Bill Place didn’t make my wish come true on Thursday; off as the even-money favorite, he was a well-beaten third and was claimed from Anthony Dutrow by David Jacobson. I suppose that’s a good sign?
On the other side of the world, Numaany too finished third, at Nad al Sheba. Beaten a length and a half, his chart (do they call them charts over there?) read, “Soon led, headed 400m out, ran on well.” I wish that they would send him back here, where he’s actually won a race; I don’t think he likes it in the desert. That, and like a fool I put him in my Derby stables, which is an unmitigated disaster. Sigh. Please don’t ask if I’m going to take him out when the opportunity rises; it would feel like a betrayal.
A commenter on a past post corrects part of the story I wrote about Saratoga Russell last month; thanks for weighing in and sharing with us Russell’s story. You know I’ll be cheering for you on Saturday.
A few members of the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance have decided to put our money where our mouths are, and begin a petition to protest the recent changes to the Breeders’ Cup, specifically the re-naming of the Distaff and moving the filly/mare races to Friday. You know how I feel about these changes, and we are essentially boycotting, with both attendance and wagering dollars, the Friday races in the hope that we can effect a little change over at the BC. Surely, the Filly and Mare Classic is an improvement over the Ladies’ Classic?
If you feel the same and if you’re willing to join us (and believe, I know what that asks, as the Distaff is my favorite race and division, and it will kill me to stand by spectating), please sign our petition, and let’s see if we can “Take Back the Race!”