They normally have a camel race and the always entertaining Mascot race... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3b9m9D9KZc
Great preview Chris. The great thing about this meet, it kills the Chalk-players. Then again, that's what turf races will do, especially maidens... 1st timers (on turf). You're mention of Rahystrada reminded me of another great turf sire, Rahy. The best part about racing at Cnl Wed-Sun schedule is its "9am-5pm worker friendly"... 1st Post is 6pm EDT Wed-Sat and 12:55pm EDT on Sundays. Now I have to go burn my front lawn. ;)
Chris, nice article. Sorry we didn't cross paths on Saturday. For everyone who is in love with Rosario, this ride, but more importantly his lack of preparation, just proves he still has some learning to do to become an "elite" jockey. IF he had done his homework (i.e. just pay attention to the races throughout the day), he would have known that the RAIL WAS DEAD! Stevens obviously knew since he rode the 3-path the entire way around the track on a lone lead. That's why he is a HOF rider. Also, did anyone notice that Orb's best running came when Rosario finally took him to the middle of the track? BTW - Orb was never stuck along the rail. Look at the break, even Krigger immediate moved to the outisde, when many said, "Krigger will pinch Orb on the rail to make sure he doesn't get outisde."Krigger's ride was better than Rosario's, only problem, Krigger didn't have the horse.
And it's only Tuesday. There's more to come!
Goldencents + Itsmyluckyday + Titletown Five + Governor Charlie = Orb wins Preakness
Lenny I certainly hope you are correct. This sport needs a hero, and the connections are first class.
Amen and agree 100%. Hence the "full-disclosure" final paragraph. The intent of the article was to answer the proverbial question, "How did you come up with THAT horse?!"
I capped based on the prediction of an OFF TRACK (it seemed like a save assumption based on the forecast), but earllier in the day when the track was not sloppy, I began to second guess myself.
So true, thanks to Verrazano, but I was counting on WTC to hit that same wall Normandy Invasion did at the 1/16th pole. As I said, racing luck was on my side.
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