Keeneland January rolling along. I had about seven on my short list, one failed a scope, two were lacking scope and size, two weren’t good enough on second look, one went for $210,000, one went for $700,000…
At Fasig-Tipton July, Doug Cauthen turned to me after being outgunned on another potential purchase, “People don’t understand how hard it is to buy a horse. Just to buy one horse.” I nodded my head, thinking about prices, vettings, physicals, outs, sellers’ expectations, buyers’ limitations, walks, trots, scopes, defects…That day I bought two – Tapwood and Ghostlighter – it felt like a miracle.
We actually had a strong year buying and racing last year. Five stakes wins (two Grade/Group 3), a Grade 2 placing (beaten a nose), a Grade 1 placing, 32 wins in all for Riverdee Stable and Clancy Bloodstock clients. Hoping it continues.
Race of the Day. Check out the eighth race at Aqueduct. Runs at 3:50. Our man Jimmy Jerkens unveils The Sound for his first start since April when with Brad Cox and unleashes the 2019 Saratoga Special winner Green Light Go (read the archives here), who tries to add semblance to a checkered career. The son of Hard Spun won his first two starts before finishing second in the Champagne (costing Junior Alvarado the ride on Tiz The Law), third in the Swale and second in the Roar. Nine months later, he returned for Jerry Hollendorfer at Oaklawn Park, going 1-for-4 before switching to Mike Doyle where he finished sixth in the Vigil at Woodbine in August. This summer, I was chatting with Tony Dutrow on a Saratoga afternoon when Jerkens drove up, answered his phone, said OK seven times and walked over. "Green Light Go's coming back." He just missed in the Fall Highweight in November. Cool horse.
Group 3 stakes winner Eve Lodge.