After consulting with the partners we were split. My gut said turn her out and give her a break, but I approached our trainer, Bernell Rhone, and asked for his opinion and we talked about it. What it came down to for me was whether or not we had a chance to salvage her career or not. After her bailing during her last effort at $7500 the thought of dropping a healthy horse to the bottom rung - one who won at $25,000 less than a year ago - was not only unappealing, but seemed to defeat the purpose of getting her back on track. If she wasn't going to fire, for whatever the reason, she wasn't going to fire no matter how low we dropped her.
We know she loved Tampa and did well there - for whatever the reason. She's hit the board enough so we have some money in the bank. Because she can't speak, we can only presume at her reasons for her lackluster performances, but if a little time away can restore her to her former success level, then it is worth the chance. I am a bit afraid if we go lower and she still doesn't do well that she'll be frustrated and she'll just stop trying. If you've been around racehorses at all, you've seen this happen. Once they go that far it is SO hard to get them back. I'd rather not push that envelope if we have a chance at bringing her back to her former station.
Bernell was leaning that way himself but, of course, she's our horse and our decision. Vacation time it is. We'll have her turned out in Oklahoma until it's time for the Rhone barn to head south. She'll join the caravan and then start her road back. It could be late December or early January before we see her on the track - hopefully a new and improved mare!