: he is scratched from the Friday (todays) race and will be racing in Saturday's (tomorrow). Jedi Games finished 5th in his race.

24 Oct 2008 1:45 PM
Kate

Lava Man was never destined for Kentucky Horse Park.  If you do a search for Lava Man on Google, one thing that comes up is Steve Haskin reporting his future at Old Friends.  I don't know who suggested a lack of room availability.  Sometimes people make assumptions, so perhaps that's it.  The number of times someone tried to tell me Empire Maker's dam Toussaud had passed on I can't tell you--she's still alive and happily in her stall but they even tried to quote the secretary in the main office.  As much as I love Lava Man, I think they probably are very careful who they give John Henry's old stall to.  It's not just a space to put a horse and Lava Man's a terrific horse, just not an all-time great.  Alysheba's "America's horse" and a gift of a king with a lifetime endowment.  I'm not clear on this but does Old Friends charge for entry?  Maybe it's easier for fans to see Lava Man there and the owners wanted that.  It's not like we have to assume KY Horse Park turned them down exactly.  

28 Oct 2008 3:46 AM
maryforney

Wonderful that Alysheba is back! I ran into trainer Jack Van Berg yesterday morning at the Hollywood Park track kitchen. He just got back from Kentucky, where he went to see Alysheba. I asked him how the old guy looked, and he said, "Good. A bit sway backed, but pretty good!"

02 Nov 2008 12:17 PM

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