Yes, tm, I agree with you, totally! I think we are basically same the same thing, you just put it better than I did! :) My point was, you'd expect him to tire late after tugging and going those fast fractions early. But, his daddy had the light bub go on after his sprint and he (Old Fashioned) learned to relax early in his races. I'm not yet ready to give up on this guy, and if he does learn to relax, then he just may have more to offer in the 2-turn stretch run.
This full sister to Cross Traffic is back working at Palm Meadows for Chad Brown (Fox Hill Farm). Worked 4 furlongs in 50 flat today. Chad said it was just what they wanted. She's supposedly full of talent, but been off for many months, so will attempt to bring her back slowly.
Nice race by the winner, but have to agree, Thirteen Arrows shined in this one! Very talented filly, who according to Porter, they believe her best distance is 7 furlongs to possibly a one-turn mile. She should be in the winner's circle very soon, hopefully at a different track that isn't so speed-favoring!
I know you are probably right, judging by his first two races, which is all we have to go by. Part of me, though, thinks he needed this longer race to work some of that freshness out of him. Which I believe it did, as Rosie let him go at a pace he was sure to tire down the lane from. Before I totally make up my mind about what his short-range plans should be, I'd like to hear how he's training for Larry Jones, is he relaxing better, etc. I certainly wouldn't want to change this talented colts approach, but I'm not sure you'd have to in order to get him to relax better early -- he could still move at a nice speed, but do it more easily, and I'm not sure yet that after having a 2-turn race under his belt he will not have grown enough to train more effectively, making his next effort an easier trip.
Don't see any numbers on The Trunk Monkey's performance yesterday -- no preliminary beyer??? Anyone that has it or can get it, I'd be most appreciative. :) Thought, all in all, he did pretty well, especially given that fast first half, and it being his first time going 2-turns.
Welcome, Mike. Well, The Trunk Monkey won in romp. Don't know how much we learned about his rating ability as the others could not keep up and Rosie realized in her earlier races that there was a bias toward the front runners. No one was puttiing up good last quarters and no one was passing the leaders down the lane. Thinking there might have been a strong wind in their faces???
Mike, yes it is! Tb, I hope your right, but I do want him to show he can rate and relax early in the race. That's why I was hoping there was another horse with some early speed he could sit behind until the turn for home. I know Larry is thinking Louisiana Derby if his race measures up. But, we'll see what he and Rick Porter decide.
Thanks! Let me know what you find out. Who is the speed in here besides the Trunk Monkey. I'd like to see him rate just off of the lead.
No, he won't pay much, but as I mentioned before, I'm not a bettor, but I understand. :) Yes, the race is off the turf. He is MTO, so that was the only way he was going to run today. Needs this race if he has any chance of making the Louisiana Derby end of March. Tm, thanks for the info on the Thoro-graph#! Only 5 in the race, thought Bern James Bern was his competition, but glad to see Rosie picked to ride The Trunk Monkey over this Assmussen colt! Hoping the 2-turns won't be a problem and he'll rate nicely. Jones said the light bulb went on after the sprint, just like his daddy!
The Trunk Monkey in a 2-turn race (race 7) at the Fair Grounds today with huge implications! He appears to be very talented.
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