Tabor mentioned that Joseph said that 1 1/4 would be Australia's optimum distance. Given his pedigree I find that surprising since Ouija Board and Galileo got 1 1/2 no problem. I hope they change their minds and try the Arc - the Coolmore boys and Aidan O'Brien have never seemed to shy from a challenge
I think he may be a bit nicer than Cape Blanco, haha. He seems a bit too valuable for Coolmore to bring over for our turf races, and they haven't mentioned the Breeder's Cup at all either. Maybe if he stays in training at 4 they could bring him over for the BC, but it seems pretty unlikely.
For the past two or three years many have been saying that each coming season should be his last, but both AOB and JOB have been pretty tight lipped about a plan, simply saying that Joseph will continue to ride as long as he can. I'm not sure how much taller he will get, and as long as he can continue to make weight for 90% of Ballydoyle horses (basically all of the horses except for 3 year olds in open races), I can see him continuing to ride on the flat for some time. I think he is plenty talented but his cool-headed style has led to a decent amount of mistakes in valuable races.
I was a little hesitant about him given all of the hype he received from his connections, but this was a very convincing performance! What a crop this year's 3 year olds are
Now listed as a gelding
Soft Falling Rain has been retired and will stand at stud in South Africa at Wilgerbosdrift Farm.
She was sold to and lives at Northern Farm in Japan, not Darley
Now that Kitten's Joy is holding his own as a sire and is getting fewer and fewer Ramsey mares, I wouldn't be surprised to see the same tactics used on Real Solution. Cross him with the same inexpensive mares that have less than fashionable immediate pedigrees but match up well to Kitten's Joy (or in this case Real Solution) and hope for the best.
Good to hear, I wonder if he will race at all during the remainder of 2014.
After being sold to Martin Schwartz prior to the Prix de Diane, Xcellence has been transferred to the stable of Chad Brown. Given Schwartz's success in importing European fillies and having them win big in America, she could be the next Zagora, Stacelita, or Alterite
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