2018 Fountain Of Youth

Tessablue
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:44 pm

Well Hofburg has a future. That was an impossible trip for any young horse, let alone a Mott second-time starter coming off a long layoff. And he's got the pedigree to match that promise.
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:48 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Caton just passed along the troublesome news that Fly So High, who won the Davona Dale, was pulled up on the gallop-out. Jose apparently thought she just didn't feel right; she seemed to walk soundly as she loaded onto the horse ambulance. Update later, hopefully?
On track they announced McGaughey gave a thumbs up and said she was cooling out ok and they havent found anything (?) Heard it quickly so not sure of exact verbiage but at least sounded like good update so far.
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:53 pm

Tessablue wrote:Well Hofburg has a future. That was an impossible trip for any young horse, let alone a Mott second-time starter coming off a long layoff. And he's got the pedigree to match that promise.
Half to Emollient. Needs some practice loading, but definitely looks promising.
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:58 pm

firehorse wrote:
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Caton just passed along the troublesome news that Fly So High, who won the Davona Dale, was pulled up on the gallop-out. Jose apparently thought she just didn't feel right; she seemed to walk soundly as she loaded onto the horse ambulance. Update later, hopefully?
On track they announced McGaughey gave a thumbs up and said she was cooling out ok and they havent found anything (?) Heard it quickly so not sure of exact verbiage but at least sounded like good update so far.
I posted some updates in the Horse Following - Phipps Horses thread.

McGaughey reports as of now, all is well with Fly So HIgh
Trainer Shug McGaughey said all is well with Fly So High following the scare shortly after her impressive victory in the Grade 2 Davona Dale. Jockey Jose Ortiz dismounted Fly So High, who was subsequently given a ride back to her barn in the horse ambulance, after feeling she might not have pulled up 100 per cent sound immediately after the race.

"She cooled out fine when I got back to the barn," said McGaughey. "Now there is a chance something could fill up in the morning, but the one thing I can say for sure is it's nothing drastic."

Fly So High's three length victory in the Davona Dale was the 2,000th of McGaughey's training career.
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/40738-mcgau ... ly-so-high
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:25 pm

That was, uh, non-awe-inspiring.
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:27 pm

I don't think Promises Fulfilled will go any further than that, but I give him a lot of credit for that performance because he was really gunned out of the gate from that tough post. Looked a bit like his sire out there.

Nothing to really be said for anyone else. Hopefully Good Magic just needed one.
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:32 pm

Shackleford appears to have passed down his no-quit quality. He didn't exactly look like a classic type either, but he won races like the Preakness because he just refused to stop trying to win.
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:49 pm

It's easier to not quit when you are setting a dawdling pace.

He went 0.21 seconds slower to the half than the maidens in the 11th race.
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:13 pm

He certainly got his ideal pace scenario and he was lucky that nothing ran at him in the stretch, but do I like to see a young horse come back to his jockey after gunning it early. It sure helped that nobody else went after him, though.

Hofburg is still much more interesting to me at the moment. His final time was quite a bit slower, but his last 1/16th was about the same as Promises Fulfilled despite idling on the lead and his trip was substantially less than ideal. I'd be absolutely shocked if Mott puts him on the Derby trail, but he's worth keeping an eye on.
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Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:20 am

Hofburg wasn’t running a straight line either - he’s got lots to learn.
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Tessablue wrote:Well Hofburg has a future. That was an impossible trip for any young horse, let alone a Mott second-time starter coming off a long layoff. And he's got the pedigree to match that promise.
I was there and I bet on him. He looked so much the best in the walking ring it was astonishing. By far the largest gap of the day in that regard.

The price was bet way down from the morning ling but that actually made me more confident. I like the subtle wise guy action at Gulfstream. Same thing last year with Always Dreaming in the Florida Derby.

Once Hofburg moved into striking position on the backstretch I actually expected him to draw away and win much more handily than he did. My friend and I on the rail were announcing the race was over. Then we nearly had to eat our words. Fortunately they used the first finish line for that race.

It was my only highlight of the day but I was happy to avoid some losers I liked when the price was simply too low. I'm not sure if the announcers mentioned there was a significant headwind on the backstretch.

I never would have had the winner in the Fountain of Youth but it could not have been more obvious at the midway point that he would hold on. As Shug said in the winner's circle, the ears were pricked and it was going to take something special to get past him.

He did remind of Shackleford, from the white face to running style to tenacity.
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96 BSF
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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"The horse came out of the race a little tired," Brown said. "He's in good order. He scoped clean. Hopefully he got something out of a race it looks like he needed.

"I'm disappointed he didn't win, but happy with how he came back."

Brown said the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 7 remains the most-likely next and final Derby prep for Good Magic, though he said the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, also April 7, would be considered, too. One of the advantages to heading to the Blue Grass, Brown said, is that he'd just have to ship Good Magic once, to Kentucky, instead of to New York and then on to Kentucky after departing South Florida.

http://live.drf.com/nuggets/40766-good- ... brown-said
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:43 pm

Apollo wrote:I never would have had the winner in the Fountain of Youth but it could not have been more obvious at the midway point that he would hold on. As Shug said in the winner's circle, the ears were pricked and it was going to take something special to get past him.
Southern hospitality?
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Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:38 pm

Obviously Romans. I think I may have written Shug, probably because I saw him so many times yesterday.
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Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:41 pm

Just a gentle rib. . . ;)
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