Friday morning quick picks

Superfecta has spoken. She won this year’s Brooklyn Backstretch Road to the Roses charity league, and she’s decided to split the donation between two organizations. The members of this year’s league came up with $300 in donations, so in Lisa’s name, $150 will go to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and $150 will go to the Belmont Child Care Association.
Thanks again, so much, to everyone who played and donated.

To whet our appetites for next month’s Belmont Stakes, NYRA yesterday ran a mile and a half race, the Nasty and Bold Stakes. Habitual marathoner Delosvientos showed up, as did four other horses, including Todd Pletcher’s Atoned, who’s been a favorite of mine since his second to Court Vision in the 2007 Remsen. He’s disappointed me more often than not, but yesterday, he and Alcomo did their best Rags to Riches/Curlin imitation down the long, muddy stretch, and as on Belmont Day 2007, the horse I was rooting for won, by “half a head,” according to Tom Durkin.

And speaking of the Belmont, yesterday NYRA launched its Belmont Stakes site, with its own group of Belmont bloggers. Yours truly will be among them, along with Superfecta, Andy Serling, and Jenny Kellner of NYRA and On The Lead. Check it out for news, video, and photos.

The folks at Anna House recently sent me these photos; on yet another bad weather day, the children stayed inside and made themselves a chocolate pudding treat–wish I’d been there to taste it…

8 thoughts on “Friday morning quick picks

  1. Nice piece on the Belmont Stakes site. Great head shot, too!I was also a fan of harness racing before the thoroughbreds. I can still see my Dad shaking his head in bewilderment at my affinity for the sulkies. I do the same thing now when I think about it.I look forward to your future Belmont posts.

  2. Very cool and a picture too , pretty soon you’ll be the Queen of All Racing Media almost like Martha Stewart (without the criminal record of course!).

  3. Congrats on the NYRA gig! Also really enjoying your contributions to The Rail. The “Chief and I” is a real throwback piece – a really a beautiful piece of writing.

  4. Congratulations on your Belmont Stakes blog! Look forward to reading your posts.Believe it or not, I, too, was a harness racing fan before I “saw the light” and changed to thoroughbreds. Now I couldn’t even tell you who the top harness horses in the country are!

  5. Thanks to all who donated and to Lisa for selecting The Belmont Child Care Association as one of the recepients of the donations.(Sorry, Teresa, all of the pudding is gone.)DonnaThe BCCA

  6. Congratulations on the Belmont writing gig! Loved your first piece and look forward to more.And thanks for always being a great champion of horse racing charities.

  7. Hi Teresa–great new Belmont blog. And in the company of the pros, too. You are wonderful to read. Congratulations.Nice to know someone else was watching a good race yesterday. Was that you I saw yesterday in the rain on the rail in lovely Elmont? Minded-the-Birdie

  8. Thanks, everybody. You will not be surprised to hear that the photo is my least favorite part. Mr. or Ms. Birdie: a full-time job, alas, prevents me from getting to the track on weekdays. And that’s a real bummer, Donna, about the pudding.

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