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Update 3276: I have arrived at Finger Lakes and am currently in the tackroom of the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program. Quite an impressive facility and certainly front and center in terms of visibility when people arrive for the races. There are about six or seven horses currently here (the meet has not begun) and I watched a potential adoptee ride a horse for trial in the indoor ring they have attached to the barn. They are looking for a horse for trail riding and giving lessons. A very impressive set up really, and the horse went very nicely so hopefully he will be adopted out. I am listening to a lot of talk about their adoption application process!
Update 3275: Superfecta here, with your Tuesday Derby trail update.
After a digesting a great weekend of racing with the Dubai World Cup and a fascinating Florida Derby, I have prepared for your reading pleasure the official 'If The Derby Were Saturday' list of who I'd like to see in the starting gate, along with their next (actual) start. You'll notice there are not 20 entrants in this little exercise:
|Pyro||A model of consistency, albeit one with low Beyers||Blue Grass|
|Tomcito||May have unreported earnings from Peru, which apparently do count||Coolmore Lexington|
|Big Brown||Great performance, but still light on experience||Kentucky Derby|
|Visionaire||Seems to be improving at the right time||Blue Grass|
|Denis of Cork||Why the carousel of entries before picking a prep race?||Illinois Derby|
|El Gato Malo||Benefits from Georgie Boy's absence||Santa Anita Derby|
|Big Truck||Earnings are a question||Coolmore Lexington|
|War Pass||I still don't think he wants the Derby distance, but could bounce back||Wood Memorial|
|Salute the Sarge||Has a lot of training time to make up||Coolmore Lexington?|
|Z Humor||I'm not a huge fan, but can't argue with his earnings||Illinois Derby|
|Smooth Air||Did he face a monster in Big Brown?||Kentucky Derby|
|Court Vision||Perhaps with some improvement||Wood Memorial|
|Tale of Ekati||Looking for redemption in the Wood, great workouts||Wood Memorial|
|Eight Belles||Filly has a 100 Beyer and could still try the Arkansas Derby||Fantasy Stakes|
|Proud Spell||Her numbers beat those of Pyro in Louisiana||Ashland Stakes|
Of the top 20 graded stakes earners, Georgie Boy and Adriano are (almost) definitely not being considered for the Derby, but I would prefer to thin the ranks further. I would toss out Kodiak Kowboy, Anak Nakal, Majestic Warrior and Halo Najib; they simply have not impressed me enough lately.
Let's recall that Chelokee
won finished third in (as you clever people who have been paying attention already know - and thanks!) last year's Florida Derby and skipped the Kentucky Derby (although he made a nice return to racing at Gulfstream over the weekend, finishing ahead of Rehoboth in an allowance race). A lot can happen in five weeks.
Finally, for those of you who have difficulty with time management, Google has solved that problem too!
Update 3274: A change of plan for me today. Our horses have not yet shipped to Woodbine, so I will head north but plan to stop around the Finger Lakes area. I may try to stop by and see the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program.
Update 3273: Georgie Boy, a leading West Coast Derby contender, is off the Derby path with a pulled muscle in his back. The injury occured in his most recent work: Georgie Boy Injured; Out of Derby.
The venerable Perfect Drift is back in training and has now worked twice: Perfect Drift Appears Eager to Race.
More press for the Cappucino Kid save from a feedlot: Half brother to Medaglia d'Oro rescued in Washington.
Please keep calling and writing.