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Underneath all that mud is Gorki Park, just starting to get his fitness back so he can come back to us in training in March. He's a happy horse, and he's put on a lot of weight! ... See MoreSee Less

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Cat TernynckAh !!!!!!!!!!!! je suis ravie de voir que la boue Belge lui convient aussi bien que la boue normande , LOL !!!!!!! Son dos est magnifique, bravo Kimara !!!!

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Audrey FraysseMon champion!

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Jackie Ashton de FlorisHe's practically waddling in there 😉 Mais il a l'air super heureux!

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Two out of three runners in the money today to start us off in Cagnes. Quiet Zain managed to edge out a fourth-place check and justify the decision to bring him down. Orpello also ran fourth in his handicap, just beaten a nose for third. Only Born Fearless didn't make money. She broke well this time and had a good position during the race, but didn't accelerate like she did in Deauville. She didn't handle the fiber here very well. The track today had a lot of kickback and is riding very loose. It needs a good dose of rain and a few more days of racing on it to settle it, and it should improve. Orpello was a front-runner so he wasn't bothered, and Quiet Zain came from behind, but was too busy fussing about his first-time blinkers to care. All horses back fine, and gave us a decent start to the meeting. Next runner on Tuesday. ... See MoreSee Less

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Carlo Luisettic'Ă©tait bien Orpello j'ai cru 3 em

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Brian DunnMr chuckles ?

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Tim RarickA good first day at the Cagnes branch of Team Rarick.

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First head sticking out at Ecurie Rarick, Lycastos trained by Hoste Kimara. Gina's fleet will make their grand entrance in the beggining of March after the meeting in Cagnes sur Mer. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jackie Ashton de FlorisA certain chestnut, and previous (albeit brief) charge of the yard's boss, had the distinction of being the first to set hoof in her new yard, to see her farriers 😊

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Gina RarickIt should be noted that the doors are yet to be refinished. When you next see them, they'll be green!

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Betsy Hunt FarhiThey will love what you've done with the place.

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Bleu Astral at Compiegne

The good news is already out, but worth repeating: Bleu Astral was an easy winner today in Compiegne. Great ride from Alexis Badel, who judged the pace well and won from the front. We knew Bleu had the ability, but he needs to be settled enough to use it, and he was today. Bravo to the team, and to all the members of High Street!

Unusual weather we’re havin’…

I just got back in from changing the horses’ clothes for the fourth time today. I turned the heat on. Then swatted a mosquito. It’s mid-November.

When a friend of mine gave me an American Pharoah t-shirt on Arc weekend, I didn’t think I would get a chance to wear it before next summer. But this past week temperatures have topped a sunny 22 degrees (71 Fahrenheit). More than half the horses had already quite sensibly grown their winter coats. A couple have resisted. Turns out they had the last laugh.

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Labor pains

The pheasant that could have ended my life this morning chose not to, for which I was grateful. Far away into my own thoughts, I didn’t see him preening alongside the trail until the last second – Hard Way was nearly on top of him, bowling along toward home in a huge extended trot. Too late to stop, all I could do was crouch lower to the saddle and hope he didn’t choose that second to fly off, which would have resulted in me flying too, probably straight into a stone wall. The pheasant stayed put, and Hard Way coasted past – he probably didn’t see him, either.

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Big Leagues

You know you’ve jumped into the deep end when you bring an undefeated horse to the racecourse and you go off the longshot.

Ella Diva has done everything we’ve asked so far, but tomorrow we’ll see what’s really under the hood. Luckily, she can’t read the program, because she’ll be standing in the starting gate next to a slick miss trained by Andre Fabre who cost 720,000 euros as a yearling. On her other side will be a royally bred Khalid Abdullah filly trained by Pascal Bary. The two of them are supposed to finish first and second in the race, the only question is in which order. Ella doesn’t know that, though, so she will do her best to crash the expensive party.

Four other horses are also fighting for the scraps. None of these fillies has run a mile, so there are a lot of questions to be answered tomorrow. What we do know is this: Ella likes a fight, and she needs a decent pace. The problem is who will set it. None of the horses are necessarily front-runners, so we might run the risk of having to go in front. I hope not. Six other trainers are going to bed tonight hoping not, too. Well, maybe not – Andre Fabre is probably going to bed tonight wondering about his next polo match. He’s done this so many times I can’t imagine he worries about anything one way or another. Not so for us. This is our big day. We’re hoping our little filly does her best, and we hope her best is good enough to keep her in the mix. Stay tuned.

Beyond There be Dragons

We are heading into uncharted territory. Finally, after seven years of training, we have a Good Horse. And that means the weeks ahead are about to get quite interesting.

I thought Ella Diva was quite a nice filly when I bought her out of a claiming race for my English owner. We’d been looking for a horse for months, tried to claim a few and failed, and were getting increasingly frustrated at the process. But we kept hunting, and in late June at Clairefontaine, there was a claiming race for two-year-olds that looked promising. We liked two or three on paper, and Ella Diva was one of them. When I saw her in the parade ring, she ticked all the boxes. Physically, she was just about perfect – not too big, but well put together, with straight legs, a clear eye and good, harmonious muscle. Even more impressive was her demeanor. She had only run once before, when she debuted a winner in Craon, but she was strolling the parade ring like she had done it a hundred times – calm, confident, paying no attention to other young horses acting silly.

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Gina Rarick, Trainer