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Back from Baltimore

Good news while I was away…Barbaro’s cast change went well and his leg is looking good. Apparently they needed to go to the general anesthesia route as he wasn’t buying the ‘in the sling’ attempt:

“The cast was replaced under general anesthesia, and Barbaro had a perfect pool recovery, Richardson reported. He first tried to change it with Barbaro standing in a sling, sedated.”

“He was having none of that,” Richardson said. “He just doesn’t like being held in the sling.”

Well, would you? Cast changes were always a huge deal with my cat; they had to sedate him for it on occasion and he’s tiny — I would imagine it’s a lot harder to safely overpower a 1300 pound horse. But it sounds as though the healing process is really coming along, so that’s reason to be hopeful.

Thinking back to Belmont day (or Manhattan Handicap day, if you prefer to think of it that way), I’ve been musing about Cacique’s impressive finish; perhaps more impressive is his dam’s record of producing top-quality horses. In addition to Cacique, her most recent grade I winner, Hasili (above) is the dam of Banks Hill, Intercontinental, Dansili and Heat Haze. (Heat Haze, by Green Desert, is the only one of that group not by Danehill). You can see why Juddmonte is keeping her babies to race, regardless of what they might make at auction. It will be interesting to see if her post-Danehill foals are as talented, although given Heat Haze’s success, the signs are good. I managed to find a little snippet about Hasili:

The Americans like to use the term ‘Blue Hen’ to denote a mare of special significance. At this rate, they may need to build a whole new coop for Hasili.

Quite.

Speaking of breeding, Polish Miner got his first winner — two-year-old filly Red Hot Lady. I’ve had a good feeling about Polish Miner for a long time; I think in a year or two he will look like a huge bargain. In less positive local news, the Pennsylvania Derby has been scrapped for this year as apparently they can’t cope with the crowd while they are installing the slots. I’m not convinced, but we’ll see what happens next year.

More on the Stephen Foster tomorrow…but I am pulling for Brass Hat.


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