If you’ve read this blog over the last month or so, you know that I’ve been trying to make a case for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup (King’s Cup) getting Listed race status. You also probably know that Hong Kong-based Bill Nader, vice chairman of IRPAC (the body that governs international black type), has agreed to follow up on it — the right thing to do. The race was jam-packed with Group 1, 2, and 3 horses, after all, and the first three finishers are running in the Dubai World Cup next weekend. And keep in mind, restricted races in the US with a $50,000 value get black type over the King’s Cup.
Derek Simon, the very entertaining and acute handicapper for CBSsports.com, commented on a restricted race in his column today. He wrote:
“Take, for example, the seventh race at Hawthorne Park on Saturday. Restricted to sophomore colts and geldings that ‘were consigned to the 2008 Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation two-year-old in training auction,’ the $50,000 stakes affair brings together a most improbable field of nine, boasting of just — count ‘em — two previous winners. Of these, Where’s Winston looks like a virtual lock, having just missed in a $25,000 claiming affair for non-winners of two lifetime, while earning an 84 TrackMaster® speed rating (seven points above today’s par) and -11 LSR.”
And the winner of that race will get black type over the King’s Cup winner, which doesn’t quite sound right.
Speaking of Derek, I highly recommend his column. Today he recaps the completed Triple Crown preps. You can read it by clicking here.