Sunday, March 28, 2010


Selena worked out today at Finger Lakes going 4F in 51:00 9 of 13

Thursday, March 25, 2010


"Mr. Fantasy is doing well after his comeback race. Mike Hushion said that he plans to breeze Mr. Fantasy late next week or next weekend. He said that his normal schedule has horses breeze 13-15 days after a race. This will put Mr. Fantasy breezing late next week. Mike has not definitively picked out a next race yet. He wants to see how he breezes to get a better idea. We will likely either go into a New York Bred stake or look for an allowance. We have our eye on the Met Mile as a third race off the layoff and want to give Mr. Fantasy every opportunity to make that race and run well. We will keep our options open moving forward about a second race off the layoff."
"Phosphorescent came out of Monday's race well. After looking over plans for the rest of the year, we have decided to ship Phosphorescent to Lupe Preciado in the Midatlantic for a spring and summer campaign. We sent Phosphorescent to the Fair Grounds for the winter to see if he took to the turf. It looks as if he is equally adept on the turf and dirt. We will have more options with Monmouth, Philadelphia, Delaware and Penn National all open there will be more races on both surfaces available to us. Of course, we can also go to Maryland if Phosphorescent steps up his game and see if there are any statebred stakes races. Reaistically, the purses are so poor in Maryland that we'd pick and choose our spots there. Later in the summer Colonial Downs opens and they, too, offer a lot of turf. We would not be precluded from shipping up to Saratoga, too, but realistically we need to find races where Phosphorescent can win. He will need to improve his figures to be a steady allowance horse, but if he does not there are more mid-level claiming races with excellent purse structure in the Midatlantic."
"The Defense Rests came out of Friday's breeze in good order. Mike Hushion said the feet look good. He plans to give The Defense Rests a strong five furlong breeze Friday or Saturday, and he said that if that goes well we will be ready to run. The first MSW going short for straight three-year-olds at Aqueduct is on April 16th. Mike would like to find something sooner, but the only other maiden race before then is for three-year-olds and older. He would prefer not to face older at this point, so we'll likely be in the starting gate a couple weeks after the breeze unless something comes up sooner."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Race Comments

Phosphorescent broke superbly and ended up on the front end in the "a other than" allowance on the turf. Phosphorescent powered through an opening quarter-mile of 22.3. The early fractions took their toll late as Phosphorescent weakened and faded to eighth.
Dale's assistant Tom Morgan said, "He might have bounced a bit off that comeback race. I think he is a better horse when he has targets, but breaking from the rail we didn't really have a choice but to go when he broke that well. If you take back going this short you run yourself into trouble. We just didn't have anything left after that early pace duel."
Robby Albarado said, "The horse broke so well that it was hard for me to take him back. He felt like he was going pretty easily, so I just let him go. When I asked him in the stretch he was empty in the last furlong. I just wrapped up when I knew we weren't going to get a piece."
Where We Go From Here
Phosphorescent came out of the race in good order. There is not much in the Keeneland condition book. We'll have to take a look and see where a summer campaign makes the most sense given that Phosphorescent is not a Kentucky bred.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mr Fantasy Update

Mr. Fantasy

Race Date Condition Finish Position Earnings
3/18 NW3X 3 $4,510


You have to get started somewhere. That's probably the most appropriate phrase to use in describing Mr. Fantasy's return, but there is probably also some level of disappointment solely from the anticipation of waiting a prolonged period for his return. However, the disappointment is really unwarranted as Mr. Fantasy showed his brilliant speed again and simply got tired after setting brutally fast fractions. This is not unreasonable to expect off this kind of layoff. The first quarter-mile was a wicked 21.3, and that took its toll late. Mr. Fantasy led into the stretch before tiring in the final furlong.

Click here for a pdf race chart and running line.


Mike Hushion's assistant Graham said, "When Ramon asked him the horse took off. He was very fresh. He went too fast and got tired. I think he'll be a little less keen now that he's run. He was training very aggressively. He should get a lot from the race. We certainly know the speed is there."

Ramon Dominguez said, "I learned something in the race. You can't ask him to go, because he'll take off. I asked him and he exploded. There was no way I was going to slow him down at that point. I just hoped he might be able to carry his speed at that point, but he got tired in the last eighth."

