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.
The first segment of this show was about the drug problems in thoroughbred horse racing. I hope many of you saw it. If not, it is on demand on Showtime. It also may be replayed. The National HBPA representative did not come across in his interview too honestly, in my opinion. The USADA representative came across as the real deal. He thinks cheating in racing is a 10 on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst. One of the commentators said that only boxing is considered worse with cheating than horse racing. Now is that time when that group of STRONG OWNERS have come together to solve this problem and make racing the way it was 50-60 years ago. We will bring about a central authority with a commissioner and be like all the other major sports. Testing will change. The way drugs can get on the backside will change. The vets will be accountable and employees of the race track. It will be similar to the Hong Kong model of racing. Their racing is considered as honest and transparent as any in the world. Our group of owners will make this happen. It is just a matter of time. We have a whole different approach this time. We have very strong owners helping our movement. We have experienced, will known outsiders who will help us achieve this goal. Stay tuned. We are on the march and will not stop until the job is done.
Churchill Downs received more negative publicity yesterday when California Chrome’s owner took aim at Churchill from the Preakness winner’s circle.