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Letter from the President - July

July 01, 2008 · By · Share

Del Mar PaddockIt's July, and we officially head into the second half of the year. More importantly, we're heading into the heart of summer and the prestigious summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga. I want to tell everyone now to pack your bags and get to California or New York, because we are ready and loaded on both coasts.

We hope to get the fireworks started early on Independence Day weekend when Tropic Storm attempts to capture the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park. Tropic Storm is an immensely talented colt that has knocked heads with some of the fastest sprinters and middle-distance runners in the country. He enters the Triple Bend off an impressive runner-up finish in the Ack Ack Handicap. We have pointed for this race all spring. I believe that he is a Grade 1 caliber horse, and I expect him to run huge this weekend.

While Tropic Storm will look to light up the southern California sky this weekend, I also eagerly anticipate the return of Macho Again to the starting gate. We gave him a nice respite after the Belmont Stakes, and he is breathing fire once again. We'll look to bring him back in either the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga or the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer. It is a real adrenaline rush to know that we have one of the best three-year-olds in the country.

Macho AgainWhen I look at Macho Again, I remember how last year I was talking about him as a two-year-old with promise right before the Saratoga meet. I can't help but look ahead to this year's crop of babies with even greater anticipation. Our first-two-year old is slated to debut this weekend at Churchill Downs, and I can say that this year's roster of juveniles is as deep as any class we have ever assembled. On paper, their potential is enormous, and they have exhibited tremendous ability in their early training. I can't remember hearing more positive feedback from our trainers from coast-to-coast. We should have upwards of a dozen two-year-olds run at Del Mar and Saratoga this year. It truly is one of the most exciting times for an owner when their two-year-olds come to the fore.

It's hard for me to put into words the excitement all of us in the stable feel as we plunge headlong into what is one of our busiest times of the year. I look forward to sharing what I hope will be many successes with you this summer and hope that you enjoy taking the journey with us.

Until next month...

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