Countdown to the Cup: Flying Hai

Bob Burton kept fiddling with his cell phone until he found what he was looking for. There was something he had stored away that was very special to him and he wanted to share it.
 
When he finally found it, he turned on his speaker phone and played back the message he had received in September, 2010 from his longtime buddy Jack Wolf, who was calling him from the Keeneland September yearling sale.
 
The message was brief and to the point: “Shanghai Bobby, we got this horse named after you.”
 
Back up several weeks. Burton, a pilot for Delta Airlines for the past 34 years, flying strictly 747s, was scheduled to fly to Shanghai when he was notified the flight had been canceled. Rather than tell his wife about the cancellation, he decided to take advantage of his unscheduled vacation by spending time with Wolf at Saratoga, attending the races and sales. When he expressed interest in one particular yearling, it got Wolf to thinking about naming a horse for his former college football teammate.
 
That horse turned out to be a son of Harlan’s Holiday, who Wolf and his partner Don Lucarelli purchased for $105,000 for their Starlight Partners. He immediately called and left his message notifying Burton that a horse had been named after him, just as he had done several years earlier with Burton’s father, Sam, who was known as Sam P. That colt, named Sam P, became a solid stakes performer who made it to the Kentucky Derby. But more on him later.
 
So began the tale of Shanghai Bobby.
 
Fast forward to Oct. 6, 2012. Burton was scheduled to depart JFK on a nonstop flight to Tel Aviv the following day, but left his ranch in Martinsville, Ind., just outside Indianapolis, a day early in order to attend the Champagne Stakes at Belmont.
 
From that brief phone message left by Wolf had come a very special horse, who was attempting to remain undefeated in the Champagne, and there was no way Burton was going to miss seeing his namesake run, especially after his job prevented him from being at Saratoga for his rousing victory in the Hopeful Stakes on Sept. 3. A victory in the Champagne would crown him the leading 2-year-old in America.
 
Despite his spotless record of 3-for-3, Shanghai Bobby was not even made the morning line favorite for the Champagne, an honor that went to his stablemate, Archwarrior, who had made only one start, a 3 1/4-length maiden victory that came with as much pre-race hype as any 2-year-old race in memory.
 
Then, when the betting began, it was the California invader, Goldencents, with only a 7 1/4-length maiden score at 5 1/2 furlongs on his resume, who was getting hammered down to 3-2 favorite. Trained by Doug O’Neill, he was said to be a freak, and as a result, the money came pouring in from California.
 
Finally, when the Californians concluded their wagering onslaught, the betting shifted to Shanghai Bobby, by far the most accomplished horse in the race, who eventually would go off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of six.
 
When it was over, Shanghai Bobby had emerged as the best 2-year-old in the country by crushing all the hyped horses and everyone else in the field, winning by an emphatic five-lengths. After stalking Goldencents the whole way through fractions of :23 2/5 and :47 2/5 under Rosie Napravnik, he took over the lead and drew off at will, and his time of 1:35 2/5 for the flat mile was a full second and three-fifths faster than his brilliant stablemate Dreaming of Julia in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) the race before. Dreaming of Julia had looked like the next coming of Ruffian, winning both her starts by nearly 27 lengths. In the Frizette, she ran into another tiger, My Happy Face, who was coming off a 21 1/4-length maiden score. The pair charged home eyeball to eyeball, with Dreaming of Julia prevailing by a head in 1:37.
 
What made Shanghai Bobby’s victory all the more impressive was that he came home his final half in a brilliant :47 4/5 (:23 3/5 and :24 1/5). He has now won four races at three different tracks and four different distances from 4 1/2 furlongs to one mile.
 
Ironically, Shanghai Bobby originally was scheduled to run in the Saratoga Special, but was withdrawn due to a fever.
 
“Because he spiked that fever and missed the Saratoga Special, the timing has turned out perfectly,” said Wolf, who also was proud of the fact that Shanghai Bobby’s sire, Harlan’s Holiday, was his first big horse and that the runner-up was by a son of Harlan’s Holiday.
 
Trainer Todd Pletcher feels Shanghai Bobby has all the attributes of a top-class horse.
 
