So it has been a while since I actually wrote words down as a blog. How is everyone?
History is the key word for the past month. The time frame has held a lot of graded stakes, some amazing performances and lots of crisp, freshly written history. The horse racing world has also lost six or more legends and fought through industry adjustment pains. If you're hungry for a piece of what I am referring to, listen to Steve Haskin list off Rachel Alexandra's accomplishments in the last ATO.
Though the economy seems to have eased in certain sectors, not meaning business has turned around in those sectors, the Thoroughbred industry has a few years ahead for correction. I just can't help but look back at history in these tough times, because we are witnessing history. Hopefully we won't repeat the mistakes.
I was not alive during the Depression or other dark times in our country's economic history, but I am living in today's dark economy. Similarly I was not alive while Secretariat was making history in the racing world. Though I am very excited to see the movie a year from now. I would enjoy reliving parts of that time.
Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra are giving me something I have never seen before. A welcomed distraction and hope in a sport that is hurting; especially at a time when our country is searching for pleasant distractions. We had these ladies come to the rescue. I want to include the magic Big Brown also brought at the beginning of our recession, but the historical part is definitely the ladies.
I will always take a welcome rest as I watch athletes conquer any barrier before them and make way for today, which is yesterday's tomorrow.
Blood-Horses' interview with Penny Chenery will be posted at then end of my blog and a nice feature is in our magazine this week on the Secretariat movie.
Now speaking of those stakes races, how have you all been doing? Any fun stories of good pay outs or just good luck?
The only race I bet on over the weekend was the First Lady at Keeneland. A $1 trifecta box on Tizaqueen, Diamondrella, and Forever Together, which paid very nicely. You know to bet on a Strawbridge horse whenever my friend Amanda is around, because the four times Strawbridge has had a horse race, and Amanda has been present, the horse wins. Classic.
If you watch Pursuit of the Cup or follow the ladies racing around the world, Tizaqueen and Diamondrella are sure to do well in the Breeders' Cup, which is on synthetic as Keeneland is synthetic. So piece these two talented ladies with the hunch of Forever Together, you get the formula I bet. I honestly did not handicap by numbers, which I normally do, but I did it by pure preference in their efforts.
I have been tweeting a lot on the horses of interest I follow. The Star Wars horses have been doing very well this summer and fall meet. Even Scooby Dubai has been on the upswing.
Please drop a line and let me know what you have been following this month!