Friday, September 12, 2003 12:00 AM
KENTUCKY CUP CLASSIC
McNairs to be on hand for Congaree’s run
Stonerside Stable owners Robert and Janice McNair will be on hand for Congaree’s run at the Kentucky Cup Classic tomorrow at Turfway Park. Robert McNair is majority owner, founder, chairman, and CEO of the Houston Texans, the NFL’s newest expansion team. This year the Texans defeated the Miami Dolphins 21-20 in their season opener; in fact the team has won its openers both seasons it’s been in existence, an unprecedented feat for an expansion team. McNair founded Cogen Technologies, which was sold in 1999, and now serves as chairman and CEO of the Houston-based McNair Group. The McNairs are expected to land at Greater Cincinnati–Northern Kentucky International Airport between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. Eastern, in plenty of time for the Classic’s 5:37 post time.
M B Sea ready
M B Sea is ready for his run against Congaree and Perfect Drift in the Kentucky Cup Classic tomorrow, said Dale Romans’ assistant trainer Baldemar Bahena this morning. “He always tries hard, always gives 100 percent. He’s ready.”
TURFWAY BREEDERS’ CUP
Desert Gold out
Patrick Byrne confirmed this morning that Desert Gold has come down with a lung infection the day before she was to run in the Turfway Breeders’ Cup at Turfway Park. She has been scratched. The 4-year-old filly was 4-1 by the Turfway morning line, expected to contend with Awesome Humor and Smok’n Frolic.
“We had to take Everyday Angel out of the fillies’ race,” said Byrne, “so we scoped Desert Gold just as a precaution. She wasn’t coughing and didn’t have a fever. We were really unhappy to see mucus in her lungs, but that’s the way it happens sometimes. You sure hate to see it the day before a big race, but it’s better to find it out now than at the 16th pole. Then you’d have a bigger problem, after she’d have stressed herself in the race.”
Byrne said he’d talked to other trainers stabled at Churchill and heard that a few other horses are sick as well. “It happens when the weather changes, especially with the young ones,” he said.
Desert Gold is owned by Robert and Janice McNair, who also are running Congaree in the Classic.