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    • In a 28-1 shocker, Lemon Muffin (f, 3, Collected–Pelt, by Canadian Frontier) ended her four-race runner-up streak to break her maiden, pick up her first black-type, and score her first Graded victory in the GIII Honeybee S. as well as take home 50 points toward the Kentucky Oaks trail. Never far from the leaders while traveling comfortably in midpack, she launched her winning bid entering the lane, and despite contact with Tapit Jenallie (Tapit), kicked home to win with open air between them. A jockey's objection from the runner-up was quickly dismissed. West Omaha (West Coast) kept on to collect third. With her victory here, it tallies as jockey Keith Asmussen's first career Graded stakes win as well as give conditioner D. Wayne Lukas the hat trick on the day.   Sales history: $20,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP, $140,000 2yo '23 OBSAPR. O-Aaron Sones; B-Mr. & Mrs. Theodore R. Kuster & Collected Syndicate (KY); T-D. Wayne Lukas. The post Lemon Muffin Leads Longshot Exacta Home in Honeybee appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • Not going to be easy today to win that race. She is in between a rock and a hard place from that draw. Best gate speed in the race is Taxman by a mile and Blair driving today so likely to head forward. Thing is you don't want to be stuck behind that runner if there is a bit of speed in the race as even though it went its best run for some time on the first day it could be going backward at the turn dragging all the fence runners with it.  So do you take a punt and head forward and possibly get trapped again or do you sit on the outer and come down the outside. Only thing with coming down the outside is someone from the back makes a move mid race before you do and then you are possibly trapped in the middle. Tane JJ only needs clear running without doing any work to be a good winning chance. Could probably come from last down the outer and beat most of those. It will be an interesting watch.
    • Ready for the next rabbit hole? This came to mind this morning. Long read. Heard it here first. I was born in 1963 in the States. In my childhood when we went to a restaurant or got on an airline flight, most all the adults around me were smoking cigarettes, my parents included. I started myself around 1978 & have been smoking ever since. In my late teens, when I was finishing off high school, the kids had a special area just one of the entry doors designated as the "smoker's area" set up by the school. To gain access you only needed a note from your parents. I graduated in 1981, and smoking was still ok in public opinion. Then sometime later in the 80's the narrative changed. Smoking tobacco started between 3 & 5000 BC in the Americas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco_smoking So, if smoking started maybe 6000 years before I was born, why was it still around now if it was so dangerous? Didn't people learn in all those years that the ones sucking on a peace pipe were health & fit then dropping dead for no good reason? They must have found out what they could eat and not drop dead, why would tobacco be any different? Anyways, who for the last 30 years has been drilling into everyone head that smoking = bad? Isn't it the same sort of people that are now still saying smoking = bad / C19 vax = good? Most doctors, scientists, politicians, so on. Isn't it rather odd that when smoking suddenly became bad, numerous new vaccines were being rolled out by big pharma? https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-history/developments-by-year This was the recommended vaccine list when I left high school. Smoking was acceptable as it had been for 1000's of years.   Then, things began to turn. Suddenly smoking was under the gun. Same list as above for the 10 years after I had left school. A new one had turned up. Just 2 years later.   By 2000, the tobacco was under extreme pressure. Smoking = bad / vaccine = good.   2005 after I had come to NZ. Smoking bad - vaccine good.   2020ish NZ sets its goal to become a smoke free nation in 2025.   All this before the 6 or maybe 7 C-19 vaccines by now. Smoking bad = vaccine good. Vaccine so good they tried to force everyone to get it. It's a miracle. Most evidence says it bad, but don't believe what you can see, believe the one source of truth & do it for others to keep them safe. You don't want to kill your nan because you didn't follow the science.   Big Pharma > Tobacco Industry.   That was a lot of work, even by my standards. Time for me to go have a smoke.
    • Unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Doncho (g, 3, Mo Town–Sassy Redhead, by Henny Hughes), an eye-catching winner in a pair of attempts going six furlongs at Fair Grounds this winter, is aiming to make his next start in the $400,000 Lafayette S. at Keeneland Apr. 5. “We've got the Lafayette circled as his next spot opening day at Keeneland,” trainer Michelle Lovell said. “We'll see if he'll stretch out to seven furlongs. I think that he will.” Gelded as a juvenile last September, Doncho lit up the tote board with a powerful, five-length tally in front-running fashion at 21-1 on debut Dec. 30. He earned his 'Rising Star' badge by 4 1/2 lengths–this time as the even-money favorite–with a press-and-pounce victory in an optional claimer Feb. 13. Both performances netted matching 94 Beyer Speed Figures. “I think he could be anything,” Lovell said. “We've never really asked him for anything yet. Everything that he's done has been on his own.” She continued, “He hasn't been a surprise because he's been a good horse, but it was a surprise that he went so fast, so easily, in his first race. To come back, I thought that he could win, but you never know, they're babies and they could make mistakes. But he's so professional. So far, everything has gone so well.” As for the decision to geld Doncho as an unraced 2-year-old last year, Lovell added, “We just thought it was best for him physically and mentally at the time.” Doncho brought $72,000 from Jose A. Lopez's JAL Racing following a :9 4/5 bullet breeze out of the GOP Racing Stable consignment at last year's OBS June sale. Bred in Kentucky by Susan Young, he was previously a $32,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by GGS Legal Racing. He RNA'd for $12,000 as a short yearling at Keeneland January. The first 'Rising Star' for young Coolmore sire Mo Town, Doncho was produced by the unraced mare Sassy Redhead. This is the extended female family of GISWs Madcap Escapade (Hennessy), Mi Sueno (Pulpit) and Dubai Escapade (Awesome Again). Members of the press haven't been the only ones ringing Lovell's phone to chat about Doncho. “After his first race we got a ton of interest,” Lovell said. “Mr. Lopez thought about it. He definitely had some offers that would make you sit back and think for a bit. It took him a few days and he said, 'Nope, I'm keeping him.'” Damon's Mound & Michelle Lovell following the 2022 Saratoga Special | Susie Raisher She continued, “We're super excited about him. He's a young horse and is still developing and we're really proud of the way he behaves. He's a big bodied and very muscular horse and he's letting his front end catch up to his hind end the last couple of months. He's a lot of fun.” Fellow Lovell-trained 'Rising Star' Damon's Mound (Girvin), meanwhile, is currently enjoying some “deserved downtime” at Apple Ridge Farm in Kentucky. The 2022 GII Saratoga Special S. winner and 2023 GII Gallant Bob S. winner was last seen finishing fourth in the GI Malibu S. at Santa Anita Dec. 26. “We'll have him back at Churchill before too long,” Lovell said.   The post ‘He Could Be Anything’ – Unbeaten Doncho Targeting Keeneland’s Lafayette appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Sunday's Observations features a half-brother to undefeated Arc hero Ace Impact (Ire) (Cracksman {GB}). 13.03 Cagnes-sur-Mer, Cond, €26,000, 3yo, 10f (AWT) ARROW EAGLE (FR) (Gleneagles {Ire}) made an instant impression at this track last month and is turned out again at the venue that saw the launch of his illustrious half-brother Ace Impact (Ire) (Cracksman {GB}) 12 months ago. Waltraut Spanner's homebred colt, who is also under the care of Jean-Claude Rouget, meets five rivals including the fellow course winner Shaloha (Ger) (Le Havre {Ire}), a Philippe Decouz-trained daughter of the G2 German 1000 Guineas third Shalona (Fr) (Soldier Hollow {GB}). The post Next Step For Ace Impact’s Half-Brother appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
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