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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Anyone who looks at performance figures and, like so many in the media, in consult Thoro-Graph figures. But Got Stormy (6-1) is more than just a “sheets play.”

First, she does own the best recent figure and gets significant weight from all her major rivals–and they are formidable, to be sure.

But for Mark Casse to come back in less than 10 days, pitting a filly against males, speaks to two things; his confidence and how the mare is doing. Apparently quite well, thank you.

The trainer was impressed with her De La Rose here last week, saying she won as easily and horses can win. And he’s right. I checked the video– and so should you.

Having said that, what many trainers often underestimate is the total effect of lifetime-best efforts, the toll it takes on the individual no matter how much positive signals are being sent afterwards.

Only next-out competition can tell you that, and this filly will have to be at her best to beat this group of talented males, and the other talented mare, the Grade 1-winning miler, Uni, the 5-2 favorite.

Why is Tyler riding March to the Arch (10-1) for the man, instead of riding Got Stormy back? I have no idea. This team enjoys working with each other and I wouldn’t read too much into that.

And know that Gaffalione will tell Ricardo Santana Jr. all he needs to know about Got Stormy going into the G2 Fourstardave. Given their style, the filly and Santana should be a good fit.

Taking Got Stormy to win–4-1 minimum, boxing an exacta with Uni, and throwing Dr. Edgar (8-1) and Euro shipper Ostilio (10-1) into the super-exotics stew.

YESTERDAY: Results pending

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  1. The Fourstardave joke. Purse $500,000. Chad Brown has three entrants, and Mark Casse two entrants. They have half of the entrants. These two trainers are first and fourth in total winnings to date (in the millions, Alice). Where are the other five, six thousand trainers in this country who work with thoroughbreds (think things are a bit wrong, Alice?).

    So, what are you and I gonna do with this casino dole fueled race. Try to pick a winner. What are we gonna get in payoffs?

    Well, we horse players, err gamblers, have to beat them both, just out of principle. So, let’s throw out all of Brown’s and Casse’s plodders.
    What’s left? I’m gonna put a Hamilton on Hembree with my favorite jock up. Does prayer help?

  2. I just tried to watch a National Geographic video on YouTube to find a message saying that the copyright holder had blocked me from viewing it because I’m not in the USA.. . Similar to HULU, and Comedy Central.. . Why?.

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