Barbaro Updates: 159
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Update 1195: A nice "Barbaro" article to start the week: A horse racing wish list. It begins:
This is my 2006 Christmas wish list for horse racing.
For Dr. Dean Richardson: Anything his heart desires.
Here is the web-site for Rood & Riddle, which may be Barbaro's next stop for his continued recovery (see update 1192).
It was another great afternoon yesterday for Russell Baze: Baze Wins Five Straight Races at Bay Meadows.
The Barbaro update will likely be later this morning.
Update 1194: Another comfortable night last night for Barbaro (saturday night). Mrs. Jackson just called (12:40 pm) to let us know. Barbaro was lying down when she arrived, he got up, looked out of his window and was in good humour. Ron (Hawty Creek's blacksmith) also called, so it looks like Hawty Creek will have a new set of shoes applied tomorrow.
update, 12:45 pm, sunday, december 17
Update 1193: I went into Fair Hill this morning (sunday morning) as I needed to train Hawty Creek (so she can breeze as soon she is reshod) and was also getting on one for Tim, Medi Man. It was a lovely morning, with a beautiful sunrise. The track was nice as quiet, as is usual for a sunday. Hawty Creek jogged two turns (cannot do too much with her as she is missing her right front shoe) and Medi Man galloped a mile and a half.
I had heard through the "Fair Hill grape vine" that Hard Spun had worked recently at Fair Hill on the tapeta surface, in preparation for his race on Monday: Hard Spun towers over Nursery rivals. Anyway, it turns out he has been at Fair Hill for a couple of weeks. I went over to see him, and he is an impressive looking individual. I saw him in his stall, and he just seemed very relaxed and contented. He will ship up to Philadelphia Park tomorrow morning for the race (its normal to ship the morning of a race for local racing). Of course many Fans of Barbaro will be rooting for Mr. Boxcar (whose daddy also trained at Fair Hill a few years ago.)
Update 1192: Kentucky foot specialist Morrison to examine Barbaro on Tuesday. It appears there is potential for Barbaro's recovery to continue outside of New Bolton. The following are excerpts:
"I just think they are coming to a point where they can't do anything more for him [at New Bolton]," Gretchen Jackson said. "He's ready to move on is, more or less, what Dean is telling us. But we don't have any dates. I'm under strict orders, things are in the making, but I just can't say anything until it's all solidified.
"They are just thinking that maybe [Rood and Riddle] can help him out more," Jackson continued. "Even though it has grown, it will never look like a normal hoof, I've been told. But it's definitely grown, and he walks on it fine."
"I could kick myself today, because he's been just wonderful for the last month, very gentle. ...My grandkids were in his stall [Saturday] morning and I didn't have a camera," Gretchen Jackson said. "He's lying down and they were walking right up to his head and kissing him and everything. I would have loved to have a picture of it, and I just hope I get the opportunity again to have the kids in there with him at the same time he's lying down. He's shown such a nice side to his personality and such a sweet side going through this whole ordeal."
Update 1191: Show Thoroughbred Times who you support for the Eclipse award for trainer of the year: Vote for Michael Matz.
Your friends at Kennett Florist want to thank you for their lovely banner, which is proudly displayed outside their shop: THANK YOU FROM KF.
Update 1190: Just spoke to Tim. Who's Happy was fourth on her debut this afternoon at Philadelphia Park. Graham Motion won the race, but his horse was disqualified to second. Tim said Who's Happy broke well, laid 5th or 6th down the backside, moved up around the turn and faded a little coming down the lane. She did not switch leads at the end so likely got quite tired. Anyway, she ran a little green and got a little tired, but a decent showing for her first start. She is cooling out well.
Update 1189: Another comfortable night last night for Barbaro (friday night), and another upbeat report from Mrs. Jackson from her visit this morning. She had her grandchildren with her and Barbaro was laying down when they arrived. Barbaro was in good form and very gentle for his guests.
Another lovely morning this morning at Fair Hill. I took Hawty Creek out early this morning, outback, just as the sun was rising. One of the downsides of being first to go outback is there are always plenty of deer around to get your horse excited. Hawty Creek bucked a lot. As I was coming back I noticed an odd pattern in the sky, like the exhaust of an aeroplane, but in a squiggly pattern. I was told later in the morning, when I took a 2yo to the gate, that a rocket had been launched this morning ... and that was what created the odd exhaust. Apparently the rocket was cool to observe. Other than that, a nice uneventful morning, now I need to get hold of my blacksmith!
update, saturday morning, 10:20 am, december 16