Friday, April 6, 2012

Nicanor Returns Today at Keeneland.

The long awaited return of Nicanor happens today on opening day at Keeneland, race #8 with post time about 4:42.  After almost eleven months since his last race, a fourth place finish in the Island Sun Stakes at Belmont Park on May 12, 2011, this will be a very tough test for six year old Nicanor (can't believe he is six years old!).  Rajiv Maragh gets the mount for the first time on Nicanor in this very talented field of nine, a $65,000 Allowance race at seven furlong's on the All-weather surface of Keeneland (the first time Nicanor has run on this surface).  TVG will be carrying the race live, and like I mentioned, post time is about 4:42.


After his last race, he was given a vacation by the Jackson's for basically a mental break, the first time Nicanor has been allowed to have such a break since he started his career back on Jan. 31st, 2009.  Yes, he did have a break for almost eleven months back in 2009-2010 after he sustained a hind injury, but this break had nothing to do with an injury, just some time to be a horse.  It was up to Nicanor if he was going to return, by his attitude and more then ten published works, he has shown that he wants to return and is ready for that return.  This will be the first race under the guidance of the Delacour's since Nicanor was transferred to their barn.  The Delacour's are known to have well conditioned horses in their barn, and have a very good record with their horses after a long break, and with first timers in their care.


What can I say about this field?  While the race is listed as a $65,000 Allowance race, it could easily be a stakes race.  After such a long break and facing a very talented and tough field, it will be asking a lot for Nicanor to hit the board, even asking more for him to pull off a victory.  Most likely, the Delacour's want to get a race under his belt before he returns to Fair Hill.  With Nicanor's style of going straight to the lead and the short distance of just seven furlong's, he could pull off the huge upset.  I will say this, this year could be the last of Nicanor's career on the track, and it really is up to him and the results he gets in the process.  As everyone here, I wish nothing but the best today and in the future for Nicanor.  To me, just getting the start today is a victory in itself.


A safe race for all today...


The race and field for today's race:


Keeneland April 6,2012
Race #8- 4:42pm
About Seven Furlongs. (All Weather Track)

Purse $65,000, Allowance Optional Claiming $100,000

PP Horse A/S Jockey Wgt Trainer

1 Nicanor (KY) 6/H R Maragh 118 L Delacour

2 Capt. Candyman Can(KY)6/G C J Lanerie 118 I R Wilkes

3 Hoofit (NZ) 5/G J R Velazquez 118 H G Motion

4 Steve's Double (MD) 8/G M Pedroza 118 G L Knight

5 Rescue Squad (KY) 6/H R Albarado 118 C R McGaughey III

6 Noble's Promise (KY) 5/H A Garcia 118 K G McPeek

7 Golden Yank (KY) 7/G S Bridgmohan 118 G A Thomas

8 A Diehl (KY) 7/G J Graham 123 G R Arnold, II

9 Successful Dan (KY) 6/G J R Leparoux 118 C Lopresti


*I wanted to mention, my computer died last night and I had to write this on my smart phone, not something I recommend and the reason it is shorter then normal, sorry!  Also, look for the Lentenor to race VERY soon, and the return of Margano within the next month!  The first time all three brothers will be on the track at the same time!


Godspeed Nicanor...












***Updated***

Here is the replay of Nicanor's return yesterday.  I am running late for my trek down to Aqueduct to witness what should be a wonderful day of racing, great card!  Wishing the best for Bourbonstreetgirl and Teeth of the Dog, hope they BOTH shock the racing world and win at huge odds!

I will say regarding Nicanor's race, it is VERY premature to say Nicanor should be retired after this race.  One needs to remember, it was his first race in almost a year, his first race on the all-weather surface, and he was facing a stakes caliber field.  While I don't think he would have won, but, I will say this until I am blue in the face, if Nicanor does not get the lead from the start, he is not the same horse.  With that said, it was great to see him, and the most important aspects of yesterday's race are, he came out of the race in good order and he got a race under his belt after the long lay-off.  Also, look for Lentenor to be entered to race VERY soon :)

Replay of Nicanor's return:


104 comments:

  1. Safe trip to our Nic and win, lose or draw will always love this boy. As much as I love the others he, I guess because he came at the time of our beloved Barbaro's death has the softest place in my heart.

