by: Restart the Fun
The Fly a 3yo Gelding trained by Nemesis Stud has been named Horse Of The Season after a brilliant win in the Champions Turf Classic on Firm going over 1m 2f(2000m).
He was purchased for just $5 from the Stable Manager as a yearling, in his early races he was very backward and showed nothing until his final 2yo race when he won an Added Maiden very nicely.
But this season as a 3yo he has really blossomed winning 2 qualifiers and then beating a quality field in the big money final by half a length.The winning time of 1m 57.06 was very fast, in fact a 3yo track record. He was 5th for the first half of the race, coming with a strong sustained run in the final quarter of a mile to win quite cosily. He won a massive $740 in this one race, 148 times more than he cost!!
His SP of 5/1 seemed very generous by the bookies especially as odds mathematician Lloyd had him at only 4/1.
This lovely horse The Fly really had the whole place buzzing.
Unfortunately his Sire Merit Man is no longer with us, but he will be remembered for giving us The Fly.
Surely with Graham aka Nemesis Stud in charge of him his best is still to come, being a Gelding he cannot go to Stud. I suspect as he is clearly still improving he will be a major force in all big Turf Classic races as a Senior, especially as he stays 1m 2f(2000m) well.
Great horse, great trainer, great purchase, well deserved.
Congratulations to the many championship winners and winning owners. This was a season for the history books for sure with all kinds of records being broken.
In addition we are returning to giving out the seasonal awards for Top Earning Horse and Top Winning Horse.
Season 18 Awards
The Fifth Element who is owned by bigboysteve and really showed just how potent some of our newest stables are on the track already!
Windzilla currently also owned by bigboysteve !
Tell Me Princess from Stardom Stable tops the leaderboard for freshman sires this season with $578 in earnings for his progeny.
Double Sudan flies down the stretch to beat stablemate Chase for True Blue Stables. Chase controlled the pace of the race and looked a good value coming into the stretch but his stable mate got the better of him just in time. It took Double Sudan 6 tries to break his maiden but after coming through this horses looks like he can win just about any race if he gets the right setup.
In a $400 race that was sure to attract a top field we saw a home bred grey horse with only one lifetime win get the jump on his competition to claim the massive purse. Ranch Hamburg sent Waldpark into the deep end to face classy horses such as Quality Drama and Soft as Ice. Waldpark who had been winless in his last five attempts was hot on the betting board, despite trying the surface for the first time, and backed it up with a good win. The resulting time makes one wonder just how strong this field really was, only time will tell.
I just wanted to provide everyone with a status update of just how successful season 11 was for the site.
While we essentially broke even in terms of profitability we were able to pay out over $22,000 in non-bonus earnings last season alone! That's a whopping 78% increase in prize money from the previous season. That puts us on target to potentially break 100k for 2018 which is a huge step forward for the site.
The championship series is an astounding value for players at this point in time.
There were $900 in tokens used last season to enter the various qualifiers along with $1,300 in nominations for a total of $2,200 used towards the series. That's roughly 22% of the $10,029.55 that was paid out, simply an outstanding value and a great reason for anyone to get involved.
Anfield Road $6,717
We had the largest two year old crop of horses since changing to a subscription format with 1581 sales ring horses and 720 home breds (2301). The homebreds earned an average of $12.99 with a whopping $29.88 per starter! Those are massive numbers when you consider most of those horses have at least 2 more seasons of racing to go. You will not find another site with those kind of figures.
Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to continuing to improve what we can offer you as an entertainment experience.
As the season winds down and the Champions Cup championships are just around the corner, it's once again time for the Annual Sport of Kings awards.
Horse of the year
This may have been the toughest decision we've had to make as there are three simply outstanding horses this year, all in the three year old group. Dancing Brave continues to be spectacular and leads the earnings per start with a whopping $63.20 mark. Wise Dane, who for some reason missed last years Champions Cup after dominating the season, continues to impress. His only knock this year was the two losses that both came on the lawn. That leaves us with the winner
This three year old filly out of Pioneer of the Nile has absolutely exploded this season after losing the Juvenile Champions Cup by a head. She has absolutely dusted the competition and looks to be a sure thing going into the Champions Cup Turf Finals this year. An $87 purchase from the stable manager yearling sale, she has more than repaid Anfield's faith in her with an excess of $700 earned heading into the finals and her senior campaign. Seemingly the only question left to ask of her will be how long she continue to race?
