Friday, January 28, 2011

Globetrotter Database Update

A new update is available

Download and choose “Save” then save the file to your desktop. Double click on the file icon on your desktop and you will be asked to extract the files (horses.mdb and Instructions.) to a preferred location. Browse to Desktop or some other suitable location such as an external flash drive and save the extracted files.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pedigree Camp 2011

Here are the dates for this year's Pedigree Camp.

Start: June 17, 2011 4:00pm
End: June 19, 2011 6:00pm
Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

You are welcome to join us for our annual get-together to discuss pedigrees and enjoy the delights of Prince Edward Island. There is no fee this year and no real agenda - just some free-wheeling sessions to discuss whatever you want and learn from the experience of doing your homework with breeders from around North America.

I will have some details on event location and times of sessions once I get a handle on numbers. We usually use the Quality Inn On The Hill as our headquarters. In addition to the discussions we always fit in some social events. Friday night we will have a lobster supper and social, Saturday night we go to the track at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino, and Sunday we usually fit in a late afternoon tour before ending up for our windup social at my place in Charlottetown.

Register your intentions by email to Norman by June 1st or earlier if possible.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Prix d`Amerique 2011

I have been to Paris to see this race on several occasions. I have to admit that, next to the Gold Cup and Saucer on PEI, I have never been as excited by a race. It is not just a race but a whole smorgasborg of experiences with all that goes on before and during the program. There is the trade show in the grandstand where you can visit with the farms and stallion owners, the yearling sale, the antique book and art auction, and of course everything else that Paris has to offer outside of Vincennes. Dean Hoffman organizes a trip to the Prix and if he still has openings you should give him a call or email. You will not regret it.

I wrote about the race the last two years on this blog and last year I handicapped the race with some success considering that there are usually 16 entries. My handicapping was based on the presence of Florestan and/or Speedy Somolli in the pedigrees. Read the previous blogs to understand why. Some of the same horses are eligible this year although we wont know the actual starters for another week. Last year the winner was a longshot Oyonnax who had both Florestan and Speedy Somolli in his pedigree. The others who finished in the top five all had one or the other. The previous year the top two were out of dams by Florestan. Take a look at the entries when they are available and see if you can pick the top horses for this year. The pedigrees will be available on the website. Post your picks here and the one who comes up with the most top five finishers will receive an alledgedly fabulous prize of a Pedigrees To Go netbook that is set up for all your pedigree needs - see the website for more details on Pedigrees To Go.. is the link to the Prix d`Amerique site on the site . The entries should be listed there shortly.

As a footnote the top two year old in France last year and off to a great start this year winning a Grade II race is Uno La Chesnaie by new sire Prince d'Espace. He is undefeated in his last five starts and like Oyonnax his pedigree has both Speedy Somolli and Florestan. You wont see him in the Prix d`Amerique but he will might race in the Group III race for three year olds on the same day.