Terry's Blog: Pegasus Week
It’s starting to sink in that on Saturday afternoon a horse carrying the black and gold silks competes in a $12 million dollar race.
Pegasus week is finally here. We are super live with Breaking Lucky -- there’s a lot of buzz around here about him, and he looks and acts like he’s sitting on a big one. I’m biased, but if this were a beauty contest, we’d get the money. He really does shine like a copper penny.
It’s cool to be involved with the Pegasus -- the entire racing world is focused on it. Hats off to the Stronach team for being visionaries and innovators in our sport.
California Chrome and Arrogate drew poorly in the post position draw, but they will both be tough to beat if they bring anywhere close to their “A” game.
I saw the Chrome crew at the Pegasus draw dinner on Monday night -- they are a fun group of people. I know they don’t love their post position and I don’t blame them. California Chrome is an absolute superstar if he wins this race from the far outside going nine furlongs at Gulfstream.
Chrome is heading to the breeding shed following the Pegasus after a wonderful career. One of our mares (Fitz Just Right) is booked to him, and we look forward to having a Chrome baby in the barn in a few years.
He showed the world that a good horse really can come from anywhere and attracted so many new fans to the sport. I’m grateful for the opportunity to see him still competing over two and a half years after his Kentucky Derby win. The 2014 Derby will forever be ingrained in my memory -- a few more jumps and Commanding Curve might’ve got there.
We’ll have a number of Partners, including our dear friend Tom Durkin, in town on Saturday to see Twilight Eclipse and Breaking Lucky run. Several members of the team are down in South Florida as well. I’m not sure anything could have wiped the smile off Tommy Bellhouse’s face at the draw!
Let’s not forgot about our man Twilight Eclipse, who tries for his third McKnight win less than an hour before the Pegasus. I’ve been out at Palm Meadows a few times since my wife and I arrived in Florida, and I just can’t believe he’s really 8-years-old. He walks around there with the spunk of a 3-year-old colt. It’s bittersweet that we are much closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but I think the ‘ole boy’s still got some good races left.
I’d ask everyone in the West Point family to bet a few bucks on the Pegasus on Saturday. Betting handle really drives the industry that we all love so much.
I know it’s cliche, but this race will surely be one for the ages!