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Update 3132: A Sunday update from Penny at timwoolleyracing.com:
Today is a beautiful Sunday morning and a few of our horses had to train. Tim took Molly to the track to keep her limber for the race tomorrow. All is a go with her and hopefully with this being a longer race we will see a bit more of her. Lyn was here giving her some positive vibes and of course several carrotts. Two of Wands went to the Tapeta today. She was very happy to go out and was tossing her head the entire way home. She is a very active girl. Tim asked me to clock Robbie while he was riding Rocky. Rocky was scheduled to do 7/8ths of a mile at a two minute lick (15 seconds per furlong).. Robbie and Rocky did well and finished in 1:42. Who's Happy got a quick hair do and I did managed to stay away from her hind legs as she has been know to kick. All went well and we got the job done. Paris Night's owners were also here to pamper her a bit. Today is bright and sunny and a great day to visit. Meghan is currently on Lucky jogging him in the barn. He is still a bit stiff from being gelded but his spirits are fine. A group from Unionville shipped into the barn this morning and just had to know who's pony had his head stuck out the window. Luke is such an attraction. Rajahstan was giving Tim a hard time when being tacked up trying to grap ahold of Tim's jacket. He has a lot of personality and is a bit cheeky. I am eagerly anticipating his racing campaign for Double Trouble.
Update 3131: A quiet morning for me this morning. With all the workers and jockeys helping out I was left with one to ride, Poni Colada, who went nicely. I led another up to the track and also went up to watch another one I usually gallop do his work. It was a beautiful morning so it was nice to get out of the barn a little and enjoy it, despite still being a little under the weather. The light morning also gave me a chance to work on an essay (Working Title: Unwanted Horses and What to Do: Not So Many and Not Slaughter). Because I don't have a printer I e-mailed the very rough draft essay to one of our other exercise riders. She brought it in for me this morning and I had plenty of time to mull it over and edit it. All in all a light yet productive morning.
Update 3130: The Helen Pitts trained Einstein recaptured the Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes, a race he won in 2006: Einstein captures Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes.
Richard Migliore won the 2008 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award: Migliore wins 2008 Woolf Award, excerpt:
The Woolf Award, now in its 58th year, memorializes the jockey known as "The Iceman," who died in a spill at Santa Anita in 1946. The award, voted on by jockeys, recognizes jockeys whose career and personal character reflect positively on themselves and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.
Update 3129: Americans Against Horse Slaughter -- On Youtube.
Update 3128: I asked our assistant (Darren) this morning if he had spoken to Scott Blasi and knew how Curlin was doing. He had and he reported Curlin was doing well. This is reflected in this morning's easy work at Nad al Sheba: Curlin Works Half-Mile in Dubai, excerpt:
Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, reported that Curlin seemed to relish the track and emerged bouncing with energy. Curlin is owned by Stonestreet Stables and Midnight Cry Stables.
"He gets over the ground here really well," said Blasi, who observed the workout aboard his pony, Poncho. "He's anxious to do something. And he did things the right way this morning.
"Steve stressed really hard that he didn't want him to do too much, and I think he will be pleased," he added. "Curlin went very, very nice. Carlos did a great job."
Update 3127: Another sluggish morning of work for me this morning. I have a touch of flu that appears to be wearing me down. I hope (and assume) it will pass in a couple of days. We had eight sets, and about fourteen miles of galloping. Thankfully all my horses were pretty quiet and did not pull. We had a winner last night, so Figuerao's agent brought in the soggy donuts as usual, and as usual they were eaten before break time and I lost out. I need to be smarter about getting a donut early and hiding it I guess. Anyway, all in all a good morning's work despite feeling a little under the weather.
Update 3126: Dubai will be the focus of International racing in this early part of the year, leading up to the Dubai World Cup at the end of March. Mike de Kock, a South African-based trainer, is having a prolific start to the Dubai racing season: Archipenko Carves Out Al Fahidi Win.