Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Brave Monarch worked five furlongs in 1.03:20 (14 of 16) on Tuesday morning at Fair Hill. Graham called it a decent, steady work. However, his team noticed some swelling in this horse's gelding area. It is slightly irritated and infected. This isn't a serious issue, but he will need to be on antibiotics to knock this out. He is scheduled to work back next week, and then we will look for another race.

Mr. Fantasy returned to the worktab on Saturday, covering three furlongs in 38:85 (28 of 37) over the training track at Belmont. Mike said, “He’s moving along. We’ll need to get a few more three furlong works into him before progressing to a half. He is moving soundly and looks good.”

Mr. Fantasy receives weekly intramuscular Adequan injections to help promote healthy cartilage, particularly in his ankles.

Phosphorescent is scheduled to leave Ocala today  and will arrive to to Lupe’s barn at Parx on Friday.
The Defense Rests came off the track earlier this week and was off up front. Mike discovered that he has come up with yet another quarter crack. Frustrating.
The farrier has been out to the barn twice to try and trim the area, and there has been some improvement. They are also soaking the foot in hot water and Epsom salt to help relieve inflammation. Mike is hopeful the farrier can apply a fiberglass patch to the area before the end of the week.

This horse has been extremely frustrating. He is just about ready to run, but will miss about a week of training due to this quarter crack. You would never know when looking at him that he has poor quality feet. Mother Nature didn’t provide him the strongest hoof walls and soles.
While we don’t have a race target at this point, we are strongly considering running for a 50k claiming tag when he is ready. We have a four-year-old maiden with two starts under his belt and want to give him every chance to excel. It is highly, highly unlikely that anybody would spend 50k to claim an older horse with only two starts. We aren’t giving up on this horse, but our strategy long term is to get him into spots where he can be competitive and pay his way. More information to follow.

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