Cape Tycoon is entered for next Sunday at Longchamp, which would be his debut for me. He will gallop tomorrow morning and so far things have been going pretty well. He was coughing a bit on Friday (I assume after he discovered he was entered in a race via the secret broadband connection somewhere in his box) but he’s eating well, has no fever and didn’t cough today, so hopefully it’s nothing to worry about. Just in case, I’ve given him a dose of Vitamin C (which will make him nearly impossible to hang onto tomorrow) and echinacia to bolster his immune system. There’s been a bug going around, and this would be the worst possible time for it to hit.
Tyke has been looking and acting more and more like a racehorse, and he put Skid in his place today when Skid decided to try to start a fight walking home after exercising. Skid is going through the horse version of the Terrible Twos (even though he’s three) and hasn’t yet figure out that he’s been gelded. So out of the blue he swung around to kick Tyke – who KNOWS what they were talking about between themselves before that – and then backed into him after I stopped his first attempt. Tyke responded with a good whack, catching Skid right in the ribs and missing my hip by milimeters. Skid should know better than to pick a fight with a horse twice his size and racing fit. He’s got a good egg on his side, but all in all everyone was lucky – especially me.