Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mr Fantasy Update

Mr. Fantasy will not run in the Woody Stephens. Kiaran called this afternoon, and he said that something is still just not quite right with Mr. Fantasy. He thinks that something might be bugging Mr. Fantasy behind, but he just can't quite put his finger on it.
We are going to send Mr. Fantasy in for what's called a nuclear scintigraphy within the next few days. A nuclear scintigraphy is a diagnostic test that will help pinpoint anything underlying that might be bugging him that we just can't see.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Click here for a pdf race chart and running line of the race. Phosphorescent had to steady entering the turn then never picked up his feet to finish sixth.
Dale Romans said, "This is an honest horse. For him to run like that makes me believe there has to be something physical going on. I thought maybe his ankle was bugging him. I had the vet take x-rays Tuesday, and they came back clean. There has to be something more, so I am going to have Dr. Allday come in on Thursday or Friday to do some nerve blocking to see if we can isolate something that's just not showing up. We will get to the bottom of this."

The Defense Rests is scheduled to arrive at Belmont Park tomorrow morning

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mr Fantasy Update

Mr. Fantasy is doing better after spiking a fever on Saturday. Kiaran reports that Mr. Fantasy looked and acted better this morning. They're taking things day by day; we'll have to see how things develop over the next four to six days.
Depending on how Mr. Fantasy reacts, we have two possible targets for his next race. We are still looking at the Grade 2 $250,000 Woody Stephens on June 6th at Belmont or the first leg of the Big Apple Triple, the $100,000 Mike Lee on June 21st at Belmont.
We'll have further clarity by the end of the week.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Mr Fantasy Update

He has been eating all weekend so that's a good sign ;-) hopefully will have more news soon .If there is nothing too serious with him he will be pointed at the Grade II Woody Stephens on June 6th

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Mr Fantasy has been scratched from the Met Mile. I had the phone call this morning that Mr Fantasy spiked with a fever Friday night and was given antibiotics and will not run ... further details to follow when i get them

Met Mile

Mr. Fantasy is all systems go for Monday's $600,000 G1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. He drew towards the outside which should allow Mike Luzzi the opportunity to work out a good trip for our colt. Kiaran did not want to be on the rail because he felt it would force our hand to go on with it early. While Mr. Fantasy has shown tremendous speed so far in his young career, we do not feel he is a need-the-lead type of horse.
As one would expect, the Met Mile drew some tough customers, but we are not scared of any of them. He was assigned 109 pounds, nine fewer than the top weight (Smooth Air), and we are very excited for Mr. Fantasy's first run in a race of this magnitude.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Dale entered Phosphorescent in an extra "a other than" allowance going six furlongs this Sunday, May 24th at Churchill Downs. Dale saw that the race was coming up small, and Julien Leparoux was open for the race. Like Dale said, "We got beat three-lengths in the last couple sprints. This race was coming up small. Sometimes you can't pass up good spots." We will run Sunday.

Met Mile ... This Ones for Phil is out due to a cough

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Mr. Fantasy was assigned 109 pounds for this Monday's G1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. We have procured the services of Mike Luzzi to ride him on Monday. Mike is one of the only jockeys that can tack that weight and we did not want to lose the advantage he was given with the handicap conditions

Phosy is still on for May27th for his turf debut unless an extra race comes up at churchill this weekend

The Defense Rests is scheduled to be shipped up to Monmouth Park sometime in the next week

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mr Fantasy Update

Today's News
The weights for the Met Mile come out tomorrow. However, it looks like we are going to be assigned somewhere between 108 and 110 pounds. We are still working on a jockey. We don't want to give up much weight, so we're seeing who can tack that light and is available. We have spoken with Rafael Bejarano's agent. He can tack 109, but there are some races in California that day that he is committed to. He is seeing if he can get out of those mounts. Mike Luzzi can do very light in New York, and John Velazquez is listed as doing 112 pounds. However, we have to see if those numbers are still legit. The situation is still very fluid.
The list of probables published by NYRA is not overwhelming. Click here (about two-thirds down the page) to see their latest list. We expect a couple not on this list to show up.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Phosy works

Phosy worked this morning going 5F in 1:02:20 13 of 27

Phosphorescent breezed a good five furlongs. This was a much better work than last week. It looks like that foot that was stinging Phosphorescent last week was nothing. Dale said that we are "ready to run" after today's work.
Dale still has an eye on the "a other than" allowance on the turf on May 27th at Indiana Downs as a likely target, but he would run in an extra race at Churchill Downs this weekend if one came up

