Updates on Griffin Place bred, raised and sold runners and
Stallions that GP has shares in.
Shek-O Prospect was claimed!. It was his
second race after being beat by 30 lengths in his first start (MSW).
Anyway, it was very unlikely that he would be claimed and we wanted to
race him where he had a better chance of winning. He broke well and ran
well until the last 1/16 of a mile at which point he started getting
some dirt in his face. He was bothered by that and threw his head up and
backed off. He did finish fourth anyway. His new owners and trainer are
Dino Bongi & Steve Specht Trainer: Steve Specht .From the DRF Chart
Caller "SHEK O PROSPECT settled early, advanced inside to mid stretch,
seemed reluctant to split horses in the deep stretch and hung". Needless
to say there is no joy at Griffin Place.
Sheko-Prospect runs in a maiden claiming race on the 14th, 5-1/2
furlongs at Golden Gate.
Best Judgement was fouth at 6 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields
Campanita has come home for some R&R and will run again next year
Sheko-Prospect ran a dirt race a Golden Gate, 6 furlongs, ran last,
oh well we will try again
Bessie ran on the turf for the first time, didn't win, but seemed to
like it. She got bumped really badly as she was starting to move and
lost all her action. But we will try again. Campanita is coming home for
some R&R. Next year.
Yesterday was one of those terrible days only "horsepeople" could
understand. Doris said that both Shek O and Campanita are sick.
Campanita may need to go to the clinic (hospital in layman's terms).
Bold Magestrate aborted her Pine Bluff foal. We found her in the field
with the fetus. Of course we did an autopsy and sent in tissue samples
but there was nothing abnormal looking. I can't help but wonder if it
has something to do with the KY mare syndrome. We may never know.
Today is a little better. Doris called and said that Campanita is
much better and Shek O is wild. However, now I have the flu....... So it
Bay Meadows, Shek-o was gate ok'd. A couple of more works and then he
Bay Meadows Race 7, Maidens 6 Furlongs, Two Year old Fillies
Campanita was was 5th. The Chart Caller said Dueled from the rail to
the upper stretch and then slackened. She lead through the first 4
Bay Meadows: Campanita runs this weekend, Shek-o's shins seem to be
Bay Meadows, Best Judgement, Campanita and Shek-O Prospect arrived at
Bay Meadows this morning. Everyone was tired but fine.
Emerald Downs, Campanita ran today, led into the home stretch,
wouldn't switch leads, faded. Perhaps as the UK commentators say, the
"penny hasn't dropped yet" and she is still learning how to be a race
horse. A little more growing and maturing and, well, she's bred to be a
race horse, time will tell.
Arlington Park 1 Mile Turf STAKES TRIAL PURSE $26,000 Open
FALSE PASS pressed the pace just outside, rallied to a short lead in
the stretch and just failed to last. He was just a neck short, but his
winnings have gone over $100,000.
For those that watched Campanita's race last weekend that for her was
a learning experience. She should move forward off of that effort. Shek-O
has sore shins again so he's coming home to rest and grow. He'll come
into to himself next year or perhaps this fall. He's a nice colt who
will take some time to mature and grow. While like all owners, GP likes
winners, our horses are too important to run them when they aren't
either fit nor happy. So giving Shek-O time isn't a reflection on his
ability but rather a concern for his well being. Campy needed a race to
"learn" the business and she should be forwardly placed after this past
False Pass won again at Arlington Park. It was a stakes trial going 1
1/8 and he won by 3 lengths. That puts him over $90,000
Campanita had her second official work at Emerald Downs. She went in
company 3F in 36.20. The first work over the same distance was 35.4 out
of the gate in company. It seems she knows how to go fast, now we just
have to teach her how to relax a bit.
False Pass won his last two starts Arlington Park. His earnings are
now $81,866. Both races were at 9F the last a starter Alw.
He won by 7 and then won by 9L. What a guy!
Short note from England (supplied by Mary Lou's Webmaster)
The differences in US/UK racing would be worth a web site of it's own,
however this weekend's racing at Haydock and Sandown popped up with
something I've never seen, although that could easily be ignorance on my
part. In Saturday's racing at Haydock they mentioned that a certain mare
was in foal and the punters should realize that it took a few races
after breeding to get back in 'form'. Today at Sandown two races were
won by fillies or mares in foal. The first race was won by a 33-1 shot
Swift Dispersal the grey filly ridden by Frankie Dettori (yes that
And next,in the third race, the grey mare Cassandra Go beat Nuclear
Debate, who Mary Lou saw run in Hong Kong! Cassandra Go won the Grp 2
Temple Stakes and picked up $24,000 for the win. Nuclear Debate was
third ridden by Y. Take.
