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  • How is The Pamplemousse doing?

    I was watching "Jockeys" earlier tonight and there was a big thing on The Pamplemousse. What an incredible looking horse. Being as the Santa Anita was quite a few months ago, does anyone know how he is doing now? Is his tendon better and is he back in training, and will he be racing soon, or are they waiting until next year? He really looks like a horse to keep your eye on.

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    I don't have any info on this specific horse but based upon my experience with tendon injuries there is still a long way to go before he can return to training.
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    • #3
      The latest update I could find was from July 24 http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/ho...y/1156251.html

      Solis II said it could be next summer.

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      • #4
        I was wondering the same thing and countless google searches didn't help! Stunning horse but almost seemed too big for his own legs.

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          How big is he?

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          • #6
            Not sure exactly but they kept talking about how big he was on the show and he really did dwarf the other horses.

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            • #7
              I met him a few months ago at Hollywood Park, and he's at least 17 hands. Beautiful colt, and had a nice personality. Julio was up to his usual tricks, telling the somewhat naive people I was with that The Pamplemousse would make an excellent CANTER prospect- Julio thought he would make a good jumper. They weren't familiar with how good of a horse The Pamplemousse was, and thought Julio was serious about potentially listing him.
              Last edited by Cammie; Sep. 19, 2009, 08:28 PM. Reason: Put the wrong track down!

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              • #8
                I was genuinely impressed watching him move on Jockeys last night--he has a HUGE stride!

                I have to say, though, that when it was said he was clocked running 50mph, my bullsh*t meter about exploded. "Oh, bullSH!T!" I yelled at the screen. I've never seen top-quality sprinters top 45mph...no way a route horse is cracking 50mph. No way. Where'd they get that figure?

                The other thing I don't get is no one ever mentioned what his named meant--it's French for grapefruit. I find that hilarious, but maybe the Jockeys producers thought it was too comical. But c'mon, that Santa Anita Derby press conference they showed with Baffert, Canani, and company--everyone had a grapefruit! Come ON! Roll with the gag!

                Ah well. Here's hoping my favorite equine citrus fruit is healing well.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cammie View Post
                  I met him a few months ago at Santa Anita, and he's at least 17 hands. Beautiful colt, and had a nice personality. Julio was up to his usual tricks, telling the somewhat naive people I was with that The Pamplemousse would make an excellent CANTER prospect- Julio thought he would make a good jumper. They weren't familiar with how good of a horse The Pamplemousse was, and thought Julio was serious about potentially listing him.
                  Lucky you! The Mousse was my favorite Derby horse this year, and his injury broke my heart. Anyway, has he just stayed on the track during his recovery or had he gone to a layup facility for at least part of the recovery?

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                    Anyway, has he just stayed on the track during his recovery or had he gone to a layup facility for at least part of the recovery?
                    He was with the rest of Julio's string at his barn in Hollywood Park when I saw him. I don't know whether he has been with Julio all along, or whether he was sent off to a lay-up facility at any point. He was wrapped when I saw him, but nothing out of the ordinary from what I could see. He looked good, and was pleased to be getting attention from everyone.


                    If you ever go on the backside of Hollywood Park, just go to Julio's barn. He'll drag you right over to see The Pamplemousse as soon as you walk in.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cammie View Post
                      If you ever go on the backside of Hollywood Park, just go to Julio's barn. He'll drag you right over to see The Pamplemousse as soon as you walk in.
                      I wish I had some business on the Hollywood backside, but I have none.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Across Sicily View Post
                        I was watching "Jockeys" earlier tonight and there was a big thing on The Pamplemousse. What an incredible looking horse. Being as the Santa Anita was quite a few months ago, does anyone know how he is doing now? Is his tendon better and is he back in training, and will he be racing soon, or are they waiting until next year? He really looks like a horse to keep your eye on.
                        He's back in Julio's barn at Santa Anita. My sister is one of the lucky ones who gets to see him often and feed him lots of carrots! She saw him yesterday and said he looks fabulous.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by flaggy View Post
                          He's back in Julio's barn at Santa Anita. My sister is one of the lucky ones who gets to see him often and feed him lots of carrots! She saw him yesterday and said he looks fabulous.
                          So did he leave Julio's barn at some point? Did he go to a layup facility for awhile? Final question (hopefully, but I really LOVE this horse and information about his progress hasn't been regular), is the thought still that his tentative return to racing will be next summer, or will it be sooner or later?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by iloverocky View Post
                            So did he leave Julio's barn at some point? Did he go to a layup facility for awhile? Final question (hopefully, but I really LOVE this horse and information about his progress hasn't been regular), is the thought still that his tentative return to racing will be next summer, or will it be sooner or later?
                            I don't want to divulge anything that may have been said in confidence so hopefully the people that manage The Pamplemousse, i.e., the trainer and owners will release a statement now that he's back at the track.

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                            • #15
                              So glad to read this thread. I haven't been able to see the Jockeys show other than the first episode which I found on line. I was so crazy over this horse- what a beauty. Was just sickened on Santa Anita Derby day when his injury was announced.

                              Somewhere I read he did go off for rehab. Best source for videos of him has been Mary Forney's blog.

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                              • #16
                                The aforementioned Mary Forney website: who visited him 9-23-09 with video

                                Tentative plans call for a trip north for "The Mousse," where he could spend some time in the snow -- a remedy for tendon problems such as the one he suffered.
                                Snow? I can only imagine snow anywhere in CA won't be around for at least another month or so. As such a return to the track in 2009 is not likely whatsoever in case people though maybe a Dec return could happen. Maybe he'll be back (although who knows if he'll be competitively ready) for the Strub Series at Santa Anita.

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                                  Retired

                                  Not exactly a surprise since he was shelved for so long...

                                  http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-raci...cho-san-miguel

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                                  • #18
                                    I was so sorry to read this today.

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                                    • #19
                                      I was just thinking about him a few weeks ago. Hopefully there will be plenty of little "mice" running in the years to come. He was my favorite for the Derby, cant believe its been nearly 2 years already

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by anon123456 View Post
                                        I was just thinking about him a few weeks ago. Hopefully there will be plenty of little "mice" running in the years to come. He was my favorite for the Derby, cant believe its been nearly 2 years already
                                        I'm pretty sure his name means grape fruit <3
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