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Catch Up, Tune In

This year’s Alabama may not have had a filly in Rachel Alexandra’s class, but that didn’t stop Careless Jewel from emulating her in a big-margin victory (and running a 106 in the process). One also might view the race as the year’s second major Canadian incursion, after Mine That Bird’s earlier success up north – trainer Josie Carroll (left, with Careless Jewel) was the first woman to train a Queen’s Plate winner in 2006 and is regularly a top trainer at Woodbine. The DRF points out that the Breeders’ Cup could be shaping up rather nicely for Careless Jewel, who is already a winner over Polytrack (and apparently quite handy on conventional dirt as well) – not having to face Rachel Alexandra (and/or Zenyatta) this year makes the Distaff a more realistic goal.

Speaking of Woodbine, Hasili family scion Champs Elysees was narrowly beaten there by Marchfield in the Sky Classic; seeing him pop up in a race made me wonder whether any of Hasili’s other offspring were currently in training; it seems 4-year-old Raise the Flag made a luckless start in France for Andre Fabre last year, but I did not find any more recent information. Meanwhile, the mare herself has headed back to Europe to see Oasis Dream after spending a few years Stateside and visiting with Storm Cat and Empire Maker. Her Storm Cat filly should be a 2-year-old now, but I would imagine we’ll hear from her later rather than sooner.

And so to next weekend; it’s unclear whether Mine That Bird will indeed be lining up for the Travers; so far, he seems to be doing well after his minor throat surgery, but a decision will be made tomorrow. Quality Road had a fine workout that should make him the morning-line favorite – for all things Travers, tune in tomorrow to hear my thoughts in my very own dulcet tones.

In other racing news, Einstein is headed to California after working a bullet at Churchill Downs; naturally, we Einstein fans hope to see a great performance from him in the Pacific Classic (ideally one not beset by the bad luck he’s run into in his last two starts).

Looking to make a comeback from both bad luck and a much longer layoff is Tiago; he became ill after last year’s Breeders’ Cup and has been slowly working his way back to the races ever since. He’s prepping in the Harry Brubaker (a turf race) at Del Mar tomorrow – hopefully he’ll get something out of it and we’ll see him feature in bigger races this fall.

Once again, feel free to tune in tomorrow (or listen again later) for more Travers talk!

3 comments to Catch Up, Tune In

  • Eddie D.

    Hasili has a two-year-old Storm Cat filly named Deluxe.

  • Keith - Triple Dead Heat

    Champs Eylsees is prepping for a run at the Canadian International later in the fall…the Sky Classic was his second start off a layoff. I expect he'll be sharp next out. (Not to take anything away from a very deserving Marchfield.)

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