Barbaro Updates: 228
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Update 1586: The retirement of Holy Roman Emperor just seems unprecedented: George Washington Taken Out of Stallion Duty. A 3yo, getting ready for the spring classics, and clearly one of the favourites ... now retired because he needs to replace another stallion! Retiring Bernardini appeared premature...
It was not Round Pond's day today: Miss Shop Rings Up Register in Rampart, excerpt:
"We had a little problem with her in mid-week," Matz said. "She tied up, but seemed okay to go ahead. Still, we got a race into her and hopefully can go on from here with the Apple Blossom next if sheâ€™s okay."
Smokey Stover had little competition for his win for the same connections as Lost in the Fog: Smokey Stover Stays Hot in Bay Meadows Sprint.
Update 1585: We are now busy planning Barbaro's birthday celebrations at Delaware Park for April 29. The entire weekend looks like it will be fantastic, thanks to FOB Sharon Crumb's dedication to putting all this together. I have created a page, which is also linked to the navigation bar on the left, to keep everyone updated as we get closer to the event: Barbaro Birthday Celebrations. Thus far we have more than 170 people signed up, and plenty more room for others. Events in Florida, California and Texas are also being organized locally.
Update 1584: A gorgeous morning this morning at Fair Hill. A bright sunny day with appropriate temperatures. I just had Hawty Creek to ride and she went well. She open galloped a mile, although I would have no clue how fast we really went. Perhaps 14 seconds an eighth, or maybe sixteen seconds an eighth. Either way she was very relaxed and had a decent blow afterwards, which was the purpose of the move. A nice quiet morning on the track. The barn was nice and quiet, I think Hawty Creek was the only one trained in the barn. Tim came in a little later to supervise his horses, who mostly walked and relaxed.
Update 1583: Its sunday morning, and after a little lie in, off to Fair Hill to gallop Hawty Creek. The plan is to open gallop her about a mile to set her up to hopefully run in a week or so. For a little fun, check out Graham Motion's Sue's News and scroll down to March 7. Film Maker and Ouija Board enjoying their new career together.
Update 1582: Another banner day for Todd Pletcher with the winners of two Derby preps: Circular Quay Takes Orbit in Louisiana Derby and Pletcher Lassos Gotham With Cowtown Cat. The latter was ridden by Ramon Dominguez. Todd Pletcher did let someone else win the El Camino Real Derby, Bwana Bull under Russell Baze, in a workmanlike performance.
Update 1581: Circular Quay won like a good horse today in the Louisiana Derby. Last early he won by a couple of lengths in a hand ride. He would have to be close to the top of anyone's Derby picks at this stage. More reports and links later.
Update 1580: Here's some unexpected news, Gorgeous George may make a comeback: Guineas hero in fertility shock, excerpt:
He has been relieved of his stud obligations pending the veterinary report, but it is feasible the horse could return to racing.
Update 1579: A busy morning this morning at Fair Hill, although I only had six to ride. We also had a couple of FOBs visiting (Paul and Lyn) which was cool!
The morning started with Hawty Creek (as usual) on the Tapeta track shortly after it opened. We went three turns, galloping about a mile and three quarters. She went well. On my way back from the track Paul (FOB) called and I guided him to our barn. Next set was Tim's Farouche, who galloped a mile and a quarter. Tim was on Red Aspen, and he was working her a half (I hear all went well with the work, but missed watching it.) Next I was to work one of Linda's (Fox) with Jesus Bracho on another. We went a half and the filly I was on worked well. As we were warming up for the work Chuck Lawrence had a set working (Carl, Emily and Beth) and I think I might have gotten in the way a little (my horse ducked in a little coming off the turn). Anyway, all was well. Next set was galloping Gator Nation. He galloped a mile and a quarter, the first time I have galloped him since he ran second. He galloped nicely and nice and relaxed. My final two sets were for Bobby, one went to the gate, galloped out nicely and then breezed a quarter. It was her second quarter and I managed to get a lead off one of Steve Klesaris' which breezed passed me as I was getting ready to breeze. That works well, especially since my horse is a little green and the lead really helped her focus. Final set was a gallop for a mile and three eighths. This time I managed to find company with one of Bruce Jackson's. A good way to end the day galloping. While I was on the track I did manage to see a few more of Tim's work. Quick Quest looked nice breezing three eighths on his own. Tim also breezed Nonpariel in company with Grandma (Robby Walsh in the irons). They looked to go nice and evenly.
On other news we had another x-champion jump jockey at Fair Hill galloping today. Apparently he only needs one day's practice galloping to get ready for the opening jump meet tomorrow (in Florida). His uncle was a pretty good flat jockey (think John Henry). Any guesses who he is ? We seem to be the training center for jump jockeys, lets hope they all fair well this weekend and are back next week galloping.
Update 1578: Kiaran McLaughlin breezed both Invasor and Jazil yesterday at Palm Meadows: Invasor Drills Sharp 5 Furlongs, to Ship March 20. Michael Matz's Round Pond is running on sunday, her first start since winning the Breeders' Cup: Round Pond Ready to Make Splash in Rampart Today we can enjoy the Louisana Derby (The Downey Profile: Circular Quay Pick to Loop Louisiana Derby Field) and the Gotham (Summer Doldrums Tries for Third Straight Score in Gotham), both early Derby preps.