It’s not a big weekend for the 3-year-olds, but the older horses have plenty going on in California. Champs Elysees is still in the game and he’s taking on his nephew (insofar as we can pretend these terms apply in horse breeding) Zambezi Sun in the San Luis Obispo.
In case you’re wondering how that works, here’s the short version: Champs Elysees is a son of wonder-mare Hasili (pictured) and Zambezi Sun is by Dansili, who is a full brother to Champs Elysees – so it’s a family reunion of sorts (especially given that both horses are now trained by Bobby Frankel). Zambezi Sun had a very respectable record in France (there’s no shame in getting spanked by Zarkava) and seems to like California so far, so this should be a fun race.
I’ll also be keeping an eye out on a few of my other turf favorites – the ever-underrated Spring House and Artiste Royal will hopefully make this interesting. I’m also curious to see how New Zealand-bred longshot Bonjour does (especially with reality-star Joe Talamo aboard) on the California turf.
Before we get to that, the San Carlos headlines Saturday’s card; Georgie Boy is back for more after his Sunshine Millions victory last month. The field isn’t that tough, although you never know when some of the underachievers like Halo Najib or Mutadda may suddenly find their best form.
I’m glad there’s another installment of ‘Jockeys‘ this evening to keep the rest of the household interested in the fates of the Southern california jockeys and their horses – from that perspective, it has been a rousing success!