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The News - April 16, 2017
Lookin At Lee chases Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby
Trying to figure out the winner of the Kentucky Derby a month before its running is often folly, as many obstacles remain for three year olds wanting to get a mile and a quarter in May. We always pay attention to clockers like Gary Young in their morning comments in Louisville. Another Gary (Stevens) tipped us off to Barbaro in his TV commentary; now that he is a jockey again with a shot at yet another Derby (Royal Mo), we certainly miss the comments of Gary and Laffit Pincay, who is as far away from the Sport most days as the misguided TVG touts apparently want to keep him.
Although Classic Empire won in Arkansas yesterday, questions remain about the likely favorite in May. We touted Conquest Mo Money in this column, and he ran a huge race to be second, and was no doubt used a little to get position early from slot eleven. But the horse that was gaining the most late was the Lookin at Lucky colt Lookin at Lee. This one seems to be asking for the Classic trip, but like the Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley, he must weave through traffic.
Some say Irish War Cry, which trounced Classic Empire by eight lengths in the Holy Bull, has the right stuff. Two horses with tactical speed, Royal Mo and Conquest Mo Money, have a chance to find a good position on the first turn at Churchill Downs. But what do we do with Irap, the longshot maiden winner of the Bluegrass, which finished well behind Conquest Mo Money at Sunland?
The numbers guys say the SA Derby was slow. The great Charlie Whittingham, when winning yet another Grade 1 stakes in pedestrian time, used to say, "The others ran slower." So who are we pulling for in May? We sent Royal Lookin to trainer Ricardo Perez (second yesterday with only one runner) with the idea she'd be in the first MSW race for two year old fillies that they write. Perez said that Royal Lookin will run all day, and loves to beat others at the end of her two mile gallop. Lookin At Lee could be that horse that everyone forgets in Louisville, until he charges for home.
Ray A Hussa
Green Hill Stables, an Idaho company, was formed in Coeur d'Alene in 1995. In 2008 Ray Hussa became the General Partner of Green Hill Stables, LLC, along with investor Darrell Lewis. The stable offers their partners shares in Thoroughbred Horses at a reasonable price.
Tom Bell and Ray Hussa syndicated Jury Box. This colt, originally purchased for $ 10,000, was sold by D. Wayne Lukas for $ 350,000.00 after he won by eleven lengths at Hollywood Park. In addition, Efrain (Arg) won five consecutive races. High Caste won her first start at Santa Anita and Hidden Magic (GB) placed in the Will Rogers Stakes, GR-2. Le Weaver won by nine at Emerald Downs, defeating a field of colts. She was the first starter for Caren English.
|RAY A. HUSSA, General Partner - DARRELL LEWIS, Partner|
Ray keeping fit.
Office Manager Caren English in Lexington
with exercise rider Brooke.
Above, Ray Hussa with Anita Alfieri
and Julio Canani at Hollywood Park.
Advisor Thomas R. Bell Jr. (center) with
Lester Piggott and Vincent O’Brien.
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The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered "hot-blooded" horses, known for their agility, speed and spirit.
The Thoroughbred as it is known today was developed in 17th and 18th-century England, when native mares were crossbred with imported Oriental stallions of Arabian, Barb, and Turkoman breeding. All modern Thoroughbred race horses can trace their pedigrees to three stallions originally imported into England in the 17th century and 18th century, and to a larger number of foundation mares of mostly English breeding. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Thoroughbred breed spread throughout the world; they were imported into North America starting in 1730 and into Australia, Europe, Japan and South America during the 19th century. Millions of Thoroughbreds exist today, and more than 118,000 foals are registered each year worldwide.
Thoroughbreds are used mainly for racing, but are also bred for other riding disciplines such as show jumping, combined training, dressage, polo, and fox hunting. They are also commonly crossbred to create new breeds or to improve existing ones, and have been influential in the creation of the Quarter Horse, Standardbred, Anglo-Arabian, and various warmblood breeds.