Barbaro Updates: 264
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Update 1809: The Jacksons and Dr. Richardson are appearing on NBCs Today Show tomorrow morning, about 7:45 am. I am assuming there will be a promotion of NBCs documentary: Barbaro A Nation's Horse.
I just visited Hawty Creek, who looks quite contented in her new digs, at her owner's farm. She looks happy, she will train from there for her next start. It was good to see her.
Update 1808: The AP (Dan Gelston) wrote a great story on our pending celebrations this weekend: Fans plan observances for Barbaro birthday. Dan is planning to attend the celebrations on Sunday at Delaware. I have made some updates to the schedule of events.
Update 1807: I just watched the NBC documentary: Barbaro A Nation's Horse. I can only say good things about it, as I wiped tears away on more than one occasion. It is done with taste and dignity, while you hear from many people we have come to know over the last several months on this site (including Rachel at Kennett Florists). Mrs. Jackson was very enthusiastic about the documentary, and I can see why. I will look forward to everyone's reaction to it on sunday. We will be showing it at Delaware Park as part of our day of celebrations. You can also purchase a copy of the DVD from the link above.
I spoke to Mrs. Jackson this morning. She had just visited Barbaro's new baby brother and really loved what she saw, including the similarities she could see with Barbaro (both looks and mannerisms). Mrs. Jackson thinks he may be the largest of the foals at Mill Ridge Farm this year. She also noted that Michael and Peter had both been to visit him. There will be video of him in the near future as many media have visited, ESPN has footage of him when he was only 2 (days old)!
Update 1806: A nice morning to be back riding at Fair Hill. My days are going to be a little different now its just back to riding, and not taking care of Hawty Creek, nonetheless a decent morning that finished nice and early.
I had five to ride. My first three were for Tim. Nautical Agent was first, and she went to the Tapeta track (as usual) and galloped a mile and a half. She went nicely and was very relaxed. Next set was Grandma and she also went to the Tapeta track, she was to only gallop a mile and a quarter. Both went on their own, and she also went nice and easily. Finally for Tim I had Nonpariel and she went in company with Tim on Quick Quest and we took them out back to gallop up the hills. The footing was nice and they both seemed to enjoy themselves. Tim and I discussed the open house at Fair Hill on sunday and how it was developing. I have now updated the celebration page with a more detailed schedule of the open house. All are welcome, we anticipate about 120 people to attend this part of the day.
My final two sets were for Lynda, one galloping on the Tapeta track and one going out back and just gently jogging around. All in all a nice, and somewhat short, morning.
Update 1805: Steve Haskin explains why it is too tough at this stage to pick the Derby winner: Steve Haskin's Derby Report: History Be Damned. Many horses will be working sometime this weekend, perhaps that will help clear up the picture. Steve also notes that many of the fancied horses would be bucking traditions long considered critical in order to win, this is further discussed by Jay Privman: A year later, long layoffs are common. It will be interesting to see if the traditionalists come through (NoBiz and Any Given Saturday) versus the "pioneers" (Curlin, Street Sense, Circular Quay). I leave Scat Daddy in the middle, he is coming into the Derby five weeks after his last start (Florida Derby) but was a well seasoned 2yo. Anyway you look at it, Michael Matz has definitely opened the door to some different thinking in terms of Derby preparation.
Terrific news yesterday on the horse anti-slaughter front.