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Update 3912: For Genuine Risk: Remembering a Great Champion.
Update 3911: Genuine Risk, who was the oldest surviving Kentucky Derby winner, died today: Oldest Derby winner Genuine Risk dead at 31, excerpt:
The farm said Genuine Risk died peacefully shortly after being turned out in her paddock.
"Genuine Risk was an amazing horse with tremendous heart that lived a life befitting a champion," owners Bert and Diana Firestone said in a statement. "We are truly blessed that she was a part of our life, and we are deeply saddened by her passing."
Discussion: Genuine Risk has Died.
Update 3910: Lots of workers this morning at Saratoga for Steve Asmussen, including Curlin of course: Curlin Zips 7 Furlongs in Woodward Work, excerpt:
"All of his serious preparation is in for the Woodward and weâ€™re feeling very good," said trainer Steve Asmussen. "It was his tempo, his work; it was all about him today. We wanted him to have a serious work, and once he was into it he was very serious, steady, and impressive."
Update 3909: Hello again from WendyinMI and JulieZ in Saratoga!
We had a great time this weekend and here's our recap:
On Saturday, Arrr won the Mother's Special Day. My favorite part about this race was Tom Durkin's call. You could still hear people throughout the day saying ARRRRRR. Great Fun! It was also fun that my friend's horse, Feline Felon came in second!
Better Talk Now came in a very strong second in the Sword Dancer. Carried wide by another horse on the turn, Blackie dug in and came up short of the victory. After the race, he dragged his exercise rider, Fenella back to the barn and proceeded to show his frustration at losing by taking frequent shots with both teeth and legs at Fen and assistant trainer Heather. We were told the workers in the test barn were getting a good laugh watching them both avoid Blackies quick action. Thankfully there were no direct hits! Better Talk Now's antics endear him to many.
The other stakes race on Saturday was the very exciting Alabama. Proud Spell gutted it out down the stretch against Music Note and refused to lose. She is truly an awesome little filly!
On Sunday, Saratoga delivered the most beautiful day of weather. A rarity so far this meet! There was only one stakes race, The John's Call. Julie and I were on the backside for the race. When the horses came to the track, you could hear the huge crowd cheer as if we were at a football game! It was simply amazing!
Julie and I were rooting for the McPeek trained BiggerBadderBetter who we met on Friday. He is a friendly horse that seems to enjoy sticking his tongue out while relaxing in his stall. Evening Attire was scratched as the race was kept on the turf. We were disappointed to see BiggerBadderBetter come in fifth. He just tired at the end of the race. Summer Patriot ran very well for the win.
It's been a fantastic visit so far. We even managed to see Curlin's work early this morning! Now we are off to catch another day of racing. We've even entered a friend of ours in the hot dog eating contest. It will be another great day at The Spa!
Update 3908: Another gorgeous morning at Woodbine. We had a few workers and two jockeys in to help with the workers. Catherine O'Brien and Jimmy McAleney. Jimmy was fresh back from his trip to Washington and his second place finsh yesterday in the Longacres Mile. He also gave me an Emerald Downs hat, pretty cool! Anyway, the workers appeared to go nicely. The horses I galloped went nicely too. I had six sets. One to the gate.
Darren (assistant) also told me that Curlin worked very nicely this morning at Saratoga. He'll have one more easy work to set him up for the Woodward.
Update 3907: Woodbine-based True Metropolitan fell a neck short under (our jockey) Jimmy McAleney in the Longacres Mile yesterday at Emerald Downs: Local Hero Wasserman Wins Longacres Mile.
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For Canadians: Canadian Horse Defense Coalition Call to Action.