Monday morning quick picks

Some random notes this morning from around the virtual and actual racing world.

If you’re not reading Maryjean Wall’s Celebrating the Horse, you’re missing out on a terrific independent perspective on racing. Formerly at the Lexington Courier-Journal Herald-Leader, Maryjean now writes about racing events, people, and horses that strike her fancy. Check her out fascinating, detailed post about the world of the photographers at the Breeders’ Cup, and if you don’t mind a little fantasy, read her “interview” with Cigar before Curlin broke his earnings record.

And another long-time racing writer, Jenny Kellner, brings her talents to the Internet at On The Lead. Jenny has written about sports for all four major New York area newspapers and now writes for the New York Racing Association. Her most recent post is a beautiful reflection on the landscape around Aqueduct. Trust me…read it and you’ll see!

At Evening Attire’s retirement party a week ago, the grey gelding’s connections were presented with a book of photos and fan memories; Jenny put this book together, and you can get a look at it here.

When Tom Albertrani gave me a tour of the Greentree Training Center in Saratoga in August, we paused to visit with the recently unretired Songster. At that point, he was pointed to a return to the races at Belmont, but that meet came and went without an appearance by the black colt. My DRF watch list tells me that this multiple graded stakes winner will make his first appearance in 2008 this Thursday at Aqueduct. Given Albertrani’s recent winning ways in New York, let’s hope that Songster’s return to the track is a victorius one.

In less happy news, I’d heard that one of Brooklyn Backstretch’s favorite mares, Duchess of Rokeby, was heading to the sales ring this month, and last week I readily found her page in the sale catalogue. Looking tonight, though—no dice. Could that be good news? Has she been withdrawn? One can only hope…

The Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance has recently undergone some pages, and as a result, the address for our RSS feed has changed. If you haven’t already updated your bookmarks, here’s another chance—reportedly, this version is updated more regularly and more quickly.

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