Normandy Invasion is back with Larry and doing very well. Larry thinks it’s remarkable how well he seems to have healed. He can’t tell from the way he feels when Larry’s on his back, nor can he find any heat or swelling or any other even slight indication that one of his ankles had incurred an injury. Normandy is supposed to just jog for 30 days, and they’ve mostly been able to keep him at a jog. He wants to do more so occasionally he’ll get into a gallop before they slow him down again. He has another week or so to go before he’ll be allowed to start galloping.
Cassatt came out of the Houston Ladies Classic as well as a horse can come out of a race. She’s doing beautifully. Larry plans to breeze her 3 times prior to the Santa Margarita, with the last one being five days out from the race.
Coup de Grace couldn’t be doing better. Larry really likes Coup and thinks that he’ll stretch out though he’ll start back at a sprint distance. He’s about 5-6 weeks from making his 2015 debut.
Broadway Show runs on Saturday. Expectations are high that she could be a special filly.
Exodus exited his race in Texas in good order. As has been reported in the press, Larry intends to keep this one going short, at least for now.
Bluff is training great and is pointing to the Risen Star on 2/21. Should he earn his way in the Risen Star, he’ll make his next start in the 3/28 Louisiana Derby.
General Ike has been gelded and sent to the farm for some R&R. This horse has been a bit frustrating to us as he has a huge gallop and seems to have far more talent than he’s shown in the afternoon. We’re going to see if a vacation may be able to turn him around.
Texas Two Step was sent to Kellyn Gorder at Oaklawn since he didn’t like the Fair Grounds surface. Kellyn reported that he was a little anxious in his new environment for a couple days but then he settled right in. He is moving nice over the Oaklawn surface.
We’ve determined that we made a mistake with The Sandman in his last race by running him back too quickly. He had run a really huge rag number in his race prior, so we should’ve given him at least a month or so to recover. We’re throwing out that race and will give him more time between races.
Cinnamon Spice is doing great. Larry’s planning to run her long next out. She should race again in the first or second week of March.
Larry was really happy with The Trunk Monkey’s return. He ran really well off such a long layoff, but Larry was particularly happy with the way The Trunk Monkey dug deep.
Jerry has always liked Kentuckian but has had to go slow and steady with this big Tiznow colt. It looks like he’ll make his debut in mid-March.
Ideal is ready for a race and Jerry is looking for one for him.
Glory was a disappointing second in the California Oaks this past weekend. The surface there is said to be extremely slow and tiring. She came out of the race well and we’ll hope that her next start on dirt shows us the filly we think she is.
Bronze Star has started back galloping.
Kicker Bond is in tomorrow and is the morning line favorite going seven-eighths. Beetlebomb will be trying his hand again at the $5,000 level and will hopefully get the win next time. Ballad is doing well and should start again in a couple weeks. Jeff is happy with the way Jubilation is training. He thinks she just might have some talent.
Thirteen Arrows is still at the farm, but she’s jogging now. She should be ready to go back to Larry in a week or two.
Clark Kent has retired and is still recovering from a serious sesamoid fracture. He had to be confined to his stall for quite a long time, but he handled his confinement well and so we have to credit Clark himself for a big part of his recovery. It does appear now that he will heal well enough that he can be a stallion or riding horse.