McDove Looks Good


McDove on Sunday morning

Thoroughbreds expend an enormous amount of energy in a race, and thus bear close scrutiny for several days after a competition.

In the case of McDove, she appears to have emerged from Saturday’s third-place effort in good shape. Trainer Sharon Ross said the Emerald Racing Club’s 4-year-old filly cooled out well after the race, ate her dinner last night, looked good Sunday morning, and probably will go back to the track in a few days.

Front-runners dominated Saturday’s seven-race card at Emerald Downs, so it was encouraging that McDove managed to run well in her ERC debut.

Sharon raised a great point. It seems like everyone just scatters immediately after a race, and I probably should try and find a spot where we could gather and watch the replay together and discuss what happened in the race. The trainer could offer a quick analysis of the race, let us know what the jockey said, and perhaps answer a few questions too.

We shall do this going forward. I will scout out a good location and let everyone know where to go after the race. Hopefully it would include a short detour to the winner’s circle, but we can gather around some TVs and offer a quick rehash of the race.


McDove in the paddock-photo by ERC member Kim Carlson

Distinguishable, meanwhile, galloped one mile Sunday morning and will have a workout in the next few days, according to trainer Mike Puhich.

A possible race is Sunday, May 14. It is an allowance/optional claiming race for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up which have never won a race other than maiden, claiming or starter or which have never won two races or a claiming price of $25,000. The purse is $18,500, the distance 6 furlongs. Distinguishable’s two career wins are a maiden race and a $15,000 claiming race, so she would not be eligible to be claimed.

Distinguishable-April 23

Distinguishable and Javier Matias head to the track Sunday

Puhich, incidentally, is tied for leading trainer with four wins in the first six days of racing. He had two victories Saturday including a monster win by Prime Engine, a 5-year-old gelding that ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01.10–.23 seconds off the track record–and is the probable favorite in the $50,000 Governor’s Stakes on Sunday, May 21.






5 thoughts on “McDove Looks Good

  1. I too love the idea of a post race de-brief.
    I’m so happy to hear that McDove appears to have came out of the race in good shape. I’ll admit, I got a little nervous when it appeared there was some action over at the claim window. Was glad to hear it wasn’t McDove who got claimed. It’s easy to see if she had another 2 furlongs to run that she’d have been victorious. Can’t wait to watch her run a mile race for us.

  2. Great idea. Would give us a chance to learn more and get acquainted with other club members. Had a great day yesterday at the races.

  3. Yeah, I noticed speed was holding throughout the day yesterday, and I’m encouraged that McDove was steadily closing and finished well.

    I think it’s very interesting hearing the post-race thoughts of the trainers and jockeys after the big races we watch on TV or through the media. It’d be great to get that from our trainers. Thanks for the idea, Sharon!

  4. What a great idea, thank you Sharon for thinking of us. There are so much going on at the track and what another great way to learn about horse racing.
    Vince I hear your at the track every morning at 8 am, wish I lived closer so I could pick your brains about handicapping.
    Was a great race glad McDove came out fine.
    See you at the track

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