Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Brave Monarch is jogging after having his ankle injected last week and is set to resume galloping later this week. Graham reports that he is moving sounder but thinks we will see the maximum effect of the injection in about a week or so. Brave Monarch shouldn’t lose too much fitness, so we expect to breeze him fairly quickly before shopping for a maiden claimer on the turf at tracks around the Midatlantic region.
Once we get him back to the races (and hopefully have more luck getting him into a race) he needs to prove to be a consistent campaigner through the summer. There was a $13,000 capital call last quarter, he needs to start earning his keep

Mr. Fantasy worked three furlongs in 36:23 (1 of 6) on Thursday at Belmont. Mike reports that he got a bit tired late in the work, and will need to go another three furlongs before graduating onto half miles. His ankles seemed fine after the work, which is a good sign. He remains on a weekly breeze schedule and is on target to ship to Saratoga in mid-July.

Phosphorescent had a good week of gallops and is scheduled to breeze on Sunday morning at Parx.

The Defense Rests became quite body sore last week so Mike had to take it easy on him for a few days. He is moving much better now and is scheduled to work on Friday. Because of this setback he missed a work, unfortunately the 50k maiden claimer on July 7th at Belmont is not a viable option from a timing perspective.

Accordingly, we plan to look for an extra race before the Belmont meet concludes on July 17th. The chances of an appropriate extra race going are pretty good. While a 50k maiden claimer is our ideal target, this horse needs to run, so we’re going to be very aggressive in his race placement. A Partner vote will be held to run for a tag once a target race is selected.

We understand that this has been an extremely frustrating and tough luck horse that has been plagued with setbacks in his career. It’s just been one thing after another with him and Mike and his team have worked very hard to keep him together since he showed us talent in his races last year. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to get him back to the races and want to walk him over to the paddock feeling confident that he is fit enough and will perform.

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