Sep 132019

The Expensive Jalopy


Grade 1


Track: Victoria-AUS

Restrictions: 3 Year Olds and Older    

Distance: 12 Furlongs

Surface: Good Turf

Purse: $1,500,000

Post Time: Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 3:00pm


I took a long flight this week to Australia to investigate a premium field of horses that will be running in the 12 furlong G1, The Expensive Jalopy Stakes.  This race will consist of a nice field of turf runners that will be going out to try and claim this $1,500,000 purse on a track which will be listed as Good Turf for this event.  I have taken a quick glance at this field and I see many horses that have ran across an off track in prior races successfully.  Thus these horses should be prepared and ready to run on a track that is going to be a little off for Sunday’s race.  I have looked at the track and they have done well in trying to maintain this track here in Australia for this upcoming big race.  Over at the barns the horses look good and the owners and jockeys are making last minute preparations.  The morning line odds have been set and the post positions have been drawn.  So let’s go take a closer look as I preview the horses for The Expensive Jalopy Stakes here down under in Australia.



Horse/Odds                                          Owner                          Jockey


1.  The Eli Face  8/1                              redhill 10                      K Ledwith


This 4 year old Bay colt is sired by Lope de Vega.  He has had a very nice season overall this year finding himself off the boards only twice in his last seven races.  In his last outing he ran in the G2, The Kergorlay Stakes in Deauville, France on 08/10/2019 at a distance of 14 furlongs.  He failed to fire in this race and finished up a very distant 10th in that outing.  On Sunday he will have jockey, K Ledwith from Japan to come to take the ride with him.  This horse has shown he likes this distance and that he does not mind running on the wet turf.  They will be heading out to the gates to represent the Blazing Saddles residency.


2.  Yoza Joy  57/1                                 nwo4life28                    W Kewmwa


This Bay colt sired by Zed gets no love from the odds makers in the morning line.  They make him the longest choice in the field at 57/1 after a fairly lack luster résumé after being claimed back in March of this year.  His new owner has been seeing better speed numbers from this horse since claiming him, but he has yet to cross the wire first since being claimed.  This horse may be in some deep water against this field of contenders.  His owner contracts with jockey, W Kewmwa from Arizona to is flying to take the mount as they head to the post representing The Minnesota Testbarn Residency.


3.  Lohncrypto  5/1                               zz2912                          T Ace


In his last race, this son of Lonhro ran in a Local Championship Stakes here in Victoria on 07/05/2019 traveling a distance of 11 furlongs.  He picked up his SP badge in that race when he crossed the wire in 3rd just 1 ½ lengths back.  He will be taking a big jump in Class for this race but does get the home field advantage as he comes in with jockey, T Ace from Texas to take the long ride with him as he takes this horse an extra furlong for this race.  This horse does not seem to mind running on off tracks and it could be to his liking for this race if he can handle the added distance.  They will be headed into the post parade representing the Blazing Saddles residency.


4.  Khrazz Is To Blame  5/1               lenny20                        D Raymond


This 5 year old Bay gelding is sired by Blame.  He too shows no issue racing on an off track.  He last ran on 08/17/2019 in South Korea at a distance of 10.5 furlongs in a Listed Stakes, Gallant Career Turf Route of which he clipped the wire in 3rd and was 5 ¼ lengths back.  His owner places the call to New York to get a newer jockey on the circuit in D Raymond to take the ride with his horse.  This horse is a G3 badge earner and they will head to the post on Sunday representing the GR Simsters residency as they look for a new trophy to travel home with.


5.  Running On Evil  2/1                     simsters8                     L Radzinski


The Lenny master stable finds the morning line favorite to also bring to this outing here in Australia as he will bring in this G1 winning 5 year old Bay gelding sired by Frankel.  This horse did well on an off track back in May of this year when he ran a 117 speed rating and won the G1, The Grand Brazilian Stakes in Brazil.  In his last outing he ran on 07/27/2019 in the G1, King Geoff and Queen Beth’s Emerald Stakes in Surrey at a distance of 12 furlongs.  He ran a nice 118 speed that day on a firm turf track, but it was only good enough for 3rd that day.  Definitely a horse to watch for in this race and be looking for him at or near the front of the pack.  He gets a familiar jockey in L Radzinski from Washington to take to the irons with this nice looking gelding as they head to the gate representing the GR Simsters residency.


6.  Barb’s Crusade  9/2                       zbarb8                          B F Abman


The owner of this G2 winning Bay gelding puts in the call to Kentucky to contract with a familiar jockey, B F Abman who will again take the mount with this son of Noble Mission.  They have taken the opportunity together to race in several G1 level races, but they have yet to find the winners circle together in a G1 outing.  In their last race together, B F Abman failed to get this horse to fire on 07/27/2019 in the G1, King Geoff and Queen Beth’s Emerald Stakes in Surrey.  They go out together to try and improve from that last disappointing race as they head to the post on Sunday representing the Pastures of Green residency.


7.  Twisted Conflict  7/2                      foxon6                          J Benisz


This 4 year old Bay gelding was sired by Lucky Pulpit.  He has been unsuccessful this season thus far in making a trip to the winners circle to get his picture taken.  He has much Graded level experience and should not be overlooked.  He did come in 5th in the King Geoff and Queen Beth’s Emerald Stakes but he does show a little concern to me in his failure to fire in his last two outings.  The owner puts in the call to a familiar jockey for his horse in J Benisz from New Jersey.  The jockey may need to bring a stiffer whip this trip to the track as his horse may need a few good pops to get him to fire heading for home.  They will be representing the Pasture of Green residency as they make their way to the gate.


8.  Kooler  11/1                                        barnbrook                    M Zeus


This Bay colt sired by Sea The Stars went out to run in a Hot Race in his last trip to the track here in Victoria in preparation for The Expensive Jalopy Stakes.  He breezed to the wire for that win and I feel this was a good strategy by the owner.  This horse ran in the G1, Kakarazuka Kinen Cup back on 06/23/2019 and closed from way back to hit the wire 1st by ¾ lengths.  He traveled a distance of 11 furlongs in that race and showed up with a respectable 116 speed rating.  He has three wins in his last three trips to the tack and looks to pick up four in a row with jockey, M Zeus from Spain taking the trip around this wet turf with this horse that seems to like running on the wet surface.  They will head to the far outside post position in this race which should not be a negative factor due to running style as they go out to represent the All-Star Racing residency.




Good luck to all horses and all owners of this race.  Most importantly have fun!!!


Never mind my picks as it is all in fun and I rarely pick winners.  Hope you do better than I do for this race.




Skippy’s Picks


Kooler:  Looks prepared for this race and should close nicely from way back in this field.


Running On Evil:  Has been putting up some good speed ratings and should be there contending for the wire.


Twisted Conflict:  Needs to fire for this race.  If he does he could find his way to his first win of the season.



Tarton’s Long Shot


The Eli Face:  He goes off at 8/1 today and needs to prove he can compete at this level.  I will give him a shot to do so and place him on some of my exotic tickets.





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  1. Nice article, thanks.