Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Railbird Has Arrived

So much has happened in Thoroughbred Chicagoland. In a bizarre turn over the winter Wayne the Catman Catalano lost charge over the Calabrese string. Can't figure out what happened to the magic duo, kind of a bitter departure after a nice recent run with Dreaming of Anna and Lewis Michael. It seems the Catman has returned with new fire though, winning at a 40% clip with a public barn.

Inez nearly brought home the Eclipse for apprentice rider. Shedding her bug, Inez is still tearing it up, throwing down a riding quintuple early in the meet. She's prolly still a little sore from smacking the poly a few weeks back when tossed from her mount. If she can get the right horses, she'll pose a serious threat on the leader board.

Brandon Meier has returned from Hollywood. Perhaps a little wiser.

Pletcher has packed his string for the East, where he can be closer to the action. Donnie Von Hemmel has moved in and has barnstormed the oval with Quincy Hamilton as his rider. That Tampa form has been something to respect.

Chris Block opted against the national spotlight, persuading Giant Oak's owners to stick it out in Chicago and aim for the Midwestern Triple. He notched the first leg of it a couple weeks ago, on a day that was more bitter than sweet as leading rider and elder statesman Rene Douglas went down. Awful is the only way to describe it. We'll find out in the next week or so how extensive his injuries are.

This past weekend the old gladiator and hard-knock gelding Silverfoot returned to action, mowing down the propitiously paced Tin Man stakes (very appropriate race for the 9Y0 gray). His owners donated the entire purse to the Rene Douglas Relief Fund. As if running the old champ and keeping him in top shape wasn't cool enough.

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