Where We Go From Here

Mr. Fantasy earned an 80 Beyer in the race. He came out of the race well. We do not have a next target identified yet. We'd like to look at the Met Mile(G1) on May 31st and work our way back from there if all went well. How we get to that race is yet to be decided. We don't want to run our big race in April, but we'd like to get some kind of tightener. Mike and Terry will look at the plan over the next week and map something out

Monday, March 22, 2010

Chart Race 9 FG Phos (application/pdf Object)

Race Analysis

Phosphorescent is set to return to the allowance ranks in an "a other than" allowance going five and a half furlongs on the turf today at the Fair Grounds. Phosphorescent steps up after scoring easily in his turf debut last time.
Once again, Phosphorescent drew an inside post. He is going to need to scrape the rail again to run well here. Based on speed figures, Phosphorescent looks poised to run big again. There is not an abundance of speed in the race. Michael's Trifecta will likely show the most speed. Phosphorescent should be toward the back half of the pack early. If the trip unfolds like we hope it will, we'll advance on the turn and look to assume the lead in midstretch.
The second race back off a layoff can induce a bounce, but Phosphorescent won pretty easily with something left last race. Dale would have liked to have had an extra week or so between races, but this looks like an excellent spot.

Workout Update

"The Defense Rests breezed a good half-mile in 49.44 at Belmont. The work was 27th of 59 at the distance. Mike Hushion wanted to see The Defense Rests move better after putting the glue on shoes on him. Mike said that The Defense Rests came home the last quarter-mile in 23.4. He said that the feet looked well after the breeze. He is scheduled to breeze back again. Based on that breeze we will know if we are ready to run. Mike thought we probably should be."

Friday, March 19, 2010


The Defense Rests worked out this morning at Belmont going 4F in 49:44 27 of 59 .

Phos is entered to run on Monday 22nd making his 2nd start on the turf at the Fairgrounds in Race 9 pp1 with R.Albarado

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mr Fantasy runs 3rd (application/pdf Object)


"Phosphorescent continues to do well. He's doing so well that Dale has circled the 'a other than' allowance going five and a half furlongs on the turf on March 22nd at the Fair Grounds as our next target."
"The Defense Rests had glue on shoes put on by Mike on Monday. He's galloped well the last couple days. Mike noticed a marked improvement. He plans to gallop him tomorrow then breeze him Friday. He's hoping to see him breeze as well as he's galloped. Mike felt that with the missed time he would need a breeze Friday and one next week. At that point he thinks we would be able to run. Therefore he could run as early as two and half weeks if a race pops up. At that point it would just be about when a race was in the book."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Race Comments

Mr. Fantasy is set to make his much anticipated return in a "three other than" allowance on Thursday at Gulfstream. We don't want to disrespect some of our foes, but this really looks like a three horse race. Mr. Fantasy will be bracketed by his two top challengers, and both these horses look like legitimate runners. Formidable exits a win in a "two other than" allowance last time, but jockey Edgar Prado jumps to the other contender. Formidable has not recently paired up two top figures back-to-back. However, he does love this track. If his regression after a big race holds in this case, then he might be in tough.
The other main contender is Not For Money. However, this six-year-old has been off since May of 2008. This is a tough spot to return in off a 22 month layoff. His figures were huge, but is he the same horse? Dutrow must like him, but Dutrow is not as good off this long a layoff as he is overall. He could be very tough or not the same.
Mr. Fantasy will show speed. He does not know the lead, but he will be second or third early at worst. If we run back to his three-year-old form with natural progression as a more mature horse, then he should run big.

If you have been following the racing in the UK over the jumps at the big Cheltenham Festival there was a big price winner a son of the historic Fourstars Allstars .
Today E.Dubai had a winner at Kempton paying $11.00 to win . Talking of Kempton mark this date on your calenders Friday April 9th where you will witness the running of the W_Tthoroughbredholdings Handicap Stakes where Tina and I will present the trophy to the winning connections .

At Southwell if your a New Yorker how could you over look this $32.00 winner Liberty Lady 3yoF out of Statue Of Liberty .

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March Madness

We would like to let everyone know that during march madness postings maybe sporatic; unless Duke( Wayne) or Syracuse(Tina) lose.


