Thursday Return

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It’s about time I start writing again. It’s been far too long. No resolutions, no declarations, just a first step to write more often. No, Joe, I’m not declaring that I’m writing everyday, 24/7/365. I’ve lost that battle, somewhere in the 1,000 Mile Challenge and Read 52 Books a Year. Our website looks and feels stale in the dead of winter, perhaps, I’ll liven it up. French toast was born from stale bread.

I’ll try to shake off the winter doldrums with (some) daily observations. I take requests.

By the Numbers

1: Boston Red Sox hat in an interview for the fifth at Vincennes last week.

2000: Wins, and counting, for British-based jockey Luke Morris. Well deserved, a grafter as they say over there.

4000: Career wins for jockey Junior Alvarado and Tyler Gaffalione, named as co-jockeys of the week by the Jockey’s Guild.

Read a Cup of Coffee about Alvarado.

Read a Cup of Coffee about Gaffalione.

1999: Career wins for jockey Florent Geroux. The French-born jockey rides Warrant in the fifth at Fair Grounds today. Saturday, he rides Cyberknife in the Pegasus World Cup.

Worth Repeating

“This honor means the world to Tracy and to me. Our record reflects a team effort and the members of the backstretch are key members of our team. The New York Chaplaincy does great work serving those who care for our horses and we are humbled to join their list of honorees.”
– Trainer Todd Pletcher about being honored by The New York Race Track Chaplaincy

“Any place where I decide I want to ride, I just need the opportunities, right?”
– Japanese-born jockey Kazushi Kimura after winning his first race at Santa Anita and receiving Jockey of the Week honors for Jan. 9-15 from the Jockeys’ Guild

Races to Watch

Gowran Park. Race 5. 10:25. Multiple Grade 1 winner Sir Gerhard makes his chasing debut for Cheveley Park Stud, Willie Mullins and Paul Townend. The 8-year-old takes on four overmatched rivals in the 2-mile event.

Pedigree Play of the Day

Turf Paradise. Race 8. 6:07. Noble Crusader makes his turf debut. The son of Noble Mission owns two dirt sprint wins and tries to stretch to a mile for trainer Justin Evans.