Week of August 23, 2010
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
It was a weekend of impressive performances and touching stories. At Arlington Park, Paddy o’Prado continued to dominate the 3-year-old turf division in the Secretariat. At Saratoga Blind Luck emphatically rose to the top of the 3-year-old filly division with her win in the Alabama, the third and final leg of the Triple Tiara. Her main rival, Devil May Care, was off the board but the two could meet again in the Cotillion Stakes at Philadelphia Park on October 2.
Also impressive was Evening Jewel in the Del Mar Oaks. In addition to earning her third consecutive win since racing on the turf, she gave her trainer James Cassidy an excellent birthday present. Also touching was Eclaire de Lune’s win in the Beverly D, a race named for the late wife of her owner, Arlington Park Chairman Richard L. Duchossois. “Winning this race means more to me than winning the Kentucky Derby” he said of the victory. And finally, turf champion Gio Ponti experienced some tough luck as he was nipped on the wire by European shipper Debussy. The win gave high profile English trainer John Gosden his first win in the Million in eight tries.
Coming up this week on the site we’ll have two Ten Things You Should Know about: the Personal Ensign and King’s Bishop. In honor of Travers day we’ll take a look at a Pick 4 blunder from last year that resulted in a sad missed opportunity in Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda.
And speaking of the Travers, there’s a lot of great racing to look forward to this coming weekend! Seven Travers hopefuls get in their final preps and both Life at Ten and Rachel Alexandra prep for the Personal Ensign. Can Awesome Gem turn his recent win in the Hollywood Gold Cup into a streak in the Pacific Classic? Keep up with all the news and commentary at Raceday360!
Last Week’s Races
Rachel Alexandra gallops for the Personal Ensign
Funny race call from Monmouth Park
Check probable starters at Horse Racing Nation’s Stakes Tracker
See you at the track!