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Update 3434: Some interesting news out of New York: NYRA Considers Synthetic Tracks, excerpt:
"This is not something we can do overnight, but we are looking at all of the different synthetic surfaces," Lee said. "We also are aware of the discussion going on about synthetic surfaces, and we hope when we get to the point of moving in that direction the kinks will be worked out."
Update 3433: Curlin may reappear in the Stephen Foster in five weeks. His connections are also considering racing him in Europe: Prospect of Curlin proves daunting, excerpt:
Curlin, owned primarily by the Stonestreet Stables of Jess Jackson, has earned more than $8.8 million, a little more than $1.1 million shy of Cigar's all-time record of nearly $10 million. Asmussen said nothing beyond the Foster is set, and it is possible the colt may not run in October in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, which he won last fall. Asmussen said the Arc de Triomphe and/or the Japan Cup are being kicked around as alternative races so as to showcase Curlin in other parts of the world.
Update 3432: A pleasant morning this morning at Woodbine. We had six sets and a complete crew of people on the ground. I did walk one during the break just to help keep moving things along, but a much more relaxed day. The six I rode went nicely. Two of them went to do a little gate schooling and were perfectly behaved. That was good for as I was stood in the gate with one of them, a loose horse came galloping by being chased by an outrider. As I was leaving the gate I observed Chantal Sutherland getting a leg up on the horse!
My morning entry on The Rail:
Also this morning I had a coversation with another rider, it went something like this:
me: "Where are you from?"
me: "My buddy used to gallop Sligo Bay for Beau Greely"
he: "We have many of his offspring"
he: "Who is your buddy"
me: "Andy Durnin"
he: "I know Andy, we used to hang out when he came to Belmont"
Andy Durnin is the exercise rider I interviewed for the above The Rail entry.
Update 3431: An assessment of the Derby from a European viewpoint: Dirt and drugs undermine American racing's big day.
Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote this article and interviewed me, among others: Horse racing at a sadly familiar juncture.
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