Nov 302018
 

Texas (TX) Saturday, December 1, 2018 — 2:10PM EST | Race ID : 2119746

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RICK DANIELS REMEMBRANCE

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Stakes – Sponsored – Purse : $100,000  -  4 Years and Older  -  Owner Restricted
10 Furlongs | ~2000 Meters | One Mile and One Quarter                 Fast Dirt
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From Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie,  Texas,  the Elite Racing Club presents the RICK DANIELS REMEMBRANCE.  A field of eight older club runners,  including  three upset minded distaffers,  will battle it out for the winner’s share of the $100,000 purse on tap,  while the winner collects the lion’s share of the stakes bonus points the club awards for each event on the calendar,  ultimately resulting in a club championship (already clinched by harrylan) – the battle for the runner up spot is on !
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This particular race is in remembrance of the late Rick Daniels,  probably better known as vasdef at a competing horse racing game that most of the ERC members once played going back five or more years.  Vasdef was a force in the forums there,  never having a bad word to say and always looking to improve that other game.  He passed away at a relatively young age.  Rick was a very musical guy;  he built his own slide guitar that used to be featured in a you tube video,  but I’ve been unable to find it again.  Rest in peace,  Rick – you would have LOVED this game.
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As for the race we have club co-founder amir saddling the morning line favorite,  MAUVILLAC;  managing director summerset sends out former claimer EL HURACAN,  winner of four of his last five;  newly crowned 2018 club champ harrylan goes with third choice PHAROAH’S SONG.  The formidable mightyforego barn seeks a third straight win for DAN D BERNARDINI;  the never to be dismissed dontbetonme looks to surprise them with his filly,  DAIWA’S DREAM;  co-founder jbcri sends out PBUSARDO trying for a fourth straight victory;  newfydowns goes for the upset with his mare GIRO CADET,  and the field is completed by dunvilledowns‘ long shot special filly,  TWO SHOT LEAD.
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There is a pronounced lack of early speed in this affair with just one front runner in the mix;  let’s take a closer look at them in post position order and see what the figures may tell us.
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PBUSARDO                                                      KY     4M     jbcri24             J Doggett     6/1
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First out on to the track is this brown four year old colt,  who seeks a fourth straight triumph after a late running score in the Toxicsuperfreakout listed stakes at 10.5 furlongs,  breaking a 108 SP# in his first stakes win.  Scratch bred First Samurai fighter (by Dr Large) took a NW3x allowance one back of that,  also at 10.5 panels,  banking a 103 SP# from way back in the pack.  One before that he won a NW3L allowance,  again at 10.5 furlongs,  bagging a 105 SP# with his usual stretch kick.  Runner from the jbcri24 racing group would like a solid pace to close into -  that may not happen with this group.
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PHAROAH’S SONG                                  KY     4M     harrylanlow41         R White     4/1
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Scratch bred American Pharoah athlete (by Unbridled’s Song) may have bounced when a dull 9th in most recent try in a local championship stakes at this route,  catching a 104 SP#.  Light grey colt won his prior outing in the Fast Flying Ii listed stakes,  also at 10 furlongs,  crushing a 114 SP# in a mid pack trip.  One back of that he tired to 4th on the weeds at 10 panels in the Greek Spring listed,  copping a 108 SP# from the second flight.  Harrylanlow41 protege could be ready for a big effort on the rebound;  dangerous with these.
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EL HURACAN                                                KY     4M     rac1             J Webb     7/2
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$100,000 claim has won his last four dirt starts,  the latest in an open allowance at this distance,  drilling a 115 SP# from the middle of the pack.  Brown four year old colt was an awful 8th one before that in an open allowance on the grass,  dropping a 91 SP#.  Son of Stormy Atlantic,  out of the graded placed stakes winner Pass A Grille (by A.P. Indy),  came from the back of the pack to take a $100,000 starter at 10.5 panels in his prior try,  dialing in a 107 SP#.  Runner from the rac1 barn of the summerset group makes his stakes debut here;  could surprise on top try.
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GIRO CADET                                                   KY     5F     murrayspond         P Henderson     16/1
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The first of our distaffers is this brown five year old mare,  fresh off a late closing 2nd in an open allowance at this trip,  punching a 97 SP# in a last to first move.  Scratch bred Girolomo gal (by Affirmed) passed them all when winning a NW1x allowance at 9.5 panels in her previous start,  pasting a 95 SP#.  She was a distant 3rd one back of that at 13 furlongs in an open allowance,  pegging an 87 SP# in a four horse affair.  Runner from the murrayspond barn of the newfydowns stable faces tough task in initial stakes appearance.
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MAUVILLAC                                                   IRE     5M     amir1633         P Bick         3/1
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The handicapper’s choice makes just his 2nd dirt start in 28 career outings.  Last time over he showed some late interest when 6th in the Duck Wow listed stakes at 9 furlongs on the weeds,  working out a 110 SP#.  Bay five year old horse was a fast closing 3rd one before that in the G3 Big Kahuna Cap at 9 furlongs,  whacking a 113 SP# from way back in the pack.  Scratch bred Shiroccco stepper (by Danehill Dancer) was an even 3rd in prior run in an open allowance at this route,  wrangling a 106 SP#.  Only dirt start came two plus years ago and was not notable;  recent SP#’s are competitive here,  big chance if he takes to the dirt for the amir1633 racing conglomerate.
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DAN D BERNARDINI                               AUS     4M     mightyforego27     V Waddle     9/2
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Bernardini bronco,  out of the graded placed stakes winner Dandy Dana (by Dubawi),  seeks his third straight score after taking a restricted allowance at 9 panels,  hammering a 110 SP# from not far off the pace.  Bay four year old colt ran off with a local bred allowance in previous start,  also at 9 furlongs,  hustling to a 106 SP# from mid pack.  One back of that he was an uninvolved 5th in a restricted allowance at 11 furlongs,  hanging a 94 SP# while never close.  Mightyforego27 trainee may be forwardly placed here in the pace scenario,  could get the jump on the deep closers with an astute jockey ride.
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DAIWA’S DREAM                                       JPN     4F     dontbetonme4         J Frame      5/1
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Beautiful bay four year old filly faces the guys making her dirt debut after just getting up for the victory in an open allowance at seven-eighths of a mile,  nailing a 104 SP# in a last to first performance.  Scratch bred Daiwa Major dame (by Caerleon),  was a gaining 3rd one before that in the Nexts Rainbow listed stakes at 8.5 panels,  notching a 107 SP# from the back of the field.  She closed with a rush for 4th in her prior run in the G3 The Matchmaker at 9 furlongs,  nabbing a 107 SP#.  Stretch runner from the dontbetonme4 barn faces many obstacles,  but could be a stretch player if she likes the surface switch.
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TWO SHOT LEAD                                     KOR     5F     grandriverdowns     B Carlson     20/1
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Watching them all exit the saddling area is this brown five year old mare,  who was an exhausted last of 10 at 11.5 furlongs last out,  getting an 81 SP# after setting the early pace.  Scratch bred Exploit express train (by Officer) held 2nd one back of that in an open allowance at 9.5 panels,  grabbing a 96 SP# chasing a runaway winner.  Her previous outing was a front running 2nd in a restricted allowance at a mile against males,  garnering a 103 SP#.  $12,500 claim from the grandriverdowns barn of the dunvilledowns stable makes first stakes appearance;  the lone speed of the race,  could get brave on the front and get extremely lucky,  but faces some tough customers that will probably flash by well before the race is over.
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Good luck everybody,  and may they all come home fast,  safe and sound.

