Thursday, May 27, 2010

Well Monied Schools for Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park

Well Monied schools in the paddock at Hollywood Park for Saturday's Gamely Stakes.

Well Monied, winner of the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park last year, will face 7 other fillies and mares, 3 years old and up in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes on Saturday. I caught some photos of her schooling in the Hollywood Park paddock on a beautiful, breezy day last weekend. She was very calm and composed -- a real class act -- as she went through the saddling routine for trainer Howard Zucker. She was obviously happy to be out in the park-like paddock, and even spent some time munching on the grass!

Well Monied won an allowance race at Santa Anita on April 4, after a seven-month layoff. I'm expecting a big race from her on Saturday!

Well Monied shows her class, posing with groom Steve Kenny.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Latest Visit with The Pamplemousse

The Pamplemousse in his stall at Hollywood Park, May 2010.

Several of The Pamplemousse's fans have been asking for an update on him, so I paid a visit to trainer Julio Canani's barn at Hollywood Park this week, where I found The Pamplemousse looking healthy, happy and frisky. He enjoyed the attention I gave him --- as well as a couple of carrots that he happily munched down.

"The P" attempting to get my camera!

According to Canani, The Pamplemousse has been tack walking lately, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for his return to the races soon. My prediction: The Pamplemousse will come back and win the Santa Anita Handicap (a la Seabiscuit)!