Sunday, May 30, 2010


Phosy worked out this morning at Philadelphia Park going 4F in 48:87 4 of 9

Saturday, May 29, 2010


The Defense Rests worked out at Belmont this morning going 5F in 1:00:97 5 of 31

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Mr. Fantasy's cuts on his leg were a little deeper than Mike originally suspected, but they did not require stitches. We will not miss too much time, but Mr. Fantasy will not go back to the track for 7-10 days. Besides the cuts, Mike reports that he came out of the race in good order.

Phosphorescent's foot was much better so Lupe went ahead and had the blacksmith put his shoe back on. He went back to the track on Monday and moved soundly. Lupe plans on jogging him for a little while before resuming normal training. It could be as short as a few days or maybe a little longer. Lupe wants to see how the horse does after a few days. Phosphorescent is quite fit, and Lupe wants to make sure that foot does not flare up again. We will look for a "two other than" allowance going short on the turf for his next start. Depending on how quickly Lupe feels comfortable cranking up the training again that will most likely be in the second half of June

The Defense Rests came out of his last breeze in good order and Mike maintains that he will need one more work before running. Mike has yet to pick out a race, but he will do so in short order.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mr. Fantasy Just Misses Score in $100K Decathlon at Monmouth | New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. News

Mr. Fantasy Just Misses Score in $100K Decathlon at Monmouth | New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. News

Race Recap

Click here for a pdf chart and running line. Mr. Fantasy broke awkwardly and then was hustled up between horses. He stalked the leader Go Go Shoot down the backstretch though a quarter in 22.21. Around the turn, Eddie Castro urged him to the lead and he responded. He led through a half in 44.24. Mr. Fantasy switched leads and had a clear lead in the lane before tiring and being passed by Congressional Page. He was beat ¾ of a length. The final time for the race was 1:09.55.
Mike Hushion said, “He still got pretty worked up in the paddock and was not completely focused in the gate. It is a shame he broke poorly because he was forced to rush up instead of relaxing. We may have won if he broke sharply. Eddie might have moved a bit early, but he got pretty tired in the stretch. He ran hard though. The winner was flying."Eddie Castro said, “My horse had his head cocked sideways when the gates opened and then he stumbled. He showed good speed but I had to rush him up between horses. He was moving very well and then just got tired.”
Mr. Fantasy earned a 99 Beyer in the race. He cooled out fine afterwards. He did have a cut on his leg where he nicked himself after stumbling at the start, but it was superficial. We'll likely just be a couple extra days before going back to the track. We will regroup and see how he comes out of the race before making a plan moving forward. We want to do everything we can to give Mr. Fantasy a chance to be successful, and we'll explore all possibilities.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday at the Shore

Don`t you wish you could be so British .lol Me and Simon Bray from TVG
Jockey Eddie Castro
Mr Fantasy again gave 100% to no avail after stumbling at the gate steadied to track the leaders before taking lead in stretch to be caught by the closing 3 horse to lose by 3/4 of a length


