Wednesday, June 22, 2011


The Defense Rests worked four furlongs in 48:45 (3 of 43) on Sunday at Belmont. He finished up with good energy, and most importantly came out of the work in good shape. We are finally ready to talk races after fighting an uphill soundness battle with this horse. A meeting with Mike and the WPT management team is taking place this week to determine a race target for him. More information to follow. 
Phosphorescent resumed galloping yesterday at Parx and has been temperature free for several days now. Dr. Hanf scoped him yesterday just to make sure there was no mucus or irritation in his respiratory system from the fever, and everything looked clean. Lupe plans to breeze him within the next week. If all goes well, we should see our turf lover back in the starting gate in about a month 

Brave Monarch worked five furlongs in 1.02:20 (22 of 26) on Saturday at Fair Hill over the Tapeta surface. However, he did come out of the work sore in his left front leg. Graham’s vet did a complete lameness evaluation on him today and pinpointed the left ankle as the joint bothering him. X-rays showed no chips or structural damage. His suspensory and tendons are fine, which is good news. Accordingly, the vet injected the ankle with hyaluronic acid to help lubricate the joint and promote healthy cartilage health. He will have a few days off before returning to the track. We’re injecting and going on with it.

This horse has been extremely frustrating with us not being able to get him into a race, and now with this minor ankle issue. Rest assured WPT and Graham are doing everything possible to get him back to 100% and into the starting gate as soon as possible. It does no one any good to have him not going out there and competing 
Mr. Fantasy’s ankles were carrying a little bit more fluid that Mike would have liked to see late last week. Accordingly, he had the vet come out and inject both front to help maintain the joint and keep the cartilage as healthy as possible. If there is an abundance of blood in the synovial joint fluid, you’re in trouble, but Mr. Fantasy’s looked pretty good. He’s been back to the track this week after having the weekend off, and is moving well. Mike plans to breeze him within the next few days.

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