Horse Racing Update August 2013

Since our last update last December, there have been significant changes in our ownership interests and status of currently owned horses.

First the bad news:

We claimed a half-brother of Pluck named Southern Heart, who turned out not to want to pursue a career in racing and was retired after three lackluster efforts. He is currently in Law School at Stetson, wherever that is.

Vapour Musing, who won her last two races, developed ankle problems late last year and never raced again. It was felt she was likely to break down, and a good home was found for her.

Matagot, a horse for whom we held some expectations, was a non-winner and retired.

Bee Brave, a European filly who had a promising start in England, has been snake-bit from the start after being shipped to the US after purchase, with one ailment after another. (Laurie thinks she didn’t like the smog in Los Angeles.) She has not run here since being shipped from England. She now appears to be injury-free and happy in the east, and at last notice should resume training this fall. We own shares in her in partnership with son Phil.

Now for the good — and possibly great — news:

In Lingerie was successfully bred to Frankel in England in April, subsequently shipped back to Lexington, KY, this spring, and is being groomed and pampered in anticipation of her sale in foal at the Keeneland sales this November. Frankel was the most sought-after sire in the world this spring, after being called the greatest horse of the past century. (That is, 100 years, not 13). Sale expectations are running rampant — at least in Laurie’s imagination — and she expects we will be able to retire some time after the sale.

State of Play also experienced health problems after his disappointing run in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He ran first in a March 2012 race, then third in an April 2012 race, but has not run since. He was declared fit again about three months ago and has been returned to training, where he is now breezing 5 furlongs in good style. Management still has confidence in him, both as a racehorse and a breeding stallion. We shall see. They anticipate a September return to racing.

New acquisition Battier, May 2013, had never run out of the money in 5 previous races prior to our purchasing him, and has two third place finishes in three starts in stakes races, including a G2. His only stinker was a 6th place finish in a G2. He appears to be back on track and is poised for a $350,000 G2 at Parx on Sept 2.

 

 

And last, we bought into Bajan, a 2yo filly, after seeing her acquired at the Ocala Breeder’s Sales ring for $80,000 this May. ( Top price paid for any filly in the sale was $800,000.) She ran second in a $52,000 maiden race against colts in her debut, then came back to break her maiden for $75,000 at Del Mar last time out, beating some highly heralded fillies, including the Ocala $800,000 buy. She will go in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes, a G1 $300,000 race.

Exciting prospects through the late summer and fall. More later!