 “He’s shown the adaptability to stalk, and yet he has tactical speed to keep pressure on someone, keeping them from getting loose,” Pletcher said. “He’s tenacious. He has all of the tools.”
 
Napravnik added, “Bobby was on his game today. He broke real sharp and we sat real comfortable outside of the horse that was on the lead (Goldencents). He was taking me to the lead before I wanted to go, but he was full of it and did it as easy as could be. He’s just gotten better and more mature with every start and I think he’s just going to continue to grow and exceed our expectations.”
 
For Starlight Partners, they now prepare to embark on another Triple Crown trail, as they did this year with the undefeated Algorithms, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes, who has been sidelined with a fractured splint bone. But they have decided first to head to California for the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
 
“Good horses will find a way to win, and this guy just finds a way to win,” Lucarelli said of Shanghai Bobby. “Listening to all the prognosticators, no one seemed to be picking him. I love that, but you have to go out and earn it. And he definitely earned it.”
 
Pletcher’s other starters, Archwarrior and Micromanage, finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and never threatened Shanghai Bobby at any point.
 
Goldencents hung on for second and ran a solid race for his second career start and stretching out from 5 1/2 furlongs. Godolphin Racing’s Fortify, runner-up in the Hopeful, ran an even race to finish third.
 
Getting back to the two-legged Shanghai Bobby, Burton’s family history reads like a novel, with its heroes a cross between Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, Sky King, and Snoopy all rolled up in one.
 
Burton’s father, Sam, who died this past February, 18 days shy of his 93rd birthday, had already experienced the thrill being honored with a horse’s name.

Wolf recalled, “When we bought this horse at the Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale, Bob was with us, and he jumped up and shouted, ‘He has the same birthday as my father; you have to buy this horse.’ So, we wound up spending $200,000 for a Cat Thief.”

Wolf has always had a great deal of admiration for Bob’s father, who was what was known as a Hump pilot, an elite group of pilots known for their death-defying missions during the 1930s and ‘40s.

As part of the China National Aviation Corporation, Hump pilots played a significant role in the history of modern China, establishing the first air routes in China, connecting the commercial center of Shanghai (hmm, another Shanghai connection) with Canton, Peking, and the cities along the Yangtze River.

Through the Sino-Japanese war in 1937 and World War II, Hump pilots flew C-47 and C-46 transport planes over the Himalayas, carrying supplies, fuel, and soldiers between Burma, India, and China. Because of the lack of navigational technology back then, many planes never made it because of severe weather conditions, such as ice and turbulence. Operating conditions were extremely hazardous because the airline was forced to fly under the worst possible circumstances to avoid Japanese attack. As a result, the mortality rate of Hump pilots was extremely high.

Sam Burton, who was a Hump pilot in 1943 and ’44, said in 2007: “We lost thousands of planes. One time, they sent out 95 planes and lost 89 of them. The jet stream could be as strong as 150 miles an hour and there were no radio aids, so you didn’t know where you were. I was lucky. One night, we hit a bad thunderstorm, and the only thing that saved us was the fact that the plane was empty. We had already made our delivery and were returning. If we had been carrying a load we never would have made it.”

From April 1942, when the Burma Road was lost, to April 1945, CNAC made more than 35,000 trips over the Hump. In 1944 it flew almost 9,000 round trips, or 10 million miles, over this route, transporting approximately 35,000 tons of lend-lease, as well as strategic materials.

So appreciative were the Chinese that they invited all the remaining Hump pilots to China for a reunion, where they honored them for their heroism. Sam P earned several individual air medals, including the Bronze Star. He eventually opened a flight school, flew for the Atomic Energy Commission, and commercially with Eastern Airlines until his retirement in 1979.

His son Bob, one of four children, also became a commercial pilot, and like his father, managed to escape death.

“Jack and I go back to 1968,” Burton said. “I had been trying to decide whether to go to Marshall University or Murray State University for a walk-on football tryout. It came down to coin toss with my mom and dad. I visited both schools and had a really tough time choosing one. I was on the front steps of my parents’ porch and I told them about my conflict, and my dad said. ‘Well, I got a quarter in my pocket. We’ll just flip the quarter.’ So I flipped and it came up Murray State. If it had come up Marshall and I had gone there I would have died in 1970 in a plane crash that killed the entire Marshall University football team. As it turned out, it was at Murray State that I met Jack, who was also on the football team. We’ve been close friends ever since. So, I’ve been blessed beyond belief in my life.”

