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"No, I mentioned the bisque."

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I can just imagine how a post-race interview with Dayatthespa after tomorrow’s Yaddo Stakes might go...

Zipseatthetrack: "Listen to this. Chad comes over after the race and he tells me that his unraced juvenile looked great this morning and yaddo yaddo yaddo, today was a good day. You wouldn't think he'd yaddo yaddo a stakes race?"

Dayatthespa: "I've yaddo yaddo'd a stakes race."

Zipseatthetrack: "Really?"

Dayatthespa: "Yeah. I went up to Saratoga, we went out to dinner, I had the lobster bisque, we went back to the track, yaddo yaddo yaddo, I never saw the other mares again."

Zipseatthetrack: "But you yaddo yaddo'd over the best part."

Dayatthespa: "No, I mentioned the bisque."

No offense intended to the five other fillies and mares entered in tomorrow’s $150,000 Yaddo Stakes, but the proceeding adaptation from a memorable Seinfeld scene was the only possible way I felt I could adequately demonstrate how the multiple graded stakes-winning filly, Dayatthespa, towers over this 1 1/16-mile grass feature for New York-bred fillies and mares at the Spa.


She doesn’t often dip her toes into the state-bred pool, but when the 4-year-old daughter of City Zip does, it’s sure to mean curtains for her overmatched competition. Known best for her five-race, all-stakes winning streak, including a convincing score in the Grade 1 QE II last fall at Keeneland, this NY-bred happens to be one of the top female turf horses in the land.

A winner of 7-of-11 lifetime, (she’s never raced on anything but grass), Dayatthespa would seem to better fit in races like the Diana or Beverly D, but trainer, Chad Brown, obviously wanted a confidence builder for her after a surprising second place finish in her last start.


"We're expecting to get her back and running in graded stakes," said Brown. "Right now, it looks like the right race for her. Being a New York-bred, it gave us an extra couple races on the calendar [to choose from], and if we need them, we can use them. I like the timing of the race; I like the distance of the race; I like that I can get [jockey] Javier [Castellano] back on her, and she likes Saratoga."


It all makes sense, I guess, for Dayatthespa. She’s dominated in one start at Saratoga in each of the last two summers, as I’m sure she will again tomorrow. I just hope she enjoys the bisque.  



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Older Comments about "No, I mentioned the bisque."...

If you ever watch the show, you would have gotten the point of amino and my comments...It is just a humor joke...
Do not fret pal,somehow we all new you were pulling our leg,thus the attempt at humor.
and, I was pulling your leg about a show I never watched but certainly knew about
NO, I know that lost art that automotons all particupate in these days? Also I had a busy practice for 35 years that dominated my schedule as well.
Vic, Seinfeld was a jockey who had the original call on Kelso.AN UNFORTUNATE SPILL LOST HIM THE MOUNT.
@T_V...You don't get out much, do you? You should try get out of that bubble you live in, bubble boy!
@ t_v >> NO SOUP FOR YOU !!!
Who is Seinfeld?
Seinfield and horseracing...does it get any better?
It's all in a Day at the Spa: clam chowder, lobster roll, the best of racing ... yada, yada, yada
Only you could write this, Zipse.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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