Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 30th 2013 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 30, 2013
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 5 5 16
02OLDLADY 10 5 4 19
03CARRIAGE 7 2 5 14
04DEADMAN 4 7 5 16
05 PARSONMAN 6 3 5 14
15 SICKWOMAN 4 10 5 19
18 WATERBOAT 5 9 5 19
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 5 10 8 23
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 8 4 12 23
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 6 6 5 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to September 28
25 (Morocoy) 10.30 am
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
34 (Blind Man)
32 (Shrimp) 1 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 1 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
Burnt Cream attempts a course and dis-
tance follow-up this afternoon in the
"aged" handicap over five furlongs at Bath
where the only course without a watering
system will ride ride "good to firm" for an
eight-race programme; that s right we re
in the back-end of what has been an inter-
esting if unspectacular flat-racing season.
Last year Frankel dominated the English
racing scene; he s irreplaceable as a mar-
keting "tool" but the daily grind goes on
and today is typical with plenty of races
catering for low-grade fare which will be
trying to earn some money for beleaguered,
somewhat disillusioned owners.
That initial purchase several months ago
was budgeted for by so many eager, enthu-
siastic, somewhat unsuspecting purchasers
who approached this season, like all others,
with a deal of expectancy; unfortunately
the cost of keeping racehorses is underes-
timated and makes serious dents on indi-
vidual finances; I ve been there.
Thirty days ago Burnt Cream finally came
good and gained reward for consistency
under Robert Havlin when this Martin
Bosley-trained six-year-old found extra to
win by a head, achieving a "career-best"
As mentioned, so often, when a thor-
oughbred hits form at this time of year they
can be followed and by process of elimi-
nation Burnt Cream rates a solid each-way
punt with three places on offer.
Each-way betting can be precarious; if
your fancy doesn t make the frame you are
doing two stakes and that s an argument
for those who prefer to bet "on the nose"
knowing they will win more, providing, of
course, there judgment is sound.
Realistically each-way betting is best
deployed with each-way doubles and when-
ever possible I m always keen to exploit
Earlier this month two big-priced winners
on the same day, 16/1 and 12 s, provided
this column with a 203/1 double; with the
places it must have paid for your winter
Running in tandem are Newton Abbot
(jumping) and Hamilton where it will no
surprise if Red Forever causes one in the
six-runner nursery over six furlongs. The
price will be right.
Napped is Oscar Magic in the Novices
Hurdle over an extended two mmiles, just
a question of negotiating a clear round.
Burnt Cream to follow up
BELMONT---Returning to top form and employ-
ing new tactics, Little Mike rallied from midpack
and then held off Big Blue Kitten and Real Solu-
tion to win by a nose in the Grade 1, $600,000
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational for 3-year-
olds and up on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Little Mike, a 6-year-old gelding who typically
races on or just off the lead, settled in fifth early
in the 1 ½-mile race under Hall of Fame jockey
Mike Smith, advanced into fourth entering the
backstretch, and commenced his run to the lead
following one mile in 1:35.70 from pacesetter Joes
With five-sixteenths of a mile to travel, Little
Mike struck the front as Big Blue Kitten and Real
Solution, who with Joes Blazing Aaron formed
a Ken and Sarah Ramsey coupled entry that went
off as the 4-5 favorite, began their charges from
the back. Real Solution drew on even terms with
a furlong to travel, but Little Mike rebuffed that
challenge and then fended off a furious late charge
from Big Blue Kitten. Third-place finisher Real
Solution, who reported home a length behind
the winner, finished a head in front of Slumber.
Little Mike completed the distance in 2:25.00,
the fastest Turf Classic since Sky Classic estab-
lished a stakes record of 2:24.50 in 1992. Off at
7-1, Little Mike returned $16.80 for a $2 win
wager. It was the first triumph in five starts for
Little Mike since his victory in the 2012 Grade
1 Breeders Cup Turf.
"I was handicapping the race and after looking
at it I told [trainer] Dale [Romans] that Little
Mike s best race, in the Breeders Cup Turf last
year, was when he was off the pace," said Smith.
"So I decided I was going to ride this horse the
way Ramon [Dominguez] rode him [in the Breed-
ers Cup]. I can mimic all these jocks; I know
how they all hold their hands. Ramon always
puts one on the neck and one way out, and he s
brilliant at it. So I did it, and he kept running
and running and running. It worked! My hat s
off to Ramon Dominguez."
