I was most pleased when Castellano was chosen to ride Keen Ice so that Desormeaux could remain on Texas Red--thought it would probably be a good fit. That Keen Ice/Castellano combination could be effective in the BCC as well. Hope Romans is thinking something similar.
He has worn the plate/pad since returning to the track early this spring after being off due to injury at the time of the BCJ. Several sources on this; I'll link one. http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/triple/belmont/2015/05/28/belmont-stakes-2015--takeaways-from-bob-baffert-other-trainers-on-ntra-call/28075517/
Yes, Mark, I'm watching the sire list and think he may move to #6 soon, maybe really soon. My comment was about this week's meaning to me, personally and emotionally. JD's win put an end to a lot of nonsense that had followed the Curlin believers for a long time, as you know. The "noise" has been diminished considerably.
Phenomenal week for Curlin; last Monday I was as happy for JD's maiden victory as if it had been a Gr.1, and the wins just rolled on from there throughout this weekend. Very sweet success for a very nice stallion!
Stonestreet is not an organization that gives wordy, frequent updates on their horses as a rule. McLaughlin has said previously (and, no, I don't have a source reference right this minute for the 'previously') and again after JD's win on Monday, that JD's problem was "pharyngitis". That is, from the Latin, an inflamed throat. Pharyngitis can be infectious (bacterial or viral), allergic, acquired from inhaled irritants of any origin, and/or a combination of factors. The pharyngitis needed to be resolved before strenuous training and running could be safely accomplished without impairment or further damage. I see that Jay has just replied similarly above. McLaughlin's interview is on video somewhere, but here is a print source. http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/2015/08/24/rachel-alexandras-son-jesss-dream-joins-sister-rachels-valentina--winners-first-time-out--saratoga/32283747/
reshuffler, The Paulick article makes reference to the Coolmore organization being BASED in Ireland; doesn't say he will stand there, although earlier reports have predicted he may well shuttle/travel at some point in the future. Here's the Paulick Report from today; I don't have time to go find all the shuttle remarks right now. :) http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/american-pharoah-is-the-show-over/
Another Curlin runner tomorrow, Mark. ;)
Yes, great job by Keen Ice, and I actually had thought the jockey change to Castellano might work to his advantage. Where is Jay? He must be so happy! All wins by offspring of Curlin are very satisfying to me personally, as most of you know. :)
It is not likely under the tie-breaker rule. I agree with Mary's answer below; but in addition to not lessening the impact of the Triple Crown, the award rules are designed to eliminate co-winners of the HOY. http://files.ntra.com/content.aspx?type=news&id=5343
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