Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Mr. Fantasy came out of his smashing performance in the Withers on Saturday in great shape. Kiaran said it's the best he's ever come back from a race. He earned a 102 Beyer in the race and couldn't be doing any better. There are lots of options for this talented three-year-old going forward and Kiaran and Terry will be discussing all of them in the very near future.

Phosphorescent continues to train very well. He is scheduled to return to the worktab in the next couple of days, weather permitting. Unfortunately, there are no mile races on the turf for him, so Dale was weighing his options as to where Phos would be making his next start. There is a race going a mile and a sixteenth. Dale is deciding how far he's willing to go.

The Closing Argument Colt, now known as The Defense Rests, continues to do well down in Florida. This big, strong colt is scheduled to ship up north next month

Monday, April 27, 2009

Our New Boy

The Closing Argument Colt has been named by Yours Truly ( pat on back )
The name is ( drum roll)
THE DEFENSE RESTS we thought it was a great name to go with Closing Argument

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Withers Day

What a great day the weather was beautiful the racing was good . Tina & I did well had some early exatas and a nice $148 pick 3 .
Down in the parade ring Mr Fantasy looked in much better condition was not sweating up so much but he was acting up not wanting to be saddled Artie had to walk him around and try to saddle him on the move when Mig got up he walked around with lead horse and calmed down a lot . he was a little unsettled in the starting gate got away a little awkward but steadied and settled into a nice pace then around the turn into the straight he pulled away and made it look easy . What a wonderful ending to what has been a sad few weeks with the passing of Tin Cup . hoping he comes out in good shape and look forward to moving onto bigger things .

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Withers Article from Bloodhorse


Mr. Fantasy drew post five of seven in the $150,000 Grade 3 Withers Stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct. Kiaran decided to go with Richard Migliore to ride in the race. Migliore had committed to ride in the Wood Memorial if we ran there when Garcia would not, so we are staying with that call. Migliore is close to Hall of Fame status and a big money rider. We're hoping to see him duplicate Mr. Fantasy's last winning effort.

Phosphorescent came out of his race in good shape. Dale is planning on running him on the turf in his next start and will begin looking for a race for him sometime around the middle of May, ideally in an "a-other-than" at one mile on the grass.

The Closing Argument Colt is still on schedule to ship up to Kiaran's barn in about a month. He's a big guy that's all muscle and he has really impressed David McKathan in Ocala.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mr Fantasy Breezes

Mr Fantasy breezed this morning at Belmont going 5f in 1.01.11 4of 15 in the group that worked he is all ready to go next week in the Grade III Withers . Looking forward for another big race with the drop back in distance wil be keeping a close look during the week when the draw comes out . hope the weathers stays nice nice and sunny here at the Las Vegas Hilton ...

Phosy keeps impressing me the way he just does not give up in his races .. the longer distance and turf may be what he needs


We managed to watch the race on the plane to Vegas . Tina and I are out here to watch the World Championship Showjumping .

Like his last race he was up with the pace at the begining of the race but seems to lose himself in the middle of the race where he lost a lot of ground then down the stretch he runs and runs and makes up a lot of ground he just keeps fighting on .He's by Rock Slide out of a Smarten mare. Dale said he would like to try him at about a mile on the turf. That'll be something we look at over at Churchill Downs."

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Mr. Fantasy is scheduled to breeze back over the weekend as Kiaran prepares him for G3 $150,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on April 25th. He has been extremely pleased with him and believes he will run big in the stakes race next weekend.

