Hard Spun certainly amounted to something. ;-)
Good chance of finishing in the money in the Spiral for a very nice paycheck and enough points to start in the Kentucky Derby. Leaves the dirt question open, but they are taking the route most likely to give them the Derby points. If he and the very promising Great War face off in the Spiral it could be a very good race (provided that the Great War can stretch out). Depending on what happens in the Spiral they might have a chance to run him at Keeneland in the Lexington.
Nicely bred, too - a half to Yukichan.
How cool! Wish we could see races like this more often!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Poor fellow, at age six it sounds like he could use a change in career. I hope he will be retired and retrained.
There is a wonderful fairly recent book about him by Dorothy Ours (who has also written a very good biography of his sire Man o' War). He sounds like he was a fantastic little horse. He was a winner in stakes races on the flat before he became a steeplechaser, where he won major races both in the US and Britain. He sired stakes winning steeplechasers, but it sounds like he did not get much of a chance to sire regular runners (which is a shame, given that he was a stakes winning son of a major sire).
sure hope he recovers! hate laminitis, hate it, they really need to find a cure or prevention for this scourge.
I really like his tail female line - back to Numbered Account and then back to the super mare La Troienne. And he has Caro up close, and that means quality to me. (I intend this as a reply to tc glory, I apologize if it comes up by itself as a comment. I have not been here much since they changed the commenting format and still have not figured things out).
So another very bad breakdown on the turf track at Del Mar today? The filly Serious might have to be euthanized (vets are recommending it, owners are trying to save her). This is a scary situation, with so many breakdowns on the new surface. What is even more frightening is that I do not think they have a clue as to what is going on and why so many horses are getting hurt and having to be euthanized. I do not think you could do or give me anything to risk running a horse on that turf track this summer. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/turf-troubles-continue-at-del-mar-races-switched-to-polytrack-through-weekend/
So then five fatalities in three days??? That is simply appalling and horrifying and utterly unacceptable.
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