Speaking of 3 year old
males, Ky. Derby winner Nyquist
could fare no better than 6th in the $1.25
million Pennsylvania Derby. Preakness winner Exaggerator was a well beaten 7th confirming his desire
for only an off track. Belmont winner Creator did not contest the
Pennsylvania Derby and has not done anything since winning the Belmont. The race winner was Connect
who was still eligible
for a NW3xMC and was previously beaten 21 lengths in the Travers. We would think this is not a new rising star.
We note that for Saturday’s 12 race card at PARX
purses totaled $3.227 million. This
would equate to about 35% of the entire purse pool for the Northlands
thoroughbred meet. We can only assume
that the slots at PARX are great performs as well as there does not appear to
be any sharing requirements with other breeds. It should be noted that the
total PARX handle on their Derby day event totaled $9,614,169 – offer quality and high purses and they will come to
race and bet.
Having followed and being involved in the business
for a great number of years we should have figured this out before now. As reported last time, there were a total of
39 nominations for the G3 Oklahoma Derby, however, only 11
actually were entered to race. Seems
that everyone nominates for this race since no nomination fee is required. Three of the first four finishers of
the Canadian Derby - Ready Intaglio,
Solve and Inside Straight went to the gate. Again let’s bring back last week’s comment on
the potential field:
Broadway Empire captured the Oklahoma Derby after winning the Canadian
Derby but this corner is of the view that none of the locals have anywhere near
the talent that Broadway had. There are
at least five horses nominated – Cupid, Dalmore, Fish Trappe Road, Gun Runner
and Texas Chrome that if they enter to run it would be advisable for most of
the others to remain in the barn and seek friendlier foes.”
Of the five horses we tagged as potential
winners only Texas Chrome and Fish
Trappe Road contested the OK Derby finishing first and third respectively.
Solve finished 7th at odds of 74/1; Inside Straight 9th
(59/1) and Canadian Derby winner Ready Intaglio 10th (46/1). The saying goes – “keep yourself in the best
of company and your horses in the worst”.
It seems like this year no Yearling Sale is
immune from the downward trend recorded everywhere else. The elite sale of the year – Keeneland September recorded 2,792 sold for $272,890,500 compared to 2,745 selling last year for proceeds of
$281,496,000 which reflect a 3% decrease
in business. The $97,740 average is 4.9% lower than last year, however this
year’s median of $40,000 is a drop of 20%
from last year’s $50,000.
A review of the Keeneland Sales results
pertaining to purchases made by Albertans (not official by any means) indicates
that excluding purchases made by Jim & Susan Hill a total of 29 yearlings went to: Doug Blair, Dave Rowbotham, Randy Howg, Vic
Kleparchuk, Rob Chabot, Jerry Antoniuk, Ted Graling, Tim Rollingson, and
Riversedge Racing. We understand
from Trainer Diodoro that the 10 purchases
made by his Alberta clients will race in the US. Dave Rowbotham has raced in Ontario
for some time now and Riversedge’s 4 yearlings will be begin their ground work
in Florida prior to determining where they will race.
the first fifty-nine (59) days of
the meet, wagering on our live thoroughbred product totaled $16,309,002 compared to $17,484,152 for
the same period last year for a decrease
of $1,175,150 (6.7%).