Monday, April 26, 2010

A Great Result in KY for Pocket Aces Racing, Frustration in FL

We’ve always known that Dixie’s Hope had the talent to be a very nice filly but it really wasn’t until last fall until she decided she wanted to be a racehorse. Ever since then the Pocket Aces Racing Team has been waiting anxiously for her to make her 1st start.

Well, she made that highly anticipated 1st start on April 17th on one of the sports grandest stages – the spring meet at Keeneland. As most of you already know she finished a very courageous 2nd as she was nearly last at the half-mile pole and was forced, in her career debut, to negotiate her way through a wall of slower horses from the far turn almost all the way through the stretch. Sal Gonzalez piloted her expertly and Joe Deegan and his staff did an excellent job preparing her for the race.

We’re looking for a turf race at Churchill Downs for her next start, mostly likely around the end of May. We think she’ll be even better on the grass so it should be exciting.

On another, less successful, note Pocket Aces Racing went to the Ocala Breeders’ 2-year-old in-training sale last week and was unable to purchase a horse. Our intent was to buy a colt, bred to go 2 turns, but we just couldn’t find one that met Pocket Aces Racing’s strict criteria that we could afford. We’ve re-grouped after the initial disappointment of not getting anything done and now have plans to attend the Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old in-training sale. Wish us luck!!! We’ll let everyone know if we get anything bought.