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Sunday summary

We saw a few dramatic finishes on Saturday — not least from Happy Ticket/Oonagh Maccool in the Fleur de Lis and Seek Gold/Perfect Drift (left) in the Stephen Foster. The US did a great job as well, especially considering they seemed to be playing against the ref as well as Italy. A win would have been nice, but the draw was hard-fought. But back to the horses…

I admit I didn’t think Happy Ticket would be first carrying the same high weight as Oonagh Maccool, but she put in a gutsy performance to win; it was a great finish for both fillies. Hopefully they will both take on Round Pond once she’s back in action; either way, I’d like to see them both in the Delaware Handicap.

It was fantastic to see Perfect Drift back in such good shape too; a bit disappointing to see Brass Hat so far back, but the winner, Seek Gold, got a very smart ride from jockey Calvin Borel. Wish I’d had some money on it! The broadcast also had a little reminder that we can expect to see Bellamy Road and Declan’s Moon back in action shortly; that should shake the division up a bit. All in all, a good showing from ESPN; the same really can’t be said for ABC’s abysmal sports coverage, horse- or soccer-related, despite their close relation. Peculiar.

In Barbaro news, there’s a nicely detailed article on his progress to date and there are some recent AP photos on Yahoo; Tim Woolley Racing also suggests that his full brother may end up being named after another family foxhound portrait. Well, it worked the first time…and it probably makes more sense than my grand scheme to name the horses in my invisible stable after tangentially-related archaeological sites.

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