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Update 2449: The long awaited debut of The Green Monkey is getting close: The Green Monkey Set for Debut at Belmont Park, I enjoyed this excerpt:
The Green Money was bought by John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith last year at Fasig-Tipton's select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder. His purchase price was a world record at the time.
It will be a busy day for his trainer, Todd Pletcher, who also has entered Rags to Riches in the Gazelle.
Update 2448: Tiz Wonderful, who was one of the early Kentucky Derby favorites before he got sidelined, is now at New Bolton Center after a serious racing injury: Suspensory Injury Ends Tiz Wonderful's Race Career, excerpt:
Said Getman: "It is a complete disruption of the suspensory ligament. It is a severe breakdown injury involving the soft tissue around the fetlock. It is definitely career-ending."
Getman said Tiz Wonderful is outfitted in a Kinsey splint to stabilize the injury. She said a major concern is laminitis, a hoof disease that can lead to death and occurs when a horse displaces his weight more heavily on a non-injured limb.
Update 2447: An upbeat update from Penny at timwoolleyracing.com:
What a beautiful Thursday. Red Aspen went to the main track to jog this morning. It was very exciting at least for me. Tim was not as excited but managed to keep control of her while she was jumping around. She is in good spirits. Little Whippie had to give Diva a lead around the deer fields today. Whip is nearly as afraid of the deer as Diva is. Both managed to get back to the barn safely. Who's Happy and Real Lace are aiming at a couple of Stakes races next week at Presque Isle. Both seem to be doing well. Grandma as very spritely today putting in several big bucks and nearly unseating her rider in the process. I think that she is deceiving to most when you first look at her. Her size does not keep her from being agile when she wants to be. We hope that Robbie Walsh will be back from Ireland today and that he will be back riding for us tomorrow. The horses love him and he can be a lot of fun to ride out with. It's all about having fun both for humans and horses! Paget and I are trying to find a horse from an inquiry on the Alex Brown website. The horses name is Influent. He made nearly a million dollars in his racing life. We put out a lot of feelers yesterday and hopefully we will be able to locate this horse. If I can figure out a way to make a database where people could put in information about retired Thoroughbreds, I would love to do it. I cannot be the only one interested in what these horses do after they go to the races. I'm sure Alex can help me figure this one out. Anyway, hopefully we will be able to find Influent and it will be a wonderful story about his life. We hope so!
Update 2446: About ten degrees cooler to start the day this morning, but it did turn out to be a gorgeous morning for sure. We had at least one more new horse in our shedrow, and Bruce Jackson has shipped one from Fair Hill which I will run tonight. As we get closer to the weekend more horses will be shipping in from Fair Hill, it should be fun.
I had four to ride this morning. Three went to the track to gallop, and each went nicely. The fourth just shedrowed. I have to say riding out at the track here is great. Seem to be a good group of people, the track is relatively quiet and everyone loves the Tapeta surface. Anyway, a very pleasant way to spend the morning.
Update 2445: The Keeneland Sale for wednesday rebounded from the declines from the first two days: Million-dollar Distorted Humor colt leads Keeneland comeback, excerpt:
"We were very much encouraged today," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales. "It had a great feel from the start, a strong international feeling. I think on the first page, eight of the 12 horses were sold to overseas buyers.
"It started strong and continued strong all the way through."
Exchange rates have boosted the value of foreign currencies against the dollar, and Keeneland reported an increase in requests for credit from European buyers prior to this year's sale.
"The international market was very strong today," Russell said. "The dollar, or should I say the weakness of the [American] dollar, stood out today."
I spent another pleasant eveing at the races at Presque Isle Downs. It got a little chilly towards the end. Graham Motion's horse in the maiden won convincingly to continue Fair Hill's good showing at the meet (wednesday's results).