Adventures in horse racing
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Phosphorescent broke beautifully and immediately went to the front. He was challenged from the inside by a longshot, and jockey Victor Molina let that horse grab a short lead. That lead was short-lived as Phosphorescent stormed to a daylight lead through a half-mile in 44.06, and he improved his position from there winning by over two-lengths and stopping the teletimer for five-furlongs in an eye-popping 55.68.
Lupe Preciado said, "The horse threw a shoe in the race. I hate to see what he could have done with a full set. He was training really well, and I thought he'd run big. I am not sure I saw a near track record performance coming. This kind of race makes you think about the Turf Monster Stakes back here in September as a target."
Victor Molina said, "I hit him once. He basically did it all on his own. I was not asking him for everything he had. They couldn't catch him."
Phosphoresccent earned an 83 Beyer in the race. I am not a huge Beyer guy, but I imagine this number will be revised. Phosphorescent ran two-seconds faster than 25k claimers on the turf. You would not expect them to be as fast, but with our Beyer that means they were lucky to crack 60. Something doesn't smell right.
Phosphorescent's foot where he threw the shoe looks fine. Lupe wants to keep his races spaced a bit. He'd love to find a "three other than" allowance in late July or early August, possibly at Saratoga. If we ran well in that race it would be used as a springboard for the $200,000 Turf Monster Handicap on September 6th back at Philadelphia.
I agree the Beyer figure does not add up the way i see it, it does not matter if you are running against nickel claimers of Grade 1 horses if you cover the distance in that time and with losing a shoe that horse has some speed . I am glad to see they are looking at bigger races for him I was looking back at last years Turf Monster where the winner Chamberlain Bridge won in 57.14 and Saturday won a Graded Stakes at Arlington . I would like to give him a test before the Turf Monster to see how he does how about going to Penn National for the THE PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR'S CUP on July 31st ? that would test him and if run well would have a nice rest before Turf Monster .
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Defense Rests showed some filling in his left front knee on Saturday. Mike had the knee x-rayed and they discovered a hairline fracture today. Fortunately, this was small and does not require any surgery. However, this will require two months off from training.
We realize there has been a series of starts and stops with this colt, and it is frustrating. However, we know The Defense Rests has talent and is fast. This injury will heal with simply a little time from Mother Nature, and we should have fun this fall. Fortunately, Mike caught this early.
We appreciate everyone's support and look forward to getting these road bumps behind us. We will send him to Stonewall Farm in Granite Springs, New York during his recovery
Maria’s Mon colt has now put in three quarter-mile breezes and galloped out to three furlongs. He has done very well through the early stages, and Mike feels that if all continues to go well he looks like a starter at Saratoga.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
6/26 Philadelphia 8 NW2X
Post Time Post Position Jockey Purse
3:22 EDT 2 of 10 Victor Molina $43,000
Phosphorescent will look to score his second straight victory in a "two other than" allowance on Saturday at Philadelphia. The race drew a full field of ten, but Phosphorescent looks very well spotted. He is the morning-line favorite in the race, and it appears several horses in the race look entered in case the race comes off the turf. However, the forecast looks good, so we should stay on the turf.
Phosphorescent drew an inside pace, so that might complicate things a little bit, but we expect to be forwardly placed no matter what. The rail horse has gone badly off form and does not look like a threat, but he likely will hustle hard from the gate. If he goes to the front we'll let him go. The likely second choice, Hero of the Sea, also can show speed. However, he has been facing softer of late. He fits in the race and should not be too far back. The most interesting entrant might be Seven Shooter, who enters off two wins in Texas. He knows one way to go and one way only. He is going to go for the lead and see how far he can carry them.
If the race unfolds as expected we'd like to be tucked away inside early behind a hot pace and look to make a bid coming out of the turn to grab the lead in the stretch and hold off the deep closer. This looks like a great spot to come right back and win.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Phosphorescent breezed a good half-mile in 48.28 on Tuesday at Philadelphia Park. The work was 6th of 37 at the distance. He went by himself and came back well. We remain pointed for the “two other than” allowance going five furlongs on June 26th at Philadelphia.
The Defense Rests went back to the track today after his race. Mike is treating him for the congestion in his lungs, and he thinks we should move forward significantly off the last race
Maria’s Mon colt went another quarter-mile in 26 on Sunday at Belmont. Mike has taken him to the gate twice now, and he will go roughly seven or eight more times before he runs. Mike will likely give him his first easy three-furlong breeze this week.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Click here for a pdf chart and running line. The Defense Rests did not break well and had to rush up from his inside post early in the MSW at Monmouth. He remained in fourth just over a length back after a half-mile but flattened out in the stretch to finish third beaten five-lengths.
Mike Hushion said, "David Cohen said he thought he had a chance to win on the turn, but the horse just flattened out. We scoped him after the race and discovered that he had a significant amount of mucus in his trachea. That can cause a horse to come up empty. We'll knock that out. Horses will run more like you expect when you clear that junk out of their lungs."
The Defense Rests earned a 75 Beyer in the race. Mike reports that he will give The Defense Rests a few days of antibiotics and keep him off the track. This should knock out the congestion, and we should be ready to run back in the first half of July.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
TDR run 3rd at Monmouth in a much improved effort . Again late out of the gate and jock said it took him a few strides to realise what he was meant to do but hung on in the stretch for 3rd . We can hopefully keep moving forward TDR earned a 75 beyer one better than is last race . The race was won by a horse trained by Lupe so looking for same with Phos in 2 weeks
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Date: Saturday, 6/12
Post time: 3:20 EDT
Post position: 2 of 10
Jockey: David Cohen
"Maria's Mon colt breezed an easy quarter mile over the weekend at Belmont. Quarter mile works do not get recorded by clockers at Belmont. He will work another quarter this week before graduating onto 3/8ths of a mile breezes. He has made a positive impression on Mike, and when we saw him over the weekend and was very professional and looked well."
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
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