Adventures in horse racing
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The Defense Rests’ foot bruise is still causing him irritation. Mike’s blacksmith has been trimming the bruise (located in the sole of the foot) little by little to see how deep it goes. It isn’t likely that this is a serious issue, but is something that we’ll have to let run its course. We’ve had issues with foot bruises in the past, and it looks like this horse has tender feet. He responds well to the glue ons, and we’ll be aggressive in trying to remedy this. The blacksmith is due out every few days to trim the foot.
Phosphorescent is on target to ship to David McKathan’s farm in Florida within the next week or so.
Mr. Fantasy is on target to ship to David McKathan’s farm in Florida within the next week or so. He remains on schedule to resume training on or around April 1st.
Six Zeroes is at Highcliff Farm and is due to Foal ( Freud) mext month
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Phosphorescent remains on target to ship to Florida to resume training in about two weeks.
Mr. Fantasy remains on target to ship to Florida in about two weeks. He’ll handwalk for about a month after arriving before going back under saddle. Dr. Baker is cautiously optimistic that this horse will go on to have a productive campaign this year. We’ll have to closely monitor his ankles once he resumes serious training, but fingers crossed he returns and shows the same brilliance he showed last summer at Saratoga.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Accordingly, Graham would like to train Brave Monarch up to the maiden special weight going 1 mile on the turf on Friday, March 4th at Tampa Bay Downs. Graham said, "It's unfortunate that we won't get into this Friday's race, but another couple works can only help him. I plan to breeze him on the turf tomorrow morning at Palm Meadows. We'll take dead aim on this next race at Tampa with him."
Once we ship back north in April or May, we'll have many more options to run with Parx, Delaware, Monmouth, etc. opening their turf courses.
We enter for the race on Wednesday, March 2nd.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Brave Monarch worked five furlongs out of the gate in 1.04:00 (16 of 17) on Thursday at Palm Meadows. Graham said, "We accomplished our goal of getting another breeze from the gate with him, and he is ready to run. He was the better or the duo that worked from the gate. I generally give my horses at least one sprinting race before stretching out around two turns, and this may sound unorthodox, but I want to go two turns with him first out. He doesn't have a ton of early speed, and I'm worried we won't get much out of his debut if we go short. He's quite fit, and I think he will benefit from added distance. Maria's Mon progeny tend to to their best running around two turns."
Accordingly, we are pointing for a maiden special weight going 1 1/16 miles on the turf on Friday, February 18th at Tampa Bay Towns. If this race overfills or is not used, we'll use the maiden special weight going 1 mile on the turf on March 4th at Tampa Bay Downs as our backup.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Defense Rests worked three furlongs in 39:66 (11 of 12) on Monday at Belmont. “I told my rider to go nice and easy since it was his first work over this surface,” said Mike Hushion. “He is very healthy and moving well. We’ll keep him on a weekly breeze schedule moving forward.” A March return in a maiden special weight at Aqueduct remains viable.
Phosphorescent remains on target to ship to Florida to resume training on or around March 1st.
Mr. Fantasy had another week of turnout on Dr. Baker’s farm. Clinically, there is very little swelling and inflammation in his ankles, which is a very good sign. He remains on target to ship to Florida on or around March 1st in anticipation of going back into training about April 1st.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
We'll likely see our grey son of Maria's Mon in the starting gate in the next Gulfstream condition book. This puts his debut toward the end of this month or early March, depending on race schedules. We'll firm up a date within the next few weeks.
The Defense Rests is galloping daily and is due to work as soon as we get some nicer weather in New York. The recent icy and snowy weather has wrecked havoc on training schedules. Mike reports that has shown no signs of colic and is completely healthy. He feels good and is on the bridle in his gallops. Now all we need is Mother Nature to cooperate so we can get him ready to run.
Phosphorescent remains turned out as we enter the final weeks of his recovery. We now plan to ship him to David McKathan’s farm in Ocala for about 60 days before he returns to Lupe’s barn at Parx. We’ve partnered with McKathan for several years and he is an excellent horseman. He breaks and trains all of our young horses before they ship to the racetrack. We also have many Partners down in Ocala during the winter months, so if you are in the area, you will have the opportunity to see him train. Upon arrival, he’ll walk for a few days before heading to the track and jogging. If all goes well, he will return to Lupe’s around May 1st. When he arrives back to Lupe, he will have a solid foundation underneath him as we look forward to a summer turf campaign.
Mr. Fantasy had an uneventful week of turnout on Dr. Baker’s farm. He remains on schedule to resume training around April 1st, but we plan to ship him south around March 1st and get him into the sunshine. We now plan to ship him to David McKathan’s farm in Ocala for about 60 days before he returns to Mike’s barn in New York. We’ve partnered with McKathan for several years and he is an excellent horseman. He breaks and trains all of our young horses before they ship to the racetrack. We also have many Partners down in Ocala during the winter months, so if you are in the area, you will have the opportunity to see him train. Upon arrival, he will be turned out for a few weeks before starting light training. If all goes well, he will return to Mike’s barn around June 1st. When he arrives back to Mike, he will have a solid foundation underneath him
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