re posts below on social media + international nature of racing, the Blood-Horse posted the news on Twitter within an hour of the race (BloodHorse Cummings Lands Cox Plate With So You Think http://bit.ly/1Jyftu) that trainer Bart Cummings had won the Group 1 WS Cox Plate today in Australia with his lightly raced 3-year-old So You Think, a son of the Sadler’s Wells shuttler High Chaparral — who won the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at 2 and the Epsom and Irish Derbys at 3.
As a racehorse, High Chaparral, who stands at Coolmore in Ireland and raced for Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, fits the profile of Coolmore’s two big Sadler’s Wells horses, Galileo and Montjeu — both multiple Derby winners, too. All three of them won the Irish Derby; Galileo also won at Epsom, while Montjeu accounted for the French Derby at Chantilly. Montjeu, by the way, was the sire of the Coolmore group’s Group 1 Racing Post winner today, St Nicholas Abbey — now undefeated in 3 starts and a live classic contender for 2010, like, well, High Chaparral was in 2001, when he won the same race.
High Chaparral is known well in the US, too, as a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, which he won at 3 and 4, in 2002 and 2003. He went to stud in 2004, and his first crop arrived in 2005. Click here to see a list of his winners, Listed winners, and Group winners from his first three crops, 4-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 2-year-olds of 2009. His fee at Coolmore this year was €10,000, a relative bargain compared to the fees of Galileo and Montjeu. But with his second Group 1 winner today in So You Think, plus another Group 3 winner in High Heeled in the UK today, High Chaparral’s fee is likely to increase next year, even in this market.
Getting back to the Blood-Horse tweet, Daily Racing Form followed with a tweet (dailyracing Cummings Lands Cox Plate With So You Think http://bit.ly/4qliX0) of the race, too, but much to my surprise it linked to the post in Blood-Horse (which had originated at Associated Press). So, let’s get this straight: DRF’s tweet linked straight to the BH, and it wasn’t an RT @Bloodhorse, either!
As the Blood-Horse editor would ask, What’s going on here?
[I’ve just discovered what’s going on here: the tweet attributed to Daily Racing Form is instead from “DailyRacing,” which gives the impression on Twitter that it’s the racing daily known as DRF, but it’s not.]