[EDIT - The race discussed in this post was actually run on the dirt. I'm such an idiot...]
- As noted by a commenter, Christening checked in 4th at Delaware today, picking up another $1260 check. I’m not going to complain. A commenter noted that I’ve been a “whiner” about my horses lately, and I suppose that’s a fair criticism. I guess the cash call got me a little cranky. The fact that most of the other Castle Village partnerships have at least paid a visit to the winner’s circle doesn’t help.
So I was excited when I saw that she finished 4th and, particularly, that she had been in front. I wasn’t really expecting much of her on the grass. Reader Bank Check informed us that only two horses by Vicar have won on the turf. And Christening has a Tomlinson of only 196; I think a rating under 200 means that the horse is likely to develop hives from the surface. So all in all, it was a pleasant surprise.
But then I read the chart comment, which reads:
Christening set a slow pace for five furlongs and then weakened.Could there possibly be a more negative comment about a horse that was in front until almost the quarter pole, and hung on for a little purse money? I mean, she didn’t even get any credit at all; the comment cast the whole thing in a negative light. They couldn’t have said something like: showed early speed, or set the pace?
I guess I’m whining again. OK, well, Highland Cat is expected to recover quickly from his little foot bruise. There’s a mile and a sixteenth maiden special on the turf written for July 15 which we’re hoping he can make.