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Sanford Preview & Fangirls

The Sanford Stakes kicks off the big-name 2-year-old season in earnest; most are still fairly new to the game, as might be expected. There is a bit of buzz around Ready’s Image (trained by Todd Pletcher — no doubt a line you could easily insert for 80% of the horses running at the Saratoga meet).

It should be noted that John Velasquez will be riding Ready’s Image, rather than Pletcher’s other entrant, The Roundhouse, a half-brother to Circular Quay. Naturally it’s a little premature to judge them at this point, but it sounds like this could be a group of early-maturing 2-year-olds who really want to be sprinters. I’ll go with the Barclay Tagg-trained Tale of Ekati as a minor spoiler, but hey, it’s really wide open.

There’s no official word yet on how the full exam on Rags to Riches went, but she is starting to collect fans of a certain sort:

When Rags to Riches pushed her head past the finish line to edge Curlin in the Belmont, she vaulted into the hearts of sports fans around the country, especially females. