Sunday, August 8, 2010

Weekend News... the Good and the Bad

The Queen of American Racing, Zenyatta, proved once again, why she is one of the best- of- all- time racemares  that we have ever seen. Asked to "go" a little bit sooner than usual, she responded by another convincing win over a hard trying Rinterval in the Gr. 1 Clement Hirsch  at Del Mar. Now an incredible 18 for 18 , she is just $80,000 away from surpassing the great Quija Board for female earnings for a horse that has raced in North America. After the gallop out, Mike Smith took her down past the wire so her adoring fans could get a better look at her. This has become the custom after Zenyatta wins. This could very well be the last time she runs in California, as the connections may be looking to run her on dirt one time before the Breeder's Cup Classic. We can keep our fingers crossed that we may see her race, perhaps at Belmont before the showdown at Churchill.
Speaking of showdowns, Blame's close win in the Whitney shows just how good this horse has gotten. He continues to step forward with every win, he is game and he can run all day. Quality Road ran a great race as well, giving away 5 lbs. to Blame, but looked all out, and perhaps this shows that he is really a great miler and may not want to go much further than that.  
On a sad note, and on a day that we have probably witnessed the co-favorites for the Breeder's Cup Classic, one of the best horses in Europe broke down in a routine gallop. Harbinger fractured a cannon bone yesterday, and though surgery went well, his racing career is very much in question and according to the article here, a  decision and statement will be made in the next few days. Let's hope and pray for a speedy recovery for Harbinger. 
As I am writing this, word just broke that multiple Gr 1 winner,Tuscan Evening has died. She suffered a heart attack after her workout this morning. Do we always have to take the good with the bad, in this game?     

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