Barbaro Updates: 501
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Update 3053: We had a nice allowance win at the Fair Grounds today, Twisted Tale. She is a filly I rode quite a few times as she was coming off a lay off. She is now two for three.
Lava Man is back in training: Lava Man Back for 2008 Campaign.
Lets hope for a good Super Bowl!
Update 3052: Teuflesberg is in good health and reporting for stud duty: Teuflesberg to Hurricane Hall
"Teuflesberg has healed perfectly and is now back to where he can be treated like a normal horse," Bramlage said about the 4-year-old colt.
Overnight rain adds to Santa Anita's woes, racing is canceled today: Santa Anita cancels; track work could be delayed.
Update 3051: A warm and muggy morning this morning at Sam Houston Race Park. This contrasts to Fair Hill which had a covering of frost across the top of the training track. As usual for a Sunday, things were busy (the track is closed for training on Mondays) and we had many Jockeys in working many horses. The key to morning's like this is to make sure things run smoothly in the barn and horses get out in a timely fashion. This was accomplished for the most part I think. I ended up riding six horses. This included a little quarter mile open gallop on a 2yo in company with five others (two, two and two). She went nicely for her first little work here. One of our riders came off during the first set. I think she is a little stiff but OK. I missed it as I was back in the barn. Paul Nolan was involved in a gate incident last night. He is lucky and only has a bit of a limp. It could have been much worse. Anyway, all in all, a decent morning's work. Now we have a day off, and tonight of course it is Superbowl time. No one here seems particularly passionate about either team. Either they don't want the Giants to win (Cowboy fans dislike the Giants), they want to see something special (Patriots undefeated) OR they want to see the Patriots get upset. I don't think we have one genuine Patriots or Giants fan on the backside!
Update 3050: There were two more 3yo races yesterday of importance. The 6 /12 furlong Swale Stakes at Gulfstream, which was won by Eaton's Gift: Pacesetter Eaton's Gift powers clear to win Swale and the mile and sixteenth Whirlaway at Aqueduct, won by Barrier Reef: Barrier Reef determined in Whirlaway victory. In the other major older horse race of the day, the Strub Stakes, Monterey Jazz was able to go wire to wire, Tiago finished second with his patented late move: Monterey Jazz front-running winner of Strub Stakes.
Update 3049: I went over to the track this afternoon. I was interviewed by Mandy Love (PR for Sam Houston Race Park) for a profile in their program. It should be out next week, which will be cool. I watched a couple of the key stakes today. Crown of Thorns was impressive in the Robert B. Lewis, but there really was a lack of seasoning throughout the race. It will be interesting to see how this horse progresses if he continues the Triple Crown trail (Rosy Future for Crown of Thorns.) Daaher was very disappointing in the Donn Handicap, essentially getting used up in the pace early: Spring At Last Comes Back in Donn.
Update 3048: A simply gorgeous morning this morning at Sam Houston Race Park. We had a busy morning with ten sets, our tenth complete just as the track closed at 10 am. All my horses seemed to go well, many of which will be breezing tomorrow. Like most Saturday's, many of them galloped two miles so we certainly put in the miles this morning.
Paul Nolan rode Michael Stidham's 1,000th winner last night at the races. This was one of two wins for Paul, and with our jock, Jose Figeurao, winning one race, and Jorge Guzman winning a race, the jockey's table is tight at the top.
Update 3047: Jack Ireland writes a nice story on Barbaro's lagacy in the Wilmington News Journal: A year later, Barbaro's legacy still strong: Derby winner's death spurs fundraising efforts to save other horses, excerpt:
The Fans of Barbaro, made up of hundreds of people around the country, have saved more than 1,900 horses headed for slaughter and raised more than $800,000 for that cause. Because of Barbaro and the attention he drew, other horses will live.
"I think all of this is a huge positive in Barbaro's name," Gretchen Jackson said. "Even though there might be a moment or a time you start to get depressed about what happened, we want to get up and do something positive and good in Barbaro's name."
After racing this weekend at Santa Anita (which includes the Strub and Robert B. Lewis) the track will be closed and worked on again: Pro-Ride Touts Liquid Binder.