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Anything Goes / Blue Diamond Stakes (Feb. 24) - Written By &
« on: June 22, 2018, 02:02:36 pm »
There are big 2yo races too! In real life this race has already been run.

"The Blue Diamond Stakes is a Melbourne Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for two-year-olds, at set weights, run over 1200 metres at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event is Victoria's richest two-year-old race with total prize money of A$1,500,000."


The FF Blue Diamond Stakes info:

Date
2022-07-28

Location
Australia

Race
Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr. 1)

Surface
Dirt

Distance
6 furlongs

Age
2yo

Purse
$1,000,000

Links:

Written By (video) - Written By wins the 2018 race

Blue Diamond Stakes - Wikipedia

Past winners in real life:

  • 2016 - Extreme Choice
  • 2017 -Catchy
  • 2018 - Written By

Past Final Furlong winners:



I don't seem to have any 2yo superstars for this; maybe ¡A ver! is the best of colts (rather surprisingly), but he seems to be a turf horse. Insenso and Overkill seem to do well on dirt, but are they good enough... Or maybe I should enter Wiry Feeling?

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How'd You Do? / 6/20
« on: June 20, 2018, 11:31:43 am »

Places:
On My Own (4yo, As You Wish) in a NW1 Allowance - the winner earned a speed record!
Overkill (2yo, Bellagio) in a NW3 Allowance

Shows:
Time To Go (4yo, Gotta Go) in an Allowance

Fourths:
Apophis (2yo, City Upon a Hill) in a NW3 Allowance

Fifths:
Fear Industry (2yo, High Chances) in a maiden
Y'all (3yo, Changeling) in a maiden
Ch. Crème Brûlée (3yo, Candidate) in the Brooklyn Handicap (Gr. 2)
Ziggurat (3yo, Can't Touch This) in the Hill Prince Stakes (Gr. 3)

Also Rans:
Glamorous Fog (4yo, Strike It Rich) 7th in the Fleur de Lis Stakes (Gr. 2)
The 5th Horseman (2yo, Al Mundhir) 7th in the Middle Park Park Stakes (Gr. 1)

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While we're celebrating the American Triple Crown winner in real life, there is a Canadian Triple Crown to be won!

"The Queen's Plate is Canada's oldest thoroughbred horse race, having been founded in 1860. It is also the oldest continuously run race in North America. It is run at a distance of ​1 1⁄4 miles. The race takes place each summer, in June or July, at Woodbine Racetrack, Etobicoke, Ontario, and is the first race in the Canadian Triple Crown."


The FF Queen's Plate info:

Date
2022-06-23

Location
Woodbine

Race
Queen's Plate Stakes (Gr. 1)

Surface
Dirt

Distance
10 furlongs

Age
3yo

Purse
$1,000,000

Links:

Queen's Plate - home page

Queen's Plate - Wikipedia

Past winners in real life:

  • 2015 - Shaman Ghost - 2:03.45
  • 2016 - Sir Dudley Digges - Time: 2:04.09
  • 2017 - Holy Helena - 2:02.87

Past Final Furlong winners:

  • 2019 - NCh. Franco Classico, Track: Good    Time: 2:01.730    SF: 231. He also won the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Breeders' Stakes, which makes him a Canadian Triple Crown Winner! He also won Eclipse Awards for 2019 Classic Horse and 3 Year Old Colt.
  • 2020 - Ch. Tell All, Track: Fast    Time: 2:06.110    SF: 210.
  • 2021 - Ch. Twizzle Stix, Track: Fast    Time: 1:56.130    SF: 235.

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How'd You Do? / 6/2
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:29:27 am »

Wins:
Wiry Feeling (2yo, As You Wish) in a NW2 Allowance
¡A ver! (2yo, Chivalry) in a maiden

Places:
On My Own (4yo, As You Wish) in a NW1 Allowance

Fourths:
Serene Stranger (3yo, Ring of Fire) in a Starter Allowance
Femme (2yo, Frankel) in the Fashion Stakes (Ungr.)
Apophis (2yo, City Upon a Hill) in the National Stakes (Gr. 1)

Also Rans:
Meomyia (2yo, Bernardini) 7th in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Gr. 1) - her dam was placed in this race, also for Clicker Lab; but apparently the daughter was not inspired.

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Horses For Sale / Clicker Lab 2yo Auction (Jun. 8th)
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:54:05 am »
Unraced and untrained, all have a reserve of $5000. The auction starts on Jun. 8th.

