Monday, August 6, 2012


The decision to freshen Boisterous last year after the Sword Dancer at Saratoga is part of what makes Shug McGaughey the Hall of Fame trainer he is. His patience with the colt was rewarded with Grade III and Grade II victories to close out the year with momentum and set him up for an ascending campaign this year. Another big reason for Shug's success is, of course, Ogden Phipps, the deep-pocketed owner of Boisterous.

What they really need now is rain. Boisterous ran a nice second to Rahystrada who stole the prep for the Million. Boisterous was closing fast, making a nice long run in the stretch, which is what he does best, but he ran out of room. It was a nice prep for him, doing everything but winning. The Distorted Humor colt does not like firm ground, so we'll see how much rain Chicago can get in the coming weeks. The going is so important in these long, Euro-style turf races, as is the class of the horse and the ability of the trainer to pick the right spot. Boisterous has everything but nimbus clouds working for him so far.

Artwork courtesy of Hugostyle 

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