Barbaro Updates: 450
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Update 2817: Woodbine cancels racing today: Woodbine cancels live racing due to inclement weather,
Here is a recap from last night's Stakes program at Sam Houston Race Park: Nolan wins three stakes at Sam Houston.
Update 2816: So this morning I had to wear a Tony Romo shirt for galloping as part of a losing bet with our jockey Jose Figueroa. I got plenty of ribbing for it both in the barn and on the racetrack. Many realized I must have lost a bet! I had seven to ride today, a quieter day for me as we had jockeys in breezing ten sets. Its always a bit chaotic on a sunday making sure all the workers get out on time etc. but we survived and I think all went well. The boss was in town supervising, I also saw his brother here this morning riding some of his horses. Cash was a top jockey in Europe for a number of years. Anyway, all is wrapped up for the week now and we have monday off!
Forgot to mention, its a steamy 80 degree day!
Update 2815: Dr. Dean Richardson opened the AAEP convention in Florida with a talk on his experience with Barbaro: Richardson Remembers Barbaro, excerpt:
"It's a very difficult decision when you have skin and soft tissue that is that traumatized," Richardson said. "If I would have opened up the distal aspect of the (surgical) incision more aggressively, that would have allowed me to be more aggressive with the pastern joint and probably to get a better fixation of the pastern joint as part of the original procedure. I think that possibly would have made a difference. I really believe that we got into trouble because the pastern part of the fixation began to fail."
A very pleasant evening spent at Sam Houston Race Park with FOBs Julie Z and Lynda P and Lynn from LOPE. Star of the evening was fellow countryman Paul Nolan, who rode four winners!
Update 2814: A saturday update from Penny at timwoolleyracing.com:
I must apoligize for my tardiness of late in updating the website. Traveling to Timonium for the December sale has been driving me mad. Not that I wasn't already mad before it started. Anyway, Tim has called in some new excitement for all of you. Yesterday (Friday) we had a few workers. Kitty (Tail Tales) and Molly (Sailing Home) went a strong half mile on the Tapeta track. Both are fine this morning,happy, and ate everything for dinner. Tim is starting to fine tune them a bit now. We also had a few Fans of Barbaro stop by. It is so nice that out of this tragedy has come a new love and a better understanding of these wonderful animals we take care of everyday. This morning Wanda (Two of Wands) had her last breeze from the gate before she runs next week. Not A Fling also worked from the gate and both fillies went nicely. Rocky (Rock N Fun) had his first easy three eights work for us. His usual training partner Bubble Gum is not breezing yet so he had to go it alone. He was fine. Paris Night has been training in the shed row for a couple of days. She had an abscess pop out of her foot. Tim reports that she is sound this morning. Real Lace is doing fine and is very strong in the mornings. We had a race picked for her on Monday but it did not go. Luke is bored without a pilot these days but is well in himself playing around the porta pad. The only sad bit of information to report is that Tim's rider Robbie has now gone on a weeks vacation to the Caribbean and left Tim here in the freezing temperatures to gallop. Tim starts dreading this cold in about August and isn't truely content until about May. I know it is cold but I like to just pretend that it is warm outside. I like to pretent that my hands and feet are fine. There is not pretending with Tim around. He reminds all of us quite regularly just how cold winter can be.
I am now off to Sam Houston Race Park for one of its biggest night's of racing for the meet.
Update 2813: A busy morning this morning at Sam Houston Race Park. We had ten sets and I ended up galloping 16.5 miles. All the horses I rode went quite nicely, that's not the case for everyone else. One of the guys that works with us got bucked off as we were about to start a gallop.
I am very impressed with our jockey, Jose Figueroa. He rode three winners last night (two for us), and was at the barn to get on his horses this morning as usual (he also galloped ten horses). In fact many of the people I work with also work at the races at night, the guy that fell off is on the gate crew at the races. The races go on until about 11 pm.
Unfortunately a horse broke down on the track this morning. Not one of ours, but certainly a sad end to the morning's work.
After work I picked up a copy of the Thoroughbred Times that ran our most recent advertisement. This advertisement was of a horse I saw in a kill pen when I was there with Another Chance 4 Horses. Last I heard she was doing very well. Certainly there was no need to have a 4yo filly in a kill pen who had won her last two starts at Belmont Park!