Belle and Turfani shipped out tonight to Deauville; Belle runs tomorrow and Turfani on Saturday. Bad weather caused authorities to restrict movement of bigger transports this morning, and the same might be likely tomorrow morning, so they had to go tonight or stay put. It will give us a chance to get both of them out on the track for a hack tomorrow morning, which is good, since both of them were stuck walking the courtyard this morning. I decided not to bother with Bay, because the track is likely to ride on the heavy side after recent snow up there, and he’s already told us once he’s not fond of that kind of going. I’m still figuring out how I’m going to get there, but I’ll decide whether to brave the car or not tomorrow morning. Otherwise, I’ll take a train and hope for the best.
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.