Well, phooey! Breaking from the number one post position, staying on the rail and out of trouble (as far as we could tell from watching the race on TV), State of Play turned in a rather lackluster performance in Friday’s $100,000 Grade III Transylvania Stakes on the turf at Keeneland. The winner of the race led from the first few yards out of the gate and really blew everyone else away in the stretch, but our colt stayed with him for most of the race, so we aren’t sure why State of Play ran out of gas. He finished a non-threatening third, good for $10,000 in purse money. Everything about this race pointed toward a good result for him: he prefers to run on the grass, and the distance (a mile and one-sixteenth) shouldn’t have posed a problem for him. Oh, well, as they say, that’s horse racing. And we’ve been incredibly lucky in our short career as partners in racing syndicates, not to mention the fact that we have a lot of fun in the process.
Here’s a good photo of State of Play as a two-year-old, before he started racing. His sire is War Front, but he looks very much like his granddaddy, Danzig, the leading sire of the late twentieth century. Our colt is only three now, and he still has plenty of time to prove himself.