By Claire Novak at bloodhorse.com

Good Friends Stable’s multiple grade I winner Private Zone will get some R&R at The Sanctuary Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center near Ocala, Fla., before commencing a 2016 campaign, Rene Douglas said Dec. 1.

According to the co-owner and racing manager, 6-year-old Private Zone shipped Dec. 1 to The Sanctuary, a world-class facility equipped with state-of-the-art treatments including a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, equine swimming pool, vibration plate, and electromagnetic pulse therapy.

After running second by three-quarters of a length to Runhappy in the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), the Macho Uno  gelding faded to a tired fifth of six in an oddly run edition of the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I). It was his first start for Brian Lynch after just two weeks in the new trainer’s barn, and he had aborted a planned breeze leading up to the race.

NOVAK: Tonalist Charges to Cigar Mile Victory

“I blame myself, I don’t blame the jockey or the trainer—that’s got nothing to do with it,” Douglas said. “I really feel guilty because he gives us everything he’s got every time he steps on the racetrack. I know when the horse is not doing well, and me making that decision to race that day, I feel bad about it.
“The horse was tired after the Breeders’ Cup and he only went into the race with four or five days of galloping. There’s no way you’re going to win a race like that, I don’t care how good you are. You’re not going to beat those kind of horses that way.
“Brian only had a little time around him (before the Cigar Mile), and he’s a horse you need to get to know, and he didn’t have enough chance to get ready heading into […]