Holy Knight Home Page
Last Modified: Tuesday, 13th December, 2011 @ 10:26pm
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Knight in Good Shape
got word from Dave W that Holy Knight came out of his last race
OK and is training well.
Knight is with Joe Orseno who was happy with his effort on 3/31
as he was way back early and put in a big late run to get beat
4 lengths at the end. He feels he learned from the race and came
back in good shape."
to see somebody make it to Saratoga this year.
Knight is at the races
Knight made his second appearance of 2010 in a $45000 Maiden Claiming
race at Gulfstream park on March 31st. Ridden by Carlos Marquez,
he was hoping to keep working the "improving trend"
of his last 2 races. He did just that, but only made it up to
sixth. I did not get to watch the race, as it was not carried
by TVG, my racing provider. Results pointed to a slow uninspiring
race and passing of rivals at the stretch.
an email from Don who watched the race and had this analysis:
Knight is one good looking horse, but doesn't seem fast, he made
quite a surge yesterday from 12th to 6th, but not sure if he lucked
out on the turn, picked up speed or the other 6 just got tired.
We watched the race, but sometimes it's hard to tell."
DRF and track handicapper did not have Holy Knight picked to win.
Race: 1. Quechee 2. En Fuego 3. Kindergarden Kid
QUECHEE flashed a little improved speed with
addition of blinkers at Tampa and a lightly raced 3yo eligible
to get better with experience. Half to Auction Watch who ran fourth
going a mile and one half here last month. EN FUEGO
has been away since November but does have experience and a couple
of decent efforts at this distance and beyond on his resume'.
KINDERGARDEN KID hard to fault off promising
bow earlier this winter. Extremely well bred colt has since returned
with a pair of near bullets works at PM. Just a question of whether
he'll handle this route with only one run under his belt.
Five by Mike Costanzo – Selections: 1-3-9
Perhaps I am chasing here, but I liked #1 Bay of Wicklow
going into his last, and even though things really didn’t
pan out properly, he did run in spots and was finishing well,
and he may be worth backing one more time. Think his breeding
will allow him to get this distance, and at no point should he
give up any ground along the inside.
Kindergarten Kid may be the logical choice here based
on a career debut where a slow start cost him a placing, and perhaps
even the victory. Bred to run all day, he would be the top pick
in here if I wasn’t set on chasing Bay of Wicklow one more
#9 En Fuego always runs his race and has plenty
of stamina influences filtered in amongst his strong grass breeding.
handicapper picked the winner. Results
Holy Knight has Returned to Training
Knight has returned to training following successful surgery.
No word on when he will race again, or his plans for the 2010
word from Adena that Holy Knight underwent surgery to remove bone
chips on two knees. Reports are good for a return to racing after
some rest and relaxation.
Knight Vet Report - PDF File
Knight Finishes 11TH In
didn't watch this race either, but it sounds like Holy Knight didn't
have a fantastic debut. Race recap says he started poorly and didn't
have much go in him. Update from Dave W: As you all know by now Holy
Knight ran 11th in his debut race on Sunday. He didn't have the best
break, and coming from the 13 hole he was going to need to get away
cleanly to have any shot. He never showed much interest in the race
and probably would not have finished much better with a clean break
and better starting position. Lynch (trainer) said that he is the
type of horse that will need a race or two to figure things out and
we should be able to look forward to better efforts down the road.
Not a bad few days
with the Adena horses, a first, second, and an 11th.
We still have 3 more bullets to fire (Gazumba, Golden Dynasty, Hot Bullet).
I don't know when they will debut, but if there is one thing Adena has, its
Storm Finishes 2ND
didn't head out to watch this race as it was a 6pm race and we were
out eating dinner, but Powerful Storm finished second today. He was
a bit of a longshot (8/1 morning line odds) and was around 6th favorite
of the 12 horses entered. Its good that he did so well after a little
disappointing 7th last race.
Dave W: Powerful Storm ran 2nd tonight at Turfway. He showed great
improvement from his first race and looks like he will like a bit
more distance. He made a nice rally in the stretch but was not going
to catch the winner...
Not a bad weekend
so far, let's keep our fingers crossed for Holy Knight tomorrow at
Gulfstream. He is in a tough race, but if he has the heart of his
half brother, he will be all right. By the way, his other half brother
(LION LORD, by Mr. Greely) made his racing debut today at the age
of 4 - he was a winner...
