Man Among Men came up with an abscess under his jaw over the weekend which has set him back a few days. The abscess did pop but did not fully drain initially. With the abscess came a minor temperature of 101, which is not unexpected when treating an infection. The barn has been treating Man Among Men accordingly and the abscess appears to be fully drained now. Pending all continues well it should only be a few days before he returns back to the track.
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Man Among Men returned to the track and galloped an easy mile this morning. Here are a few clips of him on the track.
Man Among Men’s temperature has subsided and the colt is tack-walking daily. He is about ready to return to the track any day now.
As you can see he is very content and acting like a happy horse.
Man Among Men spiked a minor temperature this morning. The three-year-old colt was scheduled to breeze back tomorrow morning but this work will now have to be pushed back a few days. Man Among Men will be treated with antibiotics and have routine blood work completed to ensure there is nothing out of the normal.
We will follow up with a progress report in a few days.
Man Among Men had an improved work on Monday morning at Santa Anita Park. The 3-year-old son of War Front breezed a half-mile in 47.80 (10/31) while working in company with a stablemate.
Following an average gate drill last week, the Mandella team extended his time in between works to 10 days, which they believe was a major benefit as he seemed to respond to it noticeably well.
The barn will continue to monitor his condition and determine when he’s ready to breeze again. This does not mean they will keep him on a 10-day schedule but this technique may be used again when felt necessary with him.
Man Among Men breezed a half-mile from the gate in company with stablemate, Show Time, yesterday morning at Santa Anita Park. Despite being outworked by his stablemate, our 3-year-old War Front colt was recorded in 48.00 seconds, which returned strong on the day as being the fifth-fastest of 35 works at the distance.
Following the work, per trainer Richard Mandella’s discussion with exercise rider Nestor Capitaine, they did not feel the colt handled the track very well in this breeze. When taking into consideration Man Among Men’s pedigree, we would say it is very likely his long-term success will come on the turf. Mandella used another War Front colt in his barn by the name of Sumter, a back-to-back stakes winner on the turf and the sire’s leading runner in progeny earnings this year, as a comparison from a work standpoint. Mandella noted Sumter was inconsistent in his dirt works prior to his debut.
This work did not raise much concern to Mandella given it was still only his second half-mile breeze.
XBTV was also able to catch the work and can be viewed here.
Man Among Men breezed a half-mile in company this morning at Santa Anita Park covering the ground in 48.20 seconds. The 3-year-old son of War Front worked on the inside of his stablemate Honor It. The duo traveled very well under their own power throughout the stretch, hitting the wire together. Though only being his first half-mile work, Man Among Men galloped out strongly and separated himself from his workmate. He continues to move along nicely.
Man Among Men bounced out of his work in great order. Enjoy this video of the colt back on the track galloping this morning.
Man Among Men was back on schedule this am, breezing three furlongs in 37 seconds. Trainer Richard Mandella was very pleased with this move, commenting on the improvements this colt has made since he was a 2-year-old. “He has really grown up and matured. He is coming along nicely,” said Mandella.
Next week, Man Among Men will likely move onto a half-mile.