POST TIME WITH J.J. GRACI
January 16, 2018
With the Pegasus World Cup coming up Saturday the 27th of January the trainers are putting in the final works... Saturday was a big work day for a few of them.
Generally trainers want work over a sloppy oval but when you are this close to the race they had no choice. Trainers always want to err on the side of caution and working over a sloppy oval isn't the way.
Sharp Azteca, War Story and Gunnevera all worked at Gulfstream Park West. Each trainer was looking for something different from their horses. When you are training up to a major race with no preps in between, you have to keep them on a strict schedule. That's just what is going on with these horses. All appear to be good work horses and it makes it a lot easier for a trainer to get them fit and keep them healthy. You can pretty much see by the times they turned in what the connections were looking for Saturday.
I posted an article about Sharp Azteca and you can read there about the other two that worked.
January 15, 2018
I know we are only in the beginning of January, but Trainer Chad Brown ran a 3 yr old colt by Tapir in the Mucho Macho Man . His name is Mask and he won by 6 lengths... in hand and in command. He is two for two now and sure was very impressive in his last victory. I know it's way too early to start the Derby Trail but he has to be heading in that direction. As long as he stays sound and nothing happens you will be reading about him a lot.
The Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park will be coming up next month and that is the logical race for him. It's probably the first time he will be asked to go a distance, if ground. His breeding says yes; his confirmation says yes and more importantly his trainer knows how to train them for the Triple Crown Trail.
I posted an article about him and you can check out his race in the replays.
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