We’re all set for three runners at St. Cloud tomorrow, and they all have a chance. Timelord will go off the favorite in his claimer, the first race at 2,100 meters. I hate being the favorite – it’s like a jinx. I’ve never been able to win from that spot. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow. Rapsodie du Desert runs in the 7th, a lady amateur rider claimer. She is given a chance by most of the tip sheets. For me, it’s a really hard race to situate, like many of these amateur races are. There are horses there that have been entered purely for the pleasure of the rider, some old soldiers, one that hasn’t run in two years, some old black type…who knows what will happen? All I know is that we’re in the gate next to a horse that likes to take the pace and could win, so all we have to do is follow it, and then try to beat it. The rest shouldn’t matter. Then we have Hard Way in the nightcap, the ninth race at 6 p.m. Strangely, none of the tipsters give him much of a chance, and I think he might be our best shot of the day (but then I’m partial – he’s sort of the yard favorite and so far our biggest earner). He would certainly run better if it wasn’t a million degrees outside and the going was softer, but he always tries and I think he has a chance. He’s on the climb as far as his personal physical form is concerned, so I’m looking forward to seeing him run.
So while most of the serious racegoers will be paying attention so the Group 1 Grand Prix de St. Cloud tomorrow, I’m hoping the undercard belongs to us. Stay tuned.