Well, the Personal Ensign did not go as Daddy Jess and Uncle Stevie had planned. I really did try to win another race for them, and all my fans, but, honestly, that extra furlong, did me in. I would have been ok, if it wasn’t for Shug’s filly, but hey, I guess the Racing Gods had it all planned out. Persistently blew right by me and it was almost like the spirit of Personal Ensign just took over - it was all over in the last few jumps. I mean really, when you think of it, a Phipps horse, in the Personal Ensign? You don’t see the karma in that? That just goes together like hay, oats and water. Some things are just meant to be, I guess. Calvin rode me the way he always rides me, ( he spanked me a bit more than I like), but I know Calvin has to do his job. It’s OK Calvin, we’re a good team you and I - you “ get “ me , and I like the way you don’t fool with my mouth so much. Just watch the spanking, OK, cuz, really dude, I know what to do, and I will do it if I can.
You know, I remember last year, at just about this time. It was the Woodward, right here at Saratoga. What a race that was! I beat OLDER boys! That was so cool! I think that was my most shining moment. Well, I had several great moments from last year. But, I also remember that I gave my all, in the Woodward. I gave everything I had and then some. I didn’t have a drop of try left in me that day. But I got the job done, didn’t I ? And hey, that race got me the biggest prize of them all in 2009, I was Horse of the Year. So looking back, I’m glad I threw it down that day, yes, it was so worth it!
But this year has been a whole ‘nother story. While everyone around me has been taking great care of me, what more do they want me to do? I have been saying all along, this is a different year. I’m a different horse. Yes, I am bigger and stronger, but I just really can’t seem to find that super drive I had last year. So what’s the big deal? I did it ALL last year, didn’t I?
I mean, you can’t be perfect all the time…well... let's not go there… but you know what I’m talking about…but I am doing my very best. What more can I do?
I’m hoping to have an easy week, Dear Diary, ‘cuz I was tired after Sunday’s race. But I’m Rachel and I’m honest, and no matter what the plan is, I will still try my best. I’m not sure I can ever be better than last year, I don’t think I can ever top that, and honestly, I’m not really sure why I have to.