Tufnel continues to enjoy himself at Keeneland, but did exit his first breeze with some pressure in his ankles, or puffiness. He X-rayed clean, but assistant trainer Tessa Bisha says that he will be jogging and galloping for a while before breezing again. As big and beautiful as Tufnel is, he is physically immature, so it’s important that he isn’t pushed into speed work before he is ready.
This is very minor, but it’s important to understand how normal little setbacks can be when 2-year-olds ship to the racetrack. Their training becomes more serious, along with the surface being much different and deeper than what they trained over at the farm. With these two factors combined, small setbacks or soreness can be expected to happen along the way.
Slightly backing off of Tufnel’s training will allow his body to mature and better adjust to the new track, allowing him to get fitter in preparation for speed work. Enjoy these photos of Tufnel gate schooling last week.