Racing all around the world Saturday. Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, Claiming Crown in Florida, the Hollywood Starlet in California and all kinds of action around the world. Here’s a quick cheat sheet for horses and races to watch. In race order, Eastern Standard Time. Send the kids to the Christmas parade, order presents on line and get on the couch. Great day’s racing.
Set the alarm clock or stay up late, the choice is yours, but try to catch the four Group 1 stakes that make up the rich Longines Hong Kong International Races program Sunday at Sha Tin racecourse.
Larry Robideaux Jr. remembers the day well, gathered around the television set with other horsemen to watch the sixth running of the Marlboro Cup Invitational in 1978 at Belmont Park - a race memorable to many around the world because it marked the first meeting between two Triple Crown winners.
Well, it’s taken a few weeks but Joe and Sean have finally listened to their recorders and deciphered their programs from the Colonial Cup while Tom has offered insight of life at Saratoga in December. Here is your Here and There from Camden and Saratoga, with a quote from a Hall of Fame flat trainer in there, too.
Plenty of days remain on the calendar for the year – 29 in fact if Monday is counted – yet everyone is already starting to think about 2014.
Palace Malice just defeated a late-closing Will Take Charge in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga Race Course to solidify his status as a leading contender to win the Eclipse Award for champion three-year old of 2013 yet D. Wayne Lukas could not have been more thrilled with the effort of the runner-up’s effort.
Sandra Salmen estimates she’d be hard-pressed to walk through the grandstand and clubhouse areas at Fair Grounds this weekend and be able to find anyone who can provide some meaning behind the name Pago Hop.
Now that was an ending. Saturday’s Colonial Cup steeplechase meet closed the 2013 National Steeplechase Association season and fittingly featured plenty of final-day drama.