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Duck, Duck, Goose!

 
The Mother Goose Stakes (gr.1) will be run for the 55th consecutive time on Saturday at Belmont Park and heralds the return of Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty. Inaugurated in 1957, The Mother Goose is one of the most prestigious races in the nation for three-year-old fillies. Listed among the race’s illustrious roster of winner are such great names as Shuvee, Ruffian, Davona Dale, Cicada, Go For Wand, Serena’s Song and of course Rachel Alexandra. From 1957-58 the Mother Goose was run at a distance of 1 1/16 miles before being run at the 1 1/8 mile distance for the next 50 years until 2010 when the race was removed from the Triple Tiara series and reverted to its original 1 1/16 mile distance. Named for well known thoroughbred breeder/owner H. P. Whitney’s famous filly, Mother Goose, who defeated the males in the Belmont Futurity Stakes, the important event has been held at Belmont Park all but four times when the race was run at Aqueduct (1963, 1967, 1969 and 1975).

Three fillies were originally scheduled to make their first starts in the Mother Goose since running in the Kentucky Oaks (gr.1) on May 6th but Oaks winner Plum Pretty was declared from the race today by trainer Bob Baffert due to a fever. That makes the second high-profile defection from the race as Black-Eyed Susan Stakes winner Royal Delta was also withdrawn from consideration Monday morning after trainer Bill Mott announced his charge has a bruised foot. This pretty much leaves the race open for Joyful Victory to steal if she is up to the task.

[Joyful Victory ranks #15 on HRN's 3-year-old fillies rankings page, should she be higher?]

Joyfuly Victory disappointed as the favorite in the Kentucky Oaks, finishing fourth, but that performance was preceded by huge wins in the Fantasy (gr.2) and Honeybee Stakes (gr.3) at Oaklawn Park. Her biggest threat could come from the improving Buster’s Ready who last finished second to Royal Delta in the Black-Eyed Susan after winning an allowance race at Aqueduct. Both fillies have advantages from the black and white perspective. Joyful Victory has far more experience against tough competition and already has two graded stakes wins and a placing. She also turned in a bullet five furlong work on Monday at Delaware Park, getting the distance in 1:00.40 and produced an identical time exactly one week earlier. Buster’s Ready on the other hand turned in one of the slowest four furlong works of the day at Belmont on Sunday, finishing up in a very slow :51.97. Last Monday she completed a bullet :47.46 move so the slower time this week is understandable but still not encouraging. Todd Pletcher trains Buster’s Ready and is second only to D. Wayne Lukas in having the most Mother Goose wins under his belt, currently standing at three. He most recently won with the ill-fated Devil May Care in 2010.

More on the Mother Goose will be coming later in the week but for now two of the big three have dropped out which puts the standings thus; duck (Plum Pretty), duck (Royal Delta), goose (Joyful Victory). No ducking going on but still, it’s all up to Joyful Victory now.

In other news Awesome Feather continued her promising progress on Tuesday morning with her second consecutive five furlong work. She completed the move in a strong time of 1:00.98 at Belmont Park, ranking as the second fastest of 17 horses working the distance. Still no word yet as to when R Heat Lightning might be returning to the track.

 

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I don't think she's really ducking, I just had to take advantage of that title. :) I think both Tapit fillies (Zazu and Joyful Victory) could give her a run for her money right now, and especially with the smaller fields.
Who is Plum Pretty ducking? She is facing a better field in the Hollywood Oaks than Joyful Victory in the Mother Goose. The Goose Field is a field of 7 and the Oaks a field of 5, WoW! Doesn't make any difference. Zazu beat Joyful Victory in the Ken. Oaks.
Brian, you are a prophet. Plum Pretty did "duck". Baffert must have felt his own fever when he decided to not put Plum Pretty on the plane Monday morning because he knew that he could stay at home and catch a five horse field at Hollywood this weekend.
Really wide open, I think Joyful Victory could get a jump on the division with a big Mother Goose performance. I can't wait to see Awesome Feather make her return.
Yes, Joyful Victory certainly does deserve to be ranked higher. Both 3-year-old divisions are wide open to whomever steps up in the second half of the season, and Joyful Victory has as good as shot as anyone. Love that Awesome Feather is nearing her return!

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 Meet Brian Appleton 

Thoroughbred Horse Racing is my passion.  It started when at the age of 9 I found a book called Come On Seabiscuit by Ralf Moody on my Mother’s shelf.  Reading that book was one of the most exciting things I ever did as a kid. I read that book so many times that I had entire chapters committed to memory and the dust jacket worn and ripped beyond recognition from so much use. From that point on I was hopelessly addicted, reading every book on horse racing I could get my hands on, especially racehorse biographies. In 2009 I began my own blog called Rail Runner on wordpress and have continued to blog there to this day.

Curlin is probably my favorite racehorse of all time. Being able to attend six of his races will always be one of the highlights of my life. Whenever I need to re-find some inspiration in my life all I need to do is watch one of his incredible victories and relive the memories. Rachel Alexandra ranks right up there too. As any horse racing fan will tell you it’s almost impossible to choose just one favorite and I am no exception. Phar Lap and Citation are another two of my all time favorites and the list could go on and on.

I was homeschooled my entire life by my parents and graduated High School in 2006 at the age of 17.  Currently I am completing my Marketing degree with the hopes of entering the Thoroughbred Horse Racing field as a writer/journalist , or in the marketing/advertising/promotions side of the industry.

It is my dream to someday become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and win major races across the United States. Who wouldn't want that, right?  For about 1 ½ years I was part owner in a racehorse, Lord Greystoke raced, and owned by Hibiscus Stables. I was able to attend one of his races at Belmont Park on Kentucky Derby day, May 2, 2009 and it was an incredible experience. While Lord Greystoke finished 7th in the race, being able to stand in an owner’s box not 30 feet away from Penny Chenery’s owner’s box was one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

Later in the year Lord Greystoke was finally able to break through with a 4 ½ length win which made me feel like one of the world’s most accomplished thoroughbred owners and further fueled my appetite. I think it would be rally neat to win the Appleton Stakes (Gr.3) at Gulfstream Park, even though I'm generally a bigger fan of dirt racing I can't help but think it would be neat for me to win a race with the same name as my last name.

That’s me in a nutshell, just a very passionate, driven young guy that wants to be a part of this amazing sport and share the adventure with other fans.