We also have 2
other runners to look forward to this weekend. Powerful Storm at
Turfway on Saturday, and the debut of Holy Knight (half brother to
GHOSTZAPPER) on Sunday at Gulfstream in a 1 1/16 mile MSW turf race.
Local track handicapper
Ron Nicoletti has Holy Knight mentioned to finish 4th.
and a General Update
got a couple horse photos of Holy Knight (half brother to Ghostzapper)
and Golden Dynasty (3/4 brother to Awesome Again and 1/2 brother
to Macho Uno). Both pictures were taken yesterday at Palm Meadows
Both of the MSW
races at Gulfstream on Feb 1 filled and Harlem Rocker did not get
in. They will more than likely enter him in the next
available race. Giant Gizmo, a horse from the 1st Adena Racing venture will
be running in the G2 Strub stakes this weekend at Santa Anita. We have NO ownership
Giant Gizmo, the info as a matter of interest, and to give us some hope that
maybe one day a horse from our venture (2) will make it to a Graded Stakes
Knight Gets Mentioned
is an article today on the DRF website about Brian Lynch (trainer)
and his prospects for Gulfstream. In the article he mentions Holy
gotten off to a good start down here, and I have another fresh
batch ready to go during the early part of the Gulfstream meet
- including a half-brother to Ghostzapper named Holy Knight who
is just about ready to run," said Lynch. "He looks like
he's going to be a very exciting horse, and I'm really looking
forward to getting him to the races."
got an this update on the racing venture today:
spoke with Adena this morning about Powerful Storm who is running
later today at Turfway. The racing mgr. is not very optimistic about
the horse at this point, and thinks that the best thing we have going
for us is the relatively soft field we will be facing. Dale Romans
has told Adena that he is a "heavy" horse (too much weight
on him) and that he is a bit of a plodder in his works. They hope
that he "wakes up" in the race and shows them a little
more speed than he has in the morning.
All of the trainers
that work for Adena are told only to run when the horse is ready
- there is no pressure to run early or to point to anything specific,
truly an ideal situation for any trainer. Adena believes in giving
all of their horses as much time as they need to develop which is
evident in the fact that this is the first horse from the group of
6 to make a start as a 2 year old.
Harlem Rocker is
progressing well and should start at Gulfstream soon, and Holy Knight
is training steadily. Frank Stronach is a big fan of Holy Knight
(He loves his intelligence and believes that he will be a very useful
horse). Golden Dynasty is also training forwardly and has some believers
as well. Hot Bullet is a horse that will benefit from longer distances
and is being given some time at Adena South (still training) before
heading back to the racetrack.
Knight Getting Examined
heard that Holy Knight has been returned to Adena (In Canada) to
be checked out. The trainer (Bobby Frankel in Belmont) noticed some
heat in the right front leg and wanted to get him checked out. The
attached is the vet report which finds a slight enlargement of the
flexor tendon related to growth. They recommend 60-90 days of rest
before resuming training.
Dave says that
this is not a serious set back, just means he will race later than
the rest of the group.
Horses Get Shipped Out
heard from Adena that some of the horses have been assigned to trainers
and are shipping out to their respective tracks.
- Gazumba - Still
with Graham Bell at Adena Farm training center in Canada will most
likely go to Brian Lynch at Woodbine.
- Golden Dynasty
- with Bobby Frankel at Belmont
- Harlem Rocker
- still in Ocala
- Holy Knight
- with Bobby Frankel at Belmont
- Hot Bullet -
with Kiaran McLaughlin at Belmont
- Powerful Storm
- with Dale Romans at Churchill
Racing Venture 2 Details
May 10TH, 2007
club has sold out! Here is a PDF file presentation on the six horses
we have bought into.
To Horse Hats Racing Club VI
May 9TH, 2007
we just joined Horse Hats Racing Club VI. Horse Hats is probably
the best web site for buying horse racing hats. In addition to the
hats, on occasion the site owner will purchase shares in a horse
and then offer pieces of his share to anyone willing to pay (and
who can get in in time). The shares usually sell out quickly. Our
friend Mark got shares in Club V, and we bought shares in Club VI.
this club we paid a little more money, but we also got a small share
in six horses instead of one. The six horses are all out of the Adena
Springs racing stable. Their names are Gazumba, Golden Dynasty, Harlem
Rocker, Holy Knight, Hot Bullet, and Powerful Storm. This web page
will be your source, and my source for keeping track of all the information
I get regarding these horses. Will we ever see a profit? Doubtful,
but its more of a fun ride for us.