Saratoga Russell, Richard Thompson, and Sean Avery

Saratoga Russell is back! This colt was my winter/spring crush until his dismal performance in the fog-enshrouded Gotham, and he underwent a myectomy shortly thereafter. According to a backstretch report at Saratoga, Saratoga Russell then went to Kentucky for treatment of some other maladies, and I was told that his trip to Kentucky was a last-ditch effort to get him back to the races. When he didn’t appear in the late summer or fall, I figured that whatever the problem was had ended his fledgling career. But now, perhaps there’s hope, as he worked out at Palm Meadows yesterday. And maybe he won’t be the next in a long string who have raised my hopes, only to break my heart…

I hope to have more news on him in the near future.

Superfecta’s horse of the month is Beeswing. Sharing my affinity for racing history, Superfecta highlights a horse each month, in addition to keeping us posted on racing news from overseas. Beeswing caught my attention because she shares a name with one of my favorite Richard Thompson songs, and a website to which Superfecta links refers to a “catchy and still-popular 19th century fiddle tune” of the same name. Check out Superfecta’s “Racehorses in History” feature, and Richard Thompson’s performance of the eponymous song:

Pull the Pocket has spurred quite the conversation about the role of the female jockey in marketing racing; I absolutely, fundamentally, utterly disagree with him…but it’s a great conversation!

The two-year-old racehorse Sean Avery hasn’t been seen around these parts for a while, and nor has his hockey-playing namesake. The Dallas Stars rather wish they hadn’t seen him much recently, either, but they are not so lucky.

This week the outspoken Avery was suspended indefinitely from the Stars for some recent comments. We could discuss the decision of the NHL to step in as the speech police while often, in the opinion of many, under-penalizing dangerous action on the ice; we could focus on the reaction of his well-known teammates Mike Modano and Marty Turco; we could deliberate about why the Stars aren’t taking care of their own business.

But instead, let’s look at these two quotations on this story. From the Star-Telegram:

Avery, facing a sizable media contingent, said, “I want to comment on how it’s a
common thing for NHL guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know
what that’s about. Enjoy the game.”

From the Yahoo!/Associated Press report:

“I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada,” [Avery] said. “I just
want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to
fall in love with my (former girlfriends). I don’t know what that’s about, but
enjoy the game tonight.”

Who knew that “sloppy seconds” was worthy of expurgation? Is it profane? Pornographic? The AP report in various outlets edits the phrase, so I am inclined to believe that it’s an AP decision, not a Yahoo! one.

This from the same folks who bring you “long shot,” but not “longshot.”

4 thoughts on “Saratoga Russell, Richard Thompson, and Sean Avery

  1. Yahoo uses AP feeds and does not re write the text. It was an AP decision. I find it interesting how different our Professional Sports Leagues operate- the NHL immediately suspended Avery for spoken words yet the NFL did not suspend one of its players, Plaxico Burress for his gun shot incident.(The Giants made an internal team roster move on Burress but the NFL itself did nothing).

  2. Caught this today and as you are from Saratoga – thought you might enjoy it..Saratogian runs lateChanning Hill aboard maiden claimer Saratogian walks around the paddock prior to the fourth race at Aqueduct on Wednesday. Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:40 AM ESTBy PAUL POSTThe SaratogianSARATOGA SPRINGS — A horse with strong local ties made a return to racing on Wednesday following an extended layoff.A horse named Saratogian placed fifth in the fourth race at Aqueduct.“He needed good work,” said owner Frederick J. McNeary, a prominent Saratoga Springs realtor. “He’d been put up for three months with a bucked shin. We expect him to run again in two weeks. Hopefully he’ll do a little better.“I think he’ll be fine.”Trained by Hall of Famer LeRoy Jolley, Saratogian was ridden by jockey Channing Hill.Breaking from Post 3, Saratogian got off well in fourth place. After a quarter mile in 22.66 seconds, Saratogian was five lengths off the pace-setting Confirmondi. At the half-mile pole, Saratogian folded and faded to fifth where he remained for the race’s entirety.Confirmondi ($4.30, $2.80, $2.10) went on to win the $16,000 maiden claiming race, covering the six furlongs in a time of 1:11.86.“He was born at Mike Austro’s farm in Ballston Spa,” McNeary said. “I checked with The Jockey Club and they said the name was available. Being local myself, I thought it was a good fit.”Saratogian’s last race had been at Finger Lakes in June.The 3-year-old went off at 15-1 in Wednesday’s race that had a 10-horse field with a $15,000 purse.

  3. SS: and it seems to me that it should have been exactly the reverse: the Stars should have managed the Avery situation, while the NFL should have stepped in with Burress.Anon: thanks! I did enjoy it! Here’s hoping for a better result next time…

  4. We are cautiously optimistic to have Russell back for a 4 YO campaign. He should be on a regular breeze from now on.Thomas

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