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mr Fantasy Works

Mr Fantasy worked this morning at Palm Meadows in preperation for his race on Thursday going 4F in 48:80 8 of 55

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mr Fantasy is Back

Mr Fantasy is back in the 4th race at Gulfstream Park on March 18th a 6F allowance he drew pp5 of 7 and R.Dominguez up

Thursday, March 11, 2010


"Mr. Fantasy breezed a strong five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Monday at Palm Meadows. Mike Hushion called the work very good. This was his last serious drill. He might blow out once before his comeback race. We are on target for the allowance race sometime in March at Gulfstream."
"Phosphorescent came out of his return race in good order. Dale would love to run him back before the Fair Grounds meet ends, but the only 'a other than' allowance on the turf is on March 22nd. Dale thinks that is likely too quick back, but we're playing it by ear. He'd love to see an extra race in the last couple days of the meet. We prefer the Fair Grounds because Phosphorescent would not be penalized purse wise as a Maryland-bred in Louisiana. However, we will likely end up running at Keeneland."
"The Defense Rests' foot was stinging him again on Monday morning. Mike went ahead and had the farrier put glue on shoes on him to help release the pressure on the foot. Mike thinks this will help him tremendously and we will see a difference within a few days. There are no structural issues with this horse; it just looks like he is a bit sore due to the hard ground. Once the weather clears up a bit, Mike thinks this minor foot issue will be nonexistent. He will jog for a few days with the new shoes before galloping again. We are anxious to get this horse to the races, and understand that this is a frustrating fork in the road since we think this horse has talent. Luckily, there are no major issues."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Is This The future

Monmouth Park to offer average of $1 million per day in purses in 2010 meet | - New Jersey Sports -

Phosphorescent follow up news

There were two great unknowns. How would Phosphorescent run off a long layoff and how would he take to turf? I think it's safe to say very well is the answer to both questions.
Phosphorescent sat off the pace early, advanced on the inside on the turn and kicked away easily late to win by over two-lengths.

Trainer Dale Romans said after the race, "We stole this one. We had license to do this off the layoff and it worked perfectly. When I saw him moving well early I was very confident. That was a good race, and we will have some fun with him this spring."
Francisco Torres said, "I was sitting on a ton of horse from the moment the gate opened. He moved so easily down the backside and into the turn. Once a hole opened on the turn, I knew I was a winner. He ran very well."

Phosphorescent earned a 79 Beyer in the race. He came out of the race very well. Dale feels we can step back up into the allowance ranks next time out and see if we can keep the momentum going. Now that we see that he likes the turf it opens up more options. Dale would love to run Phosphorescent back at the Fair Grounds. The only "a other than" allowance on the turf is in two weeks. Dale wants to see how Phosphorescent trains later this week before deciding whether we'll be able to make that race. He thinks it might be a bit quick. If so, then we'll run at Keeneland.
We have to give a lot of credit to Dale and his assistant Tom Morgan. They pushed hard for this race knowing it was the right spot, and they certainly were rewarded with a solid win.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Workout ( another bullet )

Mr Fantasy worked a easy 5F at Palm Meadows this morning going 1:00.40 1of 21 in group he worked in

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Phos returned a winner at the Fairgrounds today ... looks like he needed to feel some grass under his feet

see chat below (application/pdf Object)

Thursday, March 4, 2010


At last Phos finds a race Sunday the 5th race at the Fairgrounds drawn pp3 of 10 with F. Torres up going 5 1/2 F over the turf


"The Defense Rests is galloping. His feet were stinging him a bit again because of the icy and snowy weather. Mike said that 25 percent of his barn is suffering from that due to the weather even though he tries not to get them out on too hard a track. He plans to get two good days of galloping into him Friday and Saturday based on the weather forecast and then breeze him in within the next 5 days. If everything cooperates then we will debut in about ten days basedon what comes up in the condition book"
"Phosphorescent will be entered tomorrow 30k NW2L claiming going five and a half furlongs on the turf on Sunday, March 7th at the Fair Grounds. The racing secretary wrote the race to also make three-year-olds eligible, so we are optimistic the race will go."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mr Fantasy Update

Mr. Fantasy worked a bullet five furlongs in 59:75 at Palm Meadows. The work was best of 20 at the distance. Mike Hushion reports that they put the pedal to the metal with Mr. Fantasy this morning, and he responded in a big way. We have targeted a money allowance going 6 furlongs on March 18th at Gulfstream for his return. Ramon Dominguez has committed to ride."

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bullet workout

Mr Fantasy fired a Bullet at Palm Meadows this morning going 5F in 59:75 1 of 20

Monday, March 1, 2010


"Phosphorescent breezed five furlongs in company in 1.02:00 at the Fair Grounds. The work was 15th of 52 at the distance. He worked head to head with the other horse the entire way around and looked good. Dale's assistant, Tom Morgan reports that he cooled out well. We realize it has been frustrating as we are in a holding pattern with this horse. We have had a devil of time getting the conditional claimer to go, so at this point we are going to look at some other race options and tracks."


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