Belmont & Brooklyn
December 8, 2015
Horse Country – Ocala
January 1, 2016
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We land in Florida and our Horse is entered for a race in NY!

After a year and a quarter without any of our horses racing, we received notice that FlatteryWillGetYou was entered in a Maiden race at Aqueduct for NY bred 2 yr-old fillies.

It wasn’t 37 years, like the Triple Crown but it had been awhile  since we felt the excitement of one of ours getting into the starting gate and I wanted to be there. Linda would have put off the race but we told her to run the filly if she’d be competitive.

Unfortunately, she was #12 in the outside stall, a difficult position to overcome in a short 5 1/2 furlong sprint.  Surely the crowd thought so because by post time, she was 27-1! However, Linda thought the experience would be educational. So, last Sunday, as I finished the 18th hole at the Boca Raton Resort and Rhoda sat at the computer in the Business Center at the Beach Club, we watched the 6th race at Aqueduct on IPad and PC. Happily Jim was able to make it to Aqueduct!

The gate opened and she vied for the lead but Jose Ortiz had been instructed not to contest the speed, so he took her back… And back… And back some more. She had only two horses behind her and we could no longer see her on the screen. Our hearts sunk.

Coming into the stretch, the favorite took the lead and started pulling away. We could see Jose taking Flattery wide trying to get around a wall of horses. Then the TV camera focused on the front-runners and the favorite in the lead by daylight and the next horse was second by daylight. It seemed like an inauspicious beginning for our charge… Until the third horse entered the picture and the rider was wearing our silks!

Apparently, Jose had gotten her around the wall of horses and she came charging down the stretch and caught all but the first two. Our 27-1 shot finished third, paying $10.60 to Show. Wow! She didn’t make the Winner’s Circle but she showed she had the right stuff.

Then, a few days before going to Ocala to see our horses there, we got notice that Ransom Note had arrived at Belmont. Amazing timing!

Tomorrow, we get to Ocala and look forward to seeing Ahvee’s Destiny’s two babies, Another Genius and Candy for Kisses at Pat’s farm and Pointe Class at Abracadabra Farm.

More to come…

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