Blessing Belle and DerringBay each finished fifth in their races in Deauville today, just enough to pick up checks. I’m especially pleased with Belle, who managed to open her bank account before the end of the year and ran a much more promising race than when she debuted for us a little over a month ago. Both races were 1,500 meters, which is too short for the both of them, but those were the races available. They finished well despite being outpaced, and it seems they came home well, too. If all stays well, they’ll both get a chance at 1,900 meters on Jan. 9, Deauville’s closing day.