So, the equine adventures of the Burton family will continue at Santa Anita, where a victory would crown Shanghai Bobby the 2-year-old champion and prohibitive favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Not even his father could top that.
 
Breeders’ Cup random thoughts

-- Dale Romans said he and Donegal Racing’s Jerry Crawford will decide whether to run Dullahan in the Turf, Mile, or Classic. It is our opinion that there is no decision to make. Can Dullahan be expected to handle Point of Entry and a solid group of Europeans going a mile and a half on grass after running so poorly in the Jamaica at a mile and an eighth? With his running style, has he given any indication he can run with Wise Dan and the top-class Euros going a mile, especially with post position so important? The truth is, none of these races play to Dullahan’s strength, which is nine and 10 furlongs on synthetic or at least over a track with no moisture in it. He clearly has shown he likes a fast and dry surface. Yes, he is finicky about his footing, but, as for dirt, he did finish a fast-closing third in the Kentucky Derby, which at least fits his best distance and shows he can handle the right kind of dirt track. Whether that equates to Santa Anita no one knows. Santa Anita, you know will be tight and firm on Breeders’ Cup day, which should suit him, and when you get down to it, he has already defeated the Classic favorite at the Classic distance. So, if you’re going to be at a disadvantage wherever you go, you might as well try to minimize those disadvantages as much as possible and go for the big one.

-- Has any horse in memory improved as dramatically with blinkers as Groupie Doll, who is now four-for-four since adding blinkers, and has won those four races, including three grade I’s, by an average margin of five lengths, with three of them earning triple-digit Beyer speed figures? By contrast, prior to the equipment change, Groupie Doll had won four of 11 starts, no grade I’s, and had earned only one triple-digit Beyer.
 
-- Although Coil’s past performances seem to indicate the Dirt Mile would a perfect spot for him, Bob Baffert has said he’s definitely staying at one turn and pointing for the Sprint. No one spots horses any better than Baffert, so he will be represented in the Sprint by a horse who came from last to win the Haskell Invitational, finish second by a head in the Swaps Stakes, win the 1 1/16-mile Affirmed Handicap, and finish third, beaten only two lengths, by Classic favorite Game on Dude in the Goodwood Stakes. He no doubt has found a new niche this year and could be the most versatile BC Sprint winner since Suburban Handicap (then 1 1/4 miles) winner Dancing Spree won the race back in 1989.

-- So what was Mr. Commons doing running second, a length or so off a :45 4/5 and 1:08 4/5 pace in the Arroyo Seco Mile? In his previous eight starts, he was either 6th, 7th, or 8th early and was able to use his powerful closing kick. Despite this odd change in tactics, he still finished third, beaten only one length, coming home his final quarter in :22 4/5. He could be pretty live in the BC Mile with a return to his normal running style.

-- While everyone was watching Shanghai Bobby draw off in the Champagne Stakes, they might have missed Goldencents, coming off only one 5 1/2-furlong maiden race, holding off the Hopeful Stakes runner-up Fortify the entire length of stretch for second. Although he may be a one-turn horse, if he runs in the Juvenile, he could bear watching. Another who bears watching is his stablemate Know More, who should also return to his normal off-the-pace style of running now that he has his first two-turn race under him. He was well-beaten by Power Broker, but like Mr. Commons was much closer to the pace than normal, and like Goldencents, he hung tough in the stretch, turning back a pair of challenges for second.

-- Check the replays of the Haskell and the Awesome Again and watch the similarity between the performances of Nonios, who ran the identical race in each one, right down to the path along the inside, swinging out at the exact same time, angling into the stretch in the same manner, and being unable to match strides with the horse in front (Paynter and Game On Dude), while drawing well clear of the rest of the field. If you toss his inexplicably dull effort in the Travers, he is bred to run all day and his sire won the Classic at Santa Anita.

