- In Lingerie was retired from racing and will be bred to to European Champion Frankel. She is expected to be sold in foal next November.
- Sweet Cat was sold at auction in November at the Fasig-Tipton Broodmare sales for $260,000.
- Fifth Gear, a son of Leroidesanimaux — Animal Kingdom’s sire — was retired after two races without placing, and having chronic breathing problems, was given to the trainer-father of a TVI staff member for care.
- State of Play, a War Front colt, encountered numerous physical problems during his three-year-old campaign and is being given time off until spring, when he is expected to resume training and racing.
- Vapour Musing is spending the winter in South Carolina after winning twice in three starts as a three-year-old. We are waiting to hear whether management has enough confidence in her to pursue a 2013 campaign. She is a tall grey filly, and our own view is that she is a late bloomer just growing into her size; and we hope that she has the opportunity to show her improvement at four.
- Matagot, a two-year-old colt with good breeding, is still “green” after two races this year, but is in training with Todd Pletcher in Florida and is expected to race at Gulfstream this winter. The jury is still out.
- Bee Brave, a two-year-old English filly with an impressive maiden win in England, is in training in California and expected to be a stakes contender during her three-year-old campaign in 2013.
- Southern Heart (a half brother to Pluck, our 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf champion), whose father is Arch — a sire commanding a stud fee of $40,000 this year — has run three times in maiden races without a win and was claimed by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners this week for $20,000 at Santa Anita. ETP has high expectations for this three-year-old colt after gelding him and turning him over to trainer Paddy Gallagher in California. This beautiful black colt looks very much like Pluck, and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to share in his ownership. This was our first experience claiming a horse in a claiming race, and it was pretty exciting — but not as exciting as if we’d actually been there with the halter in our hand at the finish line. If you watched the short-lived HBO series “Luck,” you might have seen the episode where some totally incompetent guys managed to put in a claim on a horse, but it was very realistic.
The first weekend in November, we were in Los Angeles to see In Lingerie make her first foray on the grass in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Her win in the Spinster at Keeneland had given her a free pass to either the Ladies’ Classic or any other race with a purse of $2 million or less. Our managing partner and In Lingerie’s trainer spent a lot of time deciding which race would give her the best opportunity, and they eventually came down on the side of the turf race, although she had never raced on the grass before. She had performed well on both dirt and polytrack, and horses with that versatility can often do equally well on turf. The deciding factor, we think, was the presence in the Ladies’ Classic of some of the best fillies now running, including the powerhouse Royal Delta (who won impressively, as it turned out).
In Lingerie looked beautiful on race day and was the subject of a feature TV piece by Bob Neumeier, the NBC racing analyst. She ran a strong third until the stretch, when she wasn’t able to keep up the pace and finished ninth. We were proud of her effort, though, and glad that she came out of the race healthy. She never ran as a two-year-old and performed spectacularly for us all year, and as our managing partner said, “She doesn’t owe us anything.”
After briefly considering a 2013 racing career for her, the partnership was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: In Lingerie will go to England early in the new year to be bred to Frankel, the two-time European Horse of the Year and possibly the greatest horse any of us will see in our lifetime. This will be his first year at stud, and our filly is one of only five U.S. never-bred fillies to be chosen for breeding to him. We are very excited about this and of course eager to see the foal that In Lingerie produces in 2014. The plan is to sell her in foal next November, but we hope the new owner will send us pictures of mother and baby for this web site.