JAMES GARFIELD BIDDING FOR BREEDERS CUP GLORY
I’m writing this from Del Mar where James has now completed his preparations for his assault on the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at 10.50pm this evening.
Considering he’s had a long season, he has shown no signs of fatigue since touching down in San Diego. He seems to have thrived on the change of scenery, eating well and has moved beautifully on the track. The weather has been very much like a spring day in England, so no one has had to acclimatize to any extreme changes.
There has been a huge amount of talk regarding the layout of the track and how tight it is. I would have to reiterate that this is no exaggeration. Being drawn wide or very low down is going to be disadvantage. From stall 7 Frankie will be able to place James wherever he likes in the race. I have no doubt there will be a huge amount of speed on. That being said, I won’t be discussing the race with Frankie, he knows the horse well and has more experience in his little finger than I have, so it will be up to him.
Whatever happens here James Garfield has been a horse who I will never forget. He has propelled my career forward and is owned by my now father and brother in law Tim.
It has been an incredible experience over here and I just hope the racing gods look down fondly on us this evening.