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Yarmouk ran well today, finishing just out of the money in 6th place, our least favorite spot, but he put in an honest effort and was beaten by the soft ground and uphill climb. He was facing a mile distance for the first time, and while he won't mind soft ground, that plus the hill at Compiegne were just a little too much. He was in with a chance until about 100 meters from the post. Now we know more about him, and he'll be a very good horse on the fibersand in Deauville over a slightly shorter trip of 1500 meters. Onward and upward! ... See MoreSee Less

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Joseph LamidelThank you Gina !!

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Gérard Hennenfentil est normal d'analyser les derniers 10 mètres , il a fourni son effort en 2 fois , se raccourcissant au 2 ème , il va progresser après cetye course qu'il n'a à mon avs pas prise dure .... C'est une bonne acquisition ..

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Elizabeth Ann HulickYou Go Girl! You've got some really good horses & your passionate hard work shows.

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Today we'll find out what our new addition Yarmouk has under the hood. He heads to Compiegne to run the mile claimer, 6th race, post time 3:20 p.m. He's only arrived from Newmarket about 10 days ago, so we don't know him too well, but he won on June 30 in England so we're hoping he can build on that. The distance is longer than he's tried before, but he's been slow to get moving so this might give him time to get his legs under him. He seems a nice sort, so this will give us a chance to learn more about him, and we have a good judge of a horse in the saddle with Alexis Badel. ... See MoreSee Less

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Joseph LamidelGood Luck !!

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Fabienne LebourgGood luck! 😉

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Charles Luisettion est avec vous !

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Guy CoquardBonne course Gina

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The fabulous Grey Sensation !!! ... See MoreSee Less

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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