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Kenny Mayne called it

He only had to say it once…Jazil. It was nice to see a young jockey like Fernando Jara win a big race; he seems to have a great future ahead of him. The highlight of the broadcast for me was probably the shot of Barbaro watching television from his stall at New Bolton.

There were a few scary moments before the Acorn; both of my longshots were scratched as a result of Miraculous Miss flipping over in the starting gate, but it sounds as though she and Wonder Lady Anne L are both OK and Bushfire really impressed me in her win. Gorella made for a very exciting finish to the Just a Game — again, it was nice to see another young jockey put in such a great ride, even if it was a bit disappointing not to see Wend, who was scratched as she is not a fan of the softer turf.

And away from Belmont, yay for Lava Man! It would be nice if his success on both dirt and turf were a goal for more US breeders; maybe they will get the hint as he keeps on winning. Of course, the incentive needs to be there; in an ideal world, there would be more 1 1/2 mile races, higher purses/bonuses for such races and more prestige for turf races in the US. While racing fans look forward to the Arlington Million every year, the casual fan probably doesn’t know anything about it. While another Triple Crown winner would be wonderful, another John Henry would probably be more useful in marketing racing as a whole to a wider audience. I’d buy a Lava Man Breyer…but in the meantime I suppose I can look forward to the Barbaro model*.

More when I get back from Baltimore next week…

*But I can’t imagine buying one before he’s truly on the road to recovery. It seems far too much like a jinx now!


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4 comments to Kenny Mayne called it

  • Tote Board Brad

    Kenny Mayne is the best broadcaster around, and I truely believe if all coverage had his passion and wit, horse racing would be a top teir sport again.

  • Baloo

    I agree with brad. I always enjoy watching Kenny Mayne. He knows the game, and adds humor to the broadcast. I am also glad that you mentioned Fernando Jara. Most articles glance over the fact that he is an 18 year old. He is already riding on the New York circuit, so he will only get better mounts and opportunities from here. I look forward to seeing him ride for a long time. Great Post!

  • Superfecta

    I think Kenny is great. I’d be quite happy to fire just about everyone apart from Kenny and Randy Moss…the extra ABC folks don’t do much for me most of the time.

  • Chus

    This is what I think: Kenny Mayne

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