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The Internationale

We have an international round-up today…Dylan Thomas is out of all Breeders’ Cup contention (surprise!) and Ouija Board is training right up to the big day, which means she’s raced in England for the last time. Apparently it’s been wetter than she likes, and Dylan Thomas’ performance certainly does suggest he’d like a bit of a rest. (Although it was nowhere nearly as embarassing as England’s abysmal performance against Croatia in Euro 2008 qualifying).

It’s a busy week for US-based foreign horses too…there’s a nice article on Invasor and his huge popularity in Uruguay. Gorella had a nice workout in preparation for her appearance in the First Lady this weekend which should be great to watch.

Elsewhere, Israel had its first legal horse race…but no (legal) betting was allowed. Having spent some time working there, I am confident money did indeed change hands sub rosa. Fun fact: the worst pizza I’ve ever had was in fact not in Israel (although it did stand as the worst for many years) — it was in Belgium. But the fine beers in Belgium make up for their lack of national pizza skills.

But back to horses…Barbaro continues to improve and there are some recent articles here, here and photos here. Stablemate Showing Up has been assigned the top weight in the Jamaica this weekend. I’m all for a schedule that brings him back next year.

Edit: Here’s another very detailed Barbaro article. Well worth a read.

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