Saturday at the races

Got to catch the Kentucky Cup Classic from a video link in The Blood-Horse online–maybe it felt different live, but it didn’t seem all that dramatic to me. I guess it was always possible that Street Sense could have blown by Hard Spun, but Hard Spun looked so in control and confident that it looked likely that he’d hang on. I’m glad he did; good for Hard Spun, and I’m all for outcomes that make upcoming races more interesting.

Now the Flower Bowl—THAT was exciting! You can sign up for a free account at NYRA to watch race replays; that’s how I saw it, and it was terrific. Alan Garcia is one smooth guy; it seems like he’s always hanging out and charging up the fence to win at the wire—memorably before this, he did it with Shakis in the Bernard Baruch on Travers Day. Saturday Rosinka led the whole way, with Wait A While racing close to the pace and threatening at the end, but Rosinka held off Wait A While as Lahudood charged up the fence to win and pay $44.40. That’s two good races in a row for Rosinka, a very nice filly from Graham Motion’s barn. Only a length separated the top four finishers—take a minute to watch the race, as the finish is well worth it.

Madison is to my right, Floyd to my left, and they’ve got some serious choices to make on Sunday’s card: we’ve got Discreet Cat; Catmosphere, whom I caught a couple of weeks ago at 10-1; and Ice Cool Kitty, who won a race on Thursday. It’s hard for me to believe that she’s going to race again, but she’s on the program, so we’ll see tomorrow.

Hope to post a few thoughts about Sunday’s card before heading to the track in the morning. And yes, I am very, very grateful that the Mets won…

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