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Update 5635: Cool coverage of our TV debut on The Score: Racing insider's work saving horses highlighted.
Update 5634: Superfecta here, with your regular weekly update.
While Lava Man is working toward a comeback, the equally hard-knocking
Better Talk Now is finally heading for retirement. Better Talk Now was aiming for another G1 win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic coming up this weekend, but he injured a suspensory ligament while training; he'll be looking at a comfortable retirement instead of more racing. With Lava Man's reservation at Old Friends canceled and Kona Gold's stall at Kentucky Horse Park sadly vacated last week, there are plenty of appealing options for Better Talk Now's future.
Also preparing for retirement is Champs Elysees; he has one more race left on his schedule, the Canadian International at Woodbine, before he joins big brother Dansili at stud in England. The new economic realities of the breeding game had kept the son of Hasili in training this year, rather than heading to an immediately lucrative stud career; Bill Finley hopes this also delays the flight to the breeding shed for horses including Summer Bird and Sea the Stars. (It must be particularly tricky for Summer Bird to find a stud 'gig' at the moment - who would want to stand him, despite his accomplishments so far this year, when his sire commands a mere $10,000 a pop? Hopefully, that fact alone should keep him in training next year).
There was some rather exciting racing this past weekend, both here and abroad; Indian Blessing held off Sara Louise in what has to be one of the most thrilling finishes the Gallant Bloom has ever seen. One hopes both will aim for the Filly & Mare Sprint, since they seem to be worthy adversaries. Meanwhile, at Ascot, Rip Van Winkle proved he is more than an afterthought to Sea the Stars with a determined win in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. This victory is setting him up for a run at the Breeders' Cup Classic (following last year's winning 'European Milers Take 1-2 in the Classic' formula) - it's a shrewd move since it avoids Goldikova and allows him to keep his solid miler status intact.
Rip Van Winkle's great rival, Sea the Stars, is still on target for the Arc on Sunday - it's highly unlikely he would come to California after his Paris run, but it's still not been entirely ruled out. We'll look at the Arc in more detail later this week, but it's hard not to chuckle a bit at the British outrage that some of the Arc undercard will not be broadcast on terrestrial television - imagine being able to see the Arc itself on even a normal cable channel in the US!
Update 5632: Another fall morning at Woodbine, but at least it stayed dry. Dry and windy with the sun shining through. I had eight to gallop for Steve. And again we sent everything to the main track as the training track (dirt surface) was likely not very good. It seemed everyone else had the same idea as the track was very busy. All mine galloped nicely for a pretty straightforward morning's work!
Update 5631: This week's ABR Facebook Group e-mail: Tweet this: El Prado, Summer Squall, USTA and Harness Racing Museum and HOF, 30 PA Positives, Lava Man, Smokey Stover, ABR Radio, Falling off, Cryptoclearance, Woodbine ABR features, Kona Gold, The Pamplemousse, Selene Stakes, Colin Wicks, Indian Blessing and Sara Louise. .
And please keep calling.