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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

Posted by on 11/12/2013 8:06:15 PM

Of course, it’s the nature of the business, but online sports betting site players will not have the pleasure of watching some of today’s stars any longer as a number of classy runners have hung up the racing shoes.

We all know that the Triple Crown Trail is a grueling journey and often times patient horsemen will wait for their talented sophomores to mature in the summer and fall before taxing them in May but the incentive is there to try for most.

This year’s Kentucky Derby winner Orb is finished as a racer. He got kind of a dream trip in the Derby when the pace was absolutely ridiculous but he lost his next 4 races and was crushed in his final start in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Out of a dam that won over $200,000 you can’t really fault his owners for taking the money and running when you consider the economics.

He will stand for a stud fee of $25,000 and for a full horse, the Life of Riley can’t be all that bad. Orb earned over $2.6 million but the reality is that if he can breed to 50 mares in his first year, a real possibility, he could earn nearly about half as much in one season as he did in his entire racing career.

It’s a bit different for Mizdirection, who defended her Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint title successfully earlier this month. Because a mare can only drop one foal a year, her owners have to get paid up front and they did.

Television sports personality is part owner of Mizdirection and he had to pull the trigger when his star was sold at auction for $2.7 million.

This star runner won 11 times in her career and earned a pretty penny at $1.7 million, but I learned decades about something about this game when speaking about buying and selling.

In horseracing one has to sell on the come because horses are like strawberries, they spoil overnight.

Todd Pletcher’s student Verrazano has also been retired. Brilliant from Day One as he took his racing debut by nearly 8 lengths with a 93 Beyer, this son of More Than Ready won a division of the Wood Memorial in April but he was fried in the Kentucky Derby pace duel.

He arguably posted the most impressive performance of any three-year-old this year when he ran away and hid from his Haskell Invitational foes at Monmouth Park.

Verrazano won by nearly 10 lengths that day and was awarded with a 116 Beyer Speed Figure. After being in tight in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, he failed as the betting favorite.

Although his dam lost her only start, the dam is related to a pair of Grade 2 winners and the dam also dropped Grade 2 winner and over $325,000 earner El Padrino.

The losers in all of this are the true fans that just love to see these special animals glide, excel and compete basically for our pleasure.

On the bright side, a new crop or horses will start seeking glory as soon as they get to the racetrack.


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