I got back from Hong Kong this past Monday night after flying for 15 hours direct from Hong Kong to JFK in New York. Cathy Pacific is a great airline - the Hong Kong Jockey Club provided round trip airfare in business class for owners and trainers of Cup runners.
Awesome Gem failed to fire in the Hong Kong Mile. We all know going over here is a tough assignment for any horse. The long ship and opposite racing really stack the odds against success. One thing I did not appreciate was the fact that about one hour before our race Awesome Gem was loaded on a van and shipped about 3/4 of a mile to another area of the racetrack. Once there, Sergio, Craig Dollase's assistant, was forced to walk him on concrete for 25 minutes before proceeding to the paddock. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong horses simply walked out of their stalls and proceeded to the paddock.
I do know that when horses come to America for the Breeder's Cup they have, at all times, the same protocols as the American horses. It is the fair way, and only way, to conduct business.
Take a look at Ray Paulick's blog http://www.paulickreport.com/. Ray, a former editor of Bloodhorse Magazine, covers a wide range of topics. He's been off the mark on several of his columns concerning the Breeder's Cup (full disclosure - I am on the Breeder's Cup Board) however, he engaging and certainly thought provoking.
Another site I read everyday is http://www.equidaily.com/. Equdaily.com is a compilation of racing coverage not just in America but around the world.
Big day on Saturday for us as we all anxiously await the return of our Jim Dandy winner, Macho Again. He's in the 8th race at Fair Grounds on Saturday. Post Time is 4:46 EST. Your guess is as good as mine if he will take to the turf. If he doesn't we can always blame Dallas Stewart - lol. Also, one of our nice two-year-olds, Merus Miami, who broke his maiden in his first race, goes in the $75,000 Gold Rush out at Golden Gate. Post Time for that race is shortly after 7pm EST.
Enjoy the holiday week.