Dear Partners and Friends,
Three races: Three second place finishes.
Donegal earned over a quarter of a million dollars Saturday ($291,560 to be exact) and it still felt like losing.
ICE was very unlucky when he broke to his knees and cost himself about six lengths on the field. He was very lucky that he didn't injure himself or lose Jose Ortiz from the Irons. As if that weren't enough, ICE finally got going down the backstretch only to have Joel Rosario's horse slow to a crawl in front of him with no room to go inside, so he had to make a loop around that horse costing ICE a couple more lengths. And all that trying to beat a speed horse going a mile and an eighth.
If Arrogate runs poorly in the Pacific Classic I will kick myself from here to eternity for running in the Whitney. It was my decision to make and I made the wrong one going the shorter distance. If Arrogate wins it won't have made much difference but if he loses.........
I could not be prouder of ICE who proved again what a warrior he is with his strong closing move under such adverse circumstances.
Was SEABHAC (pronounced "Shoke," rhymes with "Bloke"), impressive or what? In the paddock he looked like a man among boys and he ran like it on the track. Easily running the best race, SEABHAC had the misfortune of getting trapped against the rail and just ran out of room once he was loose. You saw, (when he got in the clear) what SEABHAC can do.
Todd Pletcher after the race, "We will run back in the Grade III With Anticipation (Win and You're In Breeders' Cup) on August 30." I like confidence in my trainers :)
Racing in near anonymity at Woodbine while ICE ran on national television in the States, EIRIGH also had traffic trouble but closed strongly to finish second and earn a large check in his own right. EIRIGH is a true synthetic specialist and he could be a major check earner the rest of the season at Woodbine.