Thursday, May 26, 2011


Brave Monarch came out of last week’s work with some more swelling in the gelding area. It isn’t uncommon for horses to get minor infections after being castrated. He’s been galloping at Fair Hill daily and Graham’s team treated him with oral antibiotics. A work is expected toward the end of the week. Right now are a targeting a 30k maiden claiming race going 1 mile on the turf on Monday, June 6th at Delaware Park.

The Defense Rests’ quarter crack has improved and it looks like expert Ian McKinley was able to cut out and dry out the tender part of the part of the hoof. He plans to apply a fiberglass patch to the affected area within the next few days. At that point TDR should be able to go back to the track. If he gets back onto a regular breeze schedule early in June, we are hoping to see him in the starting gate before the end of the month barring anymore setbacks. Rest assured, Mike and his team are doing everything they can to treat this issue and get this horse to the races.

Phosphorescent arrived back to Lupe’s barn at Parx and settled in well. He is galloping daily and expected to return to the worktab next week. Lupe said that he was a little bit stiff in his hind end the past few days (common for horses after training for a few days over a new surface), but seems to work out of the stiffness after warming up. No big deal. Lupe is pleased with his coat condition and muscle tone. At this point, a July return to the races for our turf lover is viable.

Mr. Fantasy grabbed a front heel when galloping earlier this week and it’s been a bit tender. He hasn’t gone to the track the past few days to give the bruise some time to heal, but Mike expects him to resume training any day. We can expect to see him back on the worktab later within the next week.

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