Partner Tom Lindquist and I joined with Jay Thesing and Andy Rachuy at the racetrack this morning to watch workouts and talk about the real work that goes into getting horses to actually run a race. Our guests reflected on the fact that the social aspects of the backside may be as important as the racing elements, since we visited with so many folks.
We met a few new jockey agents, as well as catching up with a few of old friends like Chuck Costanzo and Richard Grunder. We also visited with the many jockeys and trainers that have now arrived at Canterbury, gave our guests a brief training overview at Gary Scherer's barn and also said hello to Shelly Bensen as she was busy doing her job for Canterbury Park.
Most importantly, we were up at 5 AM to make sure we had a chance to watch Victory Ice get her first official work in 37.40 for 3 furlongs, 4th out of 24 that worked that distance. She's a two year old filly and we were pretty happy with her first workout and the way she did it.
Unlike some, as a breeder and owner we support having our main trainer (Gary Scherer), x-ray all 2 year olds to make sure their growth plates support working at speed. Some people believe in absolutes, like "never run a two year old" or "always run a two year old". We don't because we know variation exists in all things, including horses.
After seeing the Victory Ice x-rays, I wonder if all Brave Victory sired horses, or foals out of the mare Halfkarat, will mature as quickly? That's how a gambler thinks about information. Maybe I better go shopping at The Osborne Farm again this year, before others beat me there this time. Right Rick and Joyce?
See you all at the track.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.