The Defense Rests worked three furlongs in 38:37 (7 of 7) on Monday morning at Belmont. The area of his foot that was bothering him last week is much better. We are hopeful that he continues moving forward without these chronic foot issues flaring up. He remains equipped with glue on shoes and a fiberglass patch to help support his left front foot. The plan is to keep him on a weekly breeze schedule. A half mile breeze is likely next week.
Phosphorescent continues galloping daily and is on schedule to start light speedwork next week on the farm. David McKathan reintroduces speedwork by “two minute licking” his horses or galloping them a very strong mile in about two minutes. The move is quicker than a routine gallop, but a notch below a full out breeze. The following week, our gelding will breeze a quarter mile with a strong three furlong gallop out. A May return to Lupe remains our plan.
Mr. Fantasy is mixing jogging and light galloping each morning on the farm in Ocala. David McKathan will gradually increase the intensity of his training over the coming weeks. If all goes well, he’ll resume light speedwork next month in anticipation of shipping back to Mike’s barn in June.
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