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mr Fantasy Works

Mr Fantasy worked Saturday morning going 5F in 1:00:94 4of29

Mr. Fantasy turned in his final breeze in preparation for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on May 25th at Belmont. He worked in company with Justwhistledixie. The pair went a half-mile in 48.2. The clockers caught the gallop out in 1:00.4. Kiaran called the works "perfect".
Kiaran McLaughlin caught a little case of Preakness-fever on Saturday. As a result, he decided to work his top three-year-old filly Justwhistledixie in company with one of his top three-year-old colts, Mr. Fantasy. The result, according to McLaughlin, was exactly what he was hoping for.
"I was thinking about Rachel Alexandra running against the boys in the Preakness, so I figured why not," said the trainer of the pair when asked about working them together. "They were both scheduled to work and they both have big spots coming up, so I figured why not let two extremely talented horses work in company. I was glad I did because it really went well." The pair breezed a half-mile in :48.2, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.4. The trainer of the pair said the works were "perfect."
Mr. Fantasy is scheduled to run in next Monday's G1 $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. "He's doing great," said McLaughlin. "We've schooled him in the paddock and he had a great breeze with 'Dixie over the weekend, he's all systems go."
Justwhistledixie, meanwhile, is scheduled to make her next start in the G1 $300,000 Acorn Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day (June 6th). "She's come back from the bruise she suffered so well, it's like she never missed a beat. She's such a classy filly. We're excited about her chances in the Acorn," said McLaughlin.
"It's a great time of year for us," said West Point Thoroughbreds President Terry Finley. "It's exhilarating to have two horses running at the highest level of the sport. We're excited for the horses and for their partners."

Thursday, May 14, 2009


The Met nominees past performances were posted this week, and while it's a very competitive bunch, there is nobody that is going to be even money in the race. We believe Mr. Fantasy fits nicely. The weights for thehandicap will be assigned next week. To see the nominees pp's, clickhere

Dale is looking for a spot to run Phosphorescent back in by the end of the month. There is a turf race on May 27th at Indiana Downs that he thinks he would be able to get Phos into, and he thinks that would be a good spot to see if he likes the turf in because we'll be avoiding the heavy hitters, so that race looks like a strong possibility.

The DefenseRests is scheduled to be shipped up to Belmont by the end of the month. He's galloping daily, and DavidMcKathan is planning on getting a couple quarter-mile breezes in him before hemoves up north.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Kiaran schooled Mr. Fantasy in the paddock during the third race today at Belmont. He was in with the other horses as they were getting ready for the race.
He got a little bit warm, but overall it went very well. We're working to get him more comfortable with the entire pre race routine.We're still on target for the Met Mile on Memorial Day.

Phosphorescent Date: May 10, 2009Track: CHURCHILL DOWNSDistance: Five FurlongsTime: 1.03:20 BreezingTrack Condition: FastSurface: DirtRank: 27/35

Friday, May 8, 2009



1. Rachel Alexandra (17) 3-F 4-4-0-0 186
2.Pioneerof the Nile 3-C 3-3-0-0 161
3.Mine That Bird (2) 3-G 3-1-1-0 138
4.I Want Revenge 3-C 3-2-0-1 128
5.Quality Road 3-C 3-2-1-0 110
6.Musket Man 3-C 5-3-0-2 109
7.Papa Clem (1) 3-C 4-1-2-0 87
8.Chocolate Candy 3-C 4-2-1-0 38
9.Friesan Fire 3-C 4-3-0-0 35
10.Mr. Fantasy 3-C 3-2-0-1 16

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Not much to add this week the weather has hampered training for Mr Fantasy and Phosy . Dale is looking at 1 1/8 th turf allownce for Phos and Mr Fantasy going for Met Mile . The Defense Rests will be shipping up to Belmont in the next few weeks .

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mr Fantasy

We have decided to pass next week's Preakness and instead point for the $600,000 Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap run at a mile on May 25th at Belmont.
The Met Mile has been good for three-year-olds in the past, and it is one of the most prestigious races for Breeders. If the Met Mile comes up too difficult, then our backup race would be the Grade 2 Woody Stephens on Belmont Day.
We decided to pass the Preakness after seeing it would be a full field with what looks like a decent amount of speed in the race. We'd also be facing 125,000 fans and shipping for the first time. In the long run, that was not in the best interest of the horse. Kiaran also felt we could always possibly bounce off the Withers, so the extra ten days reduces that possibility.
We know we have one of the most talented three-year-olds, and the Met Mile will give him the chance to showcase that in one of the most prestigious races in the sport.

Mr Fantasy

Mr Fantasy will NOT run in the Preakness but will be pointed at the G1 Met Mile at Belmont on May 25th with the G2 Woody Stephens at Belmont on June 6th