nervous wreck. First of all I’m having a knee replacement surgery in a few
weeks and that has me a little concerned. It’s not like they are cutting my leg
off. Oh wait a minute, that’s exactly what it’s like, but they have the
technology to reconnect it with a new knee joint and making me able to dance
once again without having to have my wife lead me, during, and after the
dance is over. That’s one of the things that is bothering me. The other thing
is 139th running of the Preakness Stakes.
I’m home and
out of work due to my bad knee. So I’m not preoccupied with work, or any other
daily responsibility except to cook and do the dishes. The one thought that
keeps going through my head is the fact that I don’t trust Social Inclusion when
it comes for the run for the Black-Eyed Susans.
Think on it
for a minute. Inexperience showed on Social Inclusion during the running of
the Wood Memorial. I was down on the track for the race, standing 25 yards from
the starting gate, I was close and along the rail and I saw a very startled
horse. He was jumpy and foaming between the back legs. It was pretty clear
that the decent sized crowd at Aqueduct that early April day had affected him.
It was his first stakes race and it showed on the inexperienced three year old.
He went off
as the 8/5 favorite but he settled for a hard run third place finish. Hey, New
York is a tough place to run, but the third Saturday in May will be an even
tougher race in Baltimore. You need experience to run in the big races. It also
takes talent, heart and most of all guts to run. And Social Inclusion finally
got a taste of the big time. He’s well rested and he could be ready to take on
what is rapidly becoming America’s favorite horse in California Chrome.
enough points to race in the Kentucky Derby, Social Inclusion could be a
spoiler in the run for a Triple Crown. With any luck, we’ll have a duel between
the two speed horses of Inclusion and Chrome. I’d love to see an Alydar and
Affirmed battle from these two, but maybe that’s asking for too much, since I’m
already rooting for a Triple Crown.
I know there
are other horses in the race. Bayern, Ride on Curlin and General A Rod will
also be in the post parade. All very good and capable of winning, but not on this
Preakness day, this day will belong to California Chrome, with a Social Inclusion exacta.
So, I’m nervous for a reason and I hope that Chrome can win over trouble maker Social Inclusion. And as with life, anything can happen and if it does let’s hope it’s in the horse race and not in my knee surgery. Riders up!