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Catching UP with The Infield

MO TERMS broke his maiden on Feb. 25 at Turfway Park!  Wahoo!  Go Mo & Trainer Mary McKinley!  The dark bay colt won a $7500 Maiden Claiming event at a mile under jockey E. Wilkinson.  His victory comes after months of close calls, most recently a 4th on Feb 2.  

I caught up on the last couple episodes of JOCKEYS during my hiatus.   Chantal and Mike are very competitive with each other…Joe Talamo probably should have gotten some kind of suspension after three incidents of swaggin’ in one day.  The look inside the stewards’ office was pretty neat, something I have never seen before…the tall jockey, whose name I cannot ever remember but he was in from Arlington Park, struggled to find mounts and eventually decided to move his saddle to Kentucky…Aaron Gryder lost the mount on the filly named after his daughter, Grace Gryder, to Talamo…Talamo won the race and left an “autographed” winners’ circle shot on Gryder’s locker…it was pretty cool seeing all of the champion jockeys get together at the local to chat and give Joe a hard time…I want a copy of Mike’s Holy Bull DVD! 

The penultimate episode airs on Friday, and I hope it gets more into the Breeders’ Cup preparations.  Also, Orthodox, the horse Jon Court rode to victory in the 2nd episode, won an allowance race last week.  Speaking of Jon, he is riding at Oaklawn this season and has won 12 races in 106 starts, the 6th leading rider in Hot Springs.  Chantal Sutherland recently rode Infield favorite Lickety Lemon to a 5th place finish in the La Zanzara H. at Santa Anita.  Kayla Stra was 2nd in the third race yesterday at Santa Anita, on Lethal Dose.

Later this month, I am taking a trip to Tucson, AZ, to check out the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.  I will have a full account of the experience as live as I can get it, so stay tuned!

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MO TERMS close 2nd!!

Closed well on the outside, 2nd by a head to Sherif. This is the second close one Mo has run… one of these days he’s gonna pull through and win it all.

SKIP AWAY STAR runs in the nightcap later today at Turfway.

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MO TERMS on TVG RIGHT NOW!!

Check it out. TURFWAY Race 1.

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Infield on the Backside

Morning at the clockers stand.

Morning at the clockers' stand.

Despite the miraculous nature of modern technology and hour of uploading and formatting, the previous entry was still FUBAR.  Here are some photos from my visit to the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington last Friday morning.

Mary Gaffney, Mary McKinley, Jim Gaffney and Karen Curtis.

Gaffney and Girls: Mary Gaffney, Mary McKinley, Jim Gaffney and Karen Curtis.

 

Horses on track for their workouts at the Thoroughbred Center.

Horses on track for their workouts at the Thoroughbred Center.

The facilitys barns gleam in morning sunlight as a trio work in company.

The facility's barns gleam in morning sunlight as a trio work in company.

McKinleys horse, MO TERMS, sporting red blinkers.

McKinley's horse, MO TERMS, sporting red blinkers.

 

Another shot of Mo Terms, 3yo gelding by Private Terms out of the Chief Honcho mare Moroncho

Another shot of Mo Terms, 3yo gelding by Private Terms out of the Chief Honcho mare Moroncho

You can see the competitive fire in his eye

You can see the competitive fire in his eye

Mo was race-fit and pulling on his rider the whole way around the track, and stuck his head in front at the end of the work.

Mo was race-fit and pulling on his rider the whole way around the track, and stuck his head in front at the end of the work.

JIGGLIN, 5yo mare owned and trained by Scott Moran

JIGGLIN, 5yo mare owned and trained by Scott Moran

JIGGLIN,  Pryamid Peak x Busty, by Fuzzbuster

JIGGLIN, Pryamid Peak x Busty, by Fuzzbuster

At The Wire

At The Wire

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InField Trip Day 1: Walk Like an Insider

Brisk morning at the training track.  Long, low barns glowing white in the sunlight.  Horses galloping past railbirds with stopwatches.  It helps to know someone pretty famous in the horse world to get behind the scenes access like I experienced today.  I haven’t mentioned this before, but I am friends with Jim Gaffney, former exercise rider of Secretariat.  He’s an awesome guy and very, very generous with his time and knowledge.  This morning, I joined him at the Thoroughbred Center and met Mary McKinley, an owner/breeder/trainer from PA with some nice horses by Private Terms.

