While the dust settles from the Triple Crown and many of the 3-year-olds take a little break (literally, in the case of Dunkirk, who is having surgery for a left hind fracture – although with luck he should be back in the fall – although it still adds fuel to the Unbridled’s Song = ‘soft bones’ thesis), the focus shifts back to the older horses.
This coming weekend’s big feature is the Stephen Foster, in which Einstein (pictured) has been assigned the high weight of 124 pounds. You may recall that Einstein finished second to ex-stablemate Curlin in this race last year, so I am very much hoping he finally wins it. There should be some serious competition from horses such as Arson Squad and I’m curious to see where Macho Again stands in relation to his elders (even if it occasionally seems he’s the only horse still in training from last year’s Triple Crown series). But perhaps the most interesting (non-Einstein) entrant will be Asiatic Boy in his US debut. He’s been sent from Dubai after a miserable finish in the Dubai World Cup but previous success in the desert under the care of Mike de Kock – will the Dubai bounce affect a horse who has never raced in the US before?
We will have more later in the week on Einstein and the other Stephen Foster participants, as well as a little bit of catching up with the 3-year-olds across the pond, so do check back.