Barbaro Updates: 128
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Update 1010: Peter visited Barbaro this afternoon and gave an upbeat report. Barbaro was laying down when he arrived. He got up, and Peter gave him a good grooming. Barbaro went out later in the afternoon for a pick of grass.
Update 1009: CBS Early Show this morning: Barbaro's Cast is Removed.
Update 1008: Its turning into a beautiful day! I just visited Graham Motion's barn and saw Better Talk Now in the porta pad. I was chatting with Sue about how well he looks, and she remarked that he is the best turf distance horse in the country. And that he is! I was actually escorting Mike Jensen (Philadelphia Inquirer) around, he is doing another story. It should be (another) good one.
The horse slaughter piece for which I was interviewed will run tonight, 11 pm, WGAL Channel 8 (NBC) out of Lancaster. It may repeat on their 5 am newscast. Apparently a trailer for the piece ran yesterday, and I was in the trailer!
Chicago did a piece last night: Special Report: Out to Pasture (note: includes some disturbing video).
Update 1007: Another comfortable night for Barbaro last night (wednesday night). Just saw Michael Matz as I was coming up to the track on Chappy for my second set. Michael had heard from Dr. Richardson. It's a pretty warm, almost muggy morning. I hear that Better Talk Now arrived back in Fair Hill yesterday. Film Maker was turned out in a big paddock somewhere, due to her retirement she's not coming back to Fair Hill. This is one time Film Maker beats Ouija Board...to the retirement shed!
updated thursday 7:10am
Update 1006: Steve Haskin writes this wrap-up article on this year's Breeders' Cup: Steve Haskin's Breeders' Cup Wrap-Up. It was nice to see Steve highlight Graham Motion's horses:
Unsung heroes -- It's about time we pay tribute to stablemates Film Maker and Better Talk Now, who have run in the Breeders' Cup (Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf and John Deere Turf, respectively) the past three years and have quietly compiled a record of one victory, three seconds, and one third. And despite their success on Breeders' Cup day, as well as the rest of the year, they rarely receive a mention.
The 6-year-old Film Maker has now run 16 consecutive races without finishing worse than fourth, and only two of those races were fourth-place finishes. She's also never been worse than fourth in nine grade I attempts. In her career, she's been in the money in 23 of 27 races, while being ridden by 11 different jockeys, and in her last six starts, the only fillies to finish in front of her have been Ouija Board, Gorella, Honey Ryder, and Intercontinental.
The 7-year-old Better Talk Now has now finished first and second in the John Deere BC Turf (gr. IT), has won the grade I Man o'War, United Nations, and Sword Dancer, and the grade II Dixie, Sky Classic, and Knickerbocker, and yet still was 18-1 in this year's Turf, with hardly anyone writing or saying a word about him. It's time these two old warriors receive their due. These kind don't come around very often.
The article then goes on to praise Giacomo!
I did catch up with Joe Deegan who mentioned Perfect Drift appeared to have some kind of lung infection coming out of the Breeders' Cup Classic, hence his dull performance. This is explained here: Breathing problem sidelines Perfect Drift, likely out for Clark Handicap.
Here is the outcome of the White Horse Award for which Mike Rea was a finalist: Heroic assistant starter receives White Horse Award.
The Barbaro update should be getting closer to an earlier time this morning. It seems the rain has gone away, although I am sure the dirt track will be sealed and hard as a consequence of the weather.