The Defense Rests worked out this morning at Belmont going 5F in 1:04:22 14of 14

Friday, May 21, 2010

Race Analysis

Mr. Fantasy returns to action on Saturday in the $100,000 Decathalon Stakes at Monmouth. The race only drew 7 horses, and this looks like a solid spot to get our colt back into the winner's circle.
1. Lit'sgoodlookngray- This veteran returned to the races in April for the first time since October. He is a former claimer, but has also faired decently in some small sprint stakes in California. He likely needed that last race, but will need to show step up in a big way to be competitive. His numbers last year were solid, but many of those races were on synthetic surfaces. If he runs to last year's form, expect him to have a stalking trip.
2. Tommy's Memory- This lightly raced gelding is exiting a pretty nice win in an overnight restricted stake at Tampa last month. He was won four of five career starts, and has some talent, but this is his first start against open stakes company. He ran a big number last time out, and if he improves just a little bit he has a chance to win in here. Expect him to be just off the frontrunners.
3. Congressional Page- Another lightly raced horse, this Mike Trombetta trainee is exiting a second place finish in the Commonwealth (G2) at Keeneland in April. He has strong together some solid efforts this winter in graded stakes races, but has been unable to make it to the winner's circle. The cut back to six furlongs and the drop down to ungraded stakes company may be exactly what he needs. He has been working well since his last start, but his last two pace figures have been slightly below others in here. He is another who will likely lay just off the leaders.
4. Mannington- This is a consistent horse who is looking for his third straight win. He is coming off a win in a Florida bred stake at Gulfstream in March. He is fresh entering this start, but only has two works to his name since that start, so he may not be completely cranked up. There is no doubt he is fast, but some may question if he is classy enough to beat open stakes horses. Earlier this year he ran for a 40k claiming tag.
5. Go Go Shoot- This horse won two stakes over this surface last year. However, he has not run since November. This is his first start for Todd Pletcher. He ran some huge numbers last year, and if he runs anywhere close to those figures, he will be very tough. He likes Monmouth, and has been working well over the strip. He will likely be vying for the lead early with Mannington and Mr. Fantasy.
6. Mr. Fantasy- Our colt has been training well over the Monmouth surface. Many horses improve quite a bit third time off the layoff. He has run two pretty solid races, and if improves off his Billy Redocat effort, he has a big chance in here. We are fortunate that he drew toward the outside of the gate, so he will not have to stand for very long. Eddie Castro is an excellent jockey, and perennially at the top of the standings each year at Monmouth. The cut back to 6 furlongs should certainly help us. There is quite a bit of speed in this race, so we are hopeful that we do not get caught in too tepid of a speed duel. We know Mr. Fantasy loves the lead early on, but we do not want to go too fast early. Mannington and Go Go Shoot will likely be with us early, but we are fortunate that we are on the outside and will not be pinned on the rail. Monmouth is also said to be a speed favoring racetrack.
7. At The Disco- This horse is coming off an overnight stakes win, but that came back in November at the Meadowlands. He won that race on the lead, but in most of his races he is a few lengths off the pace. He won two stakes at Monmouth last year, but both of those were going long. He only has two published works since that last race, so he is likely not fully cranked up for this race.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Selena Wins

Selena was outstanding today she tracked the pace took the lead in the stretch and pulled away to win by 4 3/4 lengths at odds of 11-1 breaking her maiden . On a roll with Phosy winning now if Mr F wins will be 3 for 3 in 8 days ...


Mr. Fantasy drew into the $100,000 Decathalon Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth. We drew well toward the outside of the gate, so we should not have to sit in the gate long. We expect to see Mr. Fantasy run big third off the layoff and cutting back to six furlongs. We'll have the full analysis tomorrow.Date:
Saturday, 5/22
Track: Monmouth
Race: 5
Post time: 2:50 EDT
Post position: 6 of 7
Jockey: Eddie CastroPurse: $100,000

Phosphorescent ‘s foot was a bit tender after his win. Lupe had the blacksmith pull his shoe, and it looks like an old quarter crack is bugging him a bit. They treated the foot, and Lupe is going to take it easy on him for a few days. This is nothing serious, and is not a long term issue. Phosphorescent ran a huge race on Friday, so Lupe planned on giving him some extra time between races anyway. We will look to run back in June in a “two other than” allowance.

The Defense Rests came out of his weekend breeze well. He is scheduled to breeze back on Saturday. Mike will likely get him one more breeze after that. The next MSW in the book at Belmont is a 6.5 furlong race on Belmont Stakes Day (June 5th), but Mike really would not like to go beyond six-furlongs in the second start. We’ll either look for an extra race at Belmont, or Mike said we could also go to Monmouth as a possibility.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Mr Fantasy drew pp6 of 7 with E.Castro up for Decathlon Stakes on Monmouth opening day Saturday

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Race Entry

Selena is entered on Thursday in the 6th race at Finger Lakes a 5 1/2 F Maiden claiming she drew pp8 with E Castillo up

Monday, May 17, 2010

Workout (update)

Mr Fantasy worked out at Monmouth Park this morning going 4F in 49:00 17 of 59 in preparation for The Decathlon Stakes on Saturday opening Day at Monmouth Park . Mike has been thrilled with way he has moved over the track here at Monmouth . We enter tomorrow and Eddie Castro has committed to ride .

Sunday, May 16, 2010


The Defense Rests worked out Saturday going 4F in 49:83 he came out of the workout well and will look for a race either end of the month of first half of June

Weekend at Pimlico

Great weekend at Pimlico we were there to watch Phosy run a fantastic race and win by 2 3/4 lengths under perfect handling from Ramon . Back again Saturday for Preakness Day wonderful atmosphere and good day at the windows ending with the exacta in the Preakness then off to the Stakes barn for the after party while traffic thins out ...

Phosy wins atPimlico

"Phosphoresccent earned a career best 88 Beyer in the race. He cooled out well after the race. We'll look to run back in the 'two other than' allowance on the turf in the first half of June."

