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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Shaken, Not Stirred

I took this photo on Prince of Wales Day at Fort Erie in the parking lot on my way to the track, when this large horse van from H. James Bond Racing Stables, Saratoga Springs, caught my eyes. On that day his entry Pewter, had the early lead but gave way to Harlem Rocker (who we should see on the fourth Saturday in August at the Spa) at the top of the stretch in the second leg of Canada's triple crown.

So far at the Saratoga meet, Bond has had only one entry so far, but has one going today in the fourth, Prominent, in a 3yo $25K maiden claimer. She is the 3-1 ML second choice behind Mike McDonald's Isn't That Special (5-2). The El Prado filly has done no better than third in three lifetime starts for Bond and looks to break her maiden over 6 furlongs on the main track. Unfortunately Prominent isn't firing out of the 7 hole...but from the rail.

Very funny that I named this post before looking at some youtube entries looking for some of the old Bond vodka martini scenes and discovered there is an actual new 007 movie coming out under the title Quantum of Solace in November's a fan trailer:

And for you Bond junkies like is what I was really looking for....

I'm looking for Bond to post his first victory at the Spa today and celebrate with a little Grey Goose, shaken not stirred...

1 Comment:

Steve Zorn said...

Bond's horse illustrates just how tough this game can be. The horse was purchased for $120,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September sale, and here she is on sale for $25,000, probably with no takers, as it's pretty rare for anyone to claim out of this bottom maiden claiming level.. The owner, I'm sure, has more than $200,000 in her, including training, van and vet costs. If you look around, there are a lot of these for every stakes winner out there. But, hey, if you have the money and love horses, why not?


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