Racing Season quickly fades
How has your summer been? The weather in Saratoga Springs has been generally wonderful. The time flies by. We’ve raced only once, though tomorrow Hay Field, who last time came in 4th on the last day of the Belmont meet at odds of 109-1, finds herself in the #1 post with 9 others on the grass during the maximum point of tomorrow’s eclipse. It’s a quick 5 1/2 furlongs and, though she is 15-1 on the morning line, I believe she can be competitive. Of course, “can be” and “will be” are not the same thing.
Our trainer for this effort is once again, Assaf Ronen. The jockey is Luis Reyes who after finishing 4th on her at 109-1, won a race at Saratoga aboard Perplexed, a 115-1 shot. If you guessed that Perplexed‘s sire is Maimonides, you win 613 mitzvahs (good deeds).If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Google “Maimonides.”
Two weeks ago, Another Genius raced for the first time this year, with Linda Rice as trainer. It was also at 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass. In the paddock, she was calm, but on the track prior to going to the gate, she was unruly and used up a lot of energy. Jose Ortiz, the meet’s leading rider, got her out of the gate slowly. After pushing her up to 2nd for a moment, she settled back in 5th place and ran an even race, finishing 4th. Now Linda wants to bring her back in a $25K claimer on the last day of the meet. Ouch!
Looks like a win but it’s 4th place
We do get to see our steeds often this summer. Another Genius is at Linda’s which is not far but it’s simpler to see Hay Field and Beyondelle who’ve been across the street. Distance doesn’t stop us from seeing mom and baby, as well as Ransom Note, Candy for Kisses and FlatteryWillGetYou, who are all at Stonegate Stables in Ft. Edward about 25 minutes away. Candy is in foal to First Samurai, Flattery will be bred in February, as will Ahvee’s Destiny. Ransom is recovering from injury.
Candy for Kisses likes to graze
Beyondelle going to train. Our house at left.