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Famous Races/Horses / Re: Velká Pardubická (Oct. 14th)
« on: October 14, 2018, 05:54:18 pm »
What a beautiful weekend it was!
On the Saturday I attended a dogtrekking event with my dog, although we did not officially participate this time, just had a walk in the forests and enjoyed the weather. The place was not far from Pardubice actually, so I thought that it's going to be the same gorgeous weather on the Sunday.

The winner of Velká Pardubická is a 7yo gelding Tzigane Du Berlais (FR) by Poliglote (Sadler's Wells), out of Boheme Du Berlais (Simon Du Desert). No Time To Lose finished 5th.
Looks like one horse died - from what I understand of Czech comments - that was 9yo Vicody (FR) which ran with number 12. He probably fell on Taxis Ditch.

Race replay:

128. Velká Pardubická 2018

And here is my dog enjoying the lovely weather:

Lucky for him we just had a stroll with a friend, no Taxis ditches to jump or anything :P

How'd You Do? / Re: 10/13
« on: October 14, 2018, 06:22:03 am »
Only 2yo stakes this time, and some are in the money! How surprising.

Green Hour (2yo, Strider) in the Astarita Stakes (Gr. 3)

Insenso (2yo, Belanso) in the Cowdin Stakes (Ungr.)

Also Rans:
¡A ver! (2yo, Chivalry) 10th in the Cowdin Stakes (Ungr.)

Famous Races/Horses / Velká Pardubická (Oct. 14th) - Tzigane Du Berlais
« on: October 08, 2018, 02:35:41 pm »
I almost forgot! I wanted to write about this race although it's not in the game, but I think it is a famous one and very similar to The Grand National. Both races are nearly 7 km long, and both have around 30 obstacles; and one that is especially deadly - Becher's Brook in the Grand National and Taxis Ditch in Velká Pardubická. Both races are unusually long and difficult, and surrounded by controversies as there are horse deaths and serious injuries. But on the other hand, horses that do win the race (or even finish it safe & sound) exhibit extraordinary soundness and stamina, so rarely seen in the modern thoroughbred.

There is a 2012 documentary about Czech jockey Josef Váňa, who won the race 8 times (in the years 1987−1989 and in 1991 on Železník; in 1997 on Vronsky and in the years 2009−2011 on Tiumen). Váňa also trained 10 winners of this race, and 6 horses that finished it 2nd. This year his son will ride the last year’s winner, No Time To Lose.

In real life horses starting in the race must be at least 6 years old (prior to 2009, the minimum age was 7 years); Czech horses must qualify by finishing at least one of four qualifying races during the season.

I know that in October we have all the Breeders' Cup steeplechase races, including a 16 furlongs long Endurance, but other than that, there are not so many Grade 1 steeplechase races... so maybe Velká Pardubická could be added? In real life it takes place on the second Sunday in October, but in the game it could be earlier, so that horses could still recover before Breeders' Cup.

The distance between Pardubice and Chantilly Racecourse (where FF races in France are located) would be similar to that between Belmont and Arlington, so 2 days by road.

Taxis Ditch (Wikimedia Commons) - 4th obstacle in the race, jumped only during Velká Pardubická.


Velká Pardubická 2017 [HD] - video

128th running of the Velka pardubicka - homepage

Film Vana - The biggest race is life itself - English trailer of the documentary directed by Jakub Wagner

Past winners in real life:

  • 2015 - Ribelino (FR) - actually finished 2nd, but was awarded the win as the winner tested drug positive
  • 2016 - Charme Look (CZ) - 2016 Champion Cross-Country Horse in Czech Republic
  • 2017 - No Time To Lose (GB)

Famous Races/Horses / Re: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Oct. 7) - Autumn Red
« on: October 07, 2018, 04:30:50 pm »
And the real life winner, like last year, is the 2017 European Horse of the Year and Champion Three-year-old Filly Enable, again under legendary jockey Frankie Dettori. Video:

Enable - Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – ParisLongchamp – 07/10/18

Famous Races/Horses / Re: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Oct. 7) - Autumn Red
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:36:44 pm »
It's tomorrow! There is a video of the course narrated by Antoine Hamelin, a jockey who will ride tomorrow but on another horse:

it's in French, with English subtitles.

