Trainer Ron Ellis really threw it down on this week’s NTRA teleconference.
He says he’s upset because his filly, West Coast-based Include Me Out, has been bypassed and overlooked by many.
Here’s what Ron said:
“I’ve been a little insulted by the lack of respect my filly’s gotten. I mean, she’s proven she’s the best filly on the West Coast.
“I understand it’s the East Coast bias and the press building up those other fillies, but, you know, my filly loves that racetrack. She’s done everything that we’ve asked of her this year. She should be unbeaten, if you throw out the Hollywood ride that I thought our rider kind of opened up by six and the filly just pulled herself up and went to sleep. She should be unbeaten around two turns.
“I mostly chalk it up to the press kind of building those horses up. Usually when they hook our California horses reality sets in. so it’s been a little disturbing that we’re not getting much credit.”
Thoroughbred owner Mike Repole is considering keeping his 2-year-olds out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile races because of the no-Lasix rule enacted this year by the Worlds’ Championships.
This isn’t breaking news, as Repole has expressed his discontent about nearly all things Breeders’ Cup for some time now, but hearing him express his views never gets old.
“I wouldn’t want to handicap that race, and quite honestly, I wouldn’t want to be in that race,” Repole told host Barry Abrams of In the Gate on ESPN Radio, referring to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Repole said he might “take a totally different route” with one of his top juveniles, Micromanage, because of the Lasix rule.
Listen to Repole’s interview here: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8398476
Jockey Corey Nakatani’s son Matthew got the call Saturday and came through with flying colors – but this wasn’t on the race track.
Matthew Nakatani is a kicker for the University of Louisville football team. Before joining the Cardinals, the redshirt sophomore had a stellar career at Shelby County (Kentucky) High School, connecting on 14 straight field goals. He also succeeded in the classroom, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class.
In Louisville’s 35-7 win over Missouri State, Nakatani booted a 19-yard field goal that put U of L ahead 3-0 and followed up late in the game with a 45-yard kick. He also kicked three extra points.
Nakatani is a sport administration major.