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  2. I wouldn't want to write something this long off my phone!! Althought, 90% of the time my comments are made from my phone (I get rather bored in school LOL), and my computer likes to clear the comment box when I say publish, instead of posting it. Good luck to Nicanor today, and I hope to see Margano and Lentenor very soon. I am very excited for Nicanor to finally be back (awesome birthday present!!!(my birthday was earlier this week)). Margano's works have been spectacular, and for some reason, he is my favorite (although I hate picking favorites!). Good luck Nicanor, and we will hopefully see you in the winners circle! I know, tall task, but I have faith.
    Jiminy Cricket
    P.s. good thing I've gotten to where I copy my comments before I post with my PC, as sure enough, it lost it lol.

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  3. Godspeed Nicanor and focus on that wire. You can do it, we who love you believe in you. Run like the wind and be safe. I'm "keeping the faith".

    RuthG

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  4. I think the race will also be live here:
    www.keeneland.com/racing/frames/livecoverage.aspx
    For all of us who don't live on the right site of this planet *sigh*

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  5. Thanks for posting the update, Greg! I'm impressed with the phone skils no less - lol! It looks like Nicanor is in pretty tough company today but I really do hope he can prevail. I'd love to see him get a win, but will be happy if he can hit the board either way - and above all - a safe race for all of them. Thank you! Go, Nicanor!!!

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  6. I likely won't be able to catch the race live, but I'll be looking for results as soon as I can.
    I'll be looking forward to new pictures, too. :)

    -Arem

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  7. Go Nicanor! Come home safe. We will love you always, no matter whether you race or not.

    Lou in Tx

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  8. Good luck, Nicanor. Do your best, run safely, and hopefully, a win, place, or show will be where you finish.

    ~AQL

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  9. I'm not liking these TVG announcers... they can only think about successful Dan. And according to them, nobles promise is the only speed.
    Jiminy Cricket

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  10. ...he had nothing left........he looked uncomfortable the entire race.....

    AQL

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  11. As I was thinking....the surface was not right, he didn't look comfortable, and it may just be retirement time for our old guy. That was kind of like his debut, wasn't it? If I remember right... ah well, Margano and Lentenor should be racing soon as well, and both are at the top of their game I think. And once I again, it kind of looked like the jock was fighting him, which he doesnt like.
    Jiminy Cricket

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  12. Nicanor finished a well beaten last.
    Well.. what did we expect after nearly a year layoff? He did come back to the races and he'll blow 'em away maybbe next time :-)

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  13. Jiminy Cricket said it best.
    ~AQL

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  14. @ Jiminy Cricket
    You shouldn't give up on him. It was his first race after a year break. He just needs more training and remember some things the next time.
    To me, he looked more relaxed than ever in the post parade and while saddling. I always thought he wasn't comfortable with horses on his outside, though.

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    1. I'm not giving up on him, i love him.:) but, he is getting on up there, and his last win was in summr '10, in fact his last placing was in '10. he may just be ready to call it quits, most horses are ready to by 6, and by all means, i will miss seeing him run.
      Jiminy Cricket

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  15. Well, let us see what happens. He seems to prefer turf, from what I have seen during past performances and workouts.

    ~AQL

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  16. Well, guess what? The colt that came in 2nd to Margano in Magano's maiden win? Ya, he just won the Transylvania Stakes (grade 3) Nothing big, right? What am I kidding, that's pretty awesome! Oh, and did I mention a margin of 5 1/2 lengths was involved?
    Jiminy Cricket

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    1. *Margano's woops

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    2. Margano should feel very accomplished, as should this victorious Transylvania Stakes colt...

      AQL

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    3. It was Silver Max, I kind of forgot to say who it was, didn't I?
      Jiminy Cricket

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  17. Hi!

    It was so nice to see Nicanor once again at the race track. He looked so gorgeous.

    That is too bad that Nicanor came in last. He began to "act out" at the gate which is not a good sign overall.