How'd You Do? / 10/6
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:22:20 pm »
Xoxoxo (3yo, High Chances) in a NW3 Allowance - his first win, seems like he always wanted to be a steeplechaser
Serene Stranger (3yo, Ring of Fire) in a Starter Allowance - also her first win ever...

Awesome Stream (2yo, Simply Heroic) in a maiden - and the winner is a colt by Al Mundhir, bred by Clicker Lab! Yay!

Soliloquy (3yo, Giant's Causeway) in an Allowance

Also Rans:
No Strings (2yo, Player) 7th in a maiden

Al Mundhir has another 2yo winner, Contra Corriente! Congrats Denoux Stud!

Updated, thanks!

Famous Races/Horses / Re: Golden Slipper Stakes (March 24) - Estijaab &
« on: October 03, 2018, 02:31:41 pm »
And the amazing GCh. Palermo wins Golden Slipper Stakes! Congratulations Cricket Hill! Will he become another FFChampion?

Famous Races/Horses / Re: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Oct. 7)
« on: October 03, 2018, 02:28:36 pm »
I have two with Ch. Autumn Red and Ynez Saint Laurent. Both longshots, but I had actually shipped them to England months ago for specific races then forgot to actually enter, so instead of shipping them back home I decided to make something of the overseas trip and sent them on to France. So they've been chilling/training there for a few months, now. Fingers crossed!

Congratulations Shelbie for Autumn Red's win! The real life race is coming soon.

How'd You Do? / Re: 10/3
« on: October 03, 2018, 02:27:15 pm »
Some nice results!

Klaus Mitffoch (2yo, Black Cherry) in a claiming race - his first race
Ch. Fool For Flowers (3yo, I'm No Fool) in an Allowance - she's either first or second recently!

Y'all (3yo, Changeling) in a NW1 Allowance
Yay or Nay (3yo, Frankel) in an Allowance

Also Rans:
I'm No Mystery (5yo, I'm No Fool) 6th in an Allowance

General/Questions / Re: Continuing Stallion Spotlights?
« on: October 02, 2018, 04:55:00 am »
Yes please!! I miss Stallion Spotlights. Perhaps you could also write about most influential Platinum ranked stallions and mares?

Famous Races/Horses / Re: Breeder's Cup Festival (Nov. 2-3)
« on: October 01, 2018, 08:06:32 pm »
YOSHIDA (JPN, by Heart's Cry - Hilda's Passion)- a photo by Barbara Livingston. I need to name a filly Hilda's Passion :P

Horses For Sale / Clicker Lab 2yo Auction (Oct. 8th)
« on: October 01, 2018, 07:15:12 pm »
The Auction  starts on Oct. 8th.

Blossom Trail
Frankel (S) x GCh. Embellished
   Mult. Placed

He is the first foal of his dam. I bought Embellished at the 2015 Annual Select Auction, and waited till her 3rd birthday to start racing her, as she was very tiny as a 2yo. She ran 50 races, also at stakes level, and scored a speed record on turf in 2017.

Fear Industry
FFCh. High Chances (G) x Audition
   Mult. Placed

By retired Chef-de-Race (I/C), gold ranked FFCh. High Chances. Dam wasn't raced much but she seemed to have a good 3yo year and also won at 5.

ICh. Ring of Fire (S) x Final Entrance

He is 2x3 inbred to Cross Roads (I/C), the 2007 Sire of the Year. By retired Ring of Fire, now Chef-de-Race (B/I).

I'm Game
ICh. Devil His Due (S x Ch. First Dance (S)

By a retired Multi-Millionaire stallion, dam won stakes race with speed record.

Bernardini (B) x Ch. Iyaiyai

Ch. Iyaiyai is a multiple stakes winner, multiple stakes placed. She won Gr. 1 Ascot Fillies Mile.

WCh. Strider (G) x Ch. Katie's Pride (B)

3/4 sibling to stakes winner Ch. Astonish.

NCh. Al Mundhir (B) x Pinoit

Out of Pinoit, a millionaire winner of Gr. 1 Breeders' Cup SC Distaff Endurance (2013).

It was the first Grade 1 win for owner-trainer Uriah St. Lewis. Here is what he said about Discreet Lover earlier in the summer:

Uriah St Lewis Discusses Discreet Lover

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