We have a Bal a Bali update that we’d rather not be making. He was scheduled to fly out to Richard Mandella over the weekend, but a small lameness issue cropped up nearing the end of last week. We’ve been proactive at every stage, including sending him to the nearest clinic when he was first noticed lame, but as of yesterday, it was confirmed that we are battling laminitis. We have the vets from Palm Beach Equine as well as Rood & Riddle working on him, and we’ve brought in a mobile cold water pool for him. The news was fairly positive today and we hope that it continues to be positive over the coming days. We’d like to thank Dr. Davis, Dr. Dryden, and everyone else who has been tending to Bal a Bali for all their hard work and dedication to seeing him become well. We hope you’ll send good thoughts to the horse and his team.
This is a Tale about a filly and the man who owns Fox Hill Farm. This is the 2013 filly out of Christina’s World by Tale of the Cat. She was born prematurely and before her bones had properly hardened. It was said that 95% of people would’ve euthanized the filly. She couldn’t be a viable racehorse and a $30k stud fee was due on her. Rick could see no humane reason to put the filly down, so she wasn’t. He paid for two surgeries to help her limbs, and has paid for her monthly care. She illustrates why I’m so proud to work for Rick Porter, who always thinks of the horses’ welfare first. I also want to commend Coolmore Stud who knew of the situation and waived the stud fee. She’s now a yearling and ready to be broken and be someone’s riding horse. If you’d like to adopt her or would like to work with her to ready her for a new home, please let us know.
Fox Hill Farm and Siena Farm have purchased 2014 Brazilian Triple Crown winner Bal a Bali (Put It Back-US — In My Side-Brz, by Clackson-Brz). Bal a Bali became Brazil’s 12th Triple Crown winner by winning the Grande Premio Cruzeiro do Sul (Brz I) in track record time of 2:23.25 for the 2400 meters (about 12 furlongs). In the first leg of the Triple Crown, Bal a Bali also set a track record. The time of 1:31.36 for 1600 meters (about 1 mile) was just shy of a world record. With 11 wins and 1 third in 12 starts, Bal a Bali will now try to bring to the U.S. the same exciting form he showed in Brazil. Bal a Bali has earned a “Win and You’re In” spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) but with his prowess extending from a mile to a mile-and-one-half and a pedigree that indicates that dirt may not be out of his realm, the colt has a few options that we will explore. Born on Sept. 22, 2010, the Brazilian 3-year-old will be a young 4-year-old in the States. Bal a Bali will be sent to trainer Richard Mandella.
We had a number of works this morning. Most exciting was Cassatt who recorded a bullet :58.40 which was 2.80 seconds faster than the second-fastest 5f breeze. Hopefully she’s over her shin issues and we’ll be seeing a good second half of the year with her. She’s the kind that gets your blood going in this sport. Thirteen Arrows and Coup de Grace both worked 4 furlongs going in :49.60 and :49.40 respectively. A couple of the 2-year-olds got in their first work at the track, with Broadway Show recording a co-bullet for her :36.40 move. Ruby’s Escapade went in :47 flat. Mary Rita and Linchpin both went in 1:01.20. We’re going to try Linchpin on the turf. Larry took him over to the small turf course and thought he galloped like a different horse on that surface. We’ll just have to see. Normandy Invasion is settling in well at Larry’s barn and Larry’s just going to play it by ear with him as he gets to know the colt. General Ike came out of his race well. He’s won two in a row and has made a nice improvement from his prior races. Clark Kent came out of his debut with sore feet again so we gave him a freshening and he’s back at the barn. He sure is one big, handsome horse. Fame and Fortune is having some tests run as it seems she may have a lower airway infection. She got a severe case of pneumonia last Fall and as a result she’s more susceptible to getting illnesses such as this. Cinnamon Spice is in Lexington being treated by Rood & Riddle. She had a severe reaction to antibiotics a couple months ago and has been a sick girl ever since, with the antibiotics wiping out the good bacteria from her intestines. She’s going to need a couple months off just to gain back the weight she lost. Grass and sunshine should do her well. Kicker Bond and The Sandman are doing well. The Trunk Monkey re-injured a suspensory. He’s on turnout for at least another month to six weeks, wanting to give him ample time to recover.