- Nick Kling stole my Big Brown headline, but then again, I stole it from UPS. He points out that Big Brown was wearing "pricey" shoes designed to protect a horse's feet. A wise trainer once said, "No foot, no horse." In this horse's case, the issue is quarter cracks.
These are the equine version of torn fingernails, except in the case of a horse, the animal has to stand or run on the injured area. [Troy Record]Well, I wouldn't want to run a mile and a quarter on torn fingernails either, so the concern about Dutrow's colt is understandable.
To show you just how far War Pass has fallen in stature, David Grening, writing of this Saturday's Wood Memorial in the Form, merely lumps him in with Court Vision, Tale of Ekati, and Texas Wildcatter. Visionaire will go to the Blue Grass instead, and Denis of Cork to the Illinois Derby, where he was installed as the 2-1 favorite from post five. Julien Leparoux picks up the mount, and he seems like a good fit for this horse.
(And remember that I'll be doing the live blog thing from the Big A pressbox on Saturday.)
- Nice workout for Colonel John; six furlongs in 1:10.80. “He went five-eighths in :59 and two or three (fifths of a second), and couldn’t have done it any easier," said trainer Eoin Harty.
- Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs are set to join the racino club.