Dale is looking forward to running Phosphorescent in a spot that he has had picked out for him for a while. In his last start, Phosphorescent gave a great account of himself losing a stakes race by just over three lengths, and that was without the benefit of really pointing to the race.
Dale has been extremely pleased with how he's been doing in the mornings, and while this is a tough race, he expects Phosphorescent to run big in his second start off the layoff

The Closing Argument colt is built like a tank and appears to have a very bright future. Terry is working with Kiaran to make plans for the spring and summer for the two-year-olds. He'll likely come up in late-May.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Phosy Races

Phosy worked on Sun going 4F in 49.80 19 of 34 ready for allowance at Keeneland on April 17th

The race has just drawn (six on the card) Phosy drew pp7 with Miguel Mena up we are hoping for big race from Phosy

NY Breeders Awards

Awards from last night NY Thoroughbred Breeders dinner

TWICE FORBIDDEN - Broodmare of the Year
Dam of four multiple winners from four runners by four different sires, including NYTB Three-Year-Old Male Champion Tin Cup Chalice and 2004 New York Derby winner Don Corleone. A New York-bred from the first New York-conceived crop sired by the great Spectacular Bid, she won twice in two-turn contests at Finger Lakes as a three-year-old, compiling a one-season record of 2 - 2 - 1 in seven starts. Her first starter, a colt by Incurable Optimist, turned out to be Don Corleone, who captured the New York Derby for owner-breeder Carmine Iorio at odds of 59-to-1. Twice Forbidden was privately purchased by breeder-trainer Michael Lecesse after producing Don Corleone, who became a stakes winner when Tin Cup Chalice was in-utero. Shortly after Tin Cup Chalice's 2008 Japanese jaunt, the mare's fourth runner, two-year-old Mr. Fantasy (foaled at Carl Lizza Jr.'s and Joseph Bartone's Highcliff Farm in Delanson), won his December 28 debut by 10-1/2 lengths at Aqueduct. Mr. Fantasy subsequently has won an Aqueduct allowance by 8-1/2 lengths and placed third in Aqueduct's graded Gotham Stakes. Twice Forbidden is out of a winning mare by Stalwart and might confirm speculation that daughters of Spectacular Bid could be invaluable broodmares. There possibly are several of The Bid's daughters in New York.

Withers Nominations

Friday, April 10, 2009

Mr Fantasy Update

Mr Fantasy breezed this morning at Belmont going 4F in 47.08 1 of 25 looks like he`s getting back to his old self ;-) . Kiaran has been really pleased with Mr Fantasy over the last couple of weeks he`s put weight back on and today's workout was sharp . We are on target for the $150,000 Withers (G3) on April25th at Aqueduct.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Mr. Fantasy is doing great. He has regained some weight and is scheduled to work later this week. Kiaran is pointing him towards the G3 $150,000 Withers at Aqueduct on April 25th.

Phosphorescent is doing extremely well. He came out of his work in great shape. He is all systems go for the race on April 17th at Keeneland, and Dale believes he'll run big in that spot.

The Closing Argument Colt really opened some eyes down in Ocala this past weekend. He's built like a Mac truck with a good shoulder and flank. He has a good mind and moves very nicely and really impressed the entire team down in Florida.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ocala weekend Photos

Our new boy Closing Argument/Autumn Music
Tappit Colt-note the birthmark

our new boy#2

Tappit colt we liked this one but will be on West Coast

Elusive barn cat

When you see Tina next time ask her about the barn cat :)

Notice anything interesting about the birthmark! Kind of cool if you have firgured it out.

We included 2 photo's of the closing arguement colt-he is our next horse and we are so excited to be able to have an ownership in this lovely colt-as the europeans would say.......... LOL


Phosy breezed Saturday going 5F in 1.01.60 7/12 in a easy work at Churchill Downs will get one more workout next weekend then be pointes at a allowance race at Keeneland on April 17th

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Mr. Fantasy will continue to gallop for the next few weeks. He will not be asked for a full work right away. Kiaran will then begin to pick up the intensity with him as he prepares him for the G3 $150,000 Withers at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 25th.

Phosphorescent has been doing extremely well since his fourth place finish in the Hansel. He received a 78 Beyer in that race. Dale has been very pleased with him and plans to breeze him sometime in the next few days, depending on the weather. He is pointing him for an "A-other-than" at Keeneland on April 17th.