Monday morning quick picks

Seattle Smooth—or maybe her jockey Ramon Dominguez—gave her backers and her connections some tense moments during the running of the Grade II Shuvee at Belmont on Saturday. Stuck behind horses down on the rail at the top of the stretch, Dominguez seemed to be waiting for a hole that didn’t open up, and he finally…

The Girl Against the Boys

On this day, after this week, when much has been written about the decision to run Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, the Grade II Shuvee is being run at Belmont Park. In 1970, Shuvee became the first filly to win the two mile Jockey Club Gold Cup, raced then at Aqueduct. It was her fourth…

Girls against the boys

Note: This post is up over at The Rail. Come on by for a visit… Two weeks ago today, the conversation that began with Rags to Riches a year ago continued when Eight Belles broke down in the Derby, and her connections were pilloried for having the audacity and bad judgment to run her against…