Conde de Cabra
NCh. Al Mundhir    GCh. The Woman In Black

Contra Corriente
NCh. Al Mundhir    Ch. Sugar 'n' Spice

Do-Gooder
FFCh. High Chances (G)    Ch. Cordially (B)

Don't Fret
Animal Kingdom    I'm Not Pink (S)

Elf Yourself
ICh. Ring of Fire (S)    Steal the Show (S)

Gliese
ICh. Prince Of Wonder (S)    Ch. LittleBittieSecret (B)

Lazy Afternoon
GCh. Edinburgh    Ch. Akasha

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I have just watched The Crown (TV series), so this race will be my sentimental favourite. In one episode there is a racehorse named Aureole; I immediately looked up his profile page on pedigreequery. He ran 2nd in this race and also in the Epsom Derby.

"The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July. It is Britain's most prestigious open-age flat race, and its roll of honour features some of the most highly acclaimed horses of the sport's recent history. Many of its winners subsequently compete in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and a number go on to have a successful career at stud."


The FF King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes info:

Date
2022-06-16

Location
England

Race
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr. 1)

Surface
Turf

Distance
12 furlongs

Age
3yo+

Purse
$1,125,000

Links:

Racecards 28 July 2018 - Racing Post

King George Day - Ascot Racecourse

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - Wikipedia

Past winners in real life:

  • 2015 - Postponed - Time: 2:31.25
  • 2016 - Highland Reel - Time: 2:28.97
  • 2017 - Enable - Time: 2:36.22

Past Final Furlong winners:

  • 2019 - NCh. Gang of Thieves, Track: Good    Time: 2:21.690    SF: 255. Now a stallion at Starfish Stables, his breeder.
  • 2020 - GCh. Debate With Me, Track: Good    Time: 2:18.065    SF: 260.
  • 2021 - GCh. Lapis Lazuli, Track: Good    Time: 2:20.925    SF: 241. I bought him as a weanling from Morning Star Farms, and then I sold him to Renegade Racing and Breeding in the middle of his 2yo season. So he was named like the rest of my "Spanish themed" crop, although it sounds more Latin. He's still a racehorse, but looks like he is stud qualified!

There is also a detailed article about the race: "Big Race History: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes".

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How'd You Do? / 5/30
« on: May 30, 2018, 11:37:50 am »

Wins:
Nougatin (2yo, Strider) in a NW2 Allowance - yay!

Shows:
Zooming Through (3yo, Ring of Fire) in a NW3 Allowance

Fourths:
Lively Look (3yo, Prince Of Wonder) in the Bailey's Irish Champion Stakes (Gr. 1) - congrats Lewis for the win!

Also Rans:
Y'all (3yo, Changeling) 6th in the Real Delight Stakes (Ungr.)
Fool For Flowers (3yo, I'm No Fool) 7th in the Sheepshead Bay Handicap (Gr. 2)
Glamorous Fog (4yo, Strike It Rich) 9th in the Sheepshead Bay Handicap (Gr. 2)
Ch. Filipendulous (3yo, My Lucky Day) 8th in the Bailey's Irish Champion Stakes (Gr. 1)

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How'd You Do? / 5/26
« on: May 26, 2018, 11:59:17 am »
Oh well. At least the filly tried.

Places:
A Room Of Her Own (2yo, Frankel) in a maiden

Shows:
Insenso (2yo, Belanso) in an Allowance - that isn't actually bad either

Fifths:
He Loves Me (2yo, I'm No Fool) in a maiden
Ch. Crème Brûlée (3yo, Candidate) in the Ben Cohen Stakes (Ungr.) - and came with a nasty cut on his right front leg, poor thing

Also Rans:
Gaucherie (2yo, Ring of Fire) 8th in a maiden
I'm Game (2yo, Devil His Due) 7th in a maiden
Oh Hay (3yo, Von Lichtenstein) 6th in the Ben Cohen Stakes (Ungr.)
Serene Stranger (3yo, Ring of Fire) 6th in the Skipat Stakes (Ungr.)

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Maybe there won't be American Triple Crown winner in Final Furlong this year (there's still a chance to win the English, or the Canadian), but it's still one of the richest races in the game. Meanwhile, in real life, Justify will try to win the third leg. Do you think he can?

"The 2018 Belmont Stakes will be the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes and the 107th time the event will take place at Belmont Park. The 1 1⁄2-mile (2,400 m) race, known as the "test of the champion", is the final leg in Thoroughbred horse racing's American Triple Crown series."



