Terry's Blog: Post Pegasus & Looking Ahead to the Sales
What a weekend! The Pegasus was one for the ages and Arrogate stamped himself as a consummate superstar.
We had a big group of West Point Partners at the races to witness the inaugural running of the Pegasus. The electricity grew to a crescendo leading up to the richest race in the world.
People were paying attention to racing at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Total handle for the Pegasus was $15.68 million, and NBC’s 90-minute coverage of the race garnered strong ratings.
Breaking Lucky broke with the pack but got hung out wide into the first turn, as did Horse of the Year California Chrome. Our horse never seemed to get into his rhythm down the backside and simply did not fire. There are a lot of really cool races in the older handicap division, and he will make some noise this year.
Our ole’ man Twilight Eclipse put in a strong effort in his seasonal bow. He checked in fourth, beaten just over a length for everything and would have hit the board with a little cleaner trip. He ain’t done yet!
We’ve hit the ground running on the racing side of things, with five winners in January. Thursday afternoon General Downs knocked out the first level allowance with a win at the Fair Grounds for Dallas Stewart. A hind ankle injury cost this dude valuable time away from the races, but he’s healthy now and has grit and talent.
A few hours before the Pegasus we had a sharp looking maiden winner at Laurel named Sound the Horns. This son of Include took a while to get to the races, but he could be special. He wants to go a route of ground yet was handy enough to win going away sprinting. I just love his reach and smooth stride -- that’s how a good one moves over the racetrack.
With the first Pegasus in the books, our attention now shifts to the upcoming 2-year-old in training sales. Things kick off here at Gulfstream on March 1.
The racing journey is a long one and not for the weak of heart -- it’s a route, not a sprint. Consistency and a good temperament are two keys for success.