-- Finally we come to Wise Dan. While it certainly does appear that the BC Mile is the logical spot for him, especially the way he dominated his field in his last three starts at a mile on the grass, it is worth noting that he will be facing far better horses than he’s been facing, including some top-class invaders from Europe. Yes, he still should win if he runs the same way he did in his three big mile scores, but if you’re looking for a reason to consider the Classic, it should be pointed out that in the Shadwell Turf Mile, the second- and third-place finishers were 48-1 and 100-1, respectively; in the Woodbine Mile, the second-place finisher had never run on grass before; and in the Fourstardave, the runner-up came back and was up the track in the Shadwell Turf Mile.

That’s not to say the Classic is the best spot for him, as he didn’t seem as sharp as usual in his second-place finish in the Stephen Foster, and he’d be venturing into new territory going a mile and a quarter for the first time. Trainer Charlie Lopresti said the Santa Anita surface has been playing on the loose side, but the meet just opened, and there is no way it will be loose on Breeders’ Cup weekend. So although he likely will stay at a mile on the grass, and rightly so, it is at least something to think about.

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Alex'sBigFan

Any husband of mine who went to Saratoga to races and sales without me has HELL TO PAY!!!!!  Apparently Mrs. Bob is not an avid racing fan since he alluded her on this one paticular trip.  If I was married to this pilot I'd be saying ok bud, now this week we are flying to this race and next week I go to see Alex and Zenyatta, he'd still be paying for it!  Lucky he is not married to me!

Saratoga without me, like hell! Apparently his wife doesn't share his passion for horseracing, in my household it is vice-versa!

Just kidding but great article Steve!!!

09 Oct 2012 5:55 PM
mz

Breeders Cup Random Thoughts:

Look out for 2YO's from Woodbine.  The Springs and Dynamic Sky, if he learns to stop gawking and just run down the stretch.

Also, I agree with those who are wondering if we can exchange the race days for the Classic and the Distaff and run the girls on Saturday.  

09 Oct 2012 6:23 PM
Alex'sBigFan

I would write a book if I was this guy's wife and call it "From Shanghai to Saratoga" and never let him live that trip down going without me!  You're in Pletcher Paradise without me, NOT!!!!!!!!

Right fellow lady racing fans???

I must say the name Shanghai Bobby for the horse is adorable.

09 Oct 2012 8:05 PM
Meriksen

Do you know if Danedream could be coming for theTurf since she missed the Arc?

09 Oct 2012 11:06 PM
Lammtarra'sArc

I agree 1000% with MZ.  The 2 year olds who ran at Woodbine in the Summer stakes, and Natalma are the Juveniles to beat on Turf. Look at the last couple years. 2010 Pluck won the Summer stakes, and the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf, New Normal won the Natalma, but was injured and shut down, BUT the runner up More then Real won the Juvenile Fillies Turf for Bob Flay. 2011 Northern Passion destroys the Natalma field but her wacko connections entered her in the Juvenile fillies on dirt, instead 3rd place finisher Stephanie's Kitten won the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf easily. Excaper was runner up in the Summer stakes and ran 2nd in the BC juvenile turf(Finale had a terrible trip). Now this year....Spring Venture impressively wins the Natalma, and Spring in the Air wins the Alcibides easily. Now both 1-2 finishers in the Natalma both have GR1/GR2 wins on grass going into the BC. Those are my 1-2 for the Juvenile Fillies Turf. As for the Summer stakes winner(ImBoundtoScore), if Dawn Approach stays home, he will go wire to wire in the Juvenile Turf. Oh and let's not forget Turralure winning the Woodbine Mile, and losing by a whisker to Court vision after giving the field a 15-18L headstart and passing the field in the stretch to just miss.  I ALWAYS back the Natalma and Summer stakes horses, and will continue to do so for a long time to come.

My Picks for the Juvenile's on Grass are:

Juvenile FIlly turf- Spring venture, and Spring in the Air.

Juvenile Turf- Imboundtoscore, and Dawn Approach.

