Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Different Kind of "Riding Double"

Robbie Alberado rode Wilcox Inn to victory on the turf in yesterday’s Arlington Classic. In doing so, he used young Michael Baze’s girths as part of his tack. Baze broke Wilcox Inn’s maiden last year (beating Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom). One would guess Michael Baze was riding, with Robbie, from the heavens.

 Another great jockey from the Baze family, Michael was found dead in his car on May 10, at Churchill Downs. Just 24 years old, he had already won over 900 races and had his whole riding career ahead of him.

 It was like “riding double.” Not that Robbie needed any help, but maybe there’s some good karma there, and maybe he’s finding some of that silver lining that he’s been searching for.

 An Exciting Photo Finish

The best finish yesterday was without a doubt the Louisville Handicap. It was a three way photo between three very game horses. Keertana, running against the boys, got the bob over the fast closing Bearpath and the ultra game, Guy’s Reward. That makes 11 wins from 26 starts for the mare that refuses to lose, and loves Churchill Downs. Guy’s Reward ran the race of his life and Bearpath took advantage of the pace. This was as exciting a race as you will see going a mile and a half.


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