Sunday, July 18, 2010

Million Preview

Tuscan Evening getting ready to show the way

Rainbow View and adoring connections

Bejarano giving thanks

Inez keeping Rahystrada calm

General Quarters not happy about the heat

You want me to run in this? Really?

Inez waves to her fan club

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Grays

In honor of Black Tie Affair who passed last week I've been painting grays. Above is Informed Decision who, carrying 10 lbs more than the rest of the field swept up the Chicago Handicap last weekend. She's a very bossy sprinter, dictating who does what in the Winner's Circle. Like Black Tie Affair she is a rhone and is more susceptible to melanoma, which is what took Black Tie Affair. The gray coat is so stunning and yet can be so heartbreaking.

Lots to talk about with Arlington. Canani is serving a 15 day suspension. Catalano has shifted Sellers on his mounts even though Baze has been riding lights out for him, and the Catman was instrumental in getting Baze here. The purses for major stakes (not Million Day stakes) have been reduced, threatening Informed Decision's visit, but Sheppard decided to bring her anyway and she apparently broke her halter when rearing during the 3rd of July fireworks -- hopefully she'll be back next year. Junior Alvarado is still making all the right moves and has the right barns behind him.

Next up is Million Preview day. I'll have cappin notes for that later in the week. Hope everyone's enjoying the summer.