We're starting to finally have something to look forward to. Tabby Lane (Even the Score-Keeley Chay-Rodeo) is back in the Rhone barn at Tampa Bay Downs after taking a couple of months of rest and recreation out on the farm in Oklahoma.
For the first few weeks Tabby just galloped herself slowly back into shape a couple of miles at a time. Two weeks ago she headed over to the track with a purpose and broke off for a leisurely three furlong work. Apparently she had no real desire to kick it into gear early but did run with some authority down the lane. She finished it in :38 - nothing to write home about, but certainly nothing to worry about given that it was her first trip back over a track in nearly three months.
The following week she came back again to go four furlongs. Again, nothing too pressing was expected of her. This time she broke off when she was supposed to, loafed a bit for the first half of the work but turned in a nice second half to finish up in :50. Not great, but it did place her 18th out of the 40+ works that day. All in all, not bad for a mare that's working her way back into shape. Up next will be at least two more weeks of galloping and a couple of more works before we try and pick a spot for her return.
It's starting to get exciting again!