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  • 28 Jan
    导出博客文章Kelso won the Jockey Club Gold Cup five straight years, Forego won four
    consecutive runnings of the Woodward, and a host of good horses have dominated a
    particular event three years in a row, including Goldikova (the Breeders Cup
    Mile), Discovery (the Brooklyn and the Whitney), Native Diver (the Hollywood
    Gold Cup), and John Henry (the Oak Tree Invitational).Now comes Living The Life,
    owned by software entrepreneur Hank Nothhaft, who on Monday will make her annual
    pilgrimage to the banks of Lake Erie for the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs
    Masters, a Grade 2 event for fillies and mares at 6-1/2 furlongs on Tapeta. If
    she can handle stout competition like Birdatthewire, Elusive Collection, and Bar
    of Gold, Living The Life can lay claim to a high-class three-peat of her own.In
    2014, while making only her second start in the U.S., the Irish mare won the
    Masters by half a length over Disco Barbie in 1:15.26. Last year, Living The
    Life beat the favored Leigh Court by three-quarters of a length in 1:15.17.In
    fact, the Masters is the only real constant in Living The Lifes world. She is a
    very talented square peg in the round hole of U.S. racing, which places older
    female synthetic-track sprinters well down on the food chain, unless their name
    is Groupie Doll or Judy the Beauty.Since she joined the Gary Mandella stable in
    the spring of 2014 after handsome all-weather-track wins in England, Living The
    Life has run in 12 races other than the Masters, as varied as 6-1/2 furlongs
    down the Santa Anita hillside turf course to 1-1/8 miles on dirt.She has won a
    Grade 3 race at a mile on Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields, finished second in the
    Grade 2 Great Lady M. at 6-1/2 furlongs on dirt, and was third in the Grade 1
    Santa Margarita last winter at Santa Anita in a field of five. This is
    considered good management, especially when horses like Living The Life had the
    synthetic rug pulled out from under them in Southern California.Not too many
    days go by when I dont think about how shed run on synthetic at Santa Anita in
    the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Mandella said. So, weve had to be a
    little creative, and shes been able to add some things on the dirt to her
    résumé, which was a nice surprise.Living The Life is 6, which makes her the same
    age as Beholder. They trained in proximity at Del Mar, where the younger
    Mandella shares space in one of the massive multipurpose barns with his Hall of
    Fame father, Richard.Shes really athletic, much more a ballerina to Beholders
    backyard bully, Gary said. She weighs like 300 pounds less than Beholder, but
    shes just so nimble and light on her feet, and she has a heart of gold.Most
    owners and trainers would be tempted to pack Living The Life in bubble wrap
    right after the Masters each year and not risk missing the next one. This, Gary
    Mandella noted, would go contrary to the spirit of the exercise.You cant just do
    nothing, the trainer said. Youve got to take a few shots.To that end, they
    stretched her out earlier this year and even tried her against the boys on May
    30 at Golden Gate in the All American, in which Living The Life ran the best
    race, by the numbers, of her U.S. career. There were high hopes for her
    subsequent start in the Southern Truce at Santa Anita, and the players agreed,
    making Living The Life the firm favorite at 1-1/16 miles on dirt. To everyones
    shock, she was eased home last of seven.She came out of that race with a big,
    nasty stone bruise, Mandella said. I just have to think she found a misplaced
    rock out there because its very unlike her to come up with something like
    that.Mandella was able to train the mare without interruption during Del Mar,
    where she turned in a couple of bullet works as if the bruise were ancient
    history. She has been at Presque Isle since Sept. 7, getting reacquainted with
    the surface ? and the wildlife.The races there had to be suspended briefly last
    summer because deer were encroaching on the track. By the time the 2015 Masters
    came around, order was restored, but the wildlife still lurked.Joe Bravo told me
    she saw them last year in the post parade, and she didnt like them, said
    Mandella, who has Flavien Prat aboard this time. Joe wasnt sure if shed even
    break out of the gate.Higher perimeter fences have dealt with Bambi and his
    pals. This year, the challenge could come from the weather since rain is
    predicted through the weekend, clearing Monday.She might find a different
    version of the racetrack shes been on the last two years, the trainer said.
    Although in California, when synthetic tracks got rain, they seemed to get
    better and have more bounce.Mandella has not been pricing local lakeside real
    estate in case Living The Life keeps coming back year after year after year. He
    was, however, more than halfway there on Friday morning, sticking his hand in
    the air at the Keeneland pavilion during the yearling sale.We got a very nice
    filly for $60,000, Mandella said.The next Living The Life?We can hope.
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    Olympic Park races with a Gosford bid falling flat.The Central Coast Council
    (CCC) announced on Thursday concerns over cost to ratepayers and traffic and
    freight disruptions had led it to end inquiries into the hosting opportunity.The
    NSW city had been proposed as a destination to replace the Sydney 500 event
    which will be held for the final time in December.CCC chief executive officer
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