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Gina Rarick shared Ecurie Fievez-Vermeersch's post to the group: Gallop France: Gina Rarick trainer.

Sooooo frustrating!! Avenue du Monde ran a very good race and ended up in our least-favorite place - 6th - and just by a nose! That's her with the jockey in the red cap, so you can see how close it was! On the upside just next to her is Saute, who finished 2nd, so we're happy for Kimara Hoste! Good run, and if she were a little closer to the pace and we had a little more cut in the ground, she would have made money. If, if, but a good run all the same. Orpello got out-footed in a race that was run at a crazy pace and won by a 100-1 shot, so he doesn't get to retire with another win, but retire he will now. He's a great old horse and leaves the sport with eight wins, including two Group 3s. We wish him very, very well in his new career! Details to come!!
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Flers 3th of 18 runners in Saint-Cloud with C. Soumillon. Beaten by Saute and Kimara Hoste. 😒😂

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Jackie Ashton de FlorisLook at that finish. Oh boy.

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Kimara HosteThanks Bryan 😘

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We head to one of our favorite racecourses tomorrow with two runners: Orpello and Avenue du Monde will line up at St. Cloud in the fifth and the seventh races. Orpello is now - really - running his last race for us. We have a deal for him to be a stallion that we're happy with. And as usual, he can go out the door a winner or not, but it's completely up to him. He's drawn 13 of 18. Avenue du Monde should like St. Cloud and is in good form. She should have every chance, and she's drawn 14 of 18. Both horses would prefer a little more cut in the ground, but I think we should still see good runs from both. ... See MoreSee Less

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Robert KieckheferDon't forget to vote early and often before you depart! And good luck with all that. Thinking of you.

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Gérard HennenfentToujours très franche ,vous avez raison d'informer vous même les personnes qui vous suivent.

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Gorki Park's comeback went extremely well as he fought hard in the stretch to take home fourth-place prize money. The objective was just to shake the cobwebs off, but he did more than that and ran a great race. You can hardly see his little nose in the photo but his heart is bigger than he is. He got jostled twice in the stretch by bigger horses but he shoved back! Nice to have gutsy Gorki back on form. He showed today he's ready for his main objective, which is the mile handicap at St. Cloud on May 1. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gwen Gwen GwenEt cloud tu aimes 😉

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Sylvain ChouraquiNEXT TIME

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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