Better Week Ahead!
Dear Partners and Friends,
Last weekend was a great weekend of horse racing at Belmont. What a card! The performances were incredible in some of the races, though not so much in the Belmont Stakes where the winning horse, Creator, again failed to post a 100+ Beyer. Not the best crop ever. Or am I just sore because I bet Destin every way but loose?
Never think for a minute that WinStar won't look for any advantage and they found it with their rabbit Gettysburg. No way they win without him. Maybe we should find a rabbit for Keen Ice!
On the home front, Patrick's Day ran a very game third at Churchill but Tradfest failed to tread fast; back to the drawing board with him. His performance surprised me as I thought he would win. He had both the best grass breeding AND the best stamina breeding but sometimes breeding defies the odds.
The week ahead promises to be exciting as three of our horses in current best form go to the races.
Finnegans Wake goes Thursday at Santa Anita in Race 2. It's an allowance going one and one eighth miles on the turf. Purse is $65,000.
We are looking for Finn to tell us if he is taking his time getting back into graded stakes shape or if perhaps he has lost a step. We are praying for the former as Finn has become quite the Donegal favorite.
Brother O'Connell leaves the comfort of New York State bred races for tougher open company on Saturday at Belmont. Brother O will go 1 1/16th on the turf for a purse of $77,000.
On Sunday Donegal Moon will face undefeated Unified in the Grade III $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. We hope that the presence of Unified will hold down the field size.
All three of these horses are live for hitting the board and from there it is up to the racing Gods. If you are planning to attend any of the above let us know if you need help with tickets.
We have sent out confirmations to all of you who have asked for dates. If you have made a request and did not hear back notify us ASAP. If you want to come but haven't made a request let us know that as well.
BREEDERS CUP AND 2017 KENTUCKY DERBY
The chart below shows who we have signed up for the Breeders' Cup. If you want tickets and are not on the chart let us know immediately.
And if you don't think Donegal Nation loves the Derby listen to this: We have had 34 Derby ticket requests and we haven't even sent out an email!!! Not to worry, you won't get shut out without prior notice. We will get to you on this come December.
We have the one day Fasig Tipton July Sale coming up July 12th. We will be working the sale July 10 and 11 inspecting horses. You are always welcome to come watch.
The September sale runs from September 12th to 24th and again, we welcome company!
THE TWO YEAR OLDS
Bring 'em on!!!!!!
Here is a video of a breeze this morning by Fahan Mura. Our filly is on the inside. Fahan has very nice action and looks a little turfy the way she moves.
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