Bagavond Doing Well in Virginia. Diana McClure, who runs Carousel Stables in northern Virginia, reports that our six-year-old gelding Bagavond is doing well on his winter vacation from turf racing. Bagavond has been treated for some soreness in his front legs, and is responding well, and ready to enjoy some turnout time in Dianaâ€™s paddocks. Weâ€™ll be looking to bring him back to Belmont in the spring, so that heâ€™s ready for the start of grass racing in April or May of 2010.
Talking Blues Out on the Training Track for Bruce Brown, Talking Blues has been jogging on the Belmont training track for his new trainer, Bruce Brown, for the past week. According to Bruceâ€™s exercise rider and assistant trainer, Talking Blues has been eager to get to work, and weâ€™ll probably be looking for a race for him as soon as Aqueduct resumes racing after the holiday break. There will be no racing from Monday, December 13th though Christmas Day. Bruce Brown, by the way, took a day off from training on account of the birth of his son. Congratulations!
Strings and Arrows has first half-mile breeze. Leah Gyarmati gave Strings and Arrows his first half-mile breeze since his return to the race track. Our colt went in 51.02 seconds, well in hand. The breeze is another strong step on Strings and Arrowsâ€™ road back to the races. Leah will give him a few more breezes, but, if all goes well, he should be ready to race not too long after the Aqueduct holiday break.
Nov. 27. Talking Blues Moves to Trainer Bruce Brownâ€™s Barn. After a hard-luck trip in Aqueductâ€™s 4th race on November 26th (losing a four-way-photo for the place), Talking Blues has moved to trainer Bruce Brownâ€™s barn at Belmont. Bill Turner will be heading to Florida for the winter, but New York-bred Talking Blues will stay at Aqueduct, where he should thrive on state-bred competition on the inner track. Bruce Brown will also be training for Castle Village Farmâ€™s new 2009 claiming partnership, which we hope to have underway in the near future.
Strings and Arrows Works 3f at Belmont. Â Trainer Leah Gyarmati gave our three-year-old Strings and Arrows a three-furlong breeze on the Belmont training track on November 23rd. Our horse went in 38.11 seconds, in his second official workout after returning to the track from a sesamoid injury that he suffered while finishing a gallant third back in June.Â Weâ€™re looking to see him back in the starting gate not too long after the Christmas break.
Iguazu has debut race at Aqueduct, will head to Florida. Our two-year-old colt Iguazu (Smoke Glacken-Green Jeans) has had his first career start, at Aqueduct on November 21st, in an open-company maiden special weight at 5 Â½ furlongs.Â The major purpose of the race was to show him what racing is like, while he was still a two year old.Â And that it did. Â He had a tough trip, getting pinched back at the break, so we figure the experience should set him up well for the future. Bill Turner will be taking Iguazu to the Palm Meadows training center in Florida and plans to race him at Gulfstream Park over the winter, where heâ€™ll gradually lengthen out into races of a mile and up.
Strings and Arrows Has First Workout. Three-year-old Castle Village Farm colt Strings and Arrows (Bowmanâ€™s Band-Herbâ€™s Prospect), trained and co-owned by Leah Gyarmati, returned to the Belmont training track on November 18th for his first official workout since he was injured in a race back on June 3rd.Â Renowned equine surgeon Dr. Patti Hogan operated on Strings and Arrows after the injury, and our colt has been making steady progress in his recovery.Â This workout was his first officially recorded breeze since the surgery â€“ an important step on his road back to the races.
Iguazu Has Solid Work. In his final workout before his planned racing debut, two-year-old colt Iguazu went a half-mile in 50.17 seconds, under a tight hold by jockey Jorge Chavez, who will ride Iguazu in his first start, planned for November 21st.Â Trainer Bill Turner said that Iguazu has done what he needs to do on the training track and now itâ€™s time to go to the races.
Nov. 4. Talking Blues Runs a Close Second. Our three-year-old NY-bred gelding Talking Blues (Silver Music-Time to Rap) ran the best race of his career on November 4th at Aqueduct, finishing second to heavy favorite Southern Hero, by only a length, in an open-company maiden event at Aqueduct. Talking Blues, under rider Jean-Luc Samyn, stalked the pace early on in the one-mile race, then rallied through the stretch, leaving the rest of the field behind, but couldnâ€™t quite catch the favorite.Â It was his third second-place finish in six races, and Talking Blues earned his best Beyer Speed Figure yet for the race.
Just Zip It Arrives at the Farm. Our five-year-old mare Just Zip It (City Zip-Just Regular), has arrived at Justine Hughesâ€™ farm in the Virginia horse country, where Just Zip It will begin her new career as a broodmare.Â Since we purchased her privately for $25,000 as a two-year-old, Just Zip It had three wins, three seconds and six thirds in her 15-race career (80% in the money), with total earnings of $156,195.Â She was stakes-placed three times — in the Wandering Cloud Stakes and the Schenectady Handicap at Belmont and in the Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga. Just Zip It started showing her age this summer, so we decided it was time find her a new home â€“ and a new purpose in life. Weâ€™re planning on being involved with her foals when theyâ€™re ready to start racing.