Also looks as though he's practicing to "dance" like his mother!
According to the Dogwood site (unless something has changed in the past 10 min.) he is going to the Met. Problem is, they have the "update" as Friday, May 21, 2015; and today is actually the 22nd. They show he will work on the "22nd" and 29th. Velazquez on Tonalist is not good news for PM regardless. I'm pretending to smile. :)
DRF Grening is reporting JV is committed to Tonalist for the Met Mile ride. After a quick search, I don't find a jockey named to ride Palace Malice yet. http://live.drf.com/nuggets/15396
Jb, DRF is reporting JV is committed to Tonalist for the Met Mile ride. I was surprised, and not particularly happy with this turn of events. I have checked the Dogwood site and other news, but don't see a rider named for Palace Malice.
He entered stud in 2011. ;)
Yes, I tend to think the former is what occurred, but even now it seems complicated and open to debate. "Fake death of Thorn Song" is an interesting way of stating it.
I don't know anything about the jockeys/mikes. Last weekend I happened to be out of town and near a TV that had TVG playing. Bob Baffert gave a lengthy on camera interview in which he was asked that question, and he said he had "done it both ways" and didn't see much difference in the eventual outcome. He didn't really see an advantage in training at Belmont based on his personal experience. And I'm sure it is much less hectic at CD during that time frame.
Thorn Song's original injury resulted in laminitis so severe that he was considered beyond salvage, and the insurance company paid the mortality benefit to Zayat. The vets at Alamo Pintado thought he would die regardless, but they experimented with stem cell therapy and managed to pull off a small miracle. He lived and went to stud at Harris Farm long after the day of the injury. His recent death was due to complications from the injury, but the death benefit was paid out in ~2009. Lots of controversy over Zayat's acceptance of those funds. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/55285/zayat-insurance-check-went-to-stable
Yesterday evening the Paulick article quoted Zayat as saying the BCC is one of the "kickers"/incentives that will increase the sale price. The BCC has been mentioned. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/zayat-sells-breeding-rights-in-american-pharoah/
What do you mean when you say "set back"? He would probably be retired if injured, but the agreement calls for the colt to be raced until after the BCC. Zayat does not intend to race him after this year. The Paulick Report article is better and more detailed than the above by far. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/zayat-sells-breeding-rights-in-american-pharoah/
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