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  15 Responses to “Elite Racing Club goes to Lone Star to remember Rick”

  1. Good Luck everyone! I knew Rick or Vas from the old horse game as well. He would’ve loved this game and he always encouraged me and helped me. This race was a great idea to honor him!

  2. Congrats to Harry, AGAIN!!! You have a tough operation over there Harry, very tough. I was gonna ask others if they also see your horses running with 6 legs instead of 4, but you could whoop us with 3 legged horses, lol.

    R.I.P. Vasdef, you are missed.

  3. Thanks jb and ric. Vasdef was an all-around great guy. He was always positive, fun, and he really made the community an exciting place.

  4. Thanks JB for doing this remembrance race for Vas. I’ve never talked to a person who enjoyed life as much as he did. Never afraid to come out of his comfort zone to experience something new. I always wished that I had actually met him in person. Sure it would have been a blast.

  5. I joined the other game shortly before vasdef passed away. I didn’t know him but I do remember the great amount of sadness expressed by members of that community when he passed away. In that game many of us communicated on skype and chat so I think we knew each other better than perhaps we do in this game. There are chat rooms in this game but I don’t think they are utilized as much.

  6. Personally I have never known vasdef and only joined the next day after he passed. I only heard about him through summerset who was my mentor then and jb a friend out of the blue (lol), and through them I came to know who he was and why he is missed so much.

    I did not want this to be a weak race, I threw what was best and ready for this race. Good luck to all.

  7. Thanks Ric, its been 7 years since his passing. I remember all the good times and laughs we had back then. It was a very special period of time for many people that got to talk and know Vasdef.

  8. Thanks for the write-up Ric. Well done as usual. Good luck to all the entrants.

    I was fortunate enough to be a game mentor to Vasdef for a different game, and the thing that I loved most about him, was how genuine he was. He will always be missed and remembered by me.