Time travels at different speeds for different people. I can tell you who time strolls for, who it trots for, who it gallops for, and who it stops cold for.
When a dog I've taken in and loved -- and you have to fall in love with a dog in order to be able to do a good job rehabilitating it - turns its back on me and gallops off into a forever home with the family it's been waiting for its entire life, when they realize there's something out there besides us, and they want it more than anything, that's the best moment for me.
I'm hoping it was a useful race. It was disappointing, but he got a lot out of it. He blew awfully hard. His fitness level since then has obviously improved. I thought that it showed up in his gallops more than anythingthat he's simply fitter than he was in the Rebel. Whether it's fit enough to beat Lawyer Ron, that could be a tall task. He might not get that fit.
And in this state she 'gallops night by night
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love;
O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on cursies straight;
O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees;
O'er ladies' lips, who straight on kisses dream,
Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,
Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are.
As when the golden sun salutes the morn, And, having gilt the ocean with his beams, Gallops the zodiac in his glistening coach, And overlooks the highest-peering hills.
He has the most arrogant personality. The way he'll look you up and down, it's unusual in a horse. You go in and he looks at you as if to say 'Feed me and get out'. He has a huge ego, pumps himself up. He looks down on people and looks down on horses. On the gallops, when he lies up with them doing a half-speed, he'd be herding them.
Obviously, going a mile and a quarter, you try to get those gallops in, which means the longer the better. You try to get some air into them, some oxygen and stamina. On the other hand, you've got to have the horse. We think we've got that with Bellamy Road. We're pretty confident.
As for long-range plans, Ritchey said he will let the horse dictate the timing and which races to plan for. Once he has some long gallops and a couple of breezes, I'll know a lot more, ... It would be an extremely hard task to get to the Breeders' Cup. The only way is if everything goes perfectly and I can find the right prep for him. But I've told the owners, let's just get him back and find a spot. There is always the Cigar Mile (gr. I) at the end of November, then we'll have a lot of races to choose from next year. It should be a fun experience.
Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.
Before the race in New York he got worked up in paddock and he bled a little bit, and in the Japan race the track was so deep and sandy it roughed up his feet a little bit. He's doing well now and back to his home track. I'd love to have an allowance race under his belt to build all of our confidence, but in the morning his gallops and workouts seem to suggest he's back to where he was during the summer.
The night, gallops on its shadowy mare
Shedding blue tassels over the land.
There is literally nothing Mr. Carmines will not use - gallops, waltzes, polkas, circus blares and musical bumps and grinds - to get his work done.