10 Oct 2012 12:18 AM
Derby Dew

Steve,

I don't know how you do it.  You not only are a gifted writer, but, in this article, you have the investigative skills of a probing war correspondent.  Great stuff!  I thouroughly enjoyed the exciting journey back to the Sino-Japanese conflict and WWII.  You talk about courage.... pilots like Sam Burton had it and then some.  Reminded me of Laura Hillenbrand's bestseller, 'Unbroken'.

I'm definately rooting for Shanghai Bobby in the BC Juvenile.

Thanks for another great story, Steve.

10 Oct 2012 5:17 AM
Pedigree Ann

Mary - the quarantine for the Cologne racetrack stables is for 90 days, starting on October 1. The Breeders Cup and the Japan Cup are definitely out for her; Danedream won't be moving out of there until Christmas at the earliest. EIA (swamp fever) is no joke.

10 Oct 2012 11:02 AM
Bill Two

Man, you covered a lot of ground in this column!  Great information about Shanghai Bobby and his connections.  Those hump pilots that survived have to be the luckiest people ever.  Mr. Wolf's father was something else.  Now, about the horses, you make a good argument for Dullahan running in the Classic. He'll never hit the board in the turf races and will have a tough time of it at SA in the Classic itself, but that is his only chance.  Too bad we don't have BC races for synthetic freaks.  Maybe, some day we will. Interesting perspective on Wise Dan: we'll see just how good he is in the BC mile.  Gotta think the BC Juvenile is going to be a hell of a race.  

10 Oct 2012 11:43 AM
Imnotkidding

Throw out any horse trained by Pletcher. The most overrated trainer EVER!!! I am flabbergasted that he seems to get so many good horses and does nothing with them. AMAZING!!!

10 Oct 2012 2:20 PM
Ranagulzion

Nice article Steve.  Shanghai Bobby is a pretty good 2YO but his pedigree doesn't offer much promise of him being a major factor at classic distances in next season's Triple Crown series. I think that the lukewarmness towards him is because initially he was being overshadowed by the now deceased/ill-fated Saratoga Special winner Spurious Precision, who liked like a real crackerjack colt in the making.  I was really saddened by his breakdown and that he had to be euthanised.  The other question about Shanghai Bobby is how he will perform without Lasix in the BCJ. At this point I'm more interested in his stablemate Overanalyzed and the impressive million dollar colt Darwin.  These two so far are the bright prospects for next year.

In the older horses division, Wise Dan is a monster. He'll go on to be Horse of the year IMO and is the one to beat in whichever Breeder's Cup race he runs. The only threat to him in the 5 million dollar classic would be a super fit Mucho Macho Man. If Wise Dan were to go the judicious route of the BC Mile followed by a repeat win in the Clarke, there could be no serious challenge to his claim on the 2012 HOTY title.

I noticed that you stayed clear of the distaff division. Thats going to be quite an attraction this year with Awesome Feather, Royal Delta, My Miss Auria, Love & Pride and Questing battling for top honours. Awesome Feather is my fancy at this point to extend her winning streak.

10 Oct 2012 5:14 PM
thedad53

Steve, Check out the tip on the BC Mile at oddschecker.com. Says Wise Dan might run in the BC Classic because it will be on Pro-Ride!!!

I didn't know Santa Anita reinstalled Pro_Ride after switching to dirt in the fall of 2010. lol

11 Oct 2012 7:33 AM
Pedigree Ann

Ranagulzion - Game on Dude is unbeaten on the Santa Anita dirt and is a proven winner at 10f, which neither Wise Dan and Mucho Macho Man are. In fact, Wise Dan was clearly reaching the end of his tether when Ron the Greek nailed him in the Foster. MMM, much as I like him, hasn't yet managed a G1 win and may still have some growing to do; some horses don't bloom until 5, like Acclamation.

If the last two years' BC Classics showed us anything, it is that proven stayers (at 10f+) will wear down the 8f/9f specialists when the pace is anywhere near realistic. East Coast trainers better wise up and pressure the tracks into restoring their 10f handicaps so that their charges have that vital experience.

11 Oct 2012 8:40 AM
Rachel NH

The only thing lousy about this race (forgive my sourpuss) was that it's only worth a paltry 10 points toward the Derby...I wonder if that's why it didn't draw more horses to run.

