Racing Update – September 4, 2013

Since the last update, two horses have run, with mixed results.

Two-year-old filly Bajan ran in the Del Mar Debutante Derby, a $300,000 G1 last Saturday , August 31. She finished 6th, and her jockey Victor Espinosa — who has been aboard for all three of her races — reported that she unexpectedly broke in to a lather of a sweat before entering the gate. She was never a factor in the race, but the management team seems to view it as an anomalous “fugataboudit”! We shall see. In any event she came out of the race in good condition, and future races are under consideration. Seasoned observers beyond our connections still have confidence in her.

Battier, our 3-year-old colt — named after Duke basketball player Shane Battier  — ran the following Monday, September 2, at Parx racetrack near Philadelphia, in the G3 Smarty Jones Stakes for $350,000. After falling far back entering the first turn, he rallied nicely, but went 6-wide around the 2nd turn, and had only enough in the tank for a fourth-place finish. He earned $21,500 for the effort and pleased our connections enough that they are looking at the September 21 Pennsylvania  Derby for $1million. The race is also at Parx, a track Battier seems very comfortable running. This race was more encouraging than it first seemed, as jockey inexperience — a common villain in horse disappointment — was blamed with some apparent justification.

Bee Brave, a 3-year-old filly who has been on the shelf since arriving from England as a heralded 2-year-old, finally appears to be healthy, and is in training in Lexington, KY. She has never run in the US, and sending her to California from Europe now seems to have been an unwise move in retrospect. Being a Kentuckian, I can understand, never having been really comfortable in California. Looking forward to seeing her race in 2013.

State of Play is in serious training at Fair Hill, where Barry Irwin continues to tout TVI sole trainer Rick Mettee as the second coming of Ben Jones. Not our affair. Geh gesundte heh! According to notes released, State of Play is expected to be ready to run at Laurel in  Maryland this month.

And last . . . In Lingerie, healthily in foal to Frankel, will be sold at the Keeneland Broodmare Sales in November. HUGE expectations! At least from Laurie and Gerry.

Fingers crossed.

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