Racing’s Ups and Downs

Racing’s Ups and Downs

Two weeks ago, we watched – with great anticipation – Sweet Halory’s return to the track….almost 8 months since she won her debut at Delmar.  We watched that race on TV and shouted with joy as we watched her win, but then she would miss months because of an injury.  On June 30th Glen (co-owner) sent us a text that read “This Friday, Sweet Halory, 6f with Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith ????” Well what do you say to that, except “OMG Mike Smith, Go Sweet Halory”. Our girl ran a great race, closed well and took second to Bendable, a Claiborne homebred — so  Winchester Road produced the exacta in the fourth race at Santa Anita that day.  Yayyyyy!   After the race, Mike Smith’s comments were that he loved her and “two turns and we catch ’em”.  I’m not sure that Mike Smith would remember but he rode Brushed Halory (Sweet Halory’s dam) in her last two career starts.  One was a Grade III stakes race at Gulfstream.  I sure hope he gets to do the same, and more, with Sweet Halory. Sweet Halory’s pasture mate as a youngster was Miss Noble Rose.  You may remember Miss Noble Rose was training great… being sent out to work with Grade I winners and she was always holding her own.  Well, she unfortunately did not bring her ability to the races in the afternoon. I have heard the term “Morning Glories”…they are horses that train great in the mornings and give you all kinds of hope that they are going to be great.  But no, they decide they don’t like running in the...