Imagine, that grade 2 turf race over in England they just ran is equal to the Champagne and Breeders Cup Juvenile...and not a single turf race is eligible here in Noth America!

Churchill cherry picks 36 races that they can change at will to determine who runs (to punish or not to punish re: Illinois Derby)...no filly races count...no Eight Belles ever again...

Tough luck if a colt is good in fall of 2 year-old year and they have to stop ion them for some reason...

11 Oct 2012 12:45 PM
Karen in Texas

Ranagulzion----Isn't the question more about how any of the 2y/o's will perform without Lasix in the BCJ and the other juvenile races? Why single out Shanghai Bobby? Overanalyze and Darwin have both run on it in their preps as well.

11 Oct 2012 1:53 PM
It aint easy being good!

I agree with Pediagree Ann the classic is all about stamina more than speed. GAME on DUDE will be your classic winner and probably will be horse of the year. Dont over think the classic its all about the dude he is on his home track and is a monster. If you want to turn back the clock remember what the great Zeneyatta did when the classic was on her home course she crushed expect the same thing for the dude!

11 Oct 2012 2:42 PM
Ranagulzion

Pedigree Ann,

I dont think you're right about Wise Dan's loss to Ron the Greek in the Stephen Foster. Wise Dan bounced after his huge fast time win at Keenland coming off a long break. This horse can win the BCC on sheer class even if 10 Furlongs were a trifle long for him.

There's no doubt that Mucho Macho Man is Grade one calibre and its just a matter of time for him to breakthrough.  As for Game on Dude, he's a genuine and consistent Grade one campaigner but I see him getting beat once again by horses that bring that extra touch of class such as MMM or Wise Dan. I also think that Dullahan has a live shot in the BCC on Santa Anita's dirt with strong pace anticipated.

Rachel NH,

I share your point of view on the newly introduced points system for Kentucky Derby qualification. I predict that very soon, perhaps after two or three years they will be under pressure to return to the Graded Earnings system which stood the test of time IMO.  

11 Oct 2012 5:21 PM
Ranagulzion

Karen in Texas,

I singled out Shanghai Bobby because he is the focus of Steve's column and the leading 2YO so far. Lasix undoubtedly has performance enhancing effects on some horses and on some more than others therefore the question arises in a Breeder's Cup scenario where the medication is prohibited.

12 Oct 2012 1:55 PM
Karen in Texas

Ranag---Yes, of course the question arises because of the prohibition of Lasix usage in all the BC 2y/o races this year. It will be interesting to see what happens. I have researched 8 possible/probable BCJ starters, and of those colts, only Fortify has raced without Lasix in all his starts.

12 Oct 2012 3:51 PM
Alex'sBigFan

Ranagulzion,

Nice to see you back.  I'm not sure about the Lasix being "performance enhancing."  I think the jury is still out on that one and there is a very fine line with semantics there.  I think what Lasix is doing is reducing the pulmonary stress and EIPH and enabling them to perform at their best ability.  There is no guarantee Lasix is speeding them up, it's not a steroid building them up, it is a blood pressure, capillary distress reducing med.

I'm not so sure just because Lasix is administered it will increase or enhance performance, it may make them feel better respiratory wise.  Losing 20 lbs. of urine may make them feel lighter on their feet.  I know the industry phrase "performance enhancing" is used often but I'm not so sure it's entirely applicable to the category of the Lasix medication classification.  When the day comes when the playing field is level again sans Lasix, then fractions and Beyers can be compared between the Lasix and post Lasix periods I would assume.  This is the one med I still think may be needed and it seems the industry is still divided on it's opinion of it.

It's a tough call either way.

Great news on Paynter going to rehab in Fair Hill.  3 hospitals, in 3 months, in 3 different states.

It seems all prayers are being answered.  He needs to be listed somewhere as one of the most amazing animals ever.  Each day he improves I feel blessed I got to see him at Monmouth.  I hope the guy who was standing next to me anxious to get Paynter's photo as they walked out in the Haskell post parade realizes how precious that photo actually is.  The Haskell Trophy may as well be the Triple Crown Trophy, it carries that much importance to me now.  Taking nothing away from IHA for I do believe as many do here that he would have won the Belmont that day, Paynter in my book is this year's HOY.  Happy weekend to all and PowerUpPaynter.  