The FF Belmont Stakes info:

Date
2022-06-09

Location
Belmont

Race
Belmont Stakes (Gr. 1)

Surface
Dirt

Distance
12 furlongs

Age
3yo

Purse
$1,000,000

Links:

@BelmontStakes - Twitter

Belmont Stakes - home page

2018 Belmont Stakes - Wikipedia

Past winners in real life:

  • 2015 - American Pharoah - 2:26.65
  • 2016 - Creator - Time: 2:28.51
  • 2017 - Tapwrit - Time: 2:30.02

Past Final Furlong winners:


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How'd You Do? / 5/16
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:37:22 am »
Babies doing well. Mostly.

Wins:
Insenso (2yo, Belanso) in a maiden

Places:
¡A ver! (2yo, Chivalry) in a NW1 Allowance

Fourths:
Gaucherie (2yo, Ring of Fire) in a maiden
He Loves Me (2yo, I'm No Fool) in a maiden - her first time out

Also Rans:
Fear Industry (2yo, High Chances) 10th in a maiden

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Anything Goes / The Epsom Derby 2018 (June 2nd) - Masar & Chortle
« on: May 14, 2018, 07:58:32 pm »
"It is Britain's richest horse race, and the most prestigious of the five Classics. It is sometimes referred to as the "Blue Riband" of the turf. The race serves as the middle leg of the Triple Crown, preceded by the 2000 Guineas and followed by the St Leger, although the feat of winning all three is now rarely attempted. The name "Derby" has become synonymous with great races all over the world, and as such has been borrowed many times. The Derby run at Epsom is the original and in Great Britain is invariably referred to as "The Derby"."


The FF Epsom Derby info:

Date
2022-06-09

Location
England

Race
Epsom Derby Stakes (Gr. 1)

Surface
Turf

Distance
12 furlongs

Age
3yo

Purse
$1,500,000

Links:

The Epsom Derby - home page

Epsom Derby - Wikipedia

Past winners in real life:

  • 2015 - Golden Horn - Time: 2:32.32. Available in the game as a "Famous Stallion".
  • 2016 - Harzand - Time: 2:40.09
  • 2017 - Wings of Eagles - won at odds of 40-1, having never previously won a stakes race. Time: 2:33.02

Past Final Furlong winners:

  • 2019 - NCh. Back St. Warrior, Track: Good    Time: 2:24.565    SF: 246. She finished 4th in Two Thousand Guineas and won St. Leger Stakes, getting really close to winning the English Triple Crown! Now a broodmare, in foal to NCh. Away The Lads.
  • 2020 - Ch. Armistice, Track: Wet    Time: 2:10.170    SF: 293. He continued to race but never won a stakes again, still active racehorse.
  • 2021 - Deltin, Track: Good    Time: 2:16.575    SF: 256. It was his second and last start that year, and he remains in England.

This year, the winner of the first leg - Two Thousand Guineas - is Ch. Casa de Victor in Final Furlong and Saxon Warrior in real life. Saxon Warrior is trained by Aidan O'Brien, who also trained the past year's winner named Churchill. Saxon Warrior was ridden by Donnacha O'Brien, the trainer's son. Aged 19, Donnacha was born the month after his father won this race for the first time, with King Of Kings in 1998.

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Second leg of American Triple Crown comes two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, so the winner doesn't have much time to recover. Again, it will be on the same day in Final Furlong and in real life.

"The Preakness is the second leg in American thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown series and almost always attracts the Kentucky Derby winner, some of the other horses that ran in the Derby, and often a few horses that did not start in the Derby. The Preakness is ​1 3⁄16 miles, or ​9 1⁄2 furlongs, compared to the Kentucky Derby, which is ​1 1⁄4 miles / 10 furlongs. It is followed by the third leg, the Belmont Stakes, which is ​1 1⁄2 miles / 12 furlongs.
As soon as the Preakness winner has been declared official, a painter climbs a ladder to the top of a replica of the Old Clubhouse cupola. The colors of the victorious owner's silks are applied on the jockey and horse that are part of the weather vane atop the infield structure."



