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Deesse and Zaouia added a little more distance this morning. We're getting there, but we're still a few weeks away from being able to look at entries. Zaouia is showing more ability than Deesse at this point, but Deesse is getting there.
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Deese d'Oranie and Zaouia working side-by-side before the morning got too hot.

Had very good intentions of making it to the Prix de Diane today, but lost the courage in the end to go. The idea of being stopped at every gate by rent-a-staff and sitting in traffic in 30-degree heat just lost its appeal by the time the morning work got done. We'll go next year, when we have a runner 😉 ... See MoreSee Less

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Alexandra StaresI left at 11 and I have just arrived!

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Daniel CooperActually those rent-a-staff guys who are 6 to 8 feet tall are very reassuring especially these days..

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Melanie CuerdenBryan C. Gusdal & Brendan Jones doing what they do best, watching the Prix de Diane

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Kay MintonBig race days have lost their appeal for me. I prefer a low-key day where you can actually see a race. By the way, Gina Rarick. Le-Turf.fr now requires you to be registered with them before you can view the races. Some of the questions asked are birth day, country of birth, town of birth, country you live in and the US is not on its drop down list of countries so I probably wouldn't be able to register if I wanted to. Good we have France Galop or I wouldn't be able to watch French racing.

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Sue ArmstrongThat is the way to do it

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Elizabeth Ann HulickWe Must Pace Ourselves. Emphasis. Therefore sometimes, chores complete, we just Have to rest-stay home-- for the next round/race. I'm certain more & more this way is the least hard way.😉😘💪🏼 I'm staying home from a "fancy" today, too. To just rest.

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Lana Turner is home from the spa. She looks fabulous, but weighs in at a whopping 495 kilos! A lot of it is muscle, but we really have to watch her weight so her legs can keep up with her. She looks to be a very classy girl. Meanwhile, our new recruit Munawer is at the Grosbois clinic to take a chip out of his ankle. If this keeps up, I think I deserve a Fidelity Card that might give me the 10th surgery free! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lisa GautierA big girl !!

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Gérard HennenfentGina, je ne vous apprend rien , elle est faite pour galoper , bâti comme les chefs de race qui étaient capables de courir sur toutes les distances ,une arrière main qui donne envie de la voir en action .... par contre qu'est ce la puce que vous devez lui faire retirer ?

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Roger StrausIS she officially Lana Turner yet?

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Anne SwardsonLong barrel weighs some?

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Luiz MirandaShe is a NICE FILLY, your comment on her legs are so correct. One just have to be extra carefull.

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Shari Volovsek HahnBeautiful 🙂

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Sylvain Chouraquii know lana turner it was a star

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Camilla OstermanJust spoke to a friend who had problems getting hold of a vet - I did have a special number to mine. Never any problems - that is what you get for being a regular customer 😉

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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