In other news from this weekend, the Meadowlands was loaded with future stars, current starts and superstars for Saturday morning qualifying. The Butenschoen’s had a couple of impressive entries with three year old colts Duel In The Sun and Johny Rock. It will be fun watching them and all their other horses as they get started. We wish them and everyone in the Butenschoen stable the best of luck.
Lastly in non-harness racing news, we have the Kentucky Derby next weekend. The first Saturday in May, which is also Laura and my wedding anniversary every 7th year. We may have to take a trip up to Louisville next time they line up.
With all of that exciting racing action going on, what do we have going with Mo and his young stable mate? Well, we have new pictures! Greg and Danny headed down to Harvard, Illinois to the Leonard’s farm on Saturday to watch both horses go training miles. As Danny and I talked about, it is a little bit exciting and frustrating all at once. We feel great that both horses are getting closer to racing, but it just makes us a little more impatient. Especially when considering all the exciting racing action going on around us.
The report from the farm: Mo looks like a million bucks and everyone around the barn loves him. That is the kind of report always makes his owners smile. While the focus of owning a race horse is obviously the results on the track, I never get sick of hearing how much people like Mo’s personality and attitude. It just makes me feel extra proud of him (and is also a big reason why he means so much to us). It also makes being 850 miles away even more difficult, but I’ll get to see Mo in due time. Patience is key on a number of fronts right now. As for his time on the track, he just went a slow training mile. That’s all we expect from him right now. He’ll work his way down in due time. His leg is feeling great and it has been smooth sailing so far. Let’s hope that continues.
His new little buddy, Don’t Tell Wayne, is also doing well. Oddly enough, both horses are on track to qualify in about mid-July. Wayne’s only 2 years old and has never raced before so I’ll wait to provide much commentary about him. You have to earn it little man! We are very happy with his progress and hope he can be a pretty nice horse for us. Time will tell.
Enjoy the new pictures of Mo and Wayne. In case you can’t tell, Mo is the perfect looking dark monster and Wayne is the smaller, but still sharp looking, light brown horse. Don’t feel intimidated Wayne. It is tough to beat Mo in a beauty contest.
Stay positive and stay patient (the phrase of the day…at least until it is time to say Let’s Go Mo again!).