Forbidden Kingdom Gallop Video

Forbidden Kingdom took to the Santa Anita main track this morning for an easy gallop. Team Mandella reported the soon to be 3-year-old colt has been doing well. The rain and moisture in the track haven’t necessarily been a help to the struggles we have been having with his feet but he has not taken any step backwards.

Trainer Richard Mandella will see how he gallops over the next day or two and will determine a workout schedule from there.

Moonlight d’Oro Schooling

Enjoy this video of Moonlight d’Oro schooling this afternoon at Santa Anita. On her toes and ready to go for tomorrow’s Grade III La Canada.

Salute to America Race Recap

Salute to America finished sixth today at Aqueduct in his second career start, but it was a race, despite the finish position, that trainer Tom Morley said was full of positives. He shares his thoughts about the performance in the attached video.

Ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, Salute to America showed the way on the lead for a half mile run in a snappy 46.62 seconds. He lost his advantage nearing the five-sixteenths pole in the one-mile race and tired in the stretch. But Kendrick told Tom he was really impressed with the feel he received from Salute to America for the first 6 1/2-furlongs. All in all, it was a great educational second start and will help move Salute to America forward for his next race.

In addition to Tom’s commentary, there is a video of Salute to America cooling out after the race, looking very handsome in his cooler.

Star Six Nine Video

Please enjoy this video of Star Six Nine enjoying his paddock at Silver Springs with his best friend, Pumpkin. Kentucky received rain this week and it looks like Star Six Nine had a field day in the mud!

Quick Conversation Update

Quick Conversation has had no problem adjusting to her new surroundings since arriving at trainer Ben Colebrook’s barn in Lexington, Kentucky. Although she is in a new barn, there are some familiar faces to welcome her. One friend Quick Conversation knows quite well is her exercise rider, Danny Luna. Danny also works for Christophe Clement most of the year and will resume working for the trainer in March, after spending the winter with his wife and kids in Kentucky. Danny is a wonderful hand on a horse and has not only ridden Quick Conversation while she was in New York, he was also the regular exercise rider for stakes winners Gufo and Pizza Bianca in the Clement barn. Danny reported that Quick Conversation is a happy girl and he gets along with her very well given she can be a bit of a handful on the track because she is interested in seeing everything. It is clear that this horse and rider combo have a bond.

Please enjoy this training video of Quick Conversation at Keeneland this morning.

Carrothers Workout Report

Carrothers had his first work back this morning since his race on December 12th. After working a half mile in 50.05 seconds over the Belmont Park training track, Bill Mott’s Belmont-based assistant, Leana Willaford, said that he never came off the bridle, meaning he completed the work with no urging at all. Leana added that the track was listed as muddy and Carrothers seemed to just skip over the surface. No race has been targeted, but Bill is hoping that a two-turn allowance race that fits Carrothers will be written in the Aqueduct condition book.