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Turf is the Word

Well, I was right (along with everyone else) about Gorella in the Beverly D. and Showing Up in the Secretariat Stakes (although check out the penultimate paragraph for a wee typo) — but well done to The Tin Man in the Arlington Million! I admit I wrote him off as too old to be much of a factor, but there must be something about Arlington that brings out magic in the older guys in the John Henry stylee.

While it would be nice to see the NTRA get it together with the networks to actually televise all of their featured races (no Secretariat on the telecast? Huh?), I’ll give them a few bonus points for the quick interview with the Jacksons (perhaps better summarized here) and the video of Barbaro grazing (more of which is now available here and here). This is indeed encouraging. More recent photos (like the one on the left) are also available on Penn’s web site.

Also encouraging is the potential for exciting races later this year — Showing Up should be facing older horses in the near future, according to Barclay Tagg, and there is the dilema of where to place Gorella for the Breeders’ Cup — the Mile again, or the Filly & Mare Turf? Personally, I’d prefer to see her in the Mile…she was my pick in it last year and I think she has a better chance this year.

Some trivia: Gorella’s victory in the Beverly D. was the first G1 win for jockey Julien Leparoux; Showing Up’s winning time in the Secretariat was 1.26 seconds faster than The Tin Man’s win in the Arlington Million (although to be fair The Tin Man was allowed to get away with a crawling early pace). Shades of Kitten’s Joy there, methinks…

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