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.
Bagavond Arrives at Carousel Farm for Winter Break. CVFâ€™s six-year-old NY-bred gelding Bagavond (Abaginone-Stylish Aristocrat) has arrived at Diana McClureâ€™s Carousel Stables in northern Virginia, where heâ€™ll get an extended winter break.Â In his abbreviated 2009 campaign, Bagavond had a win (in an allowance race at Belmont) and a second, from three starts.Â He then developed some ankle problems, which weâ€™re confident can be fixed with some rest and a bit of treatment. Since heâ€™s a turf specialist, Bagavond usually takes the winter off anyway, and weâ€™re planning on having him ready for the start of turf racing in New York in 2010.