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Friday, April 25, 2008

The BCS is Smiling Today

Bella Cavello Stables (BCS) is on fire! On Atlantic City Race Course’s second day of its two week meet, the Stable’s M.E.’s Smile won a $32K allowance turf race at a mile paying $8.60 to win with Jonathan Joyce up. M.E.’s Smile who led from the start, relinquished the lead in the upper stretch and rallied to overtake Platinum Lace at the wire in 1:38.42. Post-time favorite Salle de Bain took third a length out. Unfortunately no one (other than those at the track) were able to see it as their will be no simulcast signal from AC as reported in the Thoroughbred Times. This victory follows La Chica Rica’s victory on Saturday for back to back victories. Nice work boys.

In Derby news, the New York Post reports that the filly Eight Belles’ “primary goal is the Derby” and also entered filly Proud Spell, but “whose main goal…is the Oaks.” Trainer Larry Jones (Hard Spun’s trainer) said the determining factor will be Proud Spell’s post position draw in the Oaks Tuesday, and Belles’ draw in the Derby on Wednesday, will decide both of the fillies’ fates. Three fillies have won the Kentucky Derby, the last being twenty years ago in 1988. Unfortunately for some owners, since also eligibles (AE’s) are not allowed, could have some colts on the outside looking in if either of the cross-entered horses scratches due a potential bad post position. A highly discussed topic on most horse racing blogs, trainer Larry Jones is just “playing by Churchill’s rules.” From a bettor’s perspective, it could be two less horses to worry about at post time. I hope one or both fillies run just to add some additional drama, last seen at last year’s Belmont.

Here is Eight Belles' victory at the wire in the 2008 Fantasy Stakes in April at Oaklawn



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