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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Discreet Cat To Miss Prep

- Discreet Cat is out of the Lahan Burj Nahaar at Dubai today due to a temperature; this according to the Dubai Racing Club Blog. Simon Crisford said that the colt will now train up to the World Cup.

“Discreet Cat had a slightly elevated temperature this morning, and sadly he will not be able to run.

“It is disappointing, as we were all looking forward to seeing him return to action.”
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“It is not ideal in terms of his World Cup preparation to miss this race. We will now go to plan B and try to give him a racecourse gallop to ensure that he is spot-on for the World Cup.”
Still think he's going to make the big showdown with Invasor?

- As spring approaches, Derby fever blossoms, and Patrick Biancone is always subject to a particularly acute case. Belgravia, having recovered from a lung infection, has been sent to Keeneland where he is preparing for the Lane's End at Turfway on March 24. However, Biancone sounds determined to make the Derby by hook or by crook, telling the Form that if need be, he would attempt to make the Derby off just one prep, the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 14. Either way, the Derby would be the first time that Belgravia will have run on real dirt. In fact, I don't know if he's ever even worked out on dirt; a look at the pp's for his first race, at Keeneland, show that all his works were at Turfway; and all of his recent works have been at Hollywood.

And Todd Pletcher confirmed that Ravel will make only one more start before the Derby, that in the Santa Anita Derby. "Everybody's on board with the plan." Even the horse?

2 Comments:

Walter said...

Same song, different verse with Discreet Cat. Unreal.

Regarding the various Derby preps, here's something that caught my eye. O'Neill with reportedly run Liquidity in the Louisiana Derby, while taking Notional to Gulfstream. Why not do it the other way around? I mean, Notional has already proven his affinity for the Fair Grounds surface. Why send another horse to Fair Grounds, while sending the Fair Grounds winner to Florida? Maybe i'm dumb, but that doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Walter said...

Something else i just thought of. If Ravel does indeed get to the Derby using this Pletcher plan, he'd be coming into the race off two consecutive 1 1/8-mile races. I'll bet you'd have to go back a long way to find another horse fitting that description.