I was so upset by Ahvee's Destiny's performance Saturday night that I haven't written about until today. The race at Colonial Downs in Virginia set up perfectly for her, when the toughest competitor, Suzzona, scratched. I thought it was a sign… Watching her vie for the lead and look good coming into the stretch, I thought she had a chance, even though I already knew the result. She got burned out in a speed duel (though the competitor she raced against came in second and A. D. has raced that way successfully before) and faded to 7th. It was hard to watch.
I didn't get to watch the race live because it's time conflicted with my need to be at synagogue services to say Kaddish for my father. All during the services, my adrenalin was flowing in anticipation. I wanted her to win so badly, not just for the purse money but to validate the decision not to breed her this year and race her instead… and I love that horse. She's kissing both me and Rhoda now. You know, Linda, in an interview, said she had two kinds of owners. One kind just wants the numbers and success. The other treats the horses like pets. Bet, you can guess which category we were in!
Awakino Cat had a nice breeze today. Linda is worried that he seems a little fat, even though she's been working him more. Today, she decided to try some stomach medication, in case there is a physiological reason, she's not aware of. BTW, everyone wants to know what Awakino means. It's an area of New Zealand that is near the water. Apparently, the original owner's son did lots of traveling and they named the horse after this area. He may run at Monmouth on the 10th of July. We'll see.
Linda said she liked a race for Hear the Footsteps on July 9th but is looking for other ones as well. Holy Blitzer is on the "move out of inventory" list but she has a sore ankle. Ever exciting Katy will run before long again.