We are still glowing from Songbird’s Breeders’ Cup win. It’s fun to have such a nice filly. We can’t see how she wouldn’t be named the two-year-old filly champion, so we are looking forward to going to the Eclipse Awards in the middle of January.
Songbird went to WinStar after her Juvenile Fillies win. We wanted to give her a little rest and also have Dr. Bramlage go over her with a fine-toothed comb. She had a little ache in a stifle from the race, but it wasn’t a concern to Dr. Bramlage and he passed her with flying colors. We also had a nuclear scan performed to make sure all is well, and she looked perfect on the scan, with activity at the amount and locations that Dr. Bramlage would want to see in a filly her age.
Dr. Bramlage has been someone that we’ve sought guidance from through the years so that we make the best decisions possible in the management of our horses. He has stressed the importance of horses having paddock time between campaigns to heal from the wear and tear that inevitably comes from racing and training. Being a lightly-raced two-year-old, it isn’t quite as important as it would be for an older horse who has more training miles under his saddle, but it could only do her good to have this little break. Her month of paddock time comes to an end this week as she’s shipping back to Jerry Hollendorfer on Thursday. The Hollendorfer team is excited to see her. Jerry kidded that they may have a welcoming parade for her upon her arrival.
Thirteen Arrows is another recent highlight for the stable. She ran her eyeballs out last Wednesday in the Zia Park Distaff and we are immensely proud of her. She left nothing on the table as she tore through fractions of 22 flat, 44 flat, and 56 and 2 before winning in 1:09 and 3. Larry remarked that he doesn’t think he’s ever had a horse record that fast of a 5-furlong time. She was blowing pretty hard after the race, but given the fractions and the altitude, we weren’t surprised. She’ll get some rest and hopefully a graded stakes start will be in her near future.
Bal a Bali ran a good second in the G2 Seabiscuit at Del Mar on Friday. The pace was pretty soft on the front and the winner got a jump on Bali. Bali finished well and was closing the gap. Mandella has felt that he should keep Bali at the mile distance to this point but is now ready to stretch him out. He’s planning on entering the San Gabriel (G2) at Santa Anita on January 2.
Jeff Runco had a nice win with Jubilation a couple weeks ago. The half sister to General Ike won handily, breaking her maiden by about 4 1/2 lengths.
Larry has two Fox Hill horses entered with Scarecrow and Southern Girl scheduled for later this week. He’s looking for a race for Cassatt who will likely be the next starter for us after those two. We’ll post a complete update on all in the stable soon.
We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their friends and family. One of the things that we are thankful for is the group of great fans that we have. You help in our enjoyment of our stable. –RICK