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Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Contact: Notes Team (847) 385-7472/7473
BLAZING FURY SUFFERS TENDON INJURY
Blazing Fury suffered a slight tear of a tendon in his right foreleg while galloping Tuesday and will miss the Turf, trainer Jim Toner announced Tuesday afternoon.
"It's not career-ending, but he probably won't be running until next summer some time," he said.
EXCERPTS FROM NTRA TELECONFERENCE
(first question asked: do you know if Rock of Gibralter is going to run in the Classic or the Mile): "I would like to know the answer to that myself. I don't know. I know how good he is at a mile. Asking him to go on the dirt and at distance he's never gone before, naturally, you would have to be concerned about it.
(more on Rock of Gibraltar:) "He travels so well and can really quicken. He has great acceleration."
(regarding Hawk Wing): "Hawk Wing, I thought, would go for the Classic, but I don't know. He's probably been a bit unfortunate this year. Last out, I probably should have made more use of him to maximize his best chance. The Darby was outside (distance) of him under very testing conditions. But he is a very high class colt."
(regarding High Chaparral): "He's been a very good 3yo this year. The stable was interrupted with a bout of coughing and ran in the Arc without a prep run. He ran well (third by 1 ¼ lengths to Mariebard), but he is a laid back individual, and needed a race. I think the Arc has put a nice edge on him and I look forward to running him in the Breeders' Cup (Turf)."
(regarding Hold That Tiger): "It's possible I'll ride Hold That Tiger (in the Juvenile). He was very impressive in the Grand Criterium in Paris, and his pedigree suggests that he would adapt to the dirt."
(regarding the European Breeders' Cup horses as a whole): "We're bringing a high class bunch of horses. It's hard to know with the 2yos; we've had a checkered season with them this year. It will be interesting to see how they cope with the Americans. These are different individuals than Johannesburg."
(regarding the importance of post postion if Rock of Gibraltar goes in the Mile): "Ideally, a middle draw would be nice. I wouldn't like to draw 14 in a field of 14. The middle leaves you with your options open."
(regarding the concern if the turf comes up "fast ground" for Saturday's turf race for Rock of Gibraltar): "I've ridden the Arlington turf before and it's a lovely racing surface. I don't think it would pose any problem for him."
(asked if he expressed his preference to trainer Aidan O'Brien of where to run Rock of Gibraltar): "I don't make the decisions. I only ride them."
(regarding Golan in the Turf): "I won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond with him, and was second in the Juddmonte International. He's a very versatile horse with a great temperament. He's been training well for the race. He's had an easy year, and he's right on target for this race and the Japan Cup. He is not like a lot of these horses that had a hard year. He's one of these horses that has trained up for the race. Everything looks as if it's going his way. There have been no bumps in his preparation. I wouldn't want to ride anything else in the race."
(regarding Islington in the Filly & Mare Turf): "She had a long season. I think European horses need to go fresh and prepared for the race, like a lot of Americans do. She won the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Yorkshire Oaks, and then she ran third in the Arc. She's had a hard campaign, and now she has to travel as well. She's had a difficult preparation, and I won't know until I get on the track how she will do. But she's a tough filly anyway, and this would crown her whole year if she can overcome her hard year. She has been brilliant for us. If she can win, she would prove that she is something special."
(regarding Hold That Tiger): "I think he will suit America. They will go galloping and he is a horse that likes to come off a fast pace. It will take a very good horse to beat him."
(regarding special preparation for the Breeders' Cup): "I've been watching Gary Stevens ride races in California and I've been following Mike Smith, who is also a great jockey, too. Hopefully, I can learn a few things from them."
(regarding concern for Islington): "Of course, she had a hard race (the Arc). No one really wanted to chase the pace, and I was left to chase it. These horses don't have easy races. Hopefully, she came out of it good. She did good in her last piece of work that I rode her."
(regarding tactics for the Filly & Mare Turf, if he would ride Islington more aggressively): "I never talk about tactics in races before I ride them. You don't know what's going to happen. No point in talking about it. It all depends on what happens."
(more on Hold That Tiger): "I rode Hold That Tiger once when he just killed the field. This is an absolutely super field and he's a super horse. It will take something special to beat him on Saturday."
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