You do the same! It is a great day of racing tomorrow!
Hope you get the chance to enjoy it!
Thanks for your kind words. I have talked to Kelly Breen multiple times specifically about Bern Identity. I have to admit that I have a vested interest, as I own BI's first Dam, Maddelana and his second Dam, Two Foxie, as well as Tick Tick Boom (a half to Maddalena) and Our Irish Lassie's (same relationship) as well as other horse in this family. (Maddalena has an Uncle Mo suckling at her side that is fantastic!) I also know the Hall's farm manager in Kentucky who takes care of their horses when they are laid up.
The Halls and Kelly Breen are very good (and smart) people who always seem to put their horses health first. They are great for the game.
I really enjoy the positive energy that people on this site bring to the game. It is fun to root for a horse that is coming off a serious injury. Even if BI never wins another graded stake (or race for that matter), he will have had a good career and have a great life upon retirement. He will have also made some people's lives a little better by giving them a horse to cheer for at the races. Isn't that part of the point of being on this site? Enjoying and suffering the ups and downs of a horse you like makes it interesting. Thanks for your interest and let's hope BI keeps on rolling.
I am not sure how many horses you have owned, but rest assured that Traffic Light a stake winner with a top Beyer of 100 and earner of close to a half million dollars is considered, by any reasonable owner, a good horse. Bahamian Squall a grade 2 stake winner with a top Beyer of 104 and earnings of over 524,000 is considered a good horse. Regal Courrier winner of over 800,000 with a top Beyer of 109 is considered a good horse. Tenago earner of over 358,000 with a top Beyer of 97 is a good horse. Either you are one of the Sheiks or you have an entirely different definition of what a good horse is, than the rest of the owners I know. These are good horses, not great ones. This was not a graded stake where you would expect to see the best sprinters in the East. This was an overnight stake at Saratoga. These stakes draw good horses and sometimes very good horses. If you want to quantify "good" than simply know that these horses are in the top 5% of all thoroughbred racehorses as far as Beyer numbers and purses won. The pool starts getting very small when we start talking "very good" and "great". If you consider these to be average you must have one of the best racing stables in North America or be a Prince from Dubai.
In hand. A solid victory over some good sprinters. Next stop The Vosburgh! I guess he has Paco's attention now!
PS He already has Paco's attention. Who do you think went all the way to Vinton, Lousianna twice to ride him?
Lopez did not choose. He was told that BI was not going to run. There was a question as to whether the race would go... Breen obviously wanted it to go for POF, so he put BI in.
Straight from the racing office.
You are absolutely right that the distance made no sense for a horse coming off a twenty month layoff. However, BI did post his career best Colt's and Thorograph number in his comeback win. He might be as good as he was, but hard to tell yet.
Would you call it ridiculous if Goldencents, Itsmyluckyday, Hightail, Shangai Bobby, Central Banker were to enter the Forego assuming they were all still running? These are all the type horses Bern Identity either beat or was competitive with before he went to the sidelines. While I am well aware that this is a step up, his coltsneck and thorograph numbers suggest that he would be competitive.
I agree. I also agree with others that the Forego will be tough, but I think that it is worth the shot..... grade one, win and in to BC, $500,000 purse. It is a big step, but I agree with you that you take a shot. Assuming, of course, that he came out of his win in fine fettle.
Very tough to come up with a good spot for him other than the, sure to be tough, Forego or the Dave's Friend. Nothing else at the Spa that really fits as far as I can figure. 7/8ths makes perfect sense to me as far as distance. His knee injury should not drastically change his distance capability. He was good up to a 1 and 1/16. He certainly would need another sprint before stretching out, I think. There might be another 50,000 to 60,000 stake that I am missing, but there are not a ton of logical spots that I see.
Maybe the Dave's Friend at Laurel on Sept 6 going 3/4 for 100,000.
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