Wednesday Quick Picks

It’s nice when the good folks at the various racing publications serve up material that’s too good not to share. How pleasant to click open this evening’s electronic Daily Racing Form to see an article in which Pat Kelly, trainer of Evening Attire, discusses the top ten moments in the grey gelding’s career. Evening Attire celebrated his tenth birthday on January 1st; his actual birthday is on Valentine’s Day. When entries are drawn on Thursday for Saturday’s races, I’ll expect to see him entered in the Grade 3 Aqueduct Handicap, a race he won in 2002, along with four other graded stakes (Gr I Jockey Club Gold Cup; Grade 2 Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap; Grade 2 Red Smith; Grade 2 MassCap). And I’ll be on the A train Saturday morning, headed out to see him race.

A nice commentary in The Blood-Horse by Robert Laurence, an appropriate coda to Tuesday’s post about horses who have gone missing from our lives. Laurence writes about Feisty, a failed racehorse and broodmare that he and his family rescued from a university equine program.

And a word about the recent spate of news-making cat horses across the country:

November 23rd: No No Bad Kitty rears back at the Fair Grounds, badly injuring jockey E.J. Perrodin.

December 29th: Onebadkitty finishes second in the California Breeders Cup Championship Stakes at Santa Anita.

January 12th: El Gato Malo wins the San Rafael at Santa Anita.

Hmm…notice a trend, anyone? Just what’s up with the negative portrayals of the feline here? Are these horses owned by dog lovers? Is this a type of speciesism? The Jockey Club has demonstrated its unwillingness to to approve some names for fear of offending; maybe it’s time for them to take a stand against this recent unfair depiction of the feline.

Thank goodness for Precious Kitten.

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