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Thank you all for the kind messages and for riding along with us for what has turned out to be a fabulous meeting in Cagnes sur Mer. The numbers: We go home with six wins and 10 places from 30 starts and total winnings of 118,686 euros. When you add in Ray of Hope's win in Deauville before we came down (he peaked a hair too soon!), we start the year with seven wins and total purse money of 132,556 euros. I'm not sure there's any Champagne left in Cagnes, so we'll have to go home now and let them stock up for next year! Huge thanks to all our owners who have supported us through the years. We know that form comes and goes, so we're going to enjoy this and keep working hard to make sure it continues. We're going home to our new yard and have a few exciting young horses coming in, too. We're all exhausted at the moment, but we'll regroup and forge ahead! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hubert SmadjaFélicitations Madame ! Vous vous ne devez rien à personne !si ce n'est que votre passion et vos prises de risque ! Une belle personne qui rehausse la désastreuse image que TRUMP fait subir au peuple Américain !

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Marc SmierciakCongratulations, Gina!!!

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Steve CammI can't wait to add the photos to my hall of fame! Have a safe journey home.

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Melanie CuerdenBoom! Safe journey home & happy new yard : )

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Robert KieckheferIt is SO nice to see hard work, faith and dedication rewarded. Congrats, Gina, to you and all your folks. (Notice I'm not pointing out that this all happened only a few short months after our chance meeting in Newmarket ...)

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Susanne L. BornYou rock, girl !

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Here is what PMU.fr had to say: Elle y comptait et elle a eu raison� Gina Rarick place ses deux pensionnaires aux deux premières places, King Driver (16) vient ajuster Grey Sensation (11) sur le fil après une très bonne fin de course. Mystérieux (17), longtemps bien placé, doit se contenter de la troisième place devant Scandaleux (2), lui aussi toujours en bon rang, et Gritty One (10) qui a suivi Grey Sensation (11) dans sa progression tout au long de la ligne droite. ... See MoreSee Less

AWESOME! One, two! ... See MoreSee Less

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Larissa KneipUnd das auf Altweiberfastnacht 😜

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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