Juvenile of the year
This was a great year for competitive racing and both of the top two horses on the leaderboard are deserving of this award.
With eight lifetime starts this filly has only finished off the board one time and she is always always within a length or two. She's been a true star for Anfield and she seems to be improving with only the latest speed rating giving pause for concern. She is the only horse from either the sire or mare to enter the starting gate but you have to think that will change with her success.
After missing the board entirely in his prior start this son of Distinctive Passion showed his quality to win by 2 lengths in a late Qualifier to secure a spot in the Finals. This colt appears to be comfortable on both dirt and turf which is a trait that Distinctive Passion seems to pass on. This is the only runner for Ivory Coast, once again proving that owners can find quality in more than one place.
Sire of the year
This seven year old sire, who could still be racing, continues to throw winners at a shocking 85% rate. After a respectable racing career he was retired to stud following two really dull outings in the senior division. With a total over $4,500 in foal earnings and in excess of $110 per horse this sire is still a bargain at the lofty fee of $25 per stud. Among the FIFTEEN graded stakes winners, Dancing Brave continues to be a standout along with One Fast Cast. It's not surprise the breeding rights to this horse sell out quickly every season.
Group (Graded) racing makes it return this month with 3 races from Royal Ascot. Each will be a top level handicapped race with $70 up for grabs in each. Hurry and reserve your spot while there is still room in what is sure to be a competitive field.
See the Royal Ascot Racing Festival Schedule
With the first round of championships qualifiers in the rear view mirror we can now highlight those that put in stand out performances.
Perfect Execution was a strong favorite and a big standout picking up his third straight victory and by an impressive 8 lengths. The rest of the turf routers are going to have to step up their game to compete with this one.
The dirt sprints are always one of the most exciting races to watch and Beast From Hamburg proved her worth as a worth daughter of Ozark Pete. A resounding 4 length victory over another nice horse in Kings Knight. This division should continue to thrill as some of the other competitors improve.
Blazing Fire came with a furious late rally to beat Blowpipe by a nose in the dirt mile. This division is one of my favorites to follow because there are so many quality homebreds that find themselves in the mix.
We would be remiss if we left off one of the more competitive races which was the turf sprint where Quality Hat, a son of the legendary Top Hat, pulled ahead late for a victory. He narrowly edged two really good looking horses in Archies Insides and Excuse Din.
We are seeing the rise to prominence of a few new stables in the championship circuit and look forward to continued competitiveness from all. See you at the track!
We are about to complete the first season where every race is FREE to enter. We have seen an increase in the number of horses entered into races and competition. Beginning this season we will issue end of season awards for trainers and horses alike.
Trainer of the year
True Blue Stable ...
is the leading stable with $1,218 in wins this season. He has put forth a tremendous effort winning maidens and open company races at a 13% clip. In addition he has had success in all three age groups, proving that it's no fluke. Congratulations are in order for this success and you can expect a number of stables to again be vying for this title.
Newcomer of the year
American Pharoah Stables ...
has come on the scene in a big way. He has 19 wins from 69 starts for an astounding 27% win rate. Look for big things from this stable who has clearly been blessed with talented horses to go with their training skills.
Breeder of the year
Anfield Road ...
takes the award for the top breeder this season with 18% of them winning and The Liverpool Way leading the way to the victory circle.
Breakout trainer of the year
King of Thrones ...
is not exactly new to the game but has had a breakout season with a number of qualifier wins. He has a number of outstanding horses including Pope's Angel a filly by Fallen Angel out of Pope Alexander.
Horse of the year
Bull Diamond ...
is the unquestioned horse of the year with Blessings being retired. This six year old horse is a perfect 7 for 7 including the Champions Cup title for senior turf sprint.
Juvenile of the year
Sherlock Holmes ...
from Black Cat Racing brings home the title this year. This horse has 4 wins from 6 starts and has never been worse than second. After starting his career with 4 wins from 4 starts, he has cooled off in the difficult qualifiers but one has to wonder if this is intentional.
Sire of the year
Pope Alexander ...
is once again on top of the standings at the end of the season with his foals averaging over $100 in earnings each! This makes the $15 stud fee seem an absolute bargain.
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