Brilliant Belle went back to the track for training today and is showing no ill effects from her race…eh, victory…on Friday. She will continue to work over the track for the next week and we’ll look for her next start. Then it will be up to paddock group 2 to keep the momentum going!
We’re researching several horses that are in tomorrow night for a possible second Club horse. Several factors go into this process. You try to check the background of the horse if you can – if there has been a history of injury, for example. Or if the horse has any interesting quirks. You try and find our if the layoffs the horse has experienced (there SHOULD be some layoffs, they just can’t keep training and training. Eventually they will sour) have reasonable explanations. Make sure their workouts are regular and consistent.
As long as all there factors check out, they have to pass the “eye” test: watch them walk over before their race and see if there is anything that there is to be alarmed about: legs, knees, ankles and the way the horse moves.
If all checks out then we’ll drop the claiming slip and see if we can get ourselves another horse.