"Lupe Preciado said, 'I told Ramon (Dominguez) to be careful because I thought he might not have liked being rushed last time and hung a bit. He was close today, but he wasn't rushed. When Ramon let him go the horse responded. I thought this race would give us an idea of what we could look for this summer. I think we're going to have some fun if we can keep him on the turf.'
Ramon Dominguez said, 'Lupe told me to keep working on the horse because he thought he might hang. He never stopped trying today. When I asked him he kept going. I don't know what happened in his last race, but he was all business today.'"
"You can go home again. Phosphorescent made his return to the state of his birth a victorious one as he scored an impressive victory in the 'a other than' allowance at Pimlico. Breaking from post eleven, Phosphorescent got away well and sat a close third early as two longshots dueled for the lead. Phosphorescent assumed command with a quarter-mile to go and drew off in the stretch to win by nearly three-lengths."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


"Mr. Fantasy worked a good four furlongs in 50:40 on Friday at Monmouth. Mike had him go nice and easy by design, and said the work was nothing more than a leg stretcher. Mike is very happy with how Mr. Fantasy moves over the Monmouth strip. We are on target for the $100,000 Decathalon Stakes at Monmouth on opening day, May 22nd. Mike is starting to work toward getting a jockey commitment for the race. He's looking for someone that will handle Mr. Fantasy if he acts up in the gate."
"Phosphorescent is set to make his first start for Guadalupe Preciado on Friday at Pimlico. From a numbers perspective, we fit very well in this race. Lupe really thinks this horse's future is on the lawn, and that this race will give us a better read if Phosphorescent can compete in the allowance ranks this summer. He has been training well, and his last win came sprinting on the turf. The five furlong distance should suit him very well.
There is a decent amount of speed in the race. We will likely be close to the pace, but we do not necessarily want to be on the lead as Phosphorescent seems to like targets sometime. Live The Dash will likely flash some early speed. He is exiting a win at the $25k claiming level over this course on May 2nd. He is a bit of a question mark, as he wheels back in 12 days. Beboping Lion comes out of the same race on May 2nd, where he finished 2nd. He should be just off the pacesetters. He has been unsuccessful in the allowance ranks before, and will need to show a great improvement to be competitive here. El Commodore is a true speed horse. He broke his maiden last time out at Tampa going 5 furlongs on the turf. Oh My Me My ran well over the lawn at Pimlico last time out, but has been facing much softer competition. I Can Do It may show some speed as well. He is coming off a second place finish in the same type of spot, in which he was 33-1. He may be hard pressed to duplicate that effort. Super Chunky has knocked on the door at this level before, but has not been close in his last two. He also has been off since January.

We have top rider Ramon Dominguez aboard. Lupe will let him see how the race unfolds. We won't necessarily try to outsprint the field. If Phosphorescent runs similar to his first race off the layoff at Fair Grounds, he is very capable of beating this group. There are no standouts in the field."
"The Defense Rests' knee looks much better. He resumed galloping on Sunday and is moving soundly. Mike said that rain is expected over the next day, but if the track looks good The Defense Rests will breeze on Friday. Mike thinks that if all goes well we should be back in the starting gate by the end of the month. He'll get a couple good breezes into him before running."

Monday, May 10, 2010


Selena finished a game 2nd at the Finger lakes beaten by a length and hanging on gamely for 2nd by a nose


PHOSPHORESCENT will race Friday at Pimlico in 5F turf Allowance he drew pp 11of 12 with
Dominguez up .

Friday, May 7, 2010

What we need ( from Financial Times How to spent it )

This is what we need at tracks here in the US and enforcement of Dress Codes bring some pride back to our sport

