Friday, December 16, 2011

Tabby's Back and Stallions for Sale


Tabby Lane is back on track – literally.  She’s had two works at Tampa Bay Downs since her 4 – 6 vacation after two mediocre starts at Remington Park.  It’s become pretty obvious over the past two Oklahoma seasons that Tabs is not thrilled with the Remington Park surface.  It happens.  Nothing against the good folks at Remington – heck, Fizzy Pop did just fine there – but this is the corollary of the “horses for courses” adage: a horse that doesn’t care for a particular course!

Tabby hasn’t been pushed too hard, if at all, in her first two works back.  We don’t have a race picked out for her yet since it’s so early in the process and we need to see how far back her ankle has come since the rest.  If you recall, it wasn’t in bad shape, but it is vitally important in a racehorse and certainly could affect her performance and, of course, value as in racing level.  No work can compare to the rigors of racing but so far so good.  Again, for emphasis, I want to add that she has no structural damage and her discomfort was marginal at best, but we thought that a rest and evaluation was in order before we proceed – especially since she doesn’t run well in Oklahoma anyhow. We’ll know more in the next few weeks as her works get a bit more rigorous, but it’s nice to be back in action.


Tonight is the finale of the Minnesota ThoroughbredAssociation stallion auction.  The bidding has been pretty good and there are close to 90 stallions to choose from.  You can bid on-line, as well as at a cocktail reception this evening at Canterbury Park from 6:30 - 9:00 PM.  The auction's on-line home is at  (just click on the link at the top of their homepage to the MTA Stallion Auction) and available to folks everywhere, not just here in Minnesota.  Some of the stallion seasons available include seasons to Einstein, Monarchos, AP Warrior, Zanjero, Limehouse, Hold Me Back and Spring at Last.  The bidding has been brisk and ends this evening at 9PM Central Time.  Bid early, bid often and, most importantly, bid last!

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