Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Brave Monarch Runs 3rd

Graham said, "This was a decent race against a moderate bunch. I am lukewarm pleased with the effort. I thought he maybe made the lead a bit too early. Our colt was green in the stretch; when he did make the lead, he kind of put on the brakes. He did not switch leads until the 1/16th pole. Once he switched and saw the other horses come back at him, he surged again. He can beat these horses. He was also quite a handful in the paddock and wasn't entirely focused. We need to geld him."

Luis Garcia's comments to Graham's assistant were that he thought that this horse will only get better with added distance. We'd love to find something going 1 1/8 miles or even farther

Brave Monarch earned a 52 Beyer Speed Figure and was not claimed. He shipped back to Fair Hill and came out of the race in good shape. We plan to geld him within the next few days. He has been quite a handful around the barn and hasn't been 100% focused on his training. This horse is not a viable stallion prospect and we feel he will really benefit from this procedure. Gelding will keep him lighter and less bulkly, which in turn will keep sounder and increase the longevity of his racing career.

He will only miss a few days of training after the gelding takes place. The plan is to run back in May at a similar level. We have some options when it comes to venue. Delaware opens on April 30th, and the turf course at Parx is opening shortly as well. The Pimlico meet ends on May 21st.

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