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Pulling for Teuflesberg

Looking back on my pre-weekend post, I seem rather worryingly prescient — on the positive side, I called the trifecta in the Shadwell Turf Mile and was close on the First Lady, but I also worried whether things were amiss in the Teuflesberg camp, perhaps with good reason. It sounds as though we can be cautiously optimistic about his prognosis at present; let’s hope the news from Rood & Riddle continues to be encouraging.

Alan sums up the ESPN coverage of the day well; I also think they did a great job under what might best be described as unforeseen circumstances — many kudos to Randy Moss and company for keeping the tone appropriate. Back on a cheerful note, I am looking forward to seeing Purim on Breeders’ Cup day if his connections do decide to go ; I’ve always had something of a soft spot for him and it will be nice to see him in person. We’ll find out whether or not The Tin Man will be headed to New Jersey in a few day after his second-place finish in the Clement L. Hirsch.

The weekend did not improve things for The Green Monkey’s family reputation — his 2 year old half sister Coat the Cubes finished last in her debut in a maiden special weight at Belmont on Saturday. That must not have been good news to his dam, Magical Masquerade, who failed to meet her reserve at auction last November. But hey, at least she got to take a few ‘unraced’ labels off her produce record. Oddly, Coat the Cubes no longer appears in PedigreeQuery — but you can still find her cached page. Was it that embarrassing?

Dylan Thomas won the Arc (and the result was allowed to stand after a long and rather controversial stewards’ inquiry and a fair amount of criticism for both winning-but-banned-elsewhere jockey Kieren Fallon and Frankie Detorri on the well-beaten favorite, Authorized) and in case you were wondering how he came to be named for the renowned drunk writer, it seems that Susan Magnier does most of the naming and shares my predilection for naming animals after historical figures (hence my cat named after Snorri Sturluson — speaking of the cat in question, he’s doing very well after having both front ankles fused and a good quantity of metalwork put in there, so I should have him send Teuflesberg a note of encouragement). The word is that Dylan Thomas is Breeders’ Cup-bound before heading off to stud.

Finally, of course, John Henry. Horse racing has lost one of the last of the truly great champions and the sport is poorer for it. At least we have some up-and-coming human stars like 17 year old jockey Joe Talamo to keep an eye on. And the future usually looks brighter after the Juvenile…

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