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Dreaming of Cross-Country Showdowns

Last week’s Alabama Stakes was all about which 3-YO filly would come out on top of the division. In that race, the hype surrounded Grace Hall and her contenders. Then I asked, “What about Eden’s Moon?” In retrospect, I should have been more focused on Lady of Shamrock since the West Coast show down was contested on turf, but they do say hindsight is 20/20 for a reason. This week the big race is the G1 Personal Ensign and the continued rivalry between It’s Tricky and Royal Delta who have been billed as the nation’s top 2 older females. While both are certainly deserving of that title (despite my personal reservations concerning Royal Delta’s lack of a Grade 1 win this year), I again have a question. This time it concerns Include Me Out.
 
 
Back in June I put together a quick outline of who I believed was at the top of each division (read about it here), and I took some heat for initially leaving Include Me Out out of the Older Filly and Mare division. You better believe that I have taken notice of this 4-yo daughter of Include since then. In 5 starts this year, she is 4-1-0, and her only loss came at the hands of the late flying Love Theway Youare in the G1 Vanity Handicap. She is one of only a handful of horses that can be included in the presitigous “Multiple Grade 1 Winner” category this year, but yet, she gets no respect.
 
 
So while the Personal Ensign will certainly be a thrilling race pitting two of the nation’s top older fillies against one another, I would personally like nothing better than if Include Me Out were included in Sunday’s field. Sadly, since Include Me Out has not ventured off the West Coast, that meeting will likely not take place until November when all three will likely meet in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic. Include Me Out and Royal Delta are already guaranteed  spots in the starting gate due to their victories in the “Win and You’re In” Clement L. Hirsch and G2 Delaware Handicap, respectively. Should It’s Tricky prevail in the Personal Ensign, then all three will, barring any unforeseen disasters, be lined up to take on each other. Even if It’s Tricky does not win on Sunday, she is still expected to be at the Breeders’ Cup since that is the year end goal for the Godolphin owned filly.
 
 
It’s really too bad that there isn’t more cross-country travel for the nation’s top stars. Just imagine the possibilities and the rivalries that could emerge if the West Coast stars traveled east or the East Coast stars traveled west. Rather than having to wait until the year’s end to see some of the most anticipated showdowns, we could get to see them multiple times a year. Imagine seeing Include Me Out, It’s Tricky, and Royal Delta; Game On Dude, Fort Larned, Ron the Greek, and Mucho Macho Man; or Acclamation, Little Mike, Point of Entry, and Get Stormy duking it out several times a year rather than once or twice at the most. Unfortunately, it does not look as though that will happen anytime soon. In the meantime, we can all look forward to the Breeders’ Cup races and dream about what could be. 

 

What the Nation is saying about Dreaming of Cross-Country Showdowns...

There are a few more in that Older Male division that I would like to see thrown into the mix as well. Nate's Mineshaft, Flat Out, Rule, Richard's Kid, and Rail Trip also come to mind.
Let's hope they all make it to the Breeders' Cup.
Include Me Out is a very nice filly, but you really peaked my interest with the Game On Dude against Fort Larned, Mucho Macho Man, Ron the Greek, and throw in Wise Dan and you got yourself a party ... BC Classic???

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

 

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.