Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Phos follow Up

Green, as in the the turf, is clearly Phosphorescent's favorite color. As a result, it's ours, too, as Phosphorescent won his second straight start and third from his last four on the lawn in a "two other than" allowance at Philadelphia Park. To say he was impressive is an understatement. How about missing the track record by mere hundredths of a second impressive.

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

From Dubai to Philly Park

Dessert Party today at Philly Park

Pictures of Phos at Philly

Phos did us proud again at Philly Park today in a good looking Allowance of which to be honest he destroyed. He shot out of the gate to take the lead early then dropped back in behind the early pace setter then on the turn took charge Victor said he only had to hit him once what makes it more impressive is the track record is 55:2/5 and Phos came back in 56:6/8 under what could be called a hand ride if he had to really race we could be looking at new track record holder . Hope we can move on up and look towards The Turf Monster at Philly on Labor Day

Phos in Philly

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Mr. Fantasy has resumed galloping. Mike wants to make sure that we don’t open up those cuts on his legs, so he is not letting the riders do too much with Mr. Fantasy in the mornings. If all goes well, Mike would like to have Mr. Fantasy breeze in about two weeks. He’ll need a couple breezes, and we’ll look up and down the east coast for the best spot.

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

Race Details

Date Track Race # Conditions
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

Bad News

The Defense Rests has developed a hair line fracture in his knee luckily he will not require any surgery just 60 days rest before resuming training again .

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Mr. Fantasy jogged for a few days longer than anticipated. Mike plans to turn him around and begin galloping him on Friday. Mike put a bar shoe on him to help prevent him from grabbing himself and opening up those sores that are healing on his legs. The cuts are not infected. They are just taking a little longer to heal.

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


Phos worked out this morning at Philly Park going 4F in 48:28 6 of 37

Monday, June 14, 2010

TDR Updated

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.

West Point TB Golf Outing June 7, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Video From Monmouth

TDR runs 3rd updated

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


"Mr. Fantasy has resumed jogging at Monmouth. His cuts continue to heal nicely, but just a bit slower than Mike had hoped for. He will jog for the next couple days, and if everything looks good, he will resume galloping. Once he gets back into full training, we will discuss his summer campaign with Mike."
"Phosphorescent breezed five furlongs in 1:00 flat on Monday at Philadelphia. The work did not get picked up by the clockers. Lupe said it was a good maintenance work. We remain on target for the 'two other than' allowance going 5 furlongs on the turf on June 26th at Philadelphia."
"We drew into the MSW on Saturday at Monmouth. Mike was able to look at the entries. While this is a larger field, Mike feels that The Defense Rests is ready to fire, and he wants to take advantage of the $75K purse. He also thinks The Defense Rests will really like the surface, so he wants to take a shot. We'll have the analysis tomorrow, but we wanted to let everyone know we would scratch at Belmont and run at Monmouth.
Date: Saturday, 6/12
Track: Monmouth
Race: 6
Post time: 3:20 EDT
Post position: 2 of 10
Jockey: David Cohen
Purse: $75,000"
This is our new purchase the colt was bought at the Mid Atlantic 2 yo in training sale Mari`s Mon is also the sire of Monarchos and Super Saver and the dam has produced Siren Lure a G1 winner

"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

Further Entry Update

The Defense Rests will run at Monmouth Park on Saturday in the 6th race a $ 75,000 maiden going 6F D.Cohen up pp2 Blinkers On

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Entry Update

The Defense Rests is going to be entered Wednesday for maiden at Monmouth Park on Saturday June 12th . Depending on how race shapes up a decision will be made if he runs Thursday at Belmont of at Monmouth

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Celebrating the Belmont Stakes

Here is the Empire State Building Saturday night showing the green lights for the Belmont Stakes ( taken from our window )

Saturday, June 5, 2010


The Defense Rests or TDR as he has become known by worked out this morning at Belmont Park as a prep for his race on Thursday going 4F in 50:10 9 of 21

Friday, June 4, 2010


The Defense Rests is entered at Belmont in the 3rd race Thursday in a 6F Maiden he drew pp 5 with E.Coa up

Race Result

Selena finished 8 of 10 at Finger Lakes today well beaten and was claimed for $7500.00

Thursday, June 3, 2010


"Mr. Fantasy's cuts from the Decathlon are still on the mend. Mike reports that the areas are healing, but have not shrunk to the point that he feels comfortable taking Mr. Fantasy back to the track. Mike does not want to expose the area to dirt and bacteria by training this colt. He thinks he will be ok to resume training in another 5-6 days."
"Phosphorescent worked four furlongs in 48:87 at Philadelphia. Lupe was pleased with the work. He did not ask him for an abundance of speed, and just wanted him to go out and get some air into his lungs. There was a race at Monmouth over the weekend that Lupe considered, but he thought the race was too quick back after Phosphorescent ran huge at Pimlico. Lupe is pointing him for a 'two other than' allowance going five furlongs on the turf on June 26th at Philadelphia. Lupe would enter if an extra race was written earlier than the 26th, but he is ok with waiting to run until then because he thinks this horse runs well fresh."
"The Defense Rests was entered in a maiden special weight to be run on June 5th at Belmont. However the race did not go. The racing secretary brought the race back for Wednesday, June 9th and it did not go again. The racing secretary brought the race back again for Thursday, June 10th at Belmont. We reenter tomorrow."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Selena is entered in a $7500 claimer Friday at Finger Lakes she drew pp3 with E Castillo riding


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