Who likes a good mystery?

I am really excited about a new horse who just came into the barn. His race name is Cochlear, and he is from Ireland. I got him through Shirley Aronson, who is well known for picking lovely sporthorses from the race world. The real mystery here might be how in the world I trusted someone to send me up a horse that I have not seen, but there you go.  Trust I did, and so far (granted I have not ridden him yet) I like him a lot.  Cochlear raced in Ireland under Tommy Stack, a well know flat and steeplechase jockey and trainer. Cochlear raced 24 times under Mr. Stack’s guide, and was listed as one of his exciting 4 year old winners in 2008. He won just shy of $150k, and he went through the sales in October 09, and was not sold with a bid of $42k.

The real mystery is how is it that he is not a successful racehorse here in the US? He came to US, and was presumably bought for more than $42k. And Im going to assume that he was ready to start racing in California in early 2010. He has no starts here stateside, and I dont know who he trained with, but Shirley said that the trainer called him “God awful at running.”

How does that happen? How does a horse with that good steady record in Ireland come here and flunk out so supremely?  I gave him a shallow vetting yesterday and he was very sound on the longe, longeing on the hard rocks, and the worst his flexions were 0.5/5!!!!  I have not had that good of a vetting for years!  So possibly, this speaks for Mr. Stack’s training. Cochlear was run only once per month, and in August of each year he ran twice. He had all winters off, presumably on break in a field? Anyway, if anybody is in Ireland and knows Mr. Stark, can you ask him about the horse’s  details? Who was the trainer here in US who tried to run him? Diaz, are you out there? can you sleuth down the answers?

2 Responses to “Who likes a good mystery?”

  1. Susan Greenwald

    Love those Irish Boys! Good luck solving the mystery.

  2. Monique

    Here’s a theory. From what I’ve seen of training and racing in Ireland they do a lot more of it on the turf versus a dirt surface. In the states even if a horse races on the turf they still have to train on a dirt or synthetic surface. He probably hated the harder training surface here.

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