    I believe that the Barbaro brothers like the grass to race on so maybe that should be considered for next time.

    The TVG hosts did mention Nicanor earlier in the afternoon and also showed the tape of the 2006 Kentucky Derby win by Barbaro and did say that Nicanor has the pedigree but hasn't performed well.

    Good luck on your next race, Nicanor!

    Love to you, Nicanor!

    Lise from Maine

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  18. Oh poor baby. Is there a link to watch a replay. I had to work and missed it. We love our Nicanor anyway!!

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  19. It was so nice to see Nicanor back today. Hopefully he will run again with better results. This horse has such a special place in my heart and I love seeing him race. I hope he will get some more races before a decision is made about his future.


    Lori from Seattle

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  20. He just looked unravelled at the gates. I think if he was given another try on turf and allowed to run the race his way, I bet he would do better.

    ~AQL

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  21. Updated with a replay of the race up above :)

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  22. we now know nic does not like the synthetic , put him on grass and he wins!! wow first race back in grade 1 company not were I would of put him. oh well maybe next time

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  23. Thanks, Greg. Nicanor defiantly does not like all weather surfaces. The competition may have been too hard for him at this time, considering he came from an 11 month layoff. We'll get them next time.

    ~AQL

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  24. When I saw Nicanor, I had to look twice what a beauty he is becoming. Absolutely stunning. Yep, it was a tough race for the kid..what a beauty he is.Rose

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  25. Nicanor sure was asked to do more than he was capable of after such a long lay off. He changed leads at the top of the stretch several times. Looked like a tired horse to me. Too bad we all can't ride him because we seem to know what would be best for him.(lol) He's still a wonderful horse. Probably needs more conditioning.

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  26. Congratulations to our Nicanor. It was so good to see him again. He did great in the race and hung in there until the end. We would love to read more articles on him and Margano and Lentenor. I miss these horses so much.
    Thanks for keeping everybody posted Greg.

    Chris K.

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  27. I think another race or two and if they get the same results the Jackson's should think about selling him as an event horse, he's got the looks, the height and he may well enjoy it more! All TB's are not cut out for the track, this may well be the right career for him while he's sound. God Speed to Nic and all his entourage.

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  28. Whatever Nicanor's racing career, I highly doubt the Jacksons would ever sell Nicanor or ANY of the Barbaro family.

    With the options the Jacksons have, and the love they have voiced for all of these boys, selling any of them would be a choice that would seem untenable.

    My personal feeling, these boys have talent, speed and certainly looks. They have not shown a consistency that is clearly needed for champions. Their story is a complex one, and their roles as catalysts for an audience that continues to care about horse welfare may be part of their purpose.

    It is sad that they don't seem to be maximizing their talent, which is clearly not at Barbaro's level. But so many things happened that contributed to herky jerky careers that I fear we may never see their best. I hope we do, especially my heartfelt facorite, Lentenor, who has shown humor, intelligence, elegance, and toughness (4th in the Florida Derby when he was a baby, running to the point of injury: look at the talent who has come in as 4th since . . . ).

    But these boys hold sway in our hearts regardless. It is a most unique story that we have been a part of, and continue to be part of.

    The sound return of each of them from any endeavor is a gift (look at Hennigan in training and Rotten to the Core in a race, a casualty of another horse's fall).

    So we continue to support and be captivated. These are not dismissable TB's that get sold for non-performance. These boys are part of a storied family, coming in first or last.

    Karen, PA

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    1. Very well said, I should think that they will keep each one of the boys, and put them up for stud. They most definitely have the pedigree, and pedigree can be passed on. I feel Lentenor may get a stakes win this season, and I still feel Margano will show the world.
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    2. I agree with Jiminy Cricket. Also, I think they need a solid rider, like how Barbaro had Edgar Prado.

      ~AQL

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    3. Perfectly stated Karen, thank you!

      Hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter Sunday...

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  29. Thanks, Karen. I hope you're all having a great Easter Sunday.

    ~AQL

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  30. Congratulations to our Nicanor. He did his best. It was so good to see him again. Any information on these beloved horses is appreciated. Thanks Greg for keeping us posted.

