GO GET'em BLUES: BLUESTHESTANDARD
This is the amazing story of a horse that placed second in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint, earned over $1 million in his career, is still the all time leading Georgia-bred in earnings and ended up running in a $10,000 claiming race before he was privately purchased and retired.
For the first time in horse racing video history, you can follow a horse through virtually his entire career; from a lowly $16,000 claiming race up the claiming ladder through stakes competition, reaching the pinnacle of racing in the 2003 Breeders Cup Sprint, and unbelievably, back down the claiming ladder until his very controversial retirement.
BLUESTHESTANDARD was followed for four years 2002-2006 and was video taped in over 40 races! This 4-hour 3-dvd set chronicles this durable, gutsy and immensely talented gelding - these are personal home movies of this wonderful horse.
This isn't some quick 27-minute re-cap of a horse's career with just the stretch runs; this isn't 10 minutes of the horse and 20 minutes of his connections doing an ESPN-type interview...this isn't like anything you have ever seen on TVG or HRTV. This is a gritty exposure to the realities of horse racing. See Corey Nakatani call a trainer, "crazy", for running BLUESTHESTANDARD in an allowance race. See BLUES' original trainer say he, "wouldn't last one more race", after every race. See trainers say they would never claim BLUES because, "he had too many problems." Then see a trainer say that BLUESTHESTANDARD, "could beat any horse in the world." See the Daily Racing Form (DRF) and media types praise BLUESTHESTANDARD to the sky.
Have you ever seen Corey Nakatani spit on-camera in the middle of an interview? Have you ever heard Bob Baffert heckle Jeff Mullins in the paddock before a race? See pre-race preparations and post-race baths and watch BLUES drive all his trainers to distraction during saddling in the paddock.
Since these are home movies, you (the viewer) are being pre-warned of excessive sentimentality and occasional profanity, You will hear voices behind the camera making ridiculous comments, asking really lame questions, cheering loudly for BLUES and asking him for kisses on the nose. So please remember that these are home movies - this is not a documentary film about a race horse. The quality of these home movies varies; some are pretty good, some are not. Some have a professional edge to them and some are amateurish to the core. In general, the quality improves as the years go by.
BLUESTHESTANDARD won 19 of 47 starts during his six years on the racetrack for earnings of $1,041,618. His rÃ©sumÃ© includes Grade II wins in the Palos Verdes Handicap and Portero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita and a score in the Grade III Texas Mile Stakes at Lone Star Park. He finished second to Cajun Beat in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint and placed in the Grade I Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap.
BLUESTHESTANDARD was claimed eight times in his career, including being picked up for $22,500 as a 4-year-old in his debut, a victory at Hollywood Park. He changed hands often on the California circuit, ending his 5-year-old campaign with owner Jeffrey Sengara and trainer Ted West, who raced the horse throughout his time in graded stakes-level competition.
Two starts after finishing third in the Palos Verdes Handicap in 2005, BLUESTHESTANDARD was placed in a $40,000 claiming race and had a new owner after finishing off the board. He never raced in another stakes and was claimed two more times, finally for $12,500 in his last start.
Trainer Kristin Mulhall offered to buy BLUESTHESTANDARD from his final owner, Steven Sobel, after he was retired in 2006, and he arrived at Old Friends in the fall of 2009.
Bred in Georgia by Terry Brown, BLUESTHESTANDARD was the final foal out of the winning BOB'S DUSTY mare BOB'S BLUE, whose six foals were all winners, including stakes winner ARRIVE ALIVE.
You will see and hear what you would never experience at the track or see on the racing channels. So sit back and enjoy, "Go Get'em BLUES."
(5 Hours and 11 Minutes)
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|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|