I was thinking that a move to Palm Meadows might be good for him as there is peace and quite there unlike Gulfstream Park. And maybe he misses some of his barn mates. I think they would have a lot more time to work on gate issues at Palm Meadows as well.
I was at Gulfstream for Honor Code's allowance race on 3/12. Honor Code appeared to lose the race even before it was run. He acted up a little bit in the show ring. Then, while going from the show ring to the track and on the track, he really became upset and was drenched with sweat. He refused to load in the gate several times and acted up even worse; once loaded he backed out of the gate. The gatekeepers did a marvelous job of pushing him into the gate and preventing him from backing out. I don't know if he has been more agitated as he's been staying at Gulfstream; Shug moved him from Payson Park as the track was too deep for him after he injured his rear ankles. Maybe a move to Palm Meadows will help. He'll need lots of gate training. Thankfully, he has a great trainer who will figure it all out.
Most of the writers have labeled Wildcat Red as only a fast sprinter due to his sire's bloodline. However,his dam Racene, is out of Miner's Mark who was by Mr. Prospector and the undefeated champion and blue hen Personal Ensign. Miner's Mark won the 1 1/4 mile Jockey Club Gold Cup which is a Grade 1 stakes. Personal Ensign was undefeated in 16 races. War Emblem is the son of Miner's Mark full brother, Our Emblem. Wildcat Red has a very classy female family. And although, his sire is from top class sprinters they are a very classy group as well.
Please disregard my comment, I was looking at the wrong racing program. Zaikov won in this $25,000 allowance race at Gulfstream Park.
I hope that Shug can do what Lucien Lauren and Meadow Stables did in 1972 (Riva Ridge) and 1973 (Secretariat). I am hoping for two consequtive Ky Derby wins. Wouldn't that be something.
Ashley, I have the program for that race, The Rapid Transit (ungraded stakes). The horse must have been withdrawn from the race prior to the printing of the program. I guess he still is not ready to race.
Jackson Bend looked amazing in the paddock; he was bright and focused. And he finished 3rd in a high quality field. WTG Jackson Bend and Stanley Gold, his original Florida trainer.
Finn Green, the Reeves' stable manager, discusses Mucho Macho Man and how he's overcome his illness on his facebook page.
Mucho Macho Man had been ill with a virus he contracted when he was in South Florida. He then went for hyperbaric treatment and rehab at Fairhill as he had a lung infection secondary to the viral infection. Mike Smith realized something was wrong with him in the paddock and then when he didn't respond on the track he pulled him up. I applaud MMM's wonderful team for all of his rehab work and keeping him in the game. Best of luck to MMM and his team. If you want to check up on the story, check with his trainer.
I'm so glad that Johnny V has the mount on Animal Kingdom at Royal Ascot. Rosario has been brilliant, but he also has been inconsistant. And Johnny V knows the track at Ascot; it can be a tricky track as it goes uphill before the finish line. I'm so glad that Graham Motion has been given this opportunity to go to Ascot with Animal Kingdom. If he wins at Ascot, I wonder if Sheik Mohammad will send some of his horses to Motion.
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