Saturday morning quick picks

Yesterday NYRA released its 2010 stakes schedule…well, sort of. According to NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward, In the current economic climate and with other racing jurisdictions reducingracing days and adjusting their stakes schedule, we feel that it is prudent tomake the decision on the Aqueduct Stakes program only at this time. Weplan to monitor…

The dear, departed Stuyvesant?

Named for a major historical figure and won by Man o’War, Riva Ridge, Fit to Fight, and Seattle Slew, the Stuyvesant has suffered an awful lot of indignity, deemed to have been unnecessary in so many of the years since its inception. First run at Jamaica, the Stuyvesant was originally a race for three-year-olds, and…

Ladies Handicap, #137

There was no storybook ending to the Ladies Handicap on Sunday afternoon. Sweet Goodbye, the choice of those poetically inclined, finished last, providing no historically appropriate ending to this race, the last of which I can only hope that we have not seen. One horse’s misfortune, though, is another’s glory, and even the most sentimentally-inclined…

Do-over

When my students and I discuss literature, we talk a lot about authorial intent: How do we find out what it is? Does it matter? Is it meaningful/significant if we find meaning/significance in something that the author didn’t intend, or even rejects? Mostly, I tell them to rely on the words of the page, to…

The Ladies Handicap

I live in a city that takes unabashed glee in the evisceration of its physical history. Tourist and natives alike are hard-pressed to discover any remnants of the Dutch and British settlements that settled Manhattan; little is left of the glory of the Gilded Age; and even the more recent bohemian period is barely discernible…