    Chris K

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  31. I personally think that Nicanor should have Rosie back. Everytime she's riden him, he's won. I'm so proud of Nicanor and it was so good to see him again. He just keeps getting more gorgeous as time goes back. I agree with Jiminy Cricket, I think Margano is gonna show everybody.

    Joy in Texas

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    1. I agree. Nicanor defiantly favors Rosie.

      ~AQL

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  32. Karen, your words brought tears to my eyes. This family of horses are remarkable and will always be..thank you Rose

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  33. Any pictures of our handsome guy fro the race?

    -Arem

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  34. Karen, you are correct in the fact that the Jacksons will not sell these colts. I felt so bad for Nicanor, clearly he was an unhappy horse. Never confortable on the track at any stage of the race including the post parade. I hate to say it, but it may be time to start looking for a regional stud Northview Stallion Station maybe, that might be interested in standing Nicanor for a modest fee. It is not incomprehensible that he would succeed given the fact that there are only a couple Dynaformer sons at stud. It may be that Nicanor has a lot of mares sent his way, just because of Dynaformer and Barbaro in his pedigree. I know for certain the Jacksons would support him with mares of their own. And if that doesn't work out, Nicanor would make a spectacular looking eventer.

    I was really impressed with Teeth Of The Dog's placing in the Wood. What a talented young horse. Third or fourth start and he runs behind two of the best 3 yr olds in the crop (besides Union Rag's). Way to go Doggie !

    My latest Fair Hill update came and the brothers are back in their stalls at Fair Hill safe and sound. The Matz horses where to begin arriving today. I think The Dog probably shipped back after the Wood to await the rest of the Matz stable. Graham Motions bunch is settling in too. As soon as Rag's is in residence, I am going up to see him and tour the facility. I will take many photos, to share with you guys, of as many horses as I can get to (I have a longggggg list). Sally, at Fair Hill is a really fantastic person and has offered to arrange a tour for me. She knows I want to see the Matz & Motion barn as well as the brothers. It's gonna be awesome !!!

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  35. Also, When I know the date of my visit to Fair Hill, I will let everyone know. I would be honored if some of you wanted to come join me.

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  36. Sadly, I will not be able to go to Fair Hill with you, Criminal Type......

    ~AQL

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  37. This notice is to inform you that one or more of your horses has worked out.

    Lentenor (5-Year-Old Horse)

    Date: April 15, 2012
    Track: FAIR HILL
    Distance: Four Furlongs
    Time: 49:60 Breezing
    Track Condition: Fast
    Surface: All Weather Training
    Rank: 1/2 - See the day's workouts

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  38. Good job, Lentenor.

    ~AQL

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  39. Saw Nic's race and was hurting for him. He LOOKED fabulous, but on the rail and behind the leaders have never been his favorite spots.
    He's a proud horse and I worry that the circumstances and reality of this race may have demoralized him a bit. I hope not -- want to see him run again. On grass next time. He is a beautiful boy, as are all of the brothers, and his tail has grown to be as long as Lentenors. (Miss the blunt cut they used to have :( .) No matter how he finishes, I will always love him. I will always love this family of horses.

    Daffodil

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  40. Hey, Greg, a suggestion: How about a place where each of us can sign in with our new screen names and our past screen names so that we can refer to it and, perhaps recognize one another?

    Daffodil

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  41. The last of the brothers has been born, Dynaformer is pensioned.
    Jiminy Cricket

    http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68977/dynaformer-pensioned-after-cardiac-event

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    1. I was reading about that the other day. Its not surprising that he has been pensioned, although I thought he should've been pensioned sooner, like at the end of this past year. Dynaformer is a great horse and he has certainly earned his pension. Bless his heart, I just hope now that he can have a nice quiet life, and then when the time comes, he cross over peacefully.
      Joy in Texas

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  42. AQL, it looks like it wont be until the second weekend in May when Union Rags comes home from Louisville. He shipped straight there instead of coming home to Fair hill before the Derby. That cool though. I think he wins the Derby easily anyway, So I will get to meet a Champion.

