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Wednesday, August 24, 2005


- The Travers’ gain is the King’s Bishop’s loss. Lost in the Fog will be a prohibitive favorite and whatever he does, it will likely not silence those who are skeptics. Trainer Greg Gilchrist is not upset at all though that Bellamy Road is headed for the Travers. "I am certainly not sad that (Bellamy Road's) not going to be there....I am not the kind of guy who wants to go find the toughest race that I can. If he's not in there, it won't hurt my feelings." [Albany Times-Union] Gilchrist also downplayed the bar shoe the colt has been wearing to protect a quarter crack in his left hind foot.

"I would doubt very seriously that he wears it in the race," Gilchrist said Monday from northern California. "I'm not even concerned about that foot. It's not bothering him. I wouldn't say it won't bother him after the race, but you've got to play hurt sometimes. It's not a major thing." [Daily Racing Form]
Hmmm. Seems like we’ve heard that before.

The other big race on Travers day is the Hopeful for 2 yo’s and Biancone’s Henny Hughes worked a spectacular 5 furlongs in 59.65.
Trainer Patrick Biancone called it a routine work for an extraordinary juvenile colt.
"He's not just any kind of 2-year-old," Biancone said. "He's different. He relaxes well, he's got all the qualities of a good horse. He does the job push-button - he's a pro."
Henny Hughes did Tuesday's work so easily that as he walked through the paddock on the way back to his barn, you could hardly hear him breathe. [DRF]