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« on: August 16, 2006, 02:24:20 PM »

I've seen posts on here before about what peoples favorite horse of all time is, and while the Citations, Seabiscuits, and Secretariats are the stars of our game, I was wondering if any of you have claiming horses that are personal favorites.  I only bring this up because my particular favorite is running in the 4th at Arlington tomorrow.  Hesachicmagnet has gotten a bet from me every time hes run since my first ever trip to the track last summer when he got dq'ed for stretch inteference and cost me an 80 dollar exacta.  Lets just say I learned my lesson about boxing exactas pretty early on.  He's just an honest horse who seems to give you a run for your money every time he goes out.  I was just wondering if anyone else has any favorite "cheaper" horses.
Keith

PS- I'll be heading to Arlington for the first couple of races tomorrow before work to see the afore mentioned horse run, if any of you are going to be there it would be great to meet some of you.
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2006, 03:55:18 PM »



Talk Now was one of my favorites. There have been many.
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2006, 04:08:22 PM »

At this time, I'll have to say, "Mystery Giver." LOL.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2006, 04:14:47 PM »

At this time, I'll have to say, "Mystery Giver." LOL.


Great pick!
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2006, 04:41:55 PM »

Back in the 1980's..Becky's Super Pet, Satanic Majesty, Just Zack, Beautiful Mountain..etc.

in the 1990's..too many to list

in the 2000's..Macatawa Bay, Kate's Genius, Expedite It, Waving Monarch, Stage Glitter, Crusading Time..etc
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2006, 05:46:21 PM »

Gypsy wander and Blondeinasarong
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2006, 06:21:16 PM »

I'll say my all time favorites in the IL bred ranks are Jeremy Jet, Princess Zen, and maybe good old Demetri's boy!!!!!   AH the good old days.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2006, 07:03:23 PM »

My favorite was Little Chingaso, simply because someone was able to sneak the name past the overly stuffy Jockey Club. (I'll never forgive those uptight weenies for making the Philly Park stewards scratch Sofa Can Fast the day of his debut race.)

Back when WBBM-AM used to broadcast Arlington Park results, it was kind of amusing to hear "...in Arlington Park's 7th race, the winner was number 6, Little Chingaso, paying 9.80, 5.40, and 3.80..."

Later -- presumably after someone at WBBM saw a Mexican up close for the first time -- they wised up, and it was "In Arlington's 3rd race, the winner was number 1, Ties and Tails...second was number 8, Bows and Bonnets...and third was number 5, the horse with the name we can't say on the radio anymore."
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2006, 08:36:37 PM »

How 'bout Knob Gobbler from about 6 or 7 years ago? The name was supposed to refer to a Turkey that lived in the hills of Tennessee or Kentucky. Yeah, OK.

Not claimers but Bodacious Tatas and Cunning Stunt were my two favorite names. I used to love to listen to Durkin carefully pronouncing the latter.

The Jockey Club doesn't have an idea these days. They're clueless about modern jargon.
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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2006, 09:36:44 PM »

Zarb's Magic
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2006, 10:15:12 PM »

"My favorite was Little Chingaso, simply because someone was able to sneak the name past the overly stuffy Jockey Club. (I'll never forgive those uptight weenies for making the Philly Park stewards scratch Sofa Can Fast the day of his debut race.)"

Have no idea what Little Chingaso means. Is it some Spanish swearword? What does it mean? Email me through the forum or let me know on the forum if allowed. I can handle it.
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2006, 10:24:34 PM »

Cheap Sunglasses, Bright Brian, Joe Kyle, Anywayoucan, Grabones, Hold Your Tan, The King's Sloop.

Love looking back at old charts from the late 80s.

Scary.
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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2006, 11:00:10 PM »

My favorites tend to be the hopeless ones that keep running year after year. I keep rooting for them to surprise me.

Khafji
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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2006, 12:45:02 AM »

Khafji was a classic. Was he a Doc Davis or Doc DaRosa?
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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2006, 07:02:39 AM »

Maxwell G.  Ran into his mid-teens, and was very competitive.  I think Hazleton claimed him back three or four times in his long career.
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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2006, 08:40:59 AM »

Khafji was a classic. Was he a Doc Davis or Doc DaRosa?

Khafji was a Doc Davis protege'.

DeRosa had a good horse or two. One very nice filly right at the end, but I can't remember the name.
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« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2006, 05:08:45 PM »

Run Indian Run. I don't know what class he raced at but he was a dead stone closer. And here comes RUN INDIAN RUN FLYING!!!!!
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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2006, 07:53:46 PM »

Zarb's Magic

This was an Arkansas Derby horse who ran for 5K and later became a Starter Monster! Nice pick.
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« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2006, 07:54:47 PM »

Do you guys remember BROTHER BOB? He would always be 20 lengths out of it and close for 2nd every damn time!
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« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2006, 09:21:08 PM »

Have no idea what Little Chingaso means. Is it some Spanish swearword?

Little Chingaso = Little F_cker
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« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2006, 09:26:47 PM »

Run Indian Run. I don't know what class he raced at but he was a dead stone closer. And here comes RUN INDIAN RUN FLYING!!!!!