Shanghai Bobby, last season s unbeaten 2-
year-old champion, has been retired from racing
and will stand at Coolmore America s Ashford
Stud in Kentucky. The son of Harlan s Holiday
sustained an injury to a suspensory ligament
when making a successful comeback in last Fri-
day s Aljamin Stakes at Belmont Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said: "It s very disap-
pointing as he ran really well off the layoff and
we were looking forward to going back to Santa
Anita with him for the Breeders Cup Sprint or
the Dirt Mile. He was a really great two-year-
old, undefeated in five starts over five different
distances ranging from 4½ furlongs to 1 1/16
miles. He displayed his brilliant speed in the
Hopeful and Champagne and then showed
tremendous courage to win the Breeders Cup
Starlight Racing co-managing partner Jack
Wolf stated: "We re disappointed as we were
looking forward to him returning to top level
competition following his win in the Aljamin
Stakes. This horse has taken us on a great adven-
ture, from his undefeated 2-year-old campaign
and Eclipse Award, to his successful return at 3.
We are proud to have owned this special horse,
and we wish him the best as he begins his new
career at Ashford."
Dermot Ryan, manager of Ashford Stud, said:
"While it is unfortunate that Shanghai Bobby
won t be at Santa Anita again this year, we are
delighted that he s coming to Ashford. Following
Lookin At Lucky, Uncle Mo and Hansen, he is
the fourth straight Eclipse Award-winning Juvenile
to retire here."
BELMONT---Ron the Greek, overlooked
at 21-1 in a Jockey Club Gold Cup Invita-
tional field of Grade 1 stars, barreled into
the lead on the far turn and pulled clear
to an overpowering 6 3/4-length triumph
in the 95th edition of the Grade 1, $1 million
race on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The victory over Belmont Stakes hero
Palace Malice, two-time defending cham-
pion Flat Out and Kentucky Derby winner
Orb, among others, earned Ron the Greek
an all-fees paid trip to the Breeders Cup
Classic in November at Santa Anita Park
as part of the Breeders Cup "Win and You re
In" Challenge series.
Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Ron the Greek
broke sharply and positioned himself in
fourth, just 2 ½ lengths behind Grade 1
Woodward winner Alpha, who led through
an opening quarter-mile in 23.99 seconds.
Moving up to third as the half went in 47.28
and three-quarters in 1:10.78, the 6-year-
old son of Full Mandate launched his bid
approaching the quarter-pole and swept
into the stretch with a two-length advantage
that he steadily widened to the wire.
"You gotta love Ron," said Hall of Fame
trainer Bill Mott, who trains Ron the Greek
for Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable, Jack Ham-
mer and Gary Barber. "Everybody loves Ron
the Greek! This is the Ron the Greek today.
This is the same type of race he ran in the
Sunshine Millions [in January], the same
type of race he ran in California when he
won the Santa Anita Handicap. Every once
in a while, he ll throw one of these. I can t
determine when, but he did it today."
Ron the Greek s time for 1 ¼ miles was
1:59.70, the fastest running of the Gold Cup
since Evening Attire stopped the clock in
1:59.58 in 2002.
Runner-up Palace Malice finished 1 ¾
lengths in front of 5-2 favorite Flat Out,
Ron the Greek s stablemate who was bidding
to become the first horse since Kelso, who
won five straight from 1960-64, to win
three consecutive runnings of the Jockey
Club Gold Cup. Vitoria Olimpica, at 33-
1 the longest shot in the field, finished fourth,
and strung out behind him were Last Gun-
fighter, Alpha, Cross Traffic who missed
the break and Orb.
"I thought [Palace ] ran great," said trainer
Todd Pletcher, who also saddled Vitoria
Olimpica and Cross Traffic in the Gold Cup.
"He showed his 3-year-old form was legit.
He ran well against older horses; he beat a
lot of nice older horses today. Ron the Greek
is one of those horses that on occasion runs
a monster race, and today he did."
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey
was confounded by the last-place finish of
Orb in what was the Derby winner s worst
outing of 2013.
"It s pretty puzzling," said McGaughey.
"He d been doing well. He broke good and
was sitting in a good position, but at the
five-eighths pole, I could see that he dropped
the bit, and that was the end of it. He never
tried to run after that. I don t know."
The win was Ron the Greek s ninth in 29
starts, including victories in the 2012 Grade
1 Stephen Foster and Santa Anita handicaps.
This year, after winning the Sunshine Mil-
lions at Gulfstream Park, he finished fourth
in the Santa Anita Handicap, third in the
Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, third in the
Stephen Foster, and fourth in both the Grade
1 Whitney Invitational Handicap won by
Cross Traffic and Woodward at Saratoga
"I had a flashback to the race in Florida
this winter when he won the Sunshine Mil-
lions," said Mott. "I said, Man, oh, man.
He s up there close to the pace today. We
didn t try to plan that. I just told Jose [Lez-
cano] to let him place himself, the way we
always do. He s old enough - he knows how
he wants to run, and he wanted to run big
Shanghai Bobby retires
Ron the Greek stuns field in Gold Cup
9.20 Oscar Magic (nap)
9.40 Red Forever (e.w)
12.00 Burnt Cream (e.w)
Little Mike holds off
Big Blue Kitten in Classic
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