    Jiminy, Very sad to hear that Dynaformer is ill and pensioned because of it, but I figured this would be his last season at stud anyway. I would like to know more details to judge how significant it was for myself. He has had a long career and will be missed.

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  43. What a deep field to bring Nicanor back in- he certainly looked miserable strangled up behind horses at the rail the whole time and then had nothing left! Perhaps he is not mentally in it, but only the team will know if he is ready to make another start on turf perhaps where he can get to the lead.

    Sad news about Dynaformer, I hope he recovers quickly. I came right to this blog after I saw the article. Even assuming that it was the last mating, it still makes it sad to have it really be true.

    Criminal Type, when is it that you are planning on going to Fair Hill? It would be unbelievable if I were able to go- it's worth the road trip from NJ to get there. It would be great to say we were at the home of the Champion Union Rags. ;) It's a deep field this year, but my heart is with Rags and Matz!!

    -Artemis Arts

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  44. Oh my....Dynaformer.....

    ~AQL

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  45. Hi!

    I see Dynaformer was pensioned.

    Once pensioned, does that mean they can no longer
    mate for good?

    Thank you!

    Lise from Maine

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  46. Yes, Lisa, he will never be bred again. It is too dangerous with whatever heart condition he has. Of the 13 mares already scanned, none are in foal anyways, and the other 7 he has bred this year haven't been scanned yet.
    Jiminy Cricket

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  47. I find. Myself thinking of Dynaformer daily. I cannot believe that this is the end.......Is there any news on the brothers?

    ~AQL

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  48. Hi!

    Happy Birthday, Lentenor!

    I was hoping that you were born on my granddaughter's(Marina) birthday which is April 19th but you were born around 2 am on
    April 20th.

    Oh well!

    Lots of love to you, Lentenor!

    Lise from Maine

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  49. Hi!

    I wonder who La Ville Rouge will be bred to this
    year?

    Lise from Maine

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  50. It was announced awhile ago that La Ville would be bred to Bernardini, along with Rachel Alexandra, and Blind Luck, apparently since Zenyatta went to him, all the big name mares and fillies have to. There are several others as well, that I can't remember.
    Jiminy Cricket

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  51. ......Bernardini must be a very good sire, or perhaps, Zenyatta controls...? What circumstances! Any information on the brothers?

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  52. There were signs from last year's breeding season (2011) that Dynaformer would probably be pensioned in the near future. Last spring he only got about half of the mares he covered in foal. (Given his age that was actually pretty good - he is well past the age where many stallions are pensioned).

    I think that was the main reason a different - younger - stallion was chosen for La Ville this year.

    Bernardini has royal bloodlines. He is the son of a Belmont winner (AP Indy) who was the son of one Triple Crown winner (Seattle Slew) and grandson of another (Secretariat). In addition, he comes from very strong bloodlines on his dam's side as well (his damsire was the father of the near Triple Crown winner Real Quiet). He already has one 10 furlong grade I winner (Stay Thirsty) from his first crop among other graded stakes winners, and has a couple of very promising three year old graded stakes winners in Alpha and Algorithms in his second crop.

    I do not think anyone could ever accuse the Jacksons of not appreciating Dynaformer - not only did they send their most prized broodmare to him year after year, but they have also bought some promising young Dynaformer filles.

    In the end, they made what turned out to be a prudent decision to send their best broodmare to a younger stallion this year rather than risk having another unproductive year for her. While horse breeding is something the Jacksons undertake with love, it is also a business...(just ask the IRS)...

    As for Dynaformer himself, he will receive the best care a horse can receive for the remainder of his life. And even with the heart condition which will prevent him from breeding (and given his age and the lack of pregnancies this year, he would have been pensioned anyway) he could very well have some years left. Years to be spent content and happy and peacefully grazing in his pasture and sunning himself.

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    1. I don't know who you are nor you me, but thanks so much for reminding everyone about Bernardini's pedigree. He is a young stallion but was already hugely popular before Zenyatta went to him! I adore Zenyatta; however, she has nothing to do with his popularity!! His pedigree says it all! Dynaformer is, and always will be, the MAN! I love his grumpy, ole self! LONG LIVE BIG D! louise C

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  53. Thank you for the information, Anonymous.

