By BareNakedIslam •
Islam NOT •
May 4, 2017 @ 11:12 pm
I am putting 50 bucks on Patch. Thanks for the tip!
May 4, 2017 @ 1:51 pm
Praying for Patch. Beautiful horse. Keep us updated.
May 4, 2017 @ 8:47 pm
I don’t think he will win, but that’s what makes horse racing. You never know.
May 4, 2017 @ 1:08 pm
Update on ‘Patch’. His eye became infected, no known cause, as a 2 year-old colt, & it had to be removed. According to Todd Pletcher, his trainer, a horse usually has this happen much earlier, & has to be re-trained. He sent the horse to his Father’s training location for re-training after the surgery, but his father, J.J. Pletcher, told him that the horse just needed to get back in training.
I looked up his bloodline, but all the way back everything was British or French horses, so I don’t know as much as I would with American bloodlines. Pletcher has the favorite in the race, Classic Empire, as well as at least one more entry besides Patch. It’s a full race card with 20 going, unless there are late scratches due to weather or other factors. The Morning Line on the favorite is 4-1, with the next 2 lowest at odds of 5-1, & 6-1. This is the first time at the Derby for the jockey on Patch, so hope for a good race for him..
May 4, 2017 @ 2:33 pm
Self-correction on his bloodline (dope slap!). Wrong chart. He’s out of Union Rags by Windyindy by A.P. Indy, a major sire & grandsire, & was bred at Calumet Farms. 3 starts finishing 1-2-0 for total earnings of $230,020. He ranks 64th out of 29,309 horse in the country.
I grew up in a West Coast horse racing family, so love the sport.
May 4, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
I remember A.P Indy. Love thoroughbreds. They are hot blooded with big hearts that makes them great jumpers. But most in the jumper world today
like the European Warmbloods better, because they are quieter than thoroughbreds and easier to train. Personally, I don’t like them as they require too much leg. I prefer a horse that wants to pull me to the jumps instead of one that has to be pushed. And I don’t mind if they are high strung.
May 4, 2017 @ 9:21 pm
Years ago, in the last L.A. Olympics, there was a FABULOUS thoroughbred mare, a Grand Prix class jumper, by the name of ‘Touch of Class’, very apropos. She was small compared to most of the others, elegant, & reminded me of a deer with the way she floated over the fences. As I remember her rider’s name was Conrad Holmfeld. Long story short, she took the Gold. Look her up for a real treat.
May 4, 2017 @ 9:30 pm
Correction; Holmfeld had ridden her earlier, but Joe Fargis rode her in the L.A. Olympics. A great article & clip about her.
Touch Of Class: 1984 Olympic Double Gold Medal Winner and …
Aug 4, 2016 … The year ended with Joe riding Touch Of Class to a win in the Open Jumper Stake at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden.
May 5, 2017 @ 1:08 am
SL, just corrected that and posted their photos.
May 5, 2017 @ 1:06 am
SL, I remember her but her rider was Joe Fargis. He was partners with Conrad Holmfeld who rode another famous horse, Abdullah. I saw that Olympic competition on TV. Touch of Class looked a lot like my 15.3 TB jumper mare, Midnight Lace.
Touch of Class (below) was a bay American bred Thoroughbred mare who was a member of USET’s 1984 Olympic ‘Dream Team’. After posting the first double clear rounds in Olympic history and clearing 90 out of 91 jumps, Touch of Class took home two Gold Medals under the saddle of the legendary Joe Fargis
Here’s Conrad Holmfeld and Abdullah
May 4, 2017 @ 12:05 pm
I’ll be at the Off-Track betting location Saturday, as I go occasionally, & definitely for the Triple crown, so will put a $2.00 combination ticket on him just for fun. That’s across the Board for win/place/ &/or show, $6.00 total. And NEVER wish a horse player ‘Good Luck’, as that is a superstition no-no. I’m going to look up his breeding background, & Pletcher can sneak in some real longshot winners. Not only that,. but if there is a full field of 20, which there usually is, anything can happen as horses can get boxed in (stuck between other horses), a bad start, bad track conditions like mud or slop which some don’t like.
May 4, 2017 @ 12:32 pm
SL, the Derby is always my favorite race unless one horse wins the Derby and Preakness. Belmont is very close to me.
May 4, 2017 @ 1:23 pm
The Derby, at 1 1/4 miles, is considered the ‘classic’ distance. The Preakness, 2 weeks later, is the shortest at 1 1/8, & the killer, the Belmont, 3 weeks later, is the longest. 3 MAJOR races on 3 different tracks in 3 different states at 3 different distances, all in 5 weeks, + the travel, is why there are so few Triple Crown winners.
A brilliant Italian silversmith I know who works in New Jersey has the contract to make the Triple crown trophy. His name is Ubaldo Vitali, a true Renaissance man, whose work is in museums, as well as doing work for museums, & who won the MacArthur prize for his silversmithing a few years ago. He was also featured on a t.v. program some years ago. You can look him up. He is descended from a family who still have a shop in Rome, & who have done work for the nobility & the Popes over the years. He is in the U.S. because he me & married an American woman. A very kind & true gentleman.
May 4, 2017 @ 2:04 am
What a beauty! Go, Patch!
May 4, 2017 @ 2:00 am
This is for you, BNI.
You would enjoy it!!!
May 4, 2017 @ 2:42 am
Flame, funny thing is, that is an Arabian horse. LOL
May 4, 2017 @ 1:21 am
My money is on Patch. 🙂
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