and they're off (for lunch)
It's the ultimate galloping gourmet experience - renowned father-and-son
chefs Michel and Alain Roux are taking their fine cuisine to Royal Ascot.
Ithet'fsirst day of the new season at Ascot racing and their shooting. I think Ascot is one of the
tomorrow, and regular visitors to the Royal most beautiful racecourses in the world and I love the
heath are already salivating at the thought of the horses and the atmosphere with the good old-fashioned
excitements to come at the Royal Meeting, which bookies. A lot of racegoers come to us for dinner in the
begins on June IS. The five-day extravaganza evening, including the jockeyswho come early, and they
unquestionably stages the finest flat racing in the have the same table every year. It's like a party."
world. But thoroughbred punters need something Michel is a particular admirer of the skill and
special to sustain them during the battle with the athleticism of the jockeys and sees their position,
bookmakers and this summer Ascot is offering them a entrusted with fabulously expensive raw materials and
unique opportunity to savour top-class sport alongside expected to deliver, as analogous to that of a chef. "You
exceptional food - and I don't mean a car-park picnic. can give the best equipment to the people in the kitchen
The distinguished chefs Michel Roux,who founded or on the racecourse but only the very best chefs or
The Waterside Inn at Bray in 1972, and jockeyswill provide you with a winner
his son Alain, who presides over the The Battenberg every time;' he observes. He is adamant
Thameside kitchen, are taking over elk Id that in order to serve a good lunch on a
Ascot's panoramic restaurant for the C e WOU racetrack, "Youhave to understand that
week. It's a wonderful setting atop the probably go the primary objective is to race and,
Grandstand with its own balcony and down well in therefore, everything has to be done
roof terrace, which has an unparalleled with speed and it has to be light food
view of the course and of Windsor the Royal Box. that shows off our skill but is quick
Great Park beyond. The father-and-son and fresh and full of flavour."And
team, one ofwhom will be cooking what mouthwatering flavours are
each day, are offering a special Waterside Inn at Royal promised - including a tomato gazpacho garnished
Ascot package that includes a Royal Enclosure guest with basil-flavoured mozzarella cannelloni, a soft
badge, champagne and canapes on arrival, a five-course poached egg served on an artichoke bottom with
lunch with wine and liqueurs, and a complimentary bar, smoked salmon and celery, The Waterside Inn's
with more champagne, throughout the day. signature dish of saute of lamb and roasted best end of
Prices start at £734 per person but the kind of lamb with a saffron-flavoured celeriac and, for dessert,
mouthwatering fare that will be on the menu is a far cry its famous pistachio-flavoured creme brulee. There will
from the overcooked school-dinner roast, preceded by a also be a classic Battenberg cake at teatime, which
prawn cocktail, that once held sway on British would probably go down well in the Royal Box.
racetracks. Michel Roux sees a natural overlap between It's a little early to be tipping RoyalAscot winners,
his business and Ascot and he is almost as serious about since the line-ups for the big races have yet to be
the racing as he is about the food, having enjoyed many decided, but I'm hopeful that Aidan O'Brien's classy
good days there as a member of the hugely popular filly You'llBe Mine will improve for her first run
RoyalAscot Racing Club. "Alot of the members are this season and finish in the frame in the Oaks at
friends and clients of mine and, like me, they love their Epsom on June 4, at 14-1with Ladbrokes. JAMIE REID


Mr Fantasy worked out at Momnouth Park this morning going 4F in 50:40 31 of 40

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mr F goes to the shore (updates)

"Mr. Fantasy is doing well. Mike Hushion is looking at two possible spots for his next race, both are stakes races. There is the $100,000 Decathalon Stakes on May 22nd (opening day) at Monmouth, and there is $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap(G3) on May 15th (Preakness Day) at Pimlico. Right now, Mike Hushion is strongly leaning toward the race at Monmouth. While we would love to showcase Mr. Fantasy on one of racing's biggest stages, he can be quite fractious. The Pimlico paddock is tiny, and there will be 120,000 people there. Monmouth is an easier trip and has a better paddock but the race is ungraded. We might do a little more digging about who might be going to which race, but we're likely looking at the Decathalon for his next start."
"Phosphorescent breezed a good half-mile in 49 last Thursday at Philadelphia Park. The work did not get recorded by the clockers. He will come back with another breeze in Friday morning. We are set for the 'a other than' allowance on May 14th at Pimlico."
"The Defense Rests missed today's scheduled breeze. He had some filling in his knee on Monday. Mike had the knee x-rayed on Tuesday, and the pictures came back looking good. They injected him with an anti-inflammatory yesterday, but the swelling did not come down all the way today. This looks like a hiccup given that the x-rays looked good, but we are monitoring. He'll walk for a few days. If the swelling comes down then it could be something as simple as a reaction to a bug bite. If not, then we'll look to do further diagnostics."

Selena is entered for a maiden claiming race at The Finger Lakes on monday

On the breeding front there is mixed news Affirm Promise lost her Bluegrass Cat foal this may be due to fact she was pregant with triplets and the vet had to pinch 2 we shall try again on a happier front Six Zeroes is in foal to Freud .

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Selena run a very credible 3rd yesterday at Finger Lakes . No-one was catching the winner but she battled hard down the stretch to hold 2nd but just lost out by 1/2 length and she was 41/2 lengths clear of the rest of the field .


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