- It's Highland Cat, getting ready for his race on Sunday when he ran second. A nice photographing job by the Head Chef; her best effort of the day, as we'll see below. Castle Village has applied his earnings to the cash call, thus easing the pain for the group by the $3,715 netted from the $5,200 share of the purse. That's over 28% skimmed off the top. 10% each to the trainer and jockey, and another point or two for the barn help; a percentage for the managing partner, 2.75% to NYRA, 1% for the horseman's association [Correction: the 1% for the horseman is included in the 2.75% taken by the track]. And Castle Village donates 1% to various charitable causes, including retirement funds and backstretch programs. It's a tough business man; that's a pretty big cut in addition to the normal daily and monthly expenses.
Here, the Head Chef photographed Highland Cat in the paddock from inside; you can see that the glass has not been cleaned recently.
And here, below, is the video that she shot. And if you look very carefully...and don't blink nor take your eyes off of it for even a moment, you just may catch a glimpse - there! - of Highland Cat as he whizzes under the wire. You can also hear the Head Chef trying, at the very same time, to describe the action to me on the phone, and succeeding in doing neither job very well.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Posted by Alan Mann at 11:37 PM