Videos tagged with "hook"

Afleet Express - 2010 Travers Stakes (G1) [02:32]
Galloping out after the oh-so-close finish of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers at Saratoga Race Course, jockeys Javier Castellano, aboard Afleet Express, and Jose Lezcano, riding Fly Down, looked questioningly at each other. "What do you think?" asked Lezcano. "Either way," replied Castellano. It took a photo to decide, and at the very end of the 1 ¼ miles it showed the Jimmy Jerkens-trained Afleet Express had gotten a sliver of a nostril in front of Nick Zito's late-running colt in one of the closest finishes in the 141 runnings of the Mid-Summer Derby. Cleverly ridden by Castellano, who tucked the son of Afleet Alex into the middle of the pack as Miner's Reserve led through fractions of 23.42, 47.25 and 1:11.39, Afleet Express began picking off rivals with a half-mile to go in the 1 ¼-mile race. Moving up along the inside on the far turn, Afleet Express swung out at the top of the lane into the lead even as Fly Down came barreling widest -- and fastest -- of all to hook up as they headed to the eighth pole. Battling saddlecloth-to-saddlecloth through the final 200 yards, with the crowd of 45764 on its feet, Afleet Express somehow managed to prevail by less than an inch, hitting the wire in 2:03.28. It was the ninth time the Travers had been decided by a nose, and the closest finish since Colonel John nipped Mambo in Seattle in 2008.
Tags: travers, stakes, afleet, express, nyra, horse, racing, james, jerkens, jaview, castellano, fly, down, first, dude

Discreetly Mine-2010 King's Bishop Stakes [01:46]
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - Saturday's $250000 King's Bishop Stakes may not have gone exactly as Todd Pletcher would have envisioned it earlier in the day. But the end result was just what the meet's leading trainer was looking for after Discreetly Mine led throughout to post a 1 1/4-length decision over a game Bank Merger in the Grade 1 dash for 3-year-olds. Discreetly Mine had used stalking tactics to win his last two starts, and that was the same type of trip Pletcher was expecting again in the seven-furlong King's Bishop. But after it became readily apparent the main track was speed-biased through the afternoon, Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez opted to alter Discreetly Mine's usual running style and put the versatile colt right on the lead if possible. That strategy ultimately paid big dividends. Breaking alertly, Discreetly Mine was able to outrun the speedy Bulldogger to the lead from the inside, setting a lively pace of 21.90 and 44.11 seconds in the process. Discreetly Mine shook off his early pursuer entering the stretch but then had to fend off serious challenges from Bank Merger and Latigo Shore before ultimately edging clear at the end. Bank Merger, who entered the race undefeated in two previous starts, rallied four wide off the final turn and continued resolutely to finish second. Latigo Shore was another two lengths further back in third after coming widest into the stretch. D' Funnybone, the last horse to defeat Discreetly Mine, in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens ...
Tags: Discreetly, Mine-2010, King's, Bishop, Stakes, top, pletcher, john, velazquez, race, horse, racing, saratoga, tom, durkin

New York Watch: JB's Thunder [02:15]
JB's Thunder made some noise at Saratoga Race Course when he scored by 1 ¾-lengths in his debut, a 1 1/16th-mile event over the Mellon Turf Course on Saturday. With the victory JB Thunder joins the New York Watch, which profiles up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga. Unchallenged for the early lead, JB's Thunder was kept under a snug hold by Shaun Bridgmohan as he carved out fractions and 49.93 and 1:14.31 while receiving mild pressure from Bonaroo. After Bridgomohan shook the reins at the top of the stretch, JB's Thunder opened to a three length advantage and was never threatened as Santiva reduced the final margin to 1 ¾ lengths. "He's a sharp horse -- he's good in the gate and is very intelligent," said winning trainer Al Stall, Jr. "He had done everything right to this point, and I thought he'd lay close. I told Shaun, 'Take what they give you on the front end. He took the lead comfortably because a couple of horses took back. But if someone had gone to the lead, he would have been able to rate off of them. On the first turn I felt very good. His ears were flicking back and forth on the backside, and he was able to kick." JB's Thunder trained on dirt at Churchill Downs and at Saratoga earlier in the summer before Stall elected to try the son of Thunder Gulch on the Oklahoma Turf Course on August 11. After working four furlongs around dogs in 48.90, handily, Stall decided to keep the bay colt on the grass. "As ...
Tags: New, York, Watch, JB's, Thunder, nyra, horse, racing, saratoga, stall

MEMORIES: Mark Spence & Mischief - Pennant Race, - 2004 WSCA Championship Show [00:23]
Mark & Mischief have a NICE pennant run at the WSCA Championship Show. Friends love to holler 'unhook the plow' and other light-hearted jabs to Mark because Mark loves to dish it out himself. When at shows, he would run up in front of his friends on his horse, Mischief, and then take off, hollering, 'EAT MY DUST!'. :-)

Chooks Dash 2010 at Pinjarra Park [01:36]
1000m Chooks Dash at Pinjarra Park, 11 February 2010 Winner Sportsground ridden by Shaun Meeres
Tags: chooks dash, pinjarra park, pinjarra race club, sportsground, shaun meeres, horse racing, thoroughbred races

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