Catching Up with Phillip Dutton’s OTTB String

Phillip Dutton has enough ex-racers in his barn right now to field a season of “America’s Next Top OTTB Event Horse.” Here are a few just-posted videos documenting their progress from the Herringswell Stables YouTube channel.

First up we’ve got Water Cube (Rockport Harbor – Internal Affair, by Orientate), who raced eight times under trainer Graham Motion before his owners, 18-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps and and Team USA swim coach Bob Bowman, decided that it was time for a career change.

Here’s Quadrivium (Henrythenavigator – Sea of Showers, by Seattle Slew), another Graham Motion trainee: “Quadrivium has started jumping a sequence of fences and is learning to anticipate the direction he will be going on landing. A quick study!”

And Commanding Curve (Master Command – Mother, by Lion Hearted), the 2014 Kentucky Derby runner-up: “CC has started to loosen up and use his body in a more fluent fashion. He’s a gorgeous big horse with a great temperament.”

Last but not least, Sea of Clouds (Malibu Moon – Winner’s Ticket, by Jolie’s Halo) owned by Graham and Anita Motion, Phillip and Evie Dutton and Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani: “Socs is getting stronger and his trot is becoming more elevated. He will stay with Silva for another few weeks before going back to Phillip.”