October 17th UPDATE: Western Smoke is back in training and getting close to a work at Santa Anita. Craig says he has grown up and put on muscle since the time off for sore shins. We are looking with excitement toward his return and I will keep you updated as he gets closer to a breeze. Smoke will probably be heading down to Del Mar in early November.
August 1 UPDATE: Entry - Western Smoke was scratched from the 5th race at Del Mar on Sunday August 4th.
July 29th UPDATE: Western Smoke work 5 furlongs from the gate with Joe Talamo, broke good while going 1:01.3 (12 of 40); according to the clockers. He broke off in company and completely left his work mate by about 10 lengths once they reached the half mile pole and again galloped out strong. Craig and I had him a full second faster but either way another good work. He was gate approved and looking at possible races on Sunday, August 4th or two other possible Maiden special races the following week. I will have more information in a day or two.
July 24th UPDATE: Western Smoke work 4 furlongs from the gate with Joe Talamo in the irons. He broke a tad slow but picked it up quickly going 48.1 HG (11 of 46) in another nice work. He was under a nice hold and galloped out well.