    ~AQL

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  54. So hope he has some good years in which to just be a horse, dear old Daddy Dynaformer. God Bless him...

    Daffodil

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  55. New photos of Margano on Mr. Tagg's website!

    ~AQL

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  56. He's looking fabulous! It looks like he's filled out a ton!! Hopefully we see him soon!
    Jiminy Cricket

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  57. This notice is to inform you that one or more of your horses has worked out.

    Lentenor (5-Year-Old Horse)

    Date: April 22, 2012
    Track: FAIR HILL
    Distance: Five Furlongs
    Time: 1.01:00 Breezing
    Track Condition: Fast
    Surface: All Weather Training
    Rank: 1/2 - See the day's workouts



    This notice is to inform you that one or more of your horses has worked out.

    Nicanor (6-Year-Old Horse)

    Date: April 22, 2012
    Track: FAIR HILL
    Distance: Five Furlongs
    Time: 1.01:40 Breezing
    Track Condition: Fast
    Surface: All Weather Training
    Rank: 2/2 - See the day's workouts

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  58. I agree, Jiminy Cricket, he looks wonderful! He looked very serious and focused, just like Big Brother Barbaro was.

    ~AQL

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  59. The brothers worked in company with one another, so the idea of racing together is quite reasonable, I'd say. This weekend, the Henry Clark Stakes at Pimlico -- they've both been nominated (its the 28th). And I agree, Margano is looking very powerful.

    Daffodil

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  60. I kind of figured they had worked together, as they both worked 5 furlongs, but .4 second difference...that means lenny beat nic by around 2 lengths+. Is this Henry Clark stakes on the turf, isn't that a rather quick turn around for nick?
    Jiminy Cricket

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  61. i mi on the Turf. I think Nic's last was more of a workout than a race. They must think he's fit and ready.

    Daffodil

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    1. It sure would be pretty amazing to see them run together, wouldn't it?
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  62. That's 1 mile...

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  63. That's 1 mile...

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  64. Fingers crossed that they'll both race this weekend.
    This would be SO amazing!

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  65. Margano worked out today! I think he did a very good job. And to see Lentenor and Nicanor race in the same weekend, possibly the same race, would be thrilling!

    Margano (3-Year-Old Colt)

    Your comments for this horse were: The beautiful brother of Barbaro.

    Date: April 24, 2012
    Track: BELMONT PARK
    Distance: Five Furlongs
    Time: 1.00:50 Handily
    Track Condition: Fast
    Surface: Dirt
    Rank: 2/5 - See the day's workouts

    ~AQL

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  66. FYI,

    Nicanor and Lentenor will be entered in the same race this weekend at Pimlico, but only one will actually run, with the other being scratched. Whichever brother runs will be decided by post position and the field running. I don't believe we will ever see both running in the same race down the road, which is a good thing! Whoever the Delacour's decide to run this weekend, well, sure will be exciting.

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  67. Bet it will be Lentenor running given Nicanor raced a couple weeks ago. I live a half hour from Pimlico but will be out of town this weekend..That SUCKS..I've never seen either of them race live. Now im pissed !

    Did any of you watch the video up on Youtube of Union Rag's, An American Love story ? Oh my goodness...and there is also one with Michael Matz, Barbaro and Union Rag's....If you watch it make sure you have tissues handy. Union Rag's last work at Keeneland was a thing of beauty. You could tell exactly where Peter gave him his head and he just powered up. I am so happy for Michael having another horse going into the Kentucky Derby as one of the favorites.

    Margano does look fabulous, very muscular, the time off to grow up obviously agreed with him.

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  68. Oh, thanks, Greg. It will indeed be exciting.

    ~AQL

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  69. Interesting, Gretchen Jackson is scheduled to testify before the senate subcommitee on racing safety to be held in Kennett Square Pa on April 30th. Gary Stevens, George Strawbridge, Jr and Arthur Hancock III (Claiborne Farm) are also schedlued to testify. I am all for racing safety and tighter restrictions on ALL medications.

