Barbaro Updates: 489
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Update 2992: Carl Nafzger is honored in Texas: Nafzger Honored, Credits His Horses, excerpt:
"We've had a lot of great horses and a lot of great relationships," Nafzger said. "but we owe it all to the horse. The horse has taken us all these places."
Turfway Park falls victim to the cold weather today: Turfway Cancels Jan. 20 Program.
Update 2991: A very chilly, but dry morning this morning. Temperatures bordered on freezing first thing (I know ... there are plenty of places in the country worse off). We had many workers this morning and many jockeys on hand to help out. I had eight sets, which included one that open galloped a half mile. She went nicely, it was her second bit of work coming off a layoff. I think I went about the right time! All my others went nicely that I rode, and one I gallop each day apparently breezed well so I am excited to see her running soon (not likely here though).
I received an e-mail from the clockers stand at Fair Hill. Cold there this morning but a few workers on the Tapeta track, including Better Talk Now.
Update 2990: Evening Attire, at the grand age of 10, finished second yesterday in New York after a typically slow start: Angliana Tops 'Attire in Aqueduct, excerpt:
Evening Attire's trainer, Pat Kelly, couldn't find fault with his gelding's valiant effort in the Aqueduct.
"It's all we can ask for," Kelly said. "This will set him up good for the Stymie (March 1), which he won last year."
War Pass, current Derby favorite of Nick Zito's, had a mild form of colic late Friday and missed a scheduled workout on Saturday: War Pass bounces back from touch of colic, excerpt:
"War Pass showed signs of abdominal discomfort with the symptoms of a mild impaction at feed time on Friday," said Migliacci. "As a result, we decided to send him to the Palm Beach Equine Clinic, where he could receive maintenance fluids all evening. It was basically a precautionary measure. He passed manure all evening, had a good night, and is back to normal this morning."
Update 2989: Richard Dunwoody, a retired Steeplechase Jockey from the UK (who was a very very successful jockey) reached the South Pole via a route first attempted by Sir Ernest Shackleton. He accomplished this with American Doug Stoup and raised money for Charities including Racing Welfare: Former jockey treks to South Pole.
Update 2988: Another drizzly dull start to the morning at Sam Houston Race Park. The rain died offf pretty quickly, the clouds cleared into a nice but somewhat chilly day. Had 9 sets and I galloped 17 miles. 12 miles before the break and 5 miles after the break. All the horses galloped nicely and the morning went without any troubles. I am now on my way to Galveston Bay to crew a boat (not entirely sure what that means).
Update 2987: Glenye Cain Oakford provides an update on Barbaro's brothers: Barbaro's little brothers progressing, excerpt:
"He's physically a very attractive colt," Stephens said. "Conformationally, he's pretty correct, and substance-wise, he has some scope. He doesn't have the length of leg Barbaro had at this point. Barbaro was gawkier at this stage, and Nicanor is a more attractive horse at this point.
"But none of that means anything until they can outrun something in the afternoon," he added.
Gretchen Jackson, who will head to Florida to see Nicanor again in about a week, also takes a cautious view.
"There's such heavy expectation put on him," she said. "You try not to, and you just hope he does something."