Normandy Invasion has gone to the farm. While he’s been galloping well with the work that was done to his foot, ultimately we decided that the most important goals for Normandy exist in 2014, and the best thing for him is to let his foot heal and hoof grow so that we can go into next year with a horse that is 100%. There really are not any meaningful races for him in 2013 other than the BC and he is far from ready for that with this layoff. We will make a plan for 2014 and work backwards to see when to put him back in training. He is a very talented horse and we are hoping for some big wins in his four year old year.
Joyful came out of her last race great. The plan for her is the Zenyatta at Santa Anita and with a good effort she would run in the Breeders’s Cup
Our first 2yo starter will be Nutmeg, who races on today at Saratoga. We do have a couple 2yos at the farm for minor setbacks, but for the most part all have moved forward without any hiccups and we think that we have a really nice crop of 2yos. After Nutmeg, our next starter seems to likely be Mary Rita, with more starters to come in September and October.
Stourbridge Lion is working really well for John and we’re going to be trying him on turf and possibly synthetics in the coming races. JJ’s Lucky Train came out of his last race with a lot of mucous but it’s all cleared up and he’s doing well. Our Republic is entered at Parx for Saturday. Charade will be running soon. Cairo Six was gelded and is getting some time swimming before he returns. We have had a tough year with our now three year olds but Normany Invasion and Fame and Fortune have great promise when they are completely healed and ready to start racing again.
We bought the half sister to General Ike at Fasig Tipton July and bought three horses at Saratoga. The final purchase Tuesday night was a yearling out of Stop Traffic by Medaglia d’Oro. He is a half to Thirteen Arrows who Chad refers to his best two year old filly. Fame and Fortune is a three year old out of Stop Traffic also and is a full brother to Cross Traffic who just won The Whitney at Saratoga. We have the yearling, two year old and three year old out of Stop Traffic. They are all full of promise.