February 19, 2010

Odysseus the Cunning

Consider this a formal warning. He is at it again. Quiet for more than 3,000 years, Odysseus the Cunning has returned to carry out a new master plan. Once again he will use the form of a horse to pull the wool over the eyes of the unobservant. A quick recap of history, or Greek mythology, whichever you prefer to call it, reminds us how Odysseus masterminded the plot that took down Troy. Seeking to gain entrance into Troy, Odysseus ordered a large wooden horse to be built. Its insides were hollow so that soldiers could hide inside. Once the horse had been built, many Greek warriors, along with Odysseus, climbed inside. The rest of the Greek fleet sailed away to deceive the Trojans. One Greek, Sinon, was left behind. When the Trojans came to marvel at the giant horse, Sinon pretended to be angry with the Greeks, saying he had been deserted. He convinced the Trojans that the wooden horse was safe and would also bring them great luck. The Trojans celebrated victory, and dragged the wooden horse into Troy. That night, after most of Troy was sleeping or drunk, Sinon let the Greek warriors out from the horse, and the Trojans were quickly defeated. He may be using a different type of horse to complete his agenda, but the end game is very much the same.

The modern day Trojan Horse is a Thoroughbred named Odysseus. Can you see the over confidence here? So sure that his deeds in the Trojan War have been long since forgotten by 21st century America, he flaunts his real name, as if to dare anyone to stop him. His current horse is every bit as impressive as the wooden horse created so many years ago.


A half brother to multiple stakes winner Once Around, Odysseus rallied for second in his debut at Aqueduct last Fall, after getting away slowly in the maiden sprint. His connections were patient with the chestnut son of Malibu Moon and he returned with a hard fought half-length win at seven furlongs in a January maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park. It was after that maiden win that I first became very aware of the Thomas Albertrani colt and the threat which he represents. After Wednesday, I am now even more weary. The Padua Stables’ Odysseus romped home 15 lengths clear of an allowance field at Tampa Bay Downs in near-track record time. This was a field he was expected to handle, but the way he accomplished the task was eye-catching, as he stalked the leader, and then blew his doors off with mild encouragement by rider Rajiv Maragh. Notice that Odysseus the Cunning has stayed off the mainstream radar to this point, but he did not earn his moniker for nothing. He knows he will need to rack up some graded earnings before his raid on Louisville. With that end in mind, expect Odysseus to reappear at Tampa Bay Downs for their upcoming Derby. Following that, you can expect the meticulous plan to continue on, all the way to the Run for the Roses.

Will Louisville be wiped off the map, much the same way Troy was thousands of years ago? I certainly hope not, as I have many friends in greater Louisville. In the end, I believe the city on the Ohio River has nothing to worry about, it is the other fine horses and their connections that I fear for the most. Odysseus is most cunning, and much like he had his sights squarely on Troy, he now has Louisville all lined up for a sacking unlike anything seen since the last time he schemed. Does he have the horse to succeed? After Wednesday, I would not be surprised if he does. Consider yourself warned.

12 comments:

Derek said...

Glad I put him in my road to the roses stable.

Kimness said...

WOW! just watched the video - impressive! Adding him to stable #3 - Thanks Brian!

LDP said...

Very cool Brian, I really enjoyed this post. Plus now I have another horse to look out for :)

Ryan said...

I can't seem to find a video of this. River Downs is on the Ohio River by the way, not Churchill =].

Brian Zipse said...

Ryan I have the video on the front page (video of the day) and I referred to Louisville as the city on the Ohio River, which of course it is.

Anonymous said...

and maragh travelled over on a wednesday just to ride him so he must like him alot...william

Anonymous said...

good looking colt zipster,i saw him win both recent races and believe me he is on my radar ......i have a syrong feeling that a late bllomer is gonna sweep by and win the derby maybe even the triple crown per LDB........LONG OVERDUE TOO JUST THAT TIS SPECIAL HORSE HAS NOT BEEN ALONG YET....HOWEVER THE BIG "O " could be that horse also i expect to see at least i or 2 more significant late bloomers maybe 3 as the weeks go by and as you already know we should see one of my favourites @ the FOY GIVE A GREAT ACCOUNT OF HIS ABILITIES on saturday.....greay eye zipster you are doing your home work on the job...lol

C T Coleman said...

Very Visually impressive ala Dryflys madien score so who you liking better Dryfly or Odysseus?

Ryan said...

So it is. I need remedial geography lessons :).

Brian Zipse said...

C T C, Of the two, I prefer Odysseus over Dryfly. Let's see how much Dryfly impresses tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Rule was faster winning the Sam Davis on a deader track but it doesn't appear that he'll be in the TB Derby. The runner up Schoolyard Dreams probably will so that should offer some guidance. RG

Anonymous said...

I figured out the type of guy you are Zipse... You come up with about 10 horses for the DERBY and hope one wins so you can say I told you so. First it was Ron the Greek, the horse I said would compete in an NW1 at Mountaineer next year and today he proved it, than it was Drosselmeyer, what a DOG he is. Now we have this Odysseus... Unbelieveable!!!!!!!!