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Yet another Futurity grad!!!
Ok. From now on, I need to bet whatever horse I'm standing smack in front of in the paddock, because he/she is almost guaranteed to hit the board, or better yet, win. Advice was right in my face in the paddock (I even saw myself in the ESPN broadcast), and I was thinking to myself when I watched him that he looked like he had really grown into himself well since his last Keeneland appearance in the Breeder's Futurity last fall, which is proving to be the Ultimate All Star Preview of Awesome Three Year Olds (the starts also included Eddie, Pioneerof the Nile, and Terrain).

I'm still watching the ESPN coverage to see if Eddie's move going into the turn was as awesome as it looked from my vantage point. From my point of view, he made a monster run and got tired, but if he comes out of the race ok I think he just got the best prep he could have gotten. He really needed the race, and though I wish he'd had more time, if they decide to run him I think he'll be in great shape, but if they wait for the Preakness I suppose I'll be okay with it, since it might be better for the horse anyway.

I just love Eddie. That charismatic little blaze on his face, and good Lord he runs his guts out every single time. He's my boy.

So, by default, I'm supporting Pioneerof the Nile, Advice and Eddie (if he runs) in the Derby. My Keeneland Kids. Whoo!

....ok, that move was as bad freaking ass as I thought it was. Damn. Come on, give the kid a chance!

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mumtaz From: mumtaz Date: April 19th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, that move on the turn was something to behold. He went from cruising at the back of the pack to ZOMG blasting past the whole field in about 3 seconds. It was really impressive even on TV. I though he had them when he hit the front, but he definitely got tired deep in the stretch. I hope this his set him up well for the Derby.
silvercharmer From: silvercharmer Date: April 19th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I just love him to pieces. The interviews made it sound like they liked what they saw, so I would guess that if he comes out ok they'll run him. I really hope so! After losing Old Fashioned and The Mousse, I feel like the field that I was so excited about a month ago has lost some luster. Eddie would make up for a lot!
daylami From: daylami Date: April 19th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I try not to be a pretty pony person (I'd take a whole barnful of jugheads), but every time Square Eddie came on TV I had to screech "HE'S SOOOOO CUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!!"

Jealous of you! I need to go to Keeneland already.
silvercharmer From: silvercharmer Date: April 19th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
He IS! That little FACE!

Arg, I LOVE that horse. A long time ago the barn where I rode had a school horse named Steady Eddie, and I always think of him. =)

Keeneland is fantastic. Though, the crowds have been astounding this meet. Thankfully the Lexington was run later in the day than the feature usually is, so the crowd had thinned out a little by then. But basically every weekend you barely have room to move, making it hard to get good vantage points by the rail and at the paddock!
daylami From: daylami Date: April 23rd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

You! You have the skills to help me!

Please!!! Can you tell me how long it would probably take to get from Louisville to Keeneland in the middle of a Friday if a certain goofily-blinkered black gelding were to run in the closing day feature? I get in around 11:30 and have to pick something up at the Expo Center, and then...?
silvercharmer From: silvercharmer Date: April 23rd, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You! You have the skills to help me!

It would take you an hour and 15 minutes, tops (probably less), unless there is serious traffic. Since he's running in the feature, it would take an act of God to keep you from getting there in time. Hell, you'd probably make it in time for the first race.

It will likely be packed, as the weather will be perfect!! I would totally find a way to meet you there, but I'm actually headed to St. Louis tomorrow, so I'll probably pass you on I-64.

Tip: If you want to see him in the paddock and still nab a good spot by the wire, my preferred spot at the paddock is right between the paddock and the walking ring. If you plant yourself right close to the sign that says "Access to the paddock is limited," right in front of the walking area for post 11/12, you've got a spot where you're practically guaranteed an unobstructed view of everyone as they walk to the walking ring. If he's in post 1-4, that's the best place to be as you can't get a good look at 1-4 when there are a lot of people in the paddock. Even if he's post 5-12, sometimes they go to one of the walking rings where you can't see (It drives me CRAZY when they do that), which is why I usually choose that spot. Then when they're in the walking ring, you have time to head to the rail. If you walk along the paddock and then cut through the grandstand farther down, the crowd is a little thinner and you can move faster. Even if you don't see a spot by the rail (people angle the benches and set up lawn chairs to hold their spots), usually if you're really pleasant someone will let you in so you can get a front row "seat" in time to see them in the post parade. =)

Have a great time!!!
daylami From: daylami Date: April 23rd, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You! You have the skills to help me!

You are awesome and my new hero and I love you. Thank you so much!!! Armed with so much good intel, I feel like it would be wrong to *not* go. This is going to be the best weekend ever!

I don't know why I didn't think of this before. I guess I was kinda suprised to realise that Churchill opens the day immediately after Keeneland ends, but then I remember that it's not like up here in NYRAland with the Jumbotrons and crap to hike four hours into Long Island when Saratoga closes.
silvercharmer From: silvercharmer Date: April 24th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You! You have the skills to help me!

Yeah, I'm always surprised we don't get that last weekend in, but it's Churchill's fault. =)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Keeneland; I really wish I could meet up with you! It's an easy hike. Exit 58 off I-64 (you'll see signs for Keeneland), turn right towards Lexington, pass Ashford Stud and turn left when the road ends. Then gawk at the Castle on the left, and then you're at Keeneland. Easy peasy!
creepy_coyote From: creepy_coyote Date: April 19th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eddie's move was tremendous. I imagine moving the finish line didn't help matters, perhaps making Prado move him too early. After he got to the lead, he just stopped. I'm worried that racing him in two weeks in the biggest 3 y.o. race of the year will be too taxing for him after such a long layoff prior to the Lex. Don't want to wear him down for the rest of the year with two huge efforts so close together.

I'm beyond pissed about the news of Stardom Bound not running in the KY Oaks. IEAH has completely given up on this talented filly. They don't deserve her. I could've told them it was a ridiculous idea to run her in the Ashland for her first start East. Had she run on dirt, I think there would've been a whole different story. If they had any clue she wasn't tuned to her best after the Santa Anita Oaks, they should've just trained her up to KY.

OK, end of rant.
silvercharmer From: silvercharmer Date: April 19th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I hear you. I love that I got to see her, but you're probably right - she should have skipped it. She's been running without much of a break since last year.

I HATE IEAH. Firing Mike Smith (I don't care what they say - that's what they did), and then pouting about her performance and buying every talented horse they can find so they can run them in those stupid silks and create a huge trail of drama wherever they go makes me nautious. I HATE that they own Stardom Bound, and I HATE that they own half of I Want Revenge and show off those stupid silks. I think IWR is a tremendous horse, but I can't stand the thought of seeing them in the winner's circle again this year, and having to hear them talk bullshit for the rest of the season. Ugh.

Sorry. That was my rant. Not much of a fan of IEAH. =)

And you're right, the Derby might be too much for Eddie in 2 weeks - the Preakness might be a better shot, but boy do I want to see him go for the roses. I feel like I've watched him grow up.
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