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Update 2374: Its nice to hear that the top four horses in The Travers appear to have come out of the race in good order: Travers Aftermath: Top Four Finishers Recover Well, excerpt:
"He jogged his mile and did it good and played a little bit," trainer Carl Nafzger said of James Tafel's son of Street Cry. "He's an exceptional horse. He has met every challenge. He got a little heat stressed immediately after the race, because he had to stand there in the winner's circle and we couldn't get the saddle off and get the air to him. But we got water on him and got him cooled down and he was fine. He's doing great, and he came out of the race great. It's perfect."
Update 2373: An update this morning from Penny at timwoolleyracing.com:
Busy morning today as Michelle has now gone to Delaware Park to ride for a larger trainer, therefore Tim had to get on a few more horses. Both Who's Happy and Real Lace seem like they are doing well. Quick Quest whipped around on the track and caused a bit of trouble but everyone survived. Robbie rode Whip Smart and gave Our Diva (Real Lace's sister) a lead around the fields. Diva is struggling a little with the hills but it is good for babies and even some older horses to do these workouts. She is very athletic and will get the hang of it quickly. Grandma had her first gallop this morning after her vacation. She went to the track with Two of Wands. Both fillies seemed to enjoy each others company. Luke enjoyed another lazy day in the porta pad. He enjoys being outside as long as it's not too hot.
Update 2372: Rags to Riches has a scheduled work postponed due to an elevated temperature: Rags to Riches misses work with fever, excerpt:
"We've had basically a perfect month leading up to today," he said Monday. "Obviously, the whole world's been watching her train and knows how good she's been training. This morning she's got a slightly elevated temperature. We'll see what the blood work shows, see what her temperature is the rest of the day. She's over there trying to kill everybody right now, so I can't imagine that she's very sick. By the same token you can't ignore the thermometer."
Update 2371: Curlin, who missed The Travers to focus on being at his best for the Breeders' Cup Classic, worked this morning at Saratoga: Curlin Works Five Furlongs at Saratoga.
The equine influenza outbreak in Australia is causing much concern: Australian EI Update: More Than 150 Horses Reported Sick.
Update 2370: A lovely bright sunny morning for my first day at my new job at a new race track. Rather than be a freelance exercise rider, as I was at Penn National, I am now working for one trainer and doing some riding and ground work. So the morning started with mucking stalls, about six of them, and I now have a new blister! We had a couple of jocks come in and work three of the horses, I cooled two of those out. I rode the other three, two galloped on the Tapeta track and one shedrowed. The Tapeta track was very cool, and very consistent with the one we have at Fair Hill. I was pleasantly surprised by this. I think every seems to like it as a training surface, but it has not yet been tested as a racetrack surface. We shall see on saturday as the meet opens. So the morning was different, a different routine. Hopefully I will adjust to it and it should make for an interesting month .. so far so good!
Update 2369: First day. Off to Presque Isle Downs to begin my new job hopefully a pleasant mornings work to get things started.