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Can You Go Buzz Buzz?

Zenyatta returned to the track yesterday; while she is still unlikely to make a start before the spring, it’s good to see her name pop up in a headline. Stablemate Tiago also went out for a jog and I’m just as pleased to see him back as a 5-year-old – I was more impressed by his third-place finish in the Classic than just about any other US-based horse (the exception being Zenyatta, of course) during the Breeders’ Cup. I’d like to think he’s just now hitting his stride, but we’ll see how the year progresses. There is more encouraging news in the ‘older’ horse set – Proud Spell is also set to return to racing after apparently not enjoying life on the farm. I’d be curious to know exactly how she made her wishes known – but in any case, welcome back!

Of course, it’s impossible to stop Derby speculation (even at this point) – Old Fashioned (pictured) is burdened with three separate news stories touting his Derby chances this week. That makes Larry Jones a busy man indeed – so much for winding down for retirement with Proud Spell returning and dealing with an early ‘buzz’ horse for the Derby. While it seems Old Fashioned will be taking the Arkansas route to Kentucky via the Southwest, Jones still has Friesan Fire who may stay in New Orleans for the Risen Star. I’m intrigued by Friesan Fire’s pedigree; his dam won 5 out of 6 starts in Australia (typically over shorter distances) and has a lot of other Southern Hemisphere blood on her side. I’m quite curious to see what you get when you match that up with AP Indy. His resume so far doesn’t have anything as impressive as Old Fashioned’s Remsen win, but he could turn out to be an interesting sprinter/miler.

While speculation is good fun, let’s recall that it is, indeed, only January…

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