Barbaro Updates: 315
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Update 2088: Scat Daddy is now retired: Grade I Winner Scat Daddy Retired, excerpt:
"Our vets told us he would need 90 days so we would have run out of time to get him back for the major races this year," said Todd Pletcher, who trained the colt for James T. Scatuorchio, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith.
Update 2087: A ruling has been made for Victor Molina: Stewards Fine and Suspend Molina for Kicking Incident. Fellow senior jockey Tony Black had this to say:
Jockey Anthony Black, president of Philadelphia Park Jockeys, which represents the track's riders, was taken aback by the ruling.
"Are they kidding?" Black said. "I think 30 days is much too severe. Victor's whole career will be defined by this incident now. This doesn't even come close to the Carrero incident. This is ridiculous."
I went back to New Holland today. Much of what I observed today was confirmation of what I observed during last week's visit. I chatted with MidAtlantic Horse Rescue and Another Chance 4 Horses. One of our owners (Who's Happy's owner, Fiasco Farm) was there earlier in the day with MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, who they support.
Update 2086: A rainy and stormy morning this morning at Fair Hill. I only had three to ride. First out was Linda's Pistol, who went to the Tapeta track to gallop a mile. It was raining pretty good, and there was thunder off in the distance ... but he galloped nicely. Oddly there was a buzzard perched on the 3/8ths pole. If you did not look at it you would have missed it as the top of the 3/8ths pole is black. Second out was Nautical Agent. She jogged around the grass close to the barn. She was fine, high stepping both before and after her jog. Finally I rode Kitty, and she went across the fields with Nonpareil and Tim. We galloped them up the hill two times and they seemed to enjoy it.
Victor Molina stopped by the barn this morning. There still has not been a decision on his kicking incident last monday, for which he is obviously remorseful. Not knowing the penalty appears to be playing on his mind a little (my observation anyway). He has effectively lost a week already, which includes a winning ride in a stakes race. Anyway, I hope in the least he gets to know his penalty so he can move forward.
Update 2085: Emma-Jayne Wilson became the first female jockey to win the Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown: Mike Fox gives Wilson historic Queen's Plate win.
Steve Haskin writes about a friend: Steve Haskin Commentary: Invasor a Horse to Remember, he concludes:
OK, I admit that's a stretch, but we have to put some kind of positive spin on this or else there would be nothing left to say other than Invasor's unexpected retirement has ripped the heart right out of racing at a time when the sport desperately needs one, especially one as big as his. Yes, we still have the star-studded group of 3-year-olds to look forward to, but racing could not afford to lose a horse like Invasor, who had the ability to ignite flames of passion all over the world.
That's what made the times spent with him in his barn all the more special. Sure, all the idealistic and romanticized theories mentioned earlier likely have more rational explanations. But, honestly, in today's high-tech, low-return racing world, don't you wish they didn't?