The Friday Special – Jan. 28

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For the second straight week, we give you bonus coverage. The Friday Special. And, like last week, don’t worry, we’re coming right back with a proper Saturday Special, complete with Pegasus Day handicapping from the featured five.

As for Friday, there is action from Chantilly to Charles Town, Lingfield to Laurel, Pau to Penn.

Riverdee Stable Names of the Day

McQueen’s Bullitt. Aqueduct. Race 1. Have you ever seen Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughan and Jacqueline Bisset? The 5-year-old is by Last Gunfighter, which fits the plot.

Koosman. Aqueduct. Race 9. We like any horse named after a 222-game winner. Ah, the Miracle Mets.

Counting Cards. Golden Gate Fields. Race 6. The 5-year-old is by Bob Black Jack.

Witt America and King Witt. Sam Houston Race Park. Race 9. Harry Witt’s homebreds will surely keep announcer Nick Tammaro on the alert in the finale.


Thoroughbred Racing Calendar Play of the Day

Wolverhampton. Race 6. Eilean Dubh looked interesting, making his first start for Karl Burke. We’ll watch the board.

Turfway Park. Race 4. We love Quaria Thunder making her second career start. Hook her up with La Neblina who will be staying on when it counts.


Jockey of the Week

Trevor McCarthy won eight races including a stakes last week to earn Jockey of the Week for January 18 through January 23. The honor, which is voted on by a panel of racing experts, is for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 1050 active, retired and permanently disabled jockeys in the United States. Listen to In the Room with McCarthy


Worth Repeating

“It’s a blessing. Kenny and I, we’ve linked up in the past for some big wins, the Travers being one of them. To have this year come around and have a horse this early, it’s a blessing.”
Jockey David Cohen about riding Dash Attack for Ken McPeek in the Southwest Stakes Saturday

“Mountains are there to be moved.”
Trainer George Baker about moving mountains to get to Cheltenham in March

“Small world, my friend.”
Trainer Mike Stidham after Sean Clancy texted a photo of Stidham’s dad, George, winning on Punchestown for trainer Phil Goodwin at Monmouth Park in 1949


By the Numbers

21: Friday tracks downloaded on Sean Clancy’s laptop.


Now for the racing…

Chantilly. Race 3. 6:50 a.m. Chachnak tried the Arc in 2020. The son of Kingman returned from that effort to win an allowance Jan. 4. He should handle this 9-furlong event.

Doncaster. Race 2. 7:45. Skytastic looks like a promising runner for the promising run of Sam Thomas.

Doncaster. Race 3. 8:15. Stellar 2-mile handicap chase pits Before Midnight, fourth behind Shishkin, and Funambule Sivolaa, second to Shishkin last April.

Pau. Race 3. 8:25. Enjoy a trip around the cross-country course at Pau.

Doncaster. Race 4. 8:50. You don’t see many offspring of Honor Code trying the jumps. Here’s a daughter. Cherokee Dance makes her hurdle debut for Ian Williams. 

Huntingdon. Race 5. 9:35. The Lady Protectress Mares’ Chase is worth $101,500. Maskada and Vienna Court rate the longest looks.

Meydan. Race 4. 10:45. Shahama, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Munnings who cost $425,000 at OBS last April, puts her undefeated record on the line in the 1,000 Guineas.

Meydan. Race 7. 12:30 p.m. Real World goes for five in a row in the Grade 2 Zabeel Mile for Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor.

Aqueduct. Race 3. 1:20. How good is Tweaqued? The daughter of Dialed In walloped maiden claimers in December, the Marc Keller homebred comes back in the starter condition.

Laurel Park. Race 8. 3:42. John Kimmel ships Immortalization from his Belmont Park base for this maiden event.

Gulfstream Park. Race 8. 4:11. A rare open handicap anchors the pre-Pegasus card. A $70,000 purse offered to nine fillies and mares on the synthetic. With two stakes placings, Keeper Of Time aims for her first victory since leaving Ireland. 

Oaklawn Park. Race 8. 4:46. Nothing like a three other, two other than, optional $80,000 claimer. Shared Sense drops out of an eight-stakes skein. Mo Mosa comes off five consecutive stakes starts. The other 10 hit hard and hit often.

Turf Paradise. Race 7. 5:28. Time to start another win streak. Shinny had his 10-race win streak snapped Jan. 5. The 5-year-old breaks from the outside in this allowance turf.

Santa Anita Park. Race 6. 6:06. Tough allowance for fillies and mares rolling 6 1/2 furlongs down the hill. California-bred Sensible Cat rallied to be second in the same condition three weeks ago for trainer Carla Gaines.