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Artspeak is done racing for the season

06:06 AM 01 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Artspeak is done racing in 2014
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It was announced today via Harness Racing Update, that Artspeak will not race in the Breeders Crown and is done for the 2014 race according to spokesman Myron Bell for Brittany Farms.

Before the Governor’s Cup, Harnesslink interviewed trainer Tony Alagna, who explained that they did not know why Artspeak made breaks in his prior two starts but that he was ready to go in the Governor’s Cup and that he has traveled up to Woodbine early just to train the colt himself and to make sure he was 100% ready to race. Alagna said he would not speculate before the race what the plans were for Artspeak after the Governor’s Cup.

Artspeak was at his best and put in a tremendous effort in the Governor’s Cup. But right after the race, Alagna was off to Harrisburg to inspect yearlings for the upcoming sales and would not return any phone calls about the future of Artspeak.

Now Myron Bell is stating that “The horse is weak in his stifles and that's why he made two breaks. He has already raced 10 times this year and we don't believe in racing two-year-olds more than 10 times. "That's what Captaintreacherous did. We want a 3-year-old and the best way to do that is to not burn them out as 2-year-olds.”

Repeated attempts to reach Tony Alagna for more details have gone unanswered to both Harnesslink and Harness Racing Update.

So now with Artspeak put out to pasture for the rest of the 2014 season, that leaves an opening for In The Arsenal to step up and steal some of Artspeaks “thunder” by sweeping the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs and then the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands. It’s sort of the same route that Heston Blue Chip took in defeating Michael’s Power for three-year-old honors in 2012.

Sired by American Ideal, In The Arsenal has won his last three starts and has five wins in his eight starts this season for trainer Kelvin Harrison.

One of those wins was against undefeated Artspeak and ended his seven-race winning streak in the International Stallion Stake at Lexington’s Red Mile. Then in his next start, In The Arsenal brought an end to undefeated Yankee Bounty’s eight-race winning streak in the Historic Series Goshen Cup at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

“Since his last win at Harrah’s,” said trainer Kelvin Harrison, “He (In The Arsenal) has been really feeling good. We are looking forward to racing in the Matron at Dover Downs next week and if all goes well then we will go next in the Breeders Crown.”

By Steve Wolf, for

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