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Update 2760: Bloodhorse on Taletobetold's race: Flying Circle Scores Dramatic Win, excerpt:
Said Leparoux : "It was pretty close to the wire for the stewards to make any change, but we've got to try -- you never know. She always tries, and I think today she was kind of the best, but we needed a little more luck."
Update 2759: As an exercise rider you do get attached to some horses you ride, especially horses you ride everyday. Working for Eddie Kenneally I got attached to two fillies, two horses I rode everyday unless they were breezing: Gems Sleuth and Taletobetold. Taletobetold was in a stakes race at Churchill Downs this afternoon and was coming off a good second in a stakes race at Keeneland. Anyway, she ran a terrific race today to finish a closing second, and was pretty unlucky not to get up on the line and win (stewards inquiry and jockey's objection). It was brilliant to watch, and she cooled out well afterwards. I am just very excited for her.
McDymano is now retired: Good Night Shirt Wins Colonial Cup.
Off to Sam Houston Race Park to watch some racing from Churchill Downs. There is no HRTV or TVG in Texas (I think).
Update 2757: Rain, rain, rain, rain. A wet morning's work although still rather warm. I only had six to ride which was quite nice. We had two new riders come in this morning. One of the horses I took to the gate to just stand and back out. Another horse I open galloped 3/8ths and he seemed to go quite well. Tomorrow the track is closed for training so tomorrow is my day off!
Update 2756: Unlike my job in Kentucky, I have to work sundays, oh well ... off to work.
Buzzards Bay faded after setting the pace in his race yesterday on the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields: 'Mojave Rolls On in All American.
Update 2755: A lovely afternoon spent with Jerry Finch of Habitat for Horses. He has been a strong advocate for the end of horse slaughter for a long time so it was interesting to get his perspective. Habitat for Horses takes in abuse cases and after lunch Jerry showed me around. These horses looked so peaceful in his presence.
Earlier in the day I got some good news. Thanks to some work and cooperation from CANTER and MidAtlantic Horse Rescue a horse was shipped out of Charles Town who was a significant risk. A friend of mine who is at Charles Town had called me a few days earlier about the options of getting the horse out of risk. Some quick actions saved her.
Update 2754: Nine sets today. We had two new riders, one of whom showed up, the other did not which meant the assistant trainer had to ride his nine. Anyway, I was calculating how many miles I rode this morning, and its about fourteen miles galloping and seven miles jogging. Not too bad exercise to start the day. Lovely weather and the day is still young so plenty to do. Thanks for all the birthday wishes, they mean a lot.
Update 2753: Keeneland's November breeding stock sale remains strong through day 12: Seven-year-old mare Eshaarat tops strong Keeneland session on Friday.