BEST JUDGEMENT is 3rd in the Kent Handicap
- 1 Best Judgement - prompted pace, edged clear, collared between
horses, gave way
- Emerald Downs - May 27th, 2001 - Race 9 Race name: Kent H
- Stakes - For Thoroughbred Three Year Old Fillies One Mile on the
- Purse: $45,000
Thunder Zoot following his win at Portland Meadows on the 6th moved
to Emerald Downs. He was 3rd on his first outing here on Sunday.
Claiming - For Thoroughbred Three Year Olds (NW2 X) One Mile on the
Dirt Purse: $10,000
Thunder Zoot: unhurried early, rallied inside, steadied, late rally
Campanita exercised today and after a very eventful morning, she will
work without blinkers for awhile!
Campanita has moved to the race track and is in Doris Harwood's barn
Shek-O got "Gate-OK'd" today.He is getting out of the gate in a
hurry. He's still such a little kid.....star gazing at everything in
spite of the blinkers. He views life as a big game....fun, fun, fun. I
love that about him, but I hope he gets serious in the afternoons
Best Judgement 3rd in the Federal Way Handicap brings her winnings to
over $100,000. Thunder Zoot won his race though!
Horse: Shek-O Prospect
Time: 0:36.0 BG D
Surface Condition: fst
Shek-O Prospect with his new Blinkers
Best Judgement's Wins US Banks Stakes
Emerald Downs--------Best Judgement wins without shoe
By Dick Rockne
Special to The Seattle Times
AUBURN - As a long-time trainer of Thoroughbreds, Doris Harwood is
familiar with the valleys and peaks of a profession dependent on the
whims of race horses. A year ago at Emerald Downs, Harwood was in a
season-opening slump that reached 36 straight losses before Oh Well
Johnny scored a victory May 13. This year? After three days of racing,
five of the 15 horses Harwood has
saddled have won, including "shoeless" Best Judgement in the $35,000
U.S. Bank Stakes yesterday.
"I got rid of all my horses that needed careers as show horses,"
Harwood said. "All that I have left in the barn are race horses. Having
good horses in the barn makes me look good." Certainly one of the good
ones is Best Judgement, who scored victories in the WTBA Lassies and the
Northwest Stallion Stakes on the way to being named Emerald Downs' top
juvenile filly as a 2-year-old in 2000.
Now, after winning her first start as a 3-year-old, Best Judgement
appears destined to be a factor throughout the Oaks Series of stakes
races. Particularly if she keeps all of her shoes on for an entire race.
It was discovered after the U.S. Bank Stakes that Best Judgement had
thrown her right front shoe sometime during the six-furlong event.
Nevertheless, she completed the three-quarters of a mile in 1 minute,
9-4/5 seconds while resisting a challenge from runner-up Shandra Smiles.
"It (the loss of the shoe) shows that she's gutsy enough to give 100
percent no matter what," Harwood said. "I think that (loss of) a front
shoe would bother a horse the most. She is a powerful filly off her
front end and she's got a heck of a shoulder on her."
Jockey Gary Baze said the victory by Best Judgement illustrates the
kind of job Harwood has done in getting horses ready for the meeting.
"Everything has come out of the barn running," Baze said after Best
Judgement became Emerald's first 2-year-old filly champion to win the
U.S. Banks Stakes, the traditional Oaks Series opener.
As planned, Baze kept Best Judgement running behind the pace-setters,
Shandra Smiles and Sophisticated Slew, down the backstretch. Going into
the turn, Baze began to make his move on the outside. Coming out of the
turn, Best Judgement and Shandra Smiles, with Gallyn Mitchell riding,
locked up in a duel that continued inside the 16th pole. At that point,
Best Judgement pulled away to a three-quarter-length victory. Anita
Maria, ridden by Frank Gonsalves, closed for third.
"The race set up like I dreamed it would," Harwood said. "It was
absolutely ideal to have a couple of speed horses in there that Gary
could wait to go by."
Best Judgement, the favorite in the field of six, paid $3.60, $2.80
and $2.20. Shandra Smiles, who was making only her third start, returned
$3.80 and $2.80. Anita Maria paid $3 to show.
The victory improved Best Judgement's record to 4-0-2 from seven
starts and increased her lifetime earnings total to $95,188 for owners
Terry and Mary Lou Griffin, proprietors of the Griffin Place breeding
farm near Buckley since 1976.
The home-bred daughter of Demons Begone/Bold Magestrate is the first
horse they have bred and kept to race.
"We knew we were going to keep one from that crop," Mary Lou said in
referring to four yearlings they sent to the WTBA's 1999 sale. After
three were sold, the Griffins in effect withdrew Best Judgement from the
sale and kept her. "We are real happy," Terry Griffin said. "We had a
good year last year. We hope we can bring some more excitement to the
fans this year with a good Washington-bred."
Mr Bulldog ran 4th in the Wildcat Handicap Stakes at Turf Paradise, a
1& 3/8 mile race on the turf. His winnings went over $100,000 to
$101,115.( A lot of imported turf specialist showed up!!!!)
