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Update 3060: Better Talk Now is set to resume his long and consistently successful career at the Fair Grounds this weekend: Better Talk Now in FG Handicap.
Curlin and Pyro both worked this morning, but seperately: Curlin, Pyro look strong in separate works, excerpt:
Both horses breezed alone Tuesday, with Curlin coming out first, just after 6:30, and his work, in a word, was breathtaking. Curlin broke off at a good clip at the seven- eighths pole, went a strong pace down the backstretch, and finished powerfully, earning a seven-furlong clocking of 1:25.20. He was timed galloping out a mile in 1:38.60, while trainer Steve Asmussen caught Curlin going out nine furlongs in 1:52.80.
"I guess that's why they gave him the gold trophy," Asmussen said, referring to Curlin's Horse of the Year award.
Pyro is scheduled to make his 2008 debut this weekend in the Risen Star.
Update 3059: Superfecta here, with your regular Tuesday update:
With the news that Curlin is skipping this weekend's events in
Of course, there's becoming very competitive and staying very competitive -- in that category, stalwart Better Talk Now (left) is set to make his nine-year-old debut in the Fair Grounds Handicap, with a view to moving on to
But back to Curlin's trip to
The horse likes to know where he's at,'' Asmussen said. "His second race at Belmont (the Gold Cup) was better than his first (the
On the other, it would have been nice to see him start in the
"I deeply care about improving the state of Thoroughbred racing as well as the horse industry in general, he said.
We, as the owners of Curlin, are trying to do our part to help. Fellow owners and I have joined others in the industry in a broad-based (American) effort to elevate the industry in a variety of ways, and this campaign is one of the more visible."
I would like to know who the 'others' mentioned are and what exactly their goals are...but I digress. If he wins and comes back to an exciting campaign later this year, fantastic -- but there's always that concern that he'll be sold in a handshake deal while he's abroad.
There's good news in breeding land; Fleet Indian had a healthy Storm Cat colt, Behaving Badly foaled a Bernardini colt and Teuflesberg has recovered well enough to head to Hurricane Hall to start his new career. Well done to all of them.
Update 3058: A warm and muggy morning this morning at Sam Houston Race Park. We had a pretty busy morning, with ten sets. Six before the break and four after the break. All mine went nicely except for one, which was due to equipment failure. As I was galloping (slowly) down the stretch on a horse I ride particularly short (length of leg) I heard a "pop" from the saddle. I looked down and all looked well ... and then my left stirup broke loose from the saddle. If I was riding long this would not have been (much) of a problem, but not so. I fell quickly to the left ... and had that feeling ... "shit, here we go, I am off" ... but fortunately I managed to pull myself back in place as my horse did not flinch and kept a very straight course. This was all luck more than anything. Anyway, I kicked my right leg out of its iron and continued the rest of the gallop without irons. Fortunately all was well, and the only harm will be me being a little stiff later with my inner thigh muscles. PHEW!
Update 3057: Steve Haskin reviews the Derby contenders in light of last week's races: Ky. Derby Trail: Of Thorns & Roses.
Curlin's plans in Dubai include a prep race at the end of February: Curlin's 2008 debut will come in Dubai, excerpt:
Asmussen said Curlin would ship overseas on Feb. 15, giving him about two weeks to acclimate in advance of his first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 27. Curlin's comeback will come at Nad Al Sheba in a $175,000 handicap race contested at the Dubai World Cup distance of 2,000 meters, or about 1 1/4 miles.
Please keep calling and writing, and consider coming to DC for March 4 and 5.