Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Comely Stakes, Then and Now

I have been blessed to be in a lot of winner’s circles. But it’s always that much sweeter when it’s on the big stage.

A childhood friend of my dad’s had a number of nice horses on the NY circuit. Avie’s Gal was one of them. Having a horse in a stake in New York meant you were wined and dined by NYRA in the Trustee’s room and that in itself was special. And winning made the day a magical one.

The Comely was run the very day after Winning Colors won the Derby. And D.Wayne Lucas was back in NY figuring he was going to win another.

NOT. We made such a racket as the race unfolded, that he was actually looking around to see just who we were and more importantly, who was this horse that just beat him.

Great memories (and a few bucks) were made that day!

A little history about the Comely Stakes… It was inaugurated in 1945, and named after a 2 year old filly, who beat older males in the first running of the Fall Highweight Like THAT would ever happen again!

Earlier winners include Best in Show, Bed o’ Roses, Lamb Chop, What a Treat, Forward Gal, Ta Wee Ruffian, Mom’s Command and the list goes on….

The 2011 version of the Comely, on the Wood Memorial card, looks like the Todd Pletcher/ E. Paul Robsham train will continue to roll along. The NY bred, Ava K (hmmm…Ava.. Avie?) looks solid in here and I wouldn’t be surprised if Royal Sighting got a piece.

There's great racing today, from coast to coast. Good luck to all that are participating!

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