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Friday, May 20, 2005

Go Out or Stay In?

More on Greeley Galaxy's work today from Thoroughbred Times:

Glen Stute monitored the work for his father, trainer Warren Stute, and was all smiles after the son of Mr. Greeley galloped out a half-mile in :47.80.

“He looked awesome, didn’t he?” Stute asked on his way back to the stakes barn. “He’s ready to run.”

Stute said Wednesday morning that when Greeley’s Galaxy arrived from Churchill Downs, that he would work him in :36, but the colt seemingly made his own plan once he got on the track.

“We got out there, and it was like the horse said, ‘Let’s roll,’” exercise rider John Lloyd said. “It was a little quicker than we had planned, but they wanted to get him a tune up, and they got it. When they go as easy as he was going, you don’t try to sloe them down.”
There seem to be a lot of people jumping on this bandwagon right now, and I imagine that this will, rightly or wrongly, fan the flames.

Afleet Alex was also on the wet track, among the few that weren't limited to walking the shedrow. "You have to do something with them, they can’t sit in the stall all day," said Ritchey. (TT) I dunno, he gallops five miles every day, how about some chess? Or he could read this column by Eric Alterman and wonder along with me where the so-called liberal media has been since the release of the Downing Street Memo. At least one newspaper is asking questions. (via Daily Kos)

1 Comment:

throwaway said...

Hey Alan -- Count me among those NOT ready to jump on the Greeley's Galaxy bandwagon. I gave him a long look before the Derby, but didn't like the way he was training and threw him out. This time around, I have a different concern: early on, I think GG will be moving faster than he's used to in order to keep close to the pace (which, after his Derby experience, I believe will be the gameplan of his connections), and he won't have the late kick that his backers are probably counting on. Just as Alex suffered when forced to deal with a quicker pace, GG won't look quite the same as he did in the Ill. Derby. My instincts tell me that the one horse who impressed most with his combination of early speed and determination to finish in the Derby is the one to play tomorrow: Closing Argument.
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