Boppy (outside) had another three-furlong workout this morning, covering the ground in 37.00 seconds. Hear what Brad Cox had to say about Boppy’s breeze and her training progress.
Boppy is getting ready to head to the main track for a 3-furlong work at 9:00 AM!
Boppy breezed three furlongs in 38.4 seconds at Keeneland this morning in company with MRH stablemate Who Runs the World. The Brad Cox barn said today’s work was par for the course for the two stablemates at this stage in their training. We will check in on how Boppy exited her work in the coming days.
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Boppy (outside) had an untimed three furlong breeze on Monday morning at Keeneland. Our Blame filly is as straightforward as can be, happily doing whatever is asked of her with ease and her ears up. Speed is not a focus right now, as she is still getting her foundation put in at this stage. We will follow up with an update in the coming days.
Boppy (outside) seems to be enjoying Keeneland and continues to be a star student.
Boppy has been introduced to the starting gate at Keeneland. Gate schooling is an extremely important part of the education process. The gates can be intimidating for horses, as it can be quite claustrophobic inside, so getting a young horse comfortable with the process is crucial, as they might have to stand in there for some time, come race day.
Right now, Boppy is walking and jogging out of the gates, before easing into her routine gallop. Once she has mastered this, she will gradually increase speed coming out of the starting gate until she is ready to breeze from there and receive her gate card. Not only is it important to educate at the horse’s individual pace, but having a seasoned gate crew is extremely beneficial, as they will get to know her, know her quirks (if she has any) and be able to customize her gate training to help her succeed. Fortunately, Kentucky’s gate crew is one of the best in the business, so we know she is in good hands.
We will follow up with an update on Boppy’s progress in the coming days.
Boppy (inside) went to the training track for the first time since arriving at Keeneland, training in company with MRH stablemate Who Runs the World (Quality Road). The pair went “straight on” today, meaning they jogged counterclockwise prior to galloping twice around, opposed to “backing up” by jogging clockwise before galloping. When the babies first arrive to the racetrack, most trainers will have them go straight on for a few days before introducing them to the concept of backing up, which can be intimidating with horses galloping or breezing towards them. This allows them to become acclimated with their new surroundings in similar fashion that they trained on the farm, without throwing too much at them at once.
Boppy was very professional for her first day on the track and appears to carry herself with confidence, even with her company being a little nervous at first. She was never fazed by the traffic or horses passing her, and acted as a pony to help her company stay relaxed. It’s always nice to see such a young horse demonstrate a good brain early on.
Enjoy this video of Boppy training this morning and then welcoming her friend and neighbor, Who Runs the World back to her stall.
Boppy arrived to trainer Brad Cox’s barn at Keeneland early this morning. She will go to the training track at Keeneland to train before making her way up to the main track within the next week or two.
We are excited to announce that Daring Dancer 20 has been named Boppy.
Boppy will be leaving Kings Equine tomorrow afternoon and arrive at Brad Cox’s barn at Keeneland on Wednesday morning. We can’t wait for her to take this next step in her training. We will follow up with an update when she arrives in Kentucky.