This horse ran in early 80's and was solid Illinois Allowance horse.... in his time he may have ran in some Illinois Bred Stakes... I think he ran best races at the Old Sportmans 5/8 oval

 
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« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2006, 09:40:29 PM »

I have a sort of "anti-favorite" horse. Not sure if he was a career claimer or not, but I'm sure he was at the end.

Stacker of Wheat.

That damn horse beat me in every race he was ever in that I bet. If I used him, somehow he failed. If I left him out, he'd win or fill the exacta. Every single time!

Stupid Stacker of Wheat. He owes me a lot of money!
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« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2006, 09:43:31 PM »

Little Chingaso = Little F_cker

Some menu items in U.S. Mexican restuarants appearently would never be called by the same name in Mexico. 

Chimichanga is just one example, a variation of the same root word. 
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« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2006, 09:53:23 PM »

Khafji was a Doc Davis protege'.

DeRosa had a good horse or two. One very nice filly right at the end, but I can't remember the name.

Was that the one Trackman and I were discussing the other day, Faccia Bella?
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« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2006, 09:54:57 PM »

Was that the one Trackman and I were discussing the other day, Faccia Bella?

Bingo! Thanks, Dan.
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« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2006, 09:55:27 PM »

Some menu items in U.S. Mexican restuarants appearently would never be called by the same name in Mexico. 

Chimichanga is just one example, a variation of the same root word. 

"Steak burrito". There's another.
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« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2006, 10:00:17 PM »

One that I can remember my dad and I putting alot of money into:

Gliding Clyde

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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2006, 08:35:04 AM »

  Theos machine & Affirmeds Image from the old

Sportsmans- 2 horses who were world beaters at the bullring-

I think Theo was a 5k anywhere but spt-where I think he

even made it up to a graded race (ran out)

Anyone remember their trainers?
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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2006, 09:51:36 AM »

Stacker of Wheat, trained for most of his career by Gerald McGrath.  As honest as they came.  Seemed like he tried every single time out.  Good pick.
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« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2006, 09:58:09 AM »

Before Faccia Doc DeRosa had a nice mare named Melanie Frances
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« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2006, 10:03:36 AM »

Stacker of Wheat, trained for most of his career by Gerald McGrath. As honest as they came. Seemed like he tried every single time out. Good pick.

The horse or the trainer?
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« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2006, 02:26:24 PM »

Little Chingaso = Little F_cker

I remember him winning a 4 or 5k claiming race that turned out
to be the biggest key race i can recall(at least 5 returned to win)

 One was JR Smith ( claim?) that worked his way up to small stakes caliber. Cant remember his name
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« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2006, 12:27:51 PM »

smokin doobies, ban joe eyes
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« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2006, 02:06:56 PM »

How about Tiger Six....five in a row at Arlington Park one year horse
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« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2006, 02:19:08 PM »

musta fardid
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« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2006, 08:35:21 PM »

Was that JR horse Recoup The Cash your thinking of
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« Reply #36 on: August 19, 2006, 09:17:11 PM »

I have a sort of "anti-favorite" horse. Not sure if he was a career claimer or not, but I'm sure he was at the end.

Stacker of Wheat.

That damn horse beat me in every race he was ever in that I bet. If I used him, somehow he failed. If I left him out, he'd win or fill the exacta. Every single time!

Stupid Stacker of Wheat. He owes me a lot of money!

Higgler was mine.  I hated Higgler. He was always in good betting races and he always screwed me over. I still hate Higgler.

One of my favorite claimers was Silver Mystery (?? I hope I'm remembering right) - He was claimed 7 or 8 times in a row. He would almost always win under 15,000, but not win at 18,000. The nice thing was, you knew everybody was trying hard for the win, because they KNEW he would be claimed, so they wanted the win money.
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« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2006, 01:09:36 AM »

MAXWELL G. IF FOR NO OTHER REASON HE GOT ME HOOKED WITH HIS COME FROM THE CLOUDS CLOSING RUSH. RAN FOR EVER AT THE BOTTOM BUT NEVER EVER QUIT. HE WAS TRULY A RACE HORSE! NOT THE MOST TALENTED BUT HE ALWAYS GAVE YOU EHAT HE HAD.
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« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2006, 09:06:05 AM »

Haven't seen Zippy Chippy's name yet Roll Eyes
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« Reply #39 on: August 20, 2006, 02:45:49 PM »

Haven't seen Zippy Chippy's name yet Roll Eyes

Zippy Chippy?  Oh, he's in the Favorite Maiden - Maiden Claimer category!  Cheesy
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« Reply #40 on: August 20, 2006, 04:50:25 PM »

Chartwell mentioned a great old-timer - Maxwell G.
But my all time favorite claimer is a gelding with the uninspiring name of Ed R.  A 1948 foal, Ed spent his teen age years racing at Fairmount Park and Cahokia Downs.  He was a late running sprinter and would lag far behind early, then make a furious charge in the stretch. In 1960, at the age of 12, he won 12 races, 6 at FP and 6 at Cka.  Two years later he must have set a record of sorts when he was claimed (for $1500) at the age of 14!

Ed R's stats:

starts - 244
w - 62
p - 49
s - 36
Lifetime earnings - $101,880
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