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.