is the grass any bluer...

is the grass any bluer...
on the other side?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Time to Reload the Musket, Man

by Kim Thomas

MUSKET MAN is a hard worker - he always earns his keep, and most recently finished third at 19-1 in the Kentucky Derby, just a bit behind second place finisher PIONEER OF THE NILE.

Vic Carlson purchased this dark bay/brown son of sprinter
YONAGUSKA as a yearling for only $15,000. However, he has more than earned his keep for co-owners Eric Fein and Carlson, winning over a $772,000. He has proven ability to run the long distance as well as come from behind.

MUSKET MAN is out of the FORTUNATE PROSPECT mare, FORTUESQUE. His impressive race record led him to Churchill Downs and so he will enter the gate later today at Pimilico under the hand of jockey Eibar Coa, who rode him to victory in the Grade II Illinois Derby and third place in the greatest horse race in the world, the Kentucky Derby just two short weeks ago.

(Photo of MUSKET MAN courtesy of Photos by Z)

His trainer is Irishman Derek Ryan who rode ponies as a child in Tipperary and went on to train in England, France and Germany before crossing The Pond to come to the United States in 1989. He believes that MUSKET MAN is, “The best horse I’ve had, by far. He’s got stamina and gears,” he told the St. Petersburg Times. “The first time I worked him I was ‘Whoa, what the hell do I have here?’”

pray for peace in the Preakness, y'all,

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