Wednesday, June 8, 2011


The Defense Rests worked a bullet three furlongs in 35:89 (1 of 21) on Monday at Belmont. Being that he is over his most recent foot issues, Mike is going to be a bit more aggressive in his morning workouts to get him race fit. We’ve waited a long time to see this horse back in the starting gate, and  are fortunate that that hoof expert Ian McKinley and Mike have been able to remedy this foot bruise. We expect to see this horse in the starting gate within 30 days. We’ll try target a race within the first few days of July after he he’s got three more longer distance breezes into him

Phosphorescent worked four furlongs in 48:41 (5 of 12) on Saturday at Parx. A very nice half mile work, considering this horse has never lit up the stopwatch in the mornings. He remains on a weekly breeze schedule in anticipation of a July return. Lupe will try to get racing secretary Sal Sinatra to write a money allowance going short on the grass for us.

If he comes back as good as he was last year, we’d love to take dead aim on the 200k Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup going 5 furlongs on the turf on July 30th at Penn National before coming back in the 250k Turf Monster Handicap (G3) on September 5th at Parx.

Mr. Fantasy’s foot continued to bother him late last week, which is why he did not appear on the worktab over the weekend. Hoof expert Ian McKinley equipped him with an acrylic-fiberglass patch on Sunday, and it seems to have done the trick. This patch is created by covering the hoof with with an acrylic adhesive which sets in five minutes. It helps relieve pressure on the hoof being that it is stronger than the hoof wall itself, and provides support.

He’s galloped soundly the past few days, and should return to the worktab by this weekend.

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