Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Brave Monarch’s gelding procedure went smoothly and his incision is healing as expected. He jogged for a few days to help keep the swelling down and resumed galloping yesterday at Fair Hill. Our plan remains to run back toward the end of May at at a Midatlantic venue. 

The Defense Rests worked four furlongs in 48:46 (4 of 22) on Thursday at Belmont. He followed that with a four furlong breeze in 48:81 (12 of 43) this morning. Mike caught him a few ticks faster.
Mike said he got a bit tired, but that is to be expected with the gaps in his training due to his feet issues and with it being only his second official half mile breeze since returning to New York. This can be looked at as a positive; we’d rather him get tired in his workouts and gain fitness from them than go out there and not break a sweat, and then be unprepared on raceday. Mike thought he finished up stronger in today’s breeze saying, “He’s a big, muscular horse. Those type take longer to get fit than smaller, more compact horses. He’s got ability, and his fitness level is increasing. We are about a month away from running.” 

Phosphorescent put in a strong two minute lick over the weekend and is scheduled to breeze a quarter mile this weekend in Ocala. David McKathan is very pleased with his coat condition, weight, and soundness. He remains on a weekly breeze schedule in anticipation of shipping back to Lupe next month 

Mr. Fantasy continues galloping daily at David McKathan’s farm in Ocala. Our team conferred and decided to ship Mr. Fantasy back to Mike Hushion next week. We feel this is a special horse and believe he is in the best position to succeed if in the hands of the trainer who knows him best as he gears up for his return to the races. He has started building a foundation on the farm, and will gallop for a few weeks at Belmont before breezing. The day rate on the track is more than on the farm, but we think this is an investment in his future.

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