Monday, November 30, 2009

Keeping Them "Greased Up" Between Breezes

Thanksgiving Day Racing in NOLA!

Turns out we were able to catch some racing while visiting the family in New Orleans:

Serious update shortly!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tampa Bay Downs is Open!

Not sure what is up with the recent resolution issues. Will work on fixing asap. Meanwhile here is the latest
UPDATE- Resolution issues fixed. Any distortion now is due to limitations of iPhone and youtube. :

And I found this, which is interesting. I will see about having Mom get one of these helmet cams for future works and commentary.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Calder Again

A work, some cooling tips, and a great effort from Tiny. Sorry about low res. Youtube did not like the quicktime upload for some reason.

Higher resolution here:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Trip to Blue Eagle Ranch for Family Reunion

That is one desolate, but interesting ride. Mom, brother Nando and his wife Sally, sister Victoria and her husband Norberto all made the trip.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Equine Confidence Course

Here is something a little different we felt you might find interesting: a local group getting together to pit their charges against homemade simulations of some of the hazards of the trail. Not much to do with racing except that as a Backyard Racer here is one way you have the ability to raise an animal that might be a little more worldly than his peers at the track. Some day that might be the difference between being spooked and throwing the jock and getting scratched. Still, remember you are dealing with thoroughbreds who have been genetically optimized for racing and not much else. Few will ever become nonchalant.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Zenyatta's Nerves and a Possible Equipment Breathrough

We need to be careful about what we worry about. As you'll see here, I wonder if Spitfire's head carry might be akin to Zenyatta's pre race fretting. Backyard trainers have the best ability to know their charges and should take care not to fix what is not really broken.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Calder Last Weekend

TS Fay did not get here race so she and Irish Eagle ended up working while we were down there. We ran in last race with Tiny...she wasn't fast enough to get in position on rail in front and ate dirt the whole way.
She came out of race fine and we look for a better chance next time!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Farm Update

Back at the farm, working with the youngsters.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

BYRH at Churchill Downs

After a GREAT WHIA CONFERENCE we are pitching ideas at Churchill Downs!

Everyone was very friendly at the track. It was a useful trip and I hope we made many new contacts.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Finally Caught Up With Tiny and TS Fay

A setback and then some real progress...