Brave Monarch worked four furlongs in company in 52:90 (13 of 14) on Wednesday morning at Palm Meadows. Graham said, “He worked in company with a horse named Quechee who has won two races for me, and he stayed right with him. Both started off nice and easy, and then finished with good energy. My initial impressions are that this colt gets over the turf nicely. He was looking around quite a bit, which is to be expected being in a new place, and after talking with my exercise rider I think we will outfit him with blinkers next time out. We have something to work with here. I’ll work him back on the grass next week.”
The Defense Rests worked four furlongs in 49 and change on Friday at Kirkwood Farm. Kip said, “He got a little bit tired at end of the work, but is moving well. With a few more works under his belt, he’ll be able to finish stronger. His feet look good and he’s holding good weight.” We’ll get him back to Mike’s barn in New York in about two weeks.
Dr. Baker x-rayed Phosphorescent’s ankle over the weekend and gave him the go ahead to resume training on or around March 1st. He’s pleased with the condition of the joint and the health of the cartilage. We plan to ship Phosphorescent to Kip Elser in Camden, South Carolina for about 60 days to get a foundation underneath him before he ships back to Lupe in Philadelphia . We have found that with our horses coming back into training off a layoff, the farm setting is very beneficial to them. It is quieter, and also allows for daily turnout.. Phosphorescent will jog for a few weeks before resuming gallops. Kip and Lupe will be in regular contact during our colt’s time in South Carolina. If all goes well, we can expect to see him back in the starting gate in early summer.
Terry has known Kip for over 15 years, and he is an excellent horseman who runs a top class facility. We’ve sent horses to Kip over the past few months, and when they returned to the track, their respective trainers were extremely pleased with their overall conditions and fitness levels. Click here to visit the farm's homepage.
Dr. Baker x-rayed Mr. Fantasy’s ankles over the weekend and is pleased with the amount of healing radiographhically in both ankles. Clinically, there is still some swelling in both front ankles. To help reduce the swelling, Dr. Baker applied a blister to both front ankles to promote blood flow to the areas. We are about 3 months into the originally projected 4-5 month out of training period. Although Doc is pleased with the amount of healing, he thinks the more time we can give Mr. Fantasy the better off we’ll be when he gets back into training. We want to give him as much time as we can to regenerate cartilage. Accordingly, we’ll get him back into training on or around April 1st.We plan to ship Mr. Fantasy to Kip Elser in Camden, South Carolina for about 60 days to get a foundation underneath him before he ships back to Mike in New York. We have found that with our horses coming back into training off a layoff, the farm setting is very beneficial to them. It is quieter, and also allows for daily turnout. Mr. Fantasy will jog for a few weeks before resuming gallops. Kip and Mike will be in regular contact during our colt’s time in South Carolina. If all goes well, we can expect to see him in the starting gate in early summer in New York.
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