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It’s been “a whole summer” for Robertino Diodoro, who has seen about fifteen of his top horses sidelined in recent days.
“Last week my phone started ringing on Monday afternoon,” Diodoro said. horse racing nation tuesday. “I keep telling people, for 48 hours until Wednesday afternoon there were horses going to farms and clinics and x-rays.
“The only good thing was that nothing was serious or there was no end of career, just things that needed time or were minor surgeries. -threatening. So it could always be worse.
The result, he said, is that “the summer has been a little slow. But I think we have a lot of good things to do. And we have new customers in the barn, which is always nice. So we are rebuilding this summer right now. And still, some days it’s hard to hold because rebuilding is never easy. But like I said, we have a lot of good things to look forward to later this fall.
Speaking from Arkansas before taking off Wednesday for Saratoga, Diodoro provided updates on his front horses — on the shelf or otherwise — for the latest news. HRNfrom the Barn Tour series.
To make a break
Grace of Ava. The 4-year-old Laoban filly finished fifth last Fleur de Lis (G2) outing on July 2 at Churchill Downs. Her only victory this year came in an optional claim race at Oaklawn, but she finished third behind Pauline’s Pearl and Shedaresthedevil at La Troienne (G1) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard. “She’s had minor surgery, is back in training and we’ll see her again later in the fall. We haven’t chosen anything for her yet. But she is fine. »
Market analysis. The 5-year-old Honor Code-bred gelding won his last race, the black-type Spangled Jimmy at Century Mile, for his third victory in three starts this year. “He’s another one that’s had surgery, and you won’t see him until Oaklawn starts.”
Lonely rock. He has won two stakes in five starts this year and the last out was third in the Birdstone at Saratoga on July 28. Majestic Warrior’s 7-year-old son “is fine, but he just went to the farm to rest. And we’re going to bring it back on October 1st. He’s coming to Arkansas, going to start swimming and getting him ready for the Oaklawn meet as well. So he’s out of action for now too – nothing wrong. All is well. But it’s time to give him some respite.
Dream Lit. The 3-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro, winner of the Goldenrod (G2) to close out last year, is winless this year, although she finished third last outing in the Gland (G1) at Belmont on June 11. “She’s had some time off and she’s slowly coming back. No surgery or anything. But again, it looks like we’re going to have a lot of fresh horses for the fall. But it’s not always bad, it’s just a bit hard on the mind at this time of year because as you can see our wins have been really slow lately. But again, I kind of knew it was coming out of Oaklawn, it was just going to be some kind of rebuilding and regrouping summer. It turned out that way, definitely. I have to get through and be ready for fall.
Salt N Lime. Too Much Bling’s 2-year-old daughter is 1-for-1 after snapping her young daughter on July 4 at Lone Star. “She’s going to have some free time until Houston. Beautiful horse, nothing to complain about. Just a little free time until Houston. Sam Houston Race Park’s annual meet usually begins in January.
Ready to go
From nothing at all. Another 1-for-1 juvenile, he was sired by Super Saver and broke his young daughter to Evangeline on July 7 while in the care of Ricky Courville. He will fly to Del Mar on Wednesday to play Sorrento (G2). “I would have liked to have had another race under her. You know, every time you go to California, it’s not easy. But she shows a lot of talent. And we’ll see what happens. I know that we ask a lot of her but at the same time, she has a lot of talent.
Zaici. The 2-year-old ridgeling from Laoban beat his young daughter on his second try at Churchill Downs on July 2. Diodoro said he would introduce him to Ellis Park Juvenile on Sunday. ” He is doing very well. We love this horse. So let’s cross our fingers with him.
Nice ride. 4-year-old filly Candy Ride has two seconds in three starts this year, most recently at the Mari Hulman George Memorial in Horseshoe Indianapolis on July 9. Diodoro said it will be completed Wednesday for the Trillium (G3) at Woodbine on Saturday.
red buttonslast winner of the Manitoba Derby, and great escapelooking for his first victory this year, will compete in the Canadian Derby (G3) at the Century Mile on August 20.