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Update 1930: Rags to Riches, a half sister to Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, worked today for the first time since her Oaks win. She is being considered for the Belmont, Sightseeing is looking less likely to run: Pletcher filly may try Belmont.
Update 1929: Just spent an hour catching up with Andy Durnin, who is in town visiting family. Andy used to gallop horses at Fair Hill, he now works as a freelancer at Hollywood Park. He works for three outfits, including Dick Mandella and Beau Greely. Andy was telling me that for the first time since he began working at Hollywood Park, the backside is completely full. There are temporary stalls constructed for additional horses. He attributes this to one thing ... the synthetic track. The trainers love it. He said there are trainers at Hollywood Park now who always used to be based at either Santa Anita or Del Mar. We also talked about this site and the issues we were covering, and how bad horse slaughter is for those of us who have made a career with the horses. Anyway, if anyone knows Andy, they know there is not much of a better class of a person. It was good catching up.
Update 1928: A lovely morning this morning at Fair Hill. I had three to ride. Nautical Agent was first to go, and she jogged around the fields out back. It was a great start to the day, and we got to see a few deer who were out grazing. Farouche was second, and she went to the gate with Quick Quest and Tim. They were both there just to stand. No problems. We then galloped a mile on the dirt track. My final horse was Cover Girl (AKA Grandma ... you have to wonder how many horses have made it to the front cover of the Washington Post ?) She also went out back and jogged around the fields, Tim came with us on Nonpariel. Another nice set. Tim was also telling me he received a letter from the girl who now has American Jet (a horse Tim used to own and train) and he is doing well in his new career and his owner absolutely loves him. Very cool. A brief but lovely morning to be at Fair Hill.
Update 1927: Sightseeing won his first stakes race yesterday to enter the fray for Belmont consideration: No Stroll for Sightseeing in Peter Pan Win. Today and tomorrow horsemen in the area will be at Timonium for their post-Preakness 2yo in training sale: More Than Ready Filly Among Fastest Workers for Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale