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Update 985: jfrank17 has posted a lovely Tribute to Pine Island.
Alie, from Kennett Florist left this comment (timestamp: 12:12 am):
It was a great day in Kennett Square. We just got home from Erinâ€™s fundraiser. And I am happy to report. Thanks to help from many of you. We raise 19,568.00 for Erin & her family, today. We are all beat. But it was worth it. Thank you all so much. Anne & Terry are beyond words.
Also Rach received a call from her doctor at the benefit. She is now in the hospital. No measurable trace of iron in her blood. She is getting a transfusion. I will keep you up to date.
Good night & God Bless.
P.S. Peg thanks for driving down to help us. Hope you got home safely.
I am now home. Thank you again!
Update 984: Peter Brette visited Barbaro this afternoon. Dean Richardson had already taken him out for his pick of grass so Peter just groomed him and changed his bandages. Another upbeat report. As we heard from the press coverage late last week, they are planning to replace Barbaro's cast likely early this coming week.
I'm on my way back home from the Philadelphia airport. Thankfully, US Air honored my November 6th ticket for November 5th...apparently I had booked the wrong date and was oblivious to this until I'd arrived at the airport!
Update 983: Another comfortable night for Barbaro last night (saturday). I just spoke to Peter Brette who had heard from Michael Matz. Peter may be visiting Bobby later today so I'll try to catch up with him after I land in Philadelphia.
I went over to the backside this morning to check on the Fair Hill contingent (Round Pond, Better Talk Now, and Film Maker). All three looked very relaxed in their respective stalls, munching on hay from their hay nets hung by their doors. I hung out with Raphael who works for Graham Motion for a few minutes. So all looks well after their great performances yesterday.
I do think this might have been Film Maker's last race. Her Breeders Cup record of two seconds and a third is outstanding. It's just unfortunate for her that she ran in the era of Ouija Board. I think it's fair to say that Ouija Board is the best mare to have raced in many, many years. Good luck to her in her final starts this year in Asia.
I'm now in the airport waiting to come home. (sunday 11:45am).
Update 982: The morning after the Breeders' Cup. I am planning to go to the backside and try to catch up with the Fair Hill horses. Last night I caught up with Steve Willard and hung out with Giacomo, who is now retired to stud. He looked great after the race, not a care in the world. I also watched Premium Tap getting his bath after his race. I asked his connections about his tongue habit. Apparently he carries his tongue out all the time! I also saw Invasor and Bernardini cooling out. This morning Calvin Borel, who won on Street Sense, was first out galloping at six this morning. I guess after winning one of your biggest races, its work as usual the next day for Calvin.
It was a great day of racing yesterday, and of course Fair Hill really showed itself well on the national stage. Pine Island's tragic accident is a stark reminder racing in this country has a long way to go in terms of investing in horse safety, to become an attractive sport. As a horseman, you can never get used to seeing a horse lose its life doing what it is doing.
I will try to get a Barbaro update later this morning before I fly out.