12 Oct 2012 7:57 PM
Bigtex

I know he's had the big layoff but is no one giving Animal Kingdom a look at the turf mile?  It would seem odd for team Valor to have him there if he wasn't going to be close to AK ready.  

Steve, what do you see in store for Algorithms between now and the spring?

12 Oct 2012 8:08 PM
Tiz Herself

Is it ever too early to post BC picks?

F&M Sprint - Switch, Groupie Doll, Musical Romance, Winding Way (would be cool to see her there, she's Kauai Katie's full sis and is also undefeated)

Juv Sprint - Carried Interest or Scherer Magic

Mile - Animal Kingdom, Wise Dan or My Best Brother

Juvenile Turf - Battle of Marengo

Juvenile - Shanghai Bobby, Chief Havoc or Know More

Juvenile Fillies - Dreaming of Julia or Kauai Katie (maybe Teen Pauline will be in there?)

Juvenile Fillies Turf - Nancy O (IRE) she is sired by Pivotal and produced from the Arch mare Arravale who was a Canadian champion turf horse

Ladies Classic - My Miss Aurelia or Awesome Feather (dead heat? so that none lose their unbeaten record), Love and Pride, or Royal Delta

Dirt Mile - Tapizar, Morning Line, Dominus or Shackleford

Turf - Point of Entry, St. Nicholas Abbey and somewhere I saw Brown Panther as possible. Would love that!

F&M Turf - Up(IRE), Was (IRE) or Tapitsfly

Turf Sprint - heard that Starspangledbanner could be in here... Steve have you heard anything?

Sprint - Amazombie, Trinniberg or The Lumber Guy

Classic - Game on Dude, To Honor and Serve, Mucho Macho Man, Ron The Greek... so hard to choose!

Marathon - Worth Repeating, Arthur's Tale (love the pedigree on him! Bernadini sired, from a Harlan mare who's broodmare sire is Sham), Dynamic Host, or Eldaafer

Would love to see Winding Way and Kauai Katie both get to the BC... that would be so cool. Love Point of Entry, Brown Panther (if he is here??)

12 Oct 2012 11:54 PM
Tiz Herself

Harlan's Holiday has always been one of my favorites. He was one of my picks for the 2002 Derby , along with Booklet. Had no doubt that he would make a great stallion.

Mendip, Wilcox Inn, Riley Tucker, Into Mischief, Necessary Evil, Majesticperfection, Denis of Cork, Twinspired (anyone know where he is?), J Z Warrior, Tasha's Miracle, Three Day Rush, P S U Grad, Bear Holiday, Summer Applause... the best is yet to come.

Go Shanghai Bobby!

13 Oct 2012 12:07 AM
Tiz Herself

Carsons Crown (out of mare Delicatessa, by Dare and Go)

Park City (out of mare Light Show by Pleasant Colony)

Stormy Holiday (out of mare Over the Edge, by Thunder Gulch)

Stormy Len (out of mare Rietondale, by Dynaformer)

Zeewat (out of mare Delizia by Distant View)

are also Harlan Holiday two year olds to watch.

13 Oct 2012 12:18 AM
jamicheleify

Steve,

You are so awesome! I love your writing style.  I became so much more interested in Shanghai Bobby because this story is so neat, and the way you tell it, how can anyone not be romantic about horse racing?

I became interested in horse racing only 3 years ago, and these stories about the horses, and their connections should be shared with all.  It's what horse racing needs.

For example, I just found out this week that Mucho Macho Man was stillborn!  For MMM to come back, and run the way he has despite his entry into the world is nothing short of amazing.  

I wish Shanghai Bobby (4 & 2 legged) the best! I will definitely be following this horse, and I cannot wait to see him run in the Juvenile Breeder's Cup Race!

Thank you Steve!

13 Oct 2012 1:46 AM
Mister Frisky

Another BC with ZERO star power.Looking for some supefecta bombers.

13 Oct 2012 5:23 PM
Mike Relva

It Aint Easy Being Good

So NOW it's the great Zenyatta? lmao

14 Oct 2012 7:00 PM

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