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Playing Catch-up

yes, I had to resort to LOLCatsAlthough I’m in the midst of an extremely busy week at work, I have been keeping up with my Task Force co-authors in Las Vegas via their regular Twitter updates which are aggregated at Raceday 360 Wire along with all the other racing news that’s fit to scrape – if you have not been yet, do check it out.

If you have been keeping up, you’ll know that Perfect Drift has been retired, but I’m glad they decided to at least try him out to see if he wanted to race another season; obviously he told his connections ‘not so much’ but it’s nice to see that they did right by the horse on both counts. You also know that Commentator rocked the MassCap – check out Teresa’s coverage of the day here.

It’s still auction season, despite the tanking economy, and quite a number of top racemares are now on the block as broodmares: Honey Ryder, currently in foal to Giant’s Causeway and I was a little dismayed to see Intangaroo up as a ‘racing and/or broodmare’ prospect. Pure Clan is also up for sale only a short while after her American Oaks victory; last year’s winner of the same race, Panty Raid, is also in the sale — I would hope that Intangaroo and Pure Clan stay around a while longer as racehorses, but it seems unlikely. They are saving the last spot in the auction for über-broodmare Better Than Honour; she’s not in foal this year, but one imagines that she will boost the bottom line.

Curlin is ready to go for the Jockey Club Gold Cup (and we will have more on that and the many other stakes races that will not be televised beyond TVG/HRTV later this week), but perhaps the most exciting racing news this week continues to be Weekend Hussler in Australia. He began his season with a solid second on August 16th and has won his three races since then; clearly his Horse of the Year honor is not weighing him down at all. He has now won seven Group 1 races and is on target for the Caulfield Cup as a prelude to the Melbourne Cup. The bay gelding’s bandwagon is well worth jumping on, if you are not on board already. And as an added bonus, there’s a lot less waiting around in between races to see him compared to North American stars.

Check back later this week for more on Curlin and Mambo in Seattle

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