J C DERBY? ANOTHER EURO

Or is he a real Euro? For Spanish Mission was bred in Kentucky by St Elias Farm, is owned by a group headed by Barry Irwin’s Team Valor and Earle Mack. But seventh lifetime will be his first in America.

Son of Noble Mission has been doing good work on the other side of the pond. He’s won two of six starts with three money finishes on two surfaces with a (3) 1-1-1 slate on grass.

Two of those two of those three turf starts were group stakes, winning one and finishing third by a neck in the other, his most recent start at Goodwood.

Trainer David Simcock has had success shipping to the States and it’s interesting to note that Irish jockey Jaime Spencer is not letting this guy out of his sights. Certainly not with a cool million up for grabs. He should handle any type of ground.

Taking Spanish Mission to win, needing 2-1 or more, and key-boxing exactas with possible ‘lone F’ A Thread of Blue (4-1) with Saez and the designated Chadster, Digital Age (5-2) and adding Kadar (15-1) to the exotics mix.

YESTERDAY: Peaceful had every chance but was outrun in the lane; no excuses. Personally, might give her a second look on firmer ground.

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  1. Repost for the Catman: “Like The Spanish City to me when-a we were kids”

    Going with John’s call today with Spanish s Mission in the J.C. Turf. Will be playing Dire Straights when they leave the gate…”Like the Spanish City to me when we were kids.” Keeping Indy (Indulto) and the SU in play I’ll be adding Henley’s Joy to the mix. Out of Kitten’s Joy, he should love the distance.

    (From Dire Straights: Tunnel of Love for The Catman)

    Lyrics
    Getting crazy on the waltzers but it’s the life that I choose
    Yeah sing about the sixblade sing about the switchback and a torture tattoo
    And I been riding on a ghost train where the cars they scream and slam
    And I don’t know where I’ll be tonight but I’d always tell you where I am
    In a screaming ring of faces I seen her standing in the light
    She had a ticket for the races yeah just like me she was a victim of the night
    I put my hand upon the lever said let it rock and let it roll
    I had the one arm bandit fever there was an arrow through my heart and my soul
    And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
    And I’m just high on the world
    Come on and take a low ride with me girl
    On the tunnel of love yeah-eah love
    It’s just the danger when you’re riding at your own risk
    She said you are the perfect stranger she said baby let’s keep it like this
    It’s just a cake walk twisting baby yeah step right up and see
    Hey mister give me two give me two now cos any two can play
    And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
    And I’m just high on the world
    Come on and take a low ride with me girl
    On the tunnel of love whoa-oah love
    Well it’s been money for muscle on a another whirligig
    Money for muscle and a another girl I dig
    Another hustle just to just to make it big
    And Rockaway Rockaway
    Oh Rockaway Rockaway
    And girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
    Oh like The Spanish City to me when-a we were kids
    Yeah girl it looks so pretty to me just like it always did
    Oh like The Spanish City to me when-a we were kids
    Check it out
    She took off a silver locket she said remember me by this
    She put her hand in my pocket I got a keepsake and a kiss
    And in the roar of dust and diesel I stood and watched her walk away
    I could have caught up with her easy enough but something must have made me stay
    And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
    And I’m just high on this world
    Come on and take a low ride with me girl
    On the tunnel of love yeah-eah love love love
    On the tunnel of love whoa-oah love love
    And now I’m searching through these carousels and the carnival arcades
    Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades
    In any shooting gallery where promises are made
    To Rockaway Rockaway
    Rockaway Rockaway from Cullercoats and Whitley Bay out to Rockaway
    And girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
    Like The Spanish City to me when we were kids
    Girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
    Like The Spanish City to me when-a we were kids

  2. McD,

    DIAPER-Money for nothin’ and Preach’s picks for free…

    John’s Call indeed! Shades of Animal Kingdom with the Team Valor colors rolling down the beautiful Belmont green on a fabulous fall day that only Belmont Park can provide.

    Move over big brother Frankel. Noble Mission representing like a Big Daddy! Code of Honor and now Spanish Mission. Can’t wait till COH hits the turf.

    Thank you for the Dire Strait’s Tunnel of Love lyrics. IMHO their best. The first line says it all. Getting crazy on the waltzers but it’s the life that I choose. We go crazy for the horses but it’s the life we choose. Mark Knopfler is a very underrated guitarist. His solo at the end of the song is big time crazy. The lyrics look back with good memories about his youth. Living for the moment at the carnival. We often look back with good memories of our youth. Living for the moment at the racetrack. Kelso, Buckpasser, Big Red…

    The beat goes on…

    Now look at us yo-yo’s, that’s the way you do it
    We play the horses on the TVG
    That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    DIAPER-Money for nothin’ and Preach’s picks for free

    We got Marko to play the guitar
    TvTom to play them drums

    We don’t need stinkin microwave ovens
    Or custom kitchen refridgerators

    Listen here

    We got Mr Alice on the bass guitar
    Chuck from ‘Toga on the saxophone
    We got Framarco, Doctor Disaster and
    Mr Nobody to sing along

    That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it
    Diaper-Money for nothin’ and Preach’s picks for free

    Diaper Money for nothin’ picks for free (I want my, I want my TTT)
    Diaper Money for nothin’ picks for free (I want my, I want my McD)
    Diaper Money for nothin’ picks for free (I want my, I want my Indy)
    Easy, easy diaper money for nothin’ (I want my, I want my TTT)
    Easy, easy picks for free (I want my, I want my McD)
    Easy, easy diaper money for nothin’ (I want my, I want my Indy)
    Picks for free (I want my, I want my TTT)
    That ain’t workin’…

    1. Sweet. Only thing missin’ in above lyrics was a reference to casino dole and mid-Atlantic tracks. Preach’s picks for free used to cost, ‘tho. Had to purchase Newsday to get ’em. Anyone remember Keats? Lawton? Favorite was Mike Warren picking Seattle Slew in Wood Memorial as Five Star Special. Win mutual, $2.20. Still better than a bridge jumper $2.10 show price, right? A friend who still plays says, “Where else can you get a .05% return like that?” Enjoyed your “song.”

  3. LOVE IT,Catman!

    If I weren’t already happily married…

    Damn it, now I’ve had this ear-wig for 15 minutes–love Dire Straits…

  4. Mal,

    In the midst of creating a Pay for Play trip notes product. Not a new concept, but I watch races for a living. The idea is to create stable mail for the Faithful and do some of the video-handicapping research for them.

    However, not any time soon or in the very near future—but the Feature Race Analysis will always be free here!

    1. You were right about Spanish Mission as I believe it was your selection. Yes, Catman and McD went above and beyond with posts set to music. Heard an old Hendrix Live at Berkeley CD and on his National Anthem rendition he says, “…and our flag was still there, big deal.” That would have gone over well in Berkeley, even (or especially) in 1968. Your loyal faithful have proved their mettle with above postings. Much appreciated by the peanut gallery (me), too.

  5. McD, a long overdue thank you for being here, period. You, and the rest of the HRI Faithful.

    It does help to fuel my passion enough to keep caring and to try making things a little better in our little corner of the world.

    And God knows in these times we need as much distraction as we can get!

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