Bourbonlogy got rained out last Sunday. Not so much because of the weather, but because of the track conditions. The race was washed off the turf and we were ready to go anyway. There were a few scratches that made the race a bit easier for us but racing was called after a few races because of unsafe track conditions. A trainer and a jockey told me it was akin to a pothole strewn road with puddles hiding the worst of it. Of course a thoroughbred’s thin leg getting stuck and twisted in a hole could be disastrous and if the riders think it’s unsafe, who am I to disagree?
Bobo will go this Thursday in a Maiden Special Weight over the turf course going a mile and 70 yards. She’ll start out of the chute and make a lap around the oval. She’ll open in the wagering as the 4-1 2nd choice in the morning line behind Clay Brinson trained Bluegrass Lucy. I’ll be back with a full profile of the race later in the week.
I’ll also have to retry the “View of the Owners” video blog again, though not this time. My quick trip to IL has turned into a week-long grind that won’t get me home until sometime very late Friday night or early Saturday morning so I will miss Bobo’s first start in person, though I will be watching in a hotel room somewhere near Detroit. Or, on my Horse Races Now app if I’m able to pick up a ticket to the Red Sox game that night while they are in Motown!
Word is still positive on Heliskier. The champion Minnesota bred gelding is banged up but doing okay after going down to his nose at the break on Sunday, ending his undefeated streak and generating one of my most read blog posts ever when I wrote about some of the behaviors I (and others) witnessed when it was learned the horse nearly went down.
Feedback from that post has been interesting. I have had some dialogue with people who feel that I misunderstood what they – or folks with them – were expressing. I think we have differing viewpoints on that and it was a good lesson for a lot of people in perception versus reality. You may indeed be cheering for your horse hitting the front in a race but if that cheering comes at the same time the track announcer says that a horse juts face planted, your actions may be misconstrued. Hell, that’s a lesson even I needed to relearn in a way.
This fellow pointed out that by my saying that I was never happier to see a horse fade like Careless Hunter did that I was basically cheering for their horse to be hurt as well. That wasn’t the case at all, of course. I didn’t want the kids’ bad behavior to be rewarded BUT I can see his point. I knew the horse went out too fast and was tired. The horse wasn’t hurt and no one suspected that he was either. I also didn’t cheer and or high five someone when I heard that he had packed up the fight. HOWEVER by not really thinking about how that statement could be taken by someone before I wrote it, I did, kind of, the same thing – I reacted but didn’t think. At the end of the day, I wish nothing but the best for Careless Hunter’s connections and hope they pick up a couple of wins before the summer is done, they seem like really good people.
Elusive Edition has been training okay. She’s very smart and she simply LOVES to run – two things you can’t train a horse. She has been experiencing some aches and pains, nothing major but she’s had to rest a bit throwing her a bit off schedule and causing us some concern. We’re getting to know her better and better and she is really quite a character. Most definitely one of the best parts of owning these horses is getting to know them as individuals and Ellie is a riot – and most definitely still a baby in some ways as well!
She’s rested a bit and gone back to the racetrack. We’ll need to pick things up on her in the next week or so and see her develop. It’s exciting but also our optimism and excitement is still tempered with some caution as it always should be with 2-year olds.
CANTERBURY RACING CLUB
This is been two things: more work that I imagined and more fun than I could have hoped. The people involved are absolute gems. We had our first race on Friday night and Mundy, our mare, gave everyone a thrill as she took command in the lane and looked like a winner before tiring to third. The pace was a bit hot and the turf was a bit soft and both contributed to her fatigue, but it was an exciting run and the folks really turned out for it. Hopefully we’ll have our gelding, Ask Eddy, race this weekend and I’ll get to meet more of the great folks in the Club. I doubt I’ll ever meet all 179 of them, but I’m hoping to, even if I will forget most of the names – never the faces, but I’m HORRIBLE remembering names!
The start has been a bit slow, but hopefully we'll pick up the pace and hit the winners' circle a few times along the way.