Barbaro Updates: 754
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Update 4358: From last weekend. Ron Charles, Santa Anita Park president and MEC chief operating office, demonstrates that MEC's no slaughter policy has teeth: Working Together To Save Horses.
Found on Paulick Report.
Update 4357: The focus of international racing this weekend was on Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong Vase highlighting the program. Here are the results:
Update 4356: More coverage of last night's Sovereign Awards: Sweet Sovereign! Photos and Notes From Canada's Horse Racing Gala.
Update 4355: A further update on the Sovereign Awards. Peter Gross won the Sovereign Award for "Outstanding Feature Story" for: How Many Horses Can One Man Save? The story is rather flattering, but the award is very cool!
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Update 4354: Last night was Canada's Sovereign Awards in Toronto where Fatal Bullet was voted Canadian Horse of the Year: Sovereigns: Big Night for Bear Stables
Update 4353: Plans are delayed for a week. An extra week of downtime in Fair Hill!
Update 4352: I just swung by Fair Hill and caught up with a few more people including Penny, who also posted an update on timwoolleyracing.com yesterday:
What a rainy Thursday. The last time I spoke with Tim he was madly trying to get horses breezed because of the impending rain. The steady rain can only mean that he has been wet all morning. Days like today make it easier to sit in an office. Powdered Donut has taken a turn for the worse and is at New Bolton with Pneumonia. Keep your finger's crossed for her. Who's Happy has come out of her race just fine and I believe there is a race at the end of December for her.
There are several new babies in the barn that Tim and Robbie are working with. This time of year the turf horses go home and babies come in. Bubble Gum and Triumphant continue to do well and make their way towards the races. Luke is still at Fair Hill and will probably have a busy schedule with Who's Happy for the next couple of weeks. He seems to be enjoying his time there and doesn't seem to be missing the farm at all.
Anyway, after freezing our rears off ( I only wish that was actually possible) at the December Mixed Sale at Timonium, the weather has at least given us a break in temperatures. Sunday was such a cold and windy day that the horses were difficult and hands were freezing. I'm not sure how all of the Consignors, Owners, Buyers, and Help made it through the bitter cold. Sales results were just a little bit down from last year . We had expected it to be. Anyway, nothing else currently to report. Hope all of you are well.
Update 4351: Racing news continues to be quiet, as is typical of this time of year. The highlight of this weekend remains Peppers Pride's likely final start at Sunland Park, NM: Last Time Around for Peppers Pride?
This is to be my final day in the Fair Hill area. Off to Arkansas this weekend, with a stop over in Louiseville, KY. Plans for today include a visit with Mrs. Jackson. Yesterday's visits included dinner with ESPN's Jeannine Edwards, who covered the Barbaro story.
Update 4350: Snow in New Orleans: Weather forces Fair Grounds cancellation.
Update 4349: One of the best performances by any horse in recent times has to be that of Peppers Pride, keeping her winning streak in tact. Sunland Park opens this weekend and Peppers Pride may be there to attempt to win her nineteenth race: Peppers Pride adds star power .
Update 4348: Rainy day here at Fair Hill. However, in sunny Arizona, the Symposium on Racing and Gaming is continuing. Yesterday the symposium discussed the use of slot revenues at racetracks. An interesting discussion with the current economic climate: Is Racing Using Its Slots Money Wisely
Update 4347: A pleasant day thus far in the Fair Hill area, despite the drab but warm weather. My day included lunch with Mike Jensen, of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He reported significantly on Barbaro and it was good to catch up and share recent stories.
This may be interesting: Churchill Reviewing NTRA Membership.
Update 4346: Still relaxing and enjoying a couple of days in the Fair Hill area. Racing news is also very light, as is typical for this time of year. There will be a pretty interesting allowance race run at Fair Grounds tomorrow with a few horses with high aspirations: Derby Hopefuls Clash at Fair Grounds.
And I think I missed Nicanor's first work out in Florida: Nicanor Works in Florida.