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  • Mine That Bird leads All American Futurity PP..

    While I understand New Mexico is proud of him, I just thought it was kind of odd. Pump him up in the post parade, take him back to the barn, give him a bath and put him away. Most racehorses would be pissed.

    Maybe they had him tranqued, it would be legal since he wasnt racing.

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    Pump him up in the post parade ...
    I watched it live on TVG and he was given a heros welcome and cheer from the rather packed stands ... Gov. Bill Richardson - on hand for the Futurity - even commented that it was great and remarked he didn't know that MTB was as small as he is.

    While I cannot say I know too much about his day to day attitude I really don't see him as a high strung horse. And he wasn't by any means "pumped up" in his attitude at the Futurity.

    Since he was effectively paraded almost every day at Saratoga by Chip and company doing "the walk" is almost old hat. His life in NM isn't much different ... in fact by the time he does race at Santa Anita he may have forgotten what a race is like

    Now Commentator leading the post parade for the Commentator Stakes on Sunday was ready to run and I'd guarantee you he thought by all means he was going to race that day. He's been around too long to not hear the call to post and know what is up. I bet he was miffed - although his "Key to the City" edible pepperment-flavored carrot cake likely helped somewhat.

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    • #3
      I can see both sides of this.

      On one hand, I could understand how going out in the afternoon could get him hyped up and/or hurt, which seems an unnecessary risk.

      On the other, he seemed like a tractable sort when I watched him go (granted that was in the morning both times), and maybe if he hasn't been given a lasix shot or had his haynet taken away he wouldn't be in full on raceday mode.

      Also, I very much appreciate how MTB's connections have made him "available" to his fans.

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      • #4
        Likely because of MTB being in the post parade the track had a record crowd of 23,478 which frankly is on par with Saratoga's bigger days.

        The record crowd cheered and snapped photos along the rail next to the track as Mine That Bird trotted past. It didn't matter that temperatures on the mountain required a light jacket, at best. It also didn't matter that Mother Nature kept sprinkling rain hard at times throughout the afternoon. People wanted to see the Kentucky Derby-winning horse that brought some welcome attention to New Mexico.
        Nonetheless, it was a thrill to see the young gelding up close.

        Earlier in the day, Mine That Bird reportedly ran a half-mile in 48 seconds on the fast Ruidoso Downs track.

        According to a story by The Associated Press, Allen said the appearance was an effort to share the horse with New Mexico racing fans and thank them for their support.

        Seeing Mine That Bird was the highlight of the day for me even if I had to stand in the rain and cool weather to do it.
        So it looks like MTB had already been exercised that day and as such wasn't much of a high strung threat. Add to that the altitude that the track is at too which must be sapping some of his strength. I would've worried more about the 2-yr QH fillies that were ready to explode in the parade. Those gals were ready to tackle the 440-yard sprint!

        Ruidoso Downs Race Track is at 7,000 ft above sea level vs. Saratoga Springs, NY at a mere 300-ft above sea level .... don't assume because its near the foothills of the Adirondacks it's somehow perched in the Mountains

        (By comparison my native Cooperstown NY is 1,264 ft above sea level in the Leatherstocking Region of the State of NY)

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        • #5
          I am betting he doesn't eat for days after that, and recently he has started to look like he can't afford to miss an oat. He has had such a hard campaign. Give the little horse a rest from EVERYTHING! He has earned it and then some.
          I hope they let him down some. Let him be free from the trailer he's been living out of and the grind against the best horses we've got to offer. Back off some and get him ready for BCC. That definitely gets my vote. Bring a fresh horse to CA!

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            #6
            A racehorses mental state of mind can be just as important as their physical state. This was more what I was referring to. Horses can get worked up "inside", and not show it outwardly, more power to him if he can handle it.

            On the other hand, my old guy Grady gets hyped up when the vet comes to do spring and fall shots. He thinks he's being pre raced, and this is after 2 yrs of retirement!

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            • #7
              I was thrilled to see MTB and watched it live too on TVG. I thought he looked and acted great, like an old pro. He had his lead pony friend with him and seemed perfectly happy.

              He's a sensible horse and has toured the country. I don't see why it should seem odd that he was not worried or nervous. He had also worked that morning so maybe the edge was off him...

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                #8
                I guess I should clarify again... I watched it live also, just because a horse seems to take it in stride physically, it doesnt mean that it's taking it in stride in his brain.

                Maybe it's hard for folks that havent been around these horses on a day to day basis to understand.