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  70. Criminal Type, I am in full agreement with you.

    ~AQL

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  71. When will we know which brother is racing Saturday.? I'm just so excited to see any of the boys race.




    Lori from Seattle

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  72. My Virtual Stable notification is showing Nicanor first on the AE list for the Clark Stakes at Pimlico and Lentenor is listed as 2nd. Oddly enough Nicanor is 5/1 and Lentenor is 8/1. They have the same rider listed though, so Greg is right, only one will go and it looks like I was right, it will be Lentenor.

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  73. Considering that Nicanor raced only a few weeks back, I would not want him to race just yet. Lentenor could use a race, so this is it, I am guessing. I wish him the best of luck.

    ~AQL

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  74. I also thought it was odd that nicks odds were lower than lens, as nick made a complete bomb of it last time, and len has done rather well recently.
    Jiminy Cricket

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  75. Jiminy Cricket, that is indeed strange. Perhaps the distance is one where Nicanor had success?

    ~AQL

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  76. It's a distance that suits them both, I believe it's around a mile on turf-around where they usually always run, I hope it's Len that's going to run, we haven't seen him in a while, and Nick just ran like 2 weeks ago.
    JiminyCricket

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  77. Oh, I see. Thank you, Jiminy Cricket. Do you know who else is running in this race?

    ~AQL

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  78. I think it's more that Nicanors last race was against tough competition and he was coming from a long layoff. Now that he got a race under his belt and is probably fitter that the last time out, people are expecting to see more from him. While Lentenor is still coming off his layoff and you cannot know how well he'll do.

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  79. Edit: messed up Lentenor with Margano. How dare I...

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  80. Anonymous, you do have a point.

    ~AQL

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  81. You can go to equibase, and type in nicanor or Lentenor, look at current entries, and look at entries for the race. It's a full field, with a good but of ae's like nic. There are a few graded stakes winners, and the horse that ran 2nd in lens last race, but most are coming off long lay offs.
    Jiminy Cricket

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  82. Thanks, Jiminy Cricket. I think that both of our boys, depending on who enters, have a very good chance.

    ~AQL

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  83. Cancelled my trip, I will be at Pimlico tomorrow. Greg, Will you publish the photos if I send them to you ? Anyone else going ?

    Criminal Type

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  84. Criminal Type,

    Of course I will publish your photos! Wish I was going today, just too long of a drive and I had early morning plans. Working on a late blog post now looking at Lentenor's race today. You can email your photos to me and, if you want, publish your account of the day along with the photos? Email address is Wookster8@yahoo.com

    Thanks, and have a great day!!!

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  85. Just got a notification that Lentenor was scratched?!
    So I assume it will be Nicanor racing today o/

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  86. I just saw that as well. Lentenor was post 2 so I'm guessing that's why, Nicanor is post 11. I hope things go well for him today.



    Lori from Seattle

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  87. In a 10 horse field, I think I would prefer the 2, over the far outside, I think it's asking a bit much of Nick, especially since he jsut ran like 2 weeks ago....Seems a bit strange.
    Jiminy Cricket

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  88. Scratch that, he won't be coming from the far outside, he'll be coming from where the 9 usually would, because another horse in the main field scratched, so 2 AE's got in (Nick included).
    JiminyCricket

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  89. The audible by the Delacour's to race Nicanor over Lentenor seems more to do with the weather then anything else. The radar shows T-storms rolling in, and my guess the race will be pulled off the turf, we shall see. The race two weeks ago obviously took nothing out of Nicanor or the Delacour's wouldn't be turning him around so soon. Love that blinkers are back on Nicanor and blog post to follow looking at the existing field, Godspeed Nicanor and Luis...

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  90. Now they are calling for showers and the Turf track is again listed as Firm -- this is a very fluid situation and what will happen is anybody's guess.

    Daffodil

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  91. I was able to watch the race, but have no sound on this computer.
    Did Nick just run out of steam, or was he pulled up?

    -Arem

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  92. He ran out of steam.
    Jiminy Cricket

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