Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lucky 13?

It's a big racing weekend on the East Coast and unfortunately, the weather is not being as cooperative as one might like. Which means that as per usual this "summer" (and I use that term lightly) it's rather drippy at both Saratoga and Monmouth.

Rachel Alexandra competes against some very classy boys this afternoon in the 13th race at Monmouth (The Haskell), so it'll be interesting to see how she fares. Belmont winning Summer Bird will be running as well Papa Clem who beat Summer Bird in the Arkansas Derby. I'm also interested in Iowa Derby winning Duke of Mischief...he's one to watch, I think. Munnings has put up some fantastic numbers and might just create a pace that is really not to Rachel and/or Calvin's liking, but I don't know if he can handle the distance. The sloppy track doesn't look to be much of an issue, Rachel won the KY Oaks in the slop and Munnings and Duke of Mischief don't seem to be bothered by it either. Let's just hope they all make it home soundly...that's always the biggest wish.

I'll be curious to see what the attendance/handle numbers are for Monmouth with Rachel being such a star attraction. The weather will likely be a factor, but when it's rainy at the Jersey Shore there's not much to do, so heading out to the races isn't a bad idea.

With Rachel heading back to The Spa tonight and Mine That Bird now headed there as well, the mind practically reels with possibilities! The Travers could shape up to be something really special.

Here's to all our favorites (and the longshots, too!!) crossing the line safe and sound today and giving us some great racing moments to boot.

More later post-race...

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