Brave Monarch worked four furlongs in company in 52:02 (109 of 117) on Saturday morning at Belmont over the training track. Mike was disappointed with the effort. Our colt was down inside and was intimidated being along the rail. To remedy this, we are going to have to get a few more works into him in company to simulate race conditions to get him more comfortable. Accordingly, this will push his debut back until January.
The Defense Rests breezed three furlongs in 39:00 on Saturday at Kirkwood. Kip said, “He’s done very well with a ¾ shoe on his left front foot, so I am inclined to leave it on for a few more weeks before putting a full shoe back on, just to minimize the pressure on the area where he popped an abscess a few weeks ago. He looks great, and I’m very happy with how he is moving. I’ll likely work him again over the weekend.” The Defense Rests remains on schedule to ship back to Mike in January.
Phosphorescent continues daily turnout at Dr. Baker’s farm and remains on schedule to be x-rayed in January.
Mr. Fantasy remains on schedule to be x-rayed by Dr. Baker in January. He goes out during the day equipped with a heavy blanket to keep him warm before spending the nighttime hours in the barn.
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