Had a nice morning and saw some fast works with partner Tom Lindquist while visiting the Canterbury backside this morning. We also caught up with Dean Butler, Eddie Martin and Denny Velazquez as they worked our horses.
A whole new crew of Stormy Business (Our Stallion) foals worked today with our BJ's Angel (24 out of 44) and Rapid Business (7 out of 44) going an easy 1/2 mile. We also saw 2 other Stormy's go 4 furlongs with Renee Lureen's Clever Endeavor (28 out of 44) and Rollie Sampson's Stormy Ledger (12 out of 44). Our owned Supremo Struckgold also worked a half in 48.40 (3 out of 44).
BJ, Rapid and Supremo all went a little better than expected considering it was their first work since last September, though they were prepped well by Russ Rhone as always. Rapid and Supremo worked in company with another horse that has been running at the Fairgrounds.
When horses work in company they naturally compete and inevitably run faster than the would if going solo. I've always laughed at handicappers who think they know something by just looking at times and rankings of workouts without knowing the method of workout. They just don't have a clue as to what those times or rankings really mean. I've also wondered why "In Company Works", is not a recognized clocker criteria particularly since they use their own subjective view of effort as a designation, designate gate works, and are so often wrong with their times anyway. (Why do you think all good trainers clock their own times instead of just using the public times?) Oh well, ours is not to wonder why ...... when every day is a Saturday for smart handicappers.
Lastly, I heard more than one comment from folks talking about the Friday 10,000 Lakes Stakes race today. See my earlier blog post for my stand on this race.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.