Well, that didn’t go well at all.
McDove finished last in the $50,000 Boeing Stakes and was eased through the stretch by jockey Kevin Orozco. According to trainer Sharon Ross, McDove bled during the race.
Despite losing a ton of ground early, McDove was in third place going into the far turn when she suddenly began dropping back, quickly fading to the back of the field. At that moment I was concerned about her well being and hoped nothing was seriously wrong.
“McDove bled about 8 on a scale of 10,” Ross said. “There had to be a reason she ran so poorly. Her legs are fine.”
The race was a fiasco from the outset, our worst fears realized when Protective Shield (No. 8) floated McDove very wide around the first turn. The Equibase chart says McDove was four wide, but I beg to differ and would argue that we were at least six wide.
But racing wide wasn’t the big issue Sunday. I’ll check with Sharon tomorrow and see how McDove is doing physically. We’ll have to let the dust settle, regroup, and see what’s next for our filly. If the bleeding is manageable, we can think about another race, obviously at a lower class level.
Full credit to Citizen Kitty, the 5-year-old Washington-bred mare that won the Boeing Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths. I know her owners, Bruce and Cass Maller, and they are very classy people, gracious in either victory or defeat.
E Z Larry, meanwhile, is in Race 3 on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. He had an easy half-mile work this morning in :48.80 and schooled in the paddock before Sunday’s first race. Everything went well and I’m looking forward to watching him run Friday.