Thunder Zoot, bred by Griffin Place and Pat Murphy won at Portland
Horse: Best Judgement
Time: 0:59.4 B
Mr Bulldog was third in a $20,000 claiming race at one mile on the
turf at Turf Paradise. He earned $1430 raising his lifetime earnings to
$99,115. This time Jeff Hudson's Prose (Ire) got up for the win.
#9 Mr Bulldog: off pace 1/2, closed up mid turn, strong inside rally
Hip 316, by Cahill Road sold for $300,000. The speedy Judge TC colt
hip 301 was bought back for $62,000.
Cahill Road Colt Tops Sunday's OBS Works
by Blood-Horse Staff
The following is a release from the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company:
Hip No. 316, a colt by CAHILL ROAD consigned
by Eisaman Equine, Agent worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5, the
fastest work at the distance at the second session of the Under Tack
Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale of Selected
2-Year-Olds in Training. The colt is out of Blockbuster Lady, a half
sister to stakes winner Lady Blockbuster. see the rest at
Hip No 301, One Tough Note, a half brother to stakes winner Afternoon
Affair by JUDGE T C consigned by Gabriel Dixon, Agent, worked a
quarter in :21 4/5 ( the fastest quarter was 21 3/5)
GP has shares in CAHILL ROAD and a yearling by JUDGE T C
out of the Huckster mare Atoyac.
CAHILL ROAD also had a stakes placed runner, Hallshill Road
who ran 3rd in the Tejano Run Stake at Turfway Park on 3/17
Shek O Prospect in the wash rack. Last week he was a spooky baby race
racehorse. This week he looks like a pro who has done this so many times
it is now boring!
-- Thursday, March 08, 2001 --
Horse Distance Time Surface Cond. Track
Best Judgement 3f 0:34.3 B D fst EmD
BEST JUDGEMENT works 3/8ths at Emerald Downs effortlessly
BEST JUDGEMENT following her bath and work
Shek O Prospect's first day at Emerald Downs! ( he is the calm one
with his ears up and forward). Shek O Prospect is co-owned by Lady
Rebecca Purves and Griffin Place. ( Update...he was actually only calm
in this photo! New sights and sounds for the curious)
Mr. Bulldog, again high weighted on the turf, didn't disappoint as he
defeated Jeff Hudson's favorite Prose(Ire) in a 1 mile turf race at Turf
Paradise and earned $7320 for the win. A Northwest afternoon in
#2 Mr. Bulldog: unhurried 1/2, rallied mid turn, 4w to lane,
dueled, up late
False Pass racing in alw company (stepped up after being claimed for
$16,000) was second at Golden Gate Fields at a mile on a sloppy track.
He earned $6400.
#4 False Pass: dueled, inched clear backstretch, dueled 2d turn,
Emerald Downs opened for training in early Feb. BEST JUDGEMENT
returns to the track for her three year old season. Shown with Doris
Harwood's pony Cherokee and the chief carrot feeder. (Lest you think
Cherokee didn't get any carrots, we are on seconds here!)
KING JEREMY, by Free At Last, was voted
champion three-year old colt and Horse Of The Year in British Columbia
Basket Weave (31/8)--On Her Roll; ROLLETTE,
m . 5, GG, 2/17, Richmond H., 6f, $28,000
Mr. Bulldog, at Turf Paradise, a 1-1/8th mile on turf, came from 6th
to 2nd in the stretch run Sunday. He was high weighted at 122 lbs. and
is nearing $90,000 in earnings.
#6 Mr. Bulldog: reserved at back, launched rally 5/16, up for
Demons Begone (26/5)--Timber Ribbon; Timber
Wolf, c . 4, OP, 2/10, Alw, 8.5f, $16,800
Mr. Bulldog came from 7 lengths back on a sloppy track going a mile
to win by 2 lengths. His earnings are now over $80,000.
#7 Mr. Bulldog: dropped last 1/2, strong inside rally turn, got
through on rail
False Pass won again at Golden Gate. He went wire to wire in the 1
mile race and won by 2 lengths on 1/26/01. His earnings are now $41,756.
#5 False Pass: quick lead, met bid 1/8th, headed, came again,
Debs Royal Flush By Demons Begone placed second in the Vallejo Stakes
at Golden Gate Fields. Griffin Place owns shares in Demons Begone.
Mr. Bulldog ('96 Son of Briartic x Outofthebluebell) won an allowance
race at Turf Paradise on Jan 14th going 1 mile. That brings his earnings
to just over $75,000
#11 Mr. Bulldog: dropped off pace for 1/2, strong rally mid turn,
bid 1/8, clear
False Pass ('96 Slew O' Gold x Bold Magestrate) won at Golden Gate on
Jan 7th going 1 mile by 9 lengths!
#9 False Pass: quick pace inside,drew clear upper stretch, ridden