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Backup Boyfriend?

Racing will resume in Sydney this week at Warwick Farm racecourse, but without any spectators — they will have to watch (and bet) elsewhere to ensure that the biosecurity rules remain in place. There are still strict guidelines for the movement of horses around the country, however, so only horses already stabled at the track will be allowed to compete.

The spread of equine influenza to the Hunter Valley (and the continued quarantine of the shuttle stallions) means that Makybe Diva will be forced to choose a different mate next week — her choices seem to be Fusaichi Pegasus, Tale of the Cat or Dehere, although in my opinion none of them really stands anywhere near her in class, but it seems that that’s all Coolmore had on the table at this point. One wonders if a ‘second best’ stallion for foal #2 will make her current colt (right) even more valuable.

Back in the States, 2 year old Maimonides (already a the subject of a NY Times feature article) will miss 30 days of training due to bucked shins; I’m rather suspicious of his soundness as I was never impressed by his sire, Vindication — he seemed like your average hot-at-2/done-by-3 flash in the pan to me. I wouldn’t be rushing to breed to an unproven sire who could only manage four starts, but then, I’m picky.

2 comments to Backup Boyfriend?

  • John (AKA Not Too Swift)

    I totally agree about Vindication’s progeny.

    I know bucked shins are a common problem in young horses but it gives one pause that Vindication may pass on his talent and his infirmities in equal measure.

  • Nellie

    Nope, not picky. Intelligent / logical.

    It’s one thing when you’re dealing with a pure accident that sent a horse to stud early, another when details are sketchy. Unsound? Untalented? Is he going to pass this on? More mare owners / stud farms need to be asking those questions and considering the implications of a negative answer.

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