Monday Morning

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52 degrees and sunny.

Beautiful Monday morning after a few days traveling and a few days racing. It’s spring time, racing season, horses on the grass, miles on the car.

I drove to Keeneland on Thursday to see Motivational run. Making his fourth start for Riverdee and returning from a brief freshening, our 4-year-old son of Travers winner Afleet Express lagged at the back of a stretched-out field going a mile and a half on the turf before circling past most of them, third, beaten three quarters of a length and a nose for everything. Cool horse. Fun race. Onward.

Miles and I went to the Oatlands Plantation for the Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point yesterday. I use the words Oatlands Plantation wisely and strategically, as it was the only way I could get Miles to go to the races. We watched both divisions of the maiden hurdle and then wandered the gardens at Oatlands, the former home of George Carter. We found Carter’s grave, wandered through the bank barn, poked around at the gold fish pond and weaved our way through twisting, winding paths of boxwoods and ornamental trees.

Miles loved it. Take him to the races and he’s enthralled by the gardens. Maybe that’s good.

The 2016 Go Jump Racing Steeplechase Sale had its first winner, just seven days after the sale, when Duc De Savoie won the maiden timber yesterday. Congratulations Jay Griswold and Willie Dowling. As my brother texted when I told him, “Fasig-Tipton has American Pharoah, we have Duc De Savoie.” We’ll take it.

Alzammaar runs tomorrow at Ludlow, he needs a wake-up call.