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Update 2582: Shakespeare, who could have challenged for leading older horse with a Breeders' Cup win, has sadly been retired: No Cup for Shakespeare; Retires With Tendon Injury, excerpt:
"He was a top, top horse," McLaughlin said. "He was a superstar. I hate to say that about a horse--I've only ever said it about Invasor. But I think if you'd put the starting gate up at six furlongs or a mile-and- a-half, I've never felt so confident that we'd get to the wire first. He was in that elite group, and we enjoyed having him for the six months we did; we're happy the owners let us train him."
Update 2581: Its friday, I have to remind myself of that when I see the huge crowd at Keeneland! It is amazing the amount of people who come out to the races. We had four runners, two in the fourth, one in the seventh and one in the feature, the ninth. I helped with the fourth race, both fillies ran decent enough but the winner was too good. She was coming off a second at Saratoga in a Maiden, the winner of that Maiden then went on to win a Grade 1! The filly in the seventh ran evenly, but perhaps a little disappointingly. I then left to come back to my flat and watch the ninth. I missed it due to the traffic leaving Keeneland. Our horse, Taletobetold, ran second! She must have run a pretty decent race. I have been riding her most mornings so I was pretty psyched about that.
Update 2580: Today's update from Penny at timwoolleyracing.com (Who's Happy is running in a turf stakes race tonight at the Meadowlands):
A bit of a breezy Friday today. The horses sure are feeling the cool air. Tim and Who's Happy are on their way to the races today. She will be running for the first time on the grass (as long as there is no more rain). One way or the other she will run on the turf or on the dirt. There are two tuff horses in the race but we will see how Happy measures up. Hopefully she will have a good trip with Victor Molina on board. The race goes off tonight at about 10:20. I'm not sure I'll be up at that hour.
Bubble Gum has been such a trooper at Fair Hill. Nothing seems to bother her and hopefully we can get her up to the track this weekend with Luke. I can't wait to get her up to the track. Reports are that Luke is feeling much better on his feet and jumping and kicking around the porta pad scaring Michael Matz's horses. All of his riders hope that we can soon take Luke to the track so that he will stop causing so much mayhem. I truely believe that he is quite sure of the trouble he is causing. Diva and Paris continue to train well together and are progressing nicely. Mass Romantic has recovered from her efforts at Delaware Park a few days ago. All in all things are going smoothly and hopefully we can have a great weekend. We will be off to the Maryland Million races tomorrow. Lots of exciting racing to watch.
Update 2579: An easy morning this morning with only five to ride. We had a jock come in to breeze a couple of horses, and a new rider started this morning. Of the five I rode all went well. I did witness someone falling off right in front of me, as I had my horse turned in at the three quarter pole before our gallop. The guy's horse spooked / propped and the guy hit the ground pretty hard, but got up, wiped himself down and all was well. Of course the siren went off to alert everyone there was a loose horse on the track. All the while my horse just stood there as if nothing was going on. A short morning's work, I will be returning to the races this afternoon and running one in the fourth race.
Update 2578: The European contingent for this year's Breeders' Cup may be on the lighter side. Aidan O'Brien, who usually supplies the largest contingent, may only have two runners including Dylan Thomas who recently won the Arc de Triomphe: O'Brien Likely to Have Pair of Breeders' Cup Starters.
Old Friends is partnering with the Kentucky Horse Park to memorialize John Henry: Old Friends to Spearhead John Henry Memorial.