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                • #9
                  Smiley, as always I agree. And we won't be privy to if he eats for days post this event. hings like this do tend to crank one up and put one off of it's feed.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Blinkers On View Post
                    I am betting he doesn't eat for days after that, and recently he has started to look like he can't afford to miss an oat. He has had such a hard campaign.
                    Moderately hard campaign ...

                    2009 starts: 6
                    02/28/09 $100K Borderland Derby (ungraded) - 2nd place
                    03/29/09 $800K Sunland Derby (ungraded) - 4th place
                    05/02/09 $2M Kentucky Derby (G1) - 1st
                    05/16/09 $1.1M Preakness (G1) - 2nd place
                    06/06/09 $1M Belmont Stakes (G1) - 3rd place
                    08/01/09 $750K WV Derby (G2) - 3rd place
                    ... next start: 10/11/09 $350k Goodwood Handicap (ungraded)

                    vs. Summer Bird

                    2009 starts: 7

                    03/01/09 $34K Maiden Special Weight: 4th
                    03/19/09 $35K Maiden Special Weight: 1st
                    04/11/09 $1M Arkansas Derby (G2): 3rd
                    05/02/09 $2M Kentucky Derby (G1) - 6th
                    06/06/09 $1M Belmont S. (G1) - 1st
                    08/02/09 $1.2M Haskell Invitational S. (G1) - 2nd
                    08/29/09 $1M Shadwell Travers S. (G1) - 1st
                    ... next start 10/03/09 $1M Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)

                    vs. Rachel Alexandra

                    2009 starts: 8

                    02/15/09 $50K Martha Washington S. (ungraded): 1st
                    03/14/09 $400K Fair Grounds Oaks (G2): 1st
                    04/05/09 $250K Fantasy S. (G2): 1st
                    05/01/09 $500K Kentucky Oaks (G1): 1st
                    05/16/09 $1.1M Preakness S. (G1): 1st
                    06/27/09 $300K Mother Goose S. (G1): 1st
                    08/02/09 $1.2M Haskell Invitational S. (G1): 1st
                    09/05/09 $750K Woodward S. (G1): 1st
                    ...next start only maybe 10/03/09 $1M Beldame (G1)

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                    • #11
                      Moderately hard for a midget gelding. It does make a difference. He isn't Rachel by any stretch of the imagination.. And consider she does get to fly places and he gets to see the back of a trailer. He's put on a ton of miles. A ton! It is all stressful, all hard on horses, Any horse.
                      Last edited by Blinkers On; Sep. 9, 2009, 04:34 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Acertainsmile View Post
                        I guess I should clarify again... I watched it live also, just because a horse seems to take it in stride physically, it doesnt mean that it's taking it in stride in his brain.

                        Maybe it's hard for folks that havent been around these horses on a day to day basis to understand.
                        While I understand what you are saying, wouldn't it make sense that he would be more stressed on a race day? Just my opinion but race horse's lives are stress each and every day; so I am not sure the leading in a post parade would be an unduly amount of strain on him frankly, but who knows.

                        That being said, I would have been concerned if he were mine certainly, and it would not have been my choice to do it at all but from the footage shown, he seemed ok.

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                        • #13
                          I know from personal experience the effects of internalized stress on stoic horses.

                          That said, he looked to be in good flesh and cool as a cucumber when I saw him, and his people seem to have done well by him so far. How easy would that have been to just run him in the Travers anyway.

                          So I'm just gonna go out on a limb and have some faith in MTB's connections to judge whether or not the little fella can handle leading a post parade without going off feed for days.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Barnfairy View Post
                            I know from personal experience the effects of internalized stress on stoic horses.

                            That said, he looked to be in good flesh and cool as a cucumber when I saw him, and his people seem to have done well by him so far. How easy would that have been to just run him in the Travers anyway.

                            So I'm just gonna go out on a limb and have some faith in MTB's connections to judge whether or not the little fella can handle leading a post parade without going off feed for days.
                            LOVE the cool as a cucumber picture! Thanks for posting those. I will be going to the open house at Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell NM tomorrow. They are opening up the ranch to the public and MTB will be out in the paddock for people to see. I am really excited to go see him!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Barnfairy View Post
                              I know from personal experience the effects of internalized stress on stoic horses.

                              That said, he looked to be in good flesh and cool as a cucumber when I saw him, and his people seem to have done well by him so far. How easy would that have been to just run him in the Travers anyway.

                              So I'm just gonna go out on a limb and have some faith in MTB's connections to judge whether or not the little fella can handle leading a post parade without going off feed for days.
                              Hear, hear.

                              And somebody perusing this thread has new desktop wallpaper! Cheers for that!
                              "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief

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