Vapour Musing, Matagot, State of Play and Fifth Gear Update

Vapour Musing, coming off a maiden win, was totally unimpressive in her follow-up, with the connections suggesting that she needs a longer race, and more maturity.  Her pedigree suggests that she will do best running long races on the turf when she is older. A call from a TVI staffer urged us to keep the faith while this tall, rangy filly matures.  OK!  We will.

Fifth Gear, a two-year-old colt, clearly hasn’t gotten the message yet, as he ran poorly in his second outing. The jockey said he heard the colt make a noise before he quit trying.  A dynamic scope (a very sophisticated diagnostic tool for discovering breathing problems) revealed… nothing!  And the management/vet explanation was that most two-year-olds have a sore throat now. OK again! We’ll keep the faith.  Fifth Gear has run (or zig-zagged) to no avail in two starts, mouthing the equivalent of WTF? while seeing that other horses may be using his track.

And then Matagot, who finished 8th in his debut at Saratoga on Saturday, August 4th, is clearly a “green” two-year-old who has much to learn, but whose connections are not as panicked as he was to find himself confronted by eight other colts tearing down the course. He raced without blinkers, which meant that he was easily distracted.  Hopefully much better is in store for him.

And finally, State of Play, the hard-luck story of 2011, fighting through multiple injuries and setbacks, appears healed, and is back in training. Time will tell whether this promising colt will be able to regain form and once again become a player.  He is much too talented to be sidelined by injuries, and we expect him to be back in form very soon.

More later!


Sweet Cat and In Lingerie Update

In Lingerie ran a distant second in the GI $600,000 Alabama Stakes on Saturday, August 18 at Saratoga.  Beaten 9 lengths by superfreak Questing — who ran 0.5 seconds off the track record at the 1 1/4 mile distance — she nonetheless was 8 lengths better than Zo Impressive in third place.  She took home $120,000 for the effort.

Next on her schedule is probably one of two races at Parx in Philadelphia on September 22: The Grade I Pennsylvania Derby or the Grade I Cotillion, each with a $1 million purse. A third possibility is the Grade I $500,000 Spinster at Keeneland on October 7.

We weren’t able to go to the Black-Eyed Susan, so son Phil and his wife Robin, plus grandchildren Lindsay and Jacob, represented us in the owners’ box and the Winner’s Circle.  Everyone had a terrific time, of course.

Phil (pink tie) & Robin (black hat) in Owner’s Box at Black-Eyed Susan

If all goes well, In Lingerie will be pointed toward the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Santa Anita the first weekend of November, a Grade I $2 million race. Guess who’ll be there if she runs?

As for Sweet Cat, coming off her March win at Gulfstream, she appeared fit and ready to run after a period during the summer when she spiked a fever and her training was set back a few weeks. She was entered in the Coronation Stakes at Saratoga on August 13, but clearly didn’t like the boggy turf conditions after days of rain and finished 6th of 9. She came out of the race well, and Todd Pletcher said, “Draw a line through it!” (as in, “pretend it never happened”). Her next race is as yet undetermined.