Thursday, 3 July 2014

Toast Of New York (GB) travels to New York to challenge for Team (Jamie) Osborne for the Belmont Derby (USA) On Saturday.

Lambourn  home of Toast Of New York. Team (Jamie)  Osborne. (GB)

3 year old colt:

"Belmont-bound with hopes of our own notable naming fluke. "

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Jamie Osborne begins a daily diary leading up to Toast Of New York's run in Saturday's Grade 1 Belmont Derby.


Racing Post Published on Wednesday July 2, Page 5

"SHEIKH MOHAMMED pulled off the greatest feat of naming in modern racing history in 1998 when coming up with Dubai Millennnium for his Seeking The Gold colt who went on to win  the 2000 Dubai World Cup.

"It is clear that much thought , planning and skill went into that decision . Sadly, neither Michael Buckley nor I can claim the same level of foresight.

"When, 12 months ago, the form we filled in landed on the desk in the naming department at Weatherbys, only a certifiable over-optimistic lunatic could have envisaged that a year later Toast Of New York could be about to pull off one of the greatest naming flukes of all time by winning the Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational in New York.

"Toast as he is now affectionately known to us all here, and the 17,000 Twitter followers who have been on the receiving end of my obsessive bombardment for the last  six months or so, is now thankfully safely ensconced at Belmont Park.

"The horse who at one stage appeared more likely to go no further than Market Rasen in later life will now attempt to add the winning share of $1.25 million to the $ 1.2m he won in the UAE Derby.

"Having been detached from him since last Friday, today  I fly to New York to oversee his final couple of days' preparation. Not that I envisage there being too many difficulties decision to make. As expected, my able deputy Jimmy McCarthy has everything under control.

"Jamie Spencer will arrive on Friday, by which time I'm sure Michael  and I will have analysed the opposition to death. Jamie will also ride Side Glance for Andrew Balding at Monmouth on Sunday.

"There is a small chance Toast will stay on in the US to run in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park, but as things stand  he is far more likely to come home. Michael is keen to target the Dubai World Cup.


"My able team at home  are well briefed in this weeks domestic plans. The two-year-olds worked this morning, the monthly invoices were posted and the children were shown where the tin opener lives.

"I am looking forward to keeping you informed this week of developing building up to what is arguably the most important race of my 14-year training career.

"While in the departure lounge at Heathrow this afternoon I'll write about the logistics of getting the horse there and everything else about this adventure. "

@osbornejamie "One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. " The trainer quotes American author and journalist Tom Wolfe to accompany a picture of Toast Of New York  being ridden by Jimmy McCarthy at Belmont racecourse. "

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