Mary Gaffney, Mary McKinley, Jim Gaffney and Karen Curtis(my mom!).

Gaffney & Girls and the Thoroughbred Center, from Left: Mary Gaffney, Mary McKinley, Jim Gaffney and Karen Curtis(my mom!).McKinley has 2 horses racing this weekend at Turfway. The one I watched this morning was a near-black 3yo gelding named MO TERMS. The colt was race-fit and pulling on his rider as they took an easy jog in company around the track. MO pulled ahead of the other 2 colts and looked determined to win -- he has had 2 hard luck seconds lately and the consensus on track was that his next one would be his maiden-breaker. 1st race, 1st post on SUnday at TURFWAY, MO TERMS...wise-guy pick!McKinley told us about her yearling colt by Arthur's Ring named SHREKRETARIAT who will be in the look-alike contest tomorrow!MO TERMS (far right) warms up for a jog with two others.

After about an hour and a half at the TB Center, we all packed up and headed for CLaiborne Farm, where a friend of McKinley’s, Tony BAttaglia (no relation to Mike), waited to take us on a quick tour of the stallion complex.
Jim rode Secretariat more than anyone else during the horse’s career, but he never got to see Big Red at stud.  This was only the 2nd time he had been to Claiborne.  Battaglia made us all very welcome and thrilled us with stories of CLaiborne’s greatest stallions. 
BAttaglia grooms Eddington and During, and he brought out the tall red son of Unbridled for us to inspect.
Eddington, Tony Battaglia and Jim
Jim says he could leg up right now...all 17 hands up.

Jim says he could leg up right now...all 17 hands up.

They mean business here...good thing I had an escort.

They mean business here...good thing I had an escort.

Tony also brought out 1998 South African Triple Crown winner HORSE CHESTNUT for us!  I *love* this horse.  He only ran once in the US before getting hurt, winning the Broward Stakes.  But he looks like Secretariat! 
Handsome Horse Chestnut

Handsome Horse ChestnutClaiborne Stands a solid roster of established sires as well as new lines. Flatter, Strong Hope, Horse Greely and First Samurai are all first or second crop sires. The farm's strongest sire is its favorite homebred - PULPIT. Pulpit, winner of the 1997 Bluegrass Stakes, sire of multiple stakes winners and a sweetie.

Pulpit, winner of the '97 Bluegrass Stakes, sire of multiple stakes winners as well as a very pretty pony!

Me & Jim at Secretariat's former stall

Me & Jim at Secretariat's former stallWhile at Claiborne, I engaged in some genius thoroughbred trivia mad skillz. Just because I am a young chick doesn't mean I don't know who Swale was! In the Claiborne cemetery, a weathered tombstone marks where Johnstown is buried. Johnstown was the 1939 KY Derby winner, duh;-)The breeding shed at Claiborne looks like a tobacco barn. The bricks out front are, fittingly, made of rubber.Charlie Davis was another of the exercise riders Lucien Laren employed in the 70's and he accompanied Secretariat to Lousiville for the '73 Derby. He is also in town for the SecFest and was touring Claiborne while we were there, too!Charlie Davis Claiborne is always a great place to visit, but I was most looking forward to meeting Congaree at Adena Springs!The imposing main gate at Adena resembles the entrance of a posh gated community.

Adena relocated to this site last year.  All of the barns and offices still have that new car smell, and there are even houses for the employees on the property, too.  The main office was the coolest thing: when you go in the front door, a richly-appointed lobby with gleaming trophy cases greet you at the front desk.  You go out a back door into the attached stallion barn and breeding shed!  It is awesome-I want a house like that!

I will have more photos and updates tomorrow, but for now I am tired and must get my beauty sleep.  Here’s one last photo for your viewing pleasure:

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