Much to report since our last racing update in late August.
Vapour Musing showed some promise this fall, winning an allowance race at Parx (Philadelphia) on September 11.
She earned $28,200 for the win, on the turf, by 1 1/2 lengths. Her next outing has not yet been decided by management, but the big three-year-old filly seems to be maturing into a race horse, after an awkward early career. She is tall and dark grey and beautiful, and we hope that she will continue to grow into her size and pedigree. Her sire is Manduro, a great German turf horse, and her grandsire was the legendary Monsun, who died just a couple of weeks ago.
The following day Sweet Cat finished second, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner, in the Smart ‘N’ Fancy Stakes at Belmont. She went off the 4th choice at 5-1 in the 6-furlong sprint on the turf, earning $16,000 of the $80,000 total purse for the effort. She came out of the race well and is back in training.
Our connections are looking to try her on Polyturf (an artificial surface, much like grass), possibly at Keeneland in Lexington in the 7-furlong Grade II $250,000 Lexus Raven Run on October 20.
In Lingerie, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ marquee filly, has been training well since her last race, where she finished second to Questing in the Alabama Stakes. Questing went on to finish a very close second to My Miss Aurelia — the undefeated four-year-old super-filly — in the $1,000,000 Cotillion Stakes at Parx this past Saturday. So, as you can see, we’re in tough company.
The goal and strategy is to get In Lingerie a Grade I win prior to the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic November 2. Now that those two “monster horses” have run their BC final prep, our trainer, Todd Pletcher, and our CEO, Aron Wellman, are looking toward either the Grade I $600,000 Beldame Stakes at Belmont this Saturday or the Grade I $500,000 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on October 7. We’ll let you know when the decision has been made.
And finally, on a sadder note: Fifth Gear, our two-year-old colt, partnered with son Philip in a Team Valor syndicate, has been retired after yet another tendon problem, along with breathing difficulties which have surfaced from time to time. Management made the decision to pull the plug on his racing career. A son of Le Roi des Animaux, as is Animal Kingdom, the winner of the 2010 Kentucky Derby, Fifth Gear showed great promise during training but developed problems beginning with his first race. A good home has been found for him with a retired trainer, and he should enjoy a comfortable life of leisure. Such are the fortunes of thoroughbred racing, for horse and owners, for better or worse!
We’ll keep you posted.