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carole
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:30 pm

Wow what a race! Little Mike takes the photo over Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution!
Somnambulist
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:32 pm

Color me nine types of surprised.
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firehorse
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:33 pm

Woohoo! That was great (if you're a Little Mike fan).
mimi6920
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:35 pm

I am really excited to see Little Mike back in form! What an exciting race! Big Blue Kitten is extremely talented as well! He has really great turn of foot
mimi6920
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:37 pm

Someone posted in another thread, that they were surprised this race didn't already have its own thread. I was surprised that both of the big turf races at Belmont (Flower Bowel and Hirsch) did not have threads. I guess people aren't as interested in turf races? I thought this was a bang-up race!
arkle
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:40 pm

Who was eased? Looked like one of the Ramsey horses.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:43 pm

arkle wrote:Who was eased? Looked like one of the Ramsey horses.
Joe's Blazing Aaron. They pretty much admitted he was the rabbit, though.
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arkle
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:46 pm

BlindLucky wrote:
arkle wrote:Who was eased? Looked like one of the Ramsey horses.
Joe's Blazing Aaron. They pretty much admitted he was the rabbit, though.
Ah ok, makes sense.... not used to seeing a pacemaker in American racing.
General Assembly
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:49 pm

Big Blue Kitten would have taken it if not for the slight traffic problem at the top of the stretch.
islandgirl45
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:39 pm

Thought this was an interesting quote from the race:
http://blogs.courier-journal.com/racing ... sch-score/
  • “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 Breeders' 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.”
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:45 pm

General Assembly wrote:Big Blue Kitten would have taken it if not for the slight traffic problem at the top of the stretch.
Tough to say, but that's racing when you try to take a closer up the rail like that. Worked for them last time. Not so much this go around.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:45 pm

firehorse wrote:Woohoo! That was great (if you're a Little Mike fan).

THAT WAS GREAT!!!
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:34 am

General Assembly wrote:Big Blue Kitten would have taken it if not for the slight traffic problem at the top of the stretch.
Really? I think Big Blue Kitten had the same perfect, ground-saving trip he did in both the United Nations and Sword Dancer and was simply unable to run down a better horse.

His traffic trouble paled in comparison to Junior Alvarado letting Slumber completely lose position all the way around the turn then asking him to re-rally in the stretch.
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:43 am

Little Mike back to his best in Joe Hirsch upset

Priscilla Vaccarezza's homebred Little Mike, who had a penchant for lifting marquee turf events at healthy odds last year, was up to his old tricks in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park. Sent off at 7-1 after failing to hit the board in four starts this season, the reigning Breeders' Cup Turf champion pounced turning for home and just fended off the 4-5 Big Blue Kitten, earning an automatic berth to a title defense at Santa Anita on November 2.

http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/editoria ... i?id=39963
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:50 am

blamethewinner wrote:
His traffic trouble paled in comparison to Junior Alvarado letting Slumber completely lose position all the way around the turn then asking him to re-rally in the stretch.
This. Slumber was my primary play in this race and he really did not get the best of rides. Maybe wouldn't have won anyway, but... :evil:
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