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Racing winds down over the last sixty days of the year. The two year-olds have a few more chances to earn graded purse money before a short break leading into the Triple Crown trail. I’ve often smiled thinking about how owners around the globe think about the first Saturday in May during the first part of November. A precious few two year-olds are set for the Derby in 2011. Most of the starters for the biggest race of 2011 are standing in their stalls today, unknown to all but those around them. In all likelihood, one of these unknowns will wear the roses next spring. We could even see our first Triple Crown winner in decades. It’s cool to think about how much can change in just a few short months. One thing is guaranteed, there will be many twists and turns over the next six months leading up to the Derby. It happens every year.
I go to Ocala with Buzz Chace in about ten days to see our yearlings purchased this past summer and fall. They’ve already had about 70 days of training under their belt and all reports from down south are positive. It looks like we have a very solid group assembled. I think most people will agree with me: In the fall of a horse’s yearling year, they are a champion, until they prove otherwise.
We’ve got 9 runners in this weekend. I’m headed up to Aqueduct with my wife Debbie and daughter Erin for the weekend.Dominant Jeannes makes his stakes debut in theDiscovery Handicap (G3)tomorrow. Tom Albertrani has done a great job with this horse, and I’m very excited to see him around two turns for the first time.Sunrise Smartymakes his stakes debut in the Groovy Stakes on Sunday at the Big A. Mike Hushion really likes this horse. He’s pretty fast. Sunday will be a test, but I think our colt is up to the task.