The FF Preakness Stakes info:

Date
2022-05-19

Location
Pimlico

Race
Preakness Stakes (Gr. 1)

Surface
Dirt

Distance
9.5 furlongs

Age
3yo

Purse
$1,000,000

Links:

@PreaknessStakes - Twitter

Preakness - home page

Preakness Stakes - Wikipedia

Past winners in real life:

  • 2015 - American Pharoah - 1:58.46
  • 2016 - Exaggerator - Time: 1:58.31
  • 2017 - Cloud Computing - Time: 1:55.98

Past Final Furlong winners:

  • 2019 - NCh. Devil's Heir, Track: Good    Time: 1:48.395    SF: 259. Did not run in Kentucky Derby, and that year's Derby winner skipped the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.
  • 2020 - Ch. Effervescent, Track: Good    Time: 2:02.860    SF: 206. He did not run in the Kentucky Derby. Still a racehorse. That year's Kentucky winner, GCh. Magical Debate, ran in the Preakness and he finished 3rd. He also finished 6th in that year's Belmont Stakes.
  • 2021 - Ch. Breez of the South, Track: Good    Time: 1:54.960    SF: 224. He made only three starts that year, the other two in Australia. Still a racehorse but did not run this year. That year's Kentucky Derby winner, Ch. Power of Secrets, finished 9th in the Preakness and did not run in Belmont Stakes.

This year, we have Kentucky Derby winners Ch. Local Haunt in Final Furlong, and Justify in real life to try winning the second leg of American Triple Crown in two weeks. Good luck!

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How'd You Do? / 4/25
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:56:13 am »

Shows:
Y'all (3yo, Changeling) in a NW2 Allowance
Femme (2yo, Frankel) in a maiden

Fourths:
Serene Stranger (3yo, Ring of Fire) in a maiden
Ch. Crème Brûlée (3yo, Candidate) in the Fort Marcy Handicap (Gr. 3) - he really prefers dirt...

Also Rans:
Fear Industry (2yo, High Chances) 6th in a NW2 Allowance
Time To Go (4yo, Gotta Go) 8th in the Bula Hurdle Race (Gr. 2)

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Anything Goes / Kentucky Derby 2018 (May 5) - Justify & Local Haunt
« on: April 10, 2018, 06:24:13 am »
Now this is a very well known race, and has a lot of media coverage. In the game it will be on the same day as in real life.

The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in 1891–1893 and 1911–1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875, even during both World Wars.


The FF Kentucky Derby info:

Date
2022-05-05

Race
Kentucky Derby (Gr. 1)

Surface
Dirt

Distance
10 furlongs

Age
3yo

Purse
$2,000,000

Links:

2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby Point Standings - Blood Horse

2018 Kentucky Derby - home page

Kentucky Derby - Wikipedia

Past winners in real life:

  • 2015 - American Pharoah - Time: 2:03.02, track: fast, Triple Crown winner. He is also available in FF as a Famous Real-Life Stallion.
  • 2016 - Nyquist - Time: 2:01.31, track: fast.
  • 2017 - Always Dreaming - Time: 2:03.59 - , track condition: Wet Fast (sealed).

Past Final Furlong winners:

  • 2019 - Ch. High and Dry, Track: Good    Time: 2:02.010    SF: 231. Still a racehorse and he was stakes placed this year.
  • 2020 - GCh.  Magical Debate, Track: Fast    Time: 2:05.140    SF: 215, still a racehorse.
  • 2021 - Ch. Power of Secrets, Track: Good    Time: 1:53.735    SF: 241. He is still an active racehorse, ran once this year.

Any real life favourites? And Final Furlong contenders?

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Next race I wanted to write about is at the beautiful Sha Tin racecourse.

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was first run at the Happy Valley Racecourse in Happy Valley, Hong Kong to commemorate a visit to Hong Kong by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. It evolved to an international event in 1995, with Hong Kong horses competing against those from the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Australia.

The FF Queen Elizabeth II Cup info:

Date
2022-04-25

Race
Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr. 1)

Surface
Turf

Distance
10 furlongs

Age
3yo+

Purse
$1,500,000

Note: there are only two FF races in Hong Kong, and the other is Singapore Airlines International Cup (Gr. 1); date: 2022-05-16, Turf, 10 furlongs, 3yo+, $150,000.

Past winners in real life:

  • 2015 - Blazing Speed, age 6 - Time: 2:02.89
  • 2016 - Werther, age 4 - Time: 2:01.32
  • 2017 - Neorealism, age 6 - Time: 2:04.59 - and he is not inbred to Northern Dancer! He doesn't even have him in his 5-generation pedigree, while he is 5x5 inbred to Nothirdchance, dam of Hail to Reason.

Past Final Furlong winners:

  • 2019 - ICh. Starling, Track: Good    Time: 1:58.950    SF: 233. He is now standing at stud.
  • 2020 - GCh. Flying Topaz, Track: Fast    Time: 1:59.680    SF: 100, still a racehorse; 2nd in this race was WCh. Sionnach, now standing at stud in England.
  • 2021 - Ch. Hollywood Wren, Track: Good    Time: 1:53.785    SF: 137. He is still an active racehorse and finished 4th/10 in Dubai Sheema Classic just recently.

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