Week of August 30, 2010
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
There was plenty of coast to coast racing action last weekend featuring repeat victories, exciting stretch duels and surprise upsets!
On the west coast Richard’s Kid became the third horse to win back to back editions of the Pacific Classic, Enriched won the Del Mar Mile and and El Brujo capped a big day for trainer Bob Baffert with a win in the Pat O’Brien Stakes. In addition to winning the Pacific Classic and Pat O’Brien Stakes, Baffert’s filly Rapport won the Victory Ride Stakes at Saratoga.
Also at Saratoga, Discreetly Mine proved he’s a sprinter to be reckoned with, Dynaslew, who was part of a blanket finish in the Diana, continued her solid efforts with a win a Ballston Spa and New York bred Rightly So wired the Ballerina field. The Jim Dandy turned out to be a useful prep for the Travers with the final yards coming down to a battle between the fifth and third place finishers, Fly Down and Afleet Express. The thrilling head bob went to Afleet Express and red hot jockey Javier Castellano.
The most surprising turn of events was in Sunday’s Personal Ensign, which featured reigning Horse of the Year of the year Rachel Alexandra and distaff up and comer Life at Ten. The two speedsters knocked heads for the majority of the race but Life at Ten faded going into the stretch. Phipps homebred and longshot Persistently got up in the final strides to over take Rachel Alexandra. Much like Eclair de Lune’s win in the Beverly D, Persistently gave her connections a win in their own race as they campaigned the great Personal Ensign.
This week at HRF we’ll continue our look at Pedigrees with a piece on Northern Dancer’s prominence as a sire. And we’ll take a look at the Washington Park Stakes at Arlington Park in this week’s Ten Things You Should Know. There’s plenty of great racing coming up for the holiday weekend, and we’ll get a glimpse of the future as six of the grades are juveniles! And, as always, Keep up with all the news and commentary at Raceday360!
Last Week’s Races
2010 Victory Ride Stakes Replay
2010 Ballerina Stakes Replay
2010 King’s Bishop Stakes Replay
2010 Travers Stakes Replay
2010 Del Mar Mile Replay
2010 Pat O’Brien Stakes Replay
2010 Pacific Classic Replay
2010 Personal Ensign Replay
2010 Del Mar Handicap
Check probable starters at Horse Racing Nation’s Stakes Tracker
See you at the track!