It wasn’t a wind operation or surgery to remove a knee chip.
“I started feeling bad early Tuesday morning and went downhill pretty quick from there so I finally decided that I probably ought to go to the emergency room,” Tim said Thursday. “They did the CAT scan and said my appendix needed to come out.”
Tim underwent an appendectomy Tuesday and was back at the track Thursday. Thankfully, the crew at the barn barely noticed his brief absence.
“I went to the track this morning and everything was good. There’s no question I have some of the best help out there. They’re reliable and dependable, I don’t have to worry about a thing. I’m very fortunate. Part of me was like, ‘man, nobody even misses me.’ Which is a great problem to have and a lot of people aren’t that fortunate.”
Bestkindoftrouble was afforded a solo early lead last Friday and the outcome was never in doubt. He stayed clear of his competition and crossed the wire 2 3/4 lengths in front under Forest Boyce.
“He ran super, race set up great for him. Forest did a great job, popped out on top and finally was able to get a dry track which he prefers over the wet tracks he’s been running on,” Tim said.
It was the third win in eight starts for the 4-year-old owned by Cynthia McGinnes and Francis Clemens. After knocking out the state-bred first-level allowance and open first-level allowance, he’ll be forced to take on tougher next time.
Le Weekend also put in a strong effort last weekend, finishing fourth in her first race in five months. She showed speed from the gate and was beaten only 2 1/4 lengths by rivals who had raced more recently.
“She ran great,” Tim said. “Unfortunate to get beat a lip and a lip for second. She went out there and ran hard. We were all happy with her effort and she came out of the race great.”
The 4-year-old will likely race again before the Laurel meet is over.
Flight Crew started the weekend off with a solid performance to dead-heat for third in Friday’s sixth race. He’ll likely head to turf for his next start.
New faces appear for the first time Saturday. Simpson goes in the first, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden. The son of Bodemeister is owned by successful 2-year-old consignor Cary Frommer. Cary sent Corporate Queen to Tim in late 2016 and the filly won her debut at 36-1. She was sold following the race and went on place third in last year’s Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
“He’s following the same path as she did,” Tim said referring to the 3-year-old colt. “I like him. He’s ready and I think he’ll run a good race for us. He’s a beautiful horse and a nice mover.”
Cary resides in Aiken and has consigned some of the more expensive 2-year-olds sold in recent years.
“She does a great job on the farm,” Tim said. “They always come well broken and schooled. They look great. She broke Still Having Fun for me.”
Best Way also debuts Saturday. Tom Teal’s homebred son of Tizway is set to run in the fifth, a 1 1/16-mile maiden on turf.
“He came in last fall and from the minute I saw him I said, ‘this is a two-turn grass horse. There’s no way I’m going to be able to do anything with him until the spring.’ It’s not really my M.O. to start first time around 2-turns on the grass but I feel strongly that’s what he wants. It’s a starting point. We’ll see how he handles everything and go from there,” Tim said.
The barn will also have two representatives Sunday. Irish Access makes her 3-year-old debut in the first race, a 1-mile allowance. As referenced in past weeks, Tim is very excited for her return.
“I love the way she trains,” he said of the filly owned by M.O.M. Stable. “She’s a big, strong filly. She’s a little quirky, but I don’t mind that. I’m hoping we can do some good things with her.”
Emma’sdiamonddiva will break from the gate a few hours later in the day’s fifth. She breaks from the outside post 7 and was set at 9-2 on the morning line. The 3-year-old owned by Tim Hopkins looks improve on her third-place finish three weeks ago.
Off the track:
Ryan is back in action on the Eventing circuit this weekend at Fair Hill. After a win last month, she moves up to the two-star division with Flintstar. She’ll also have a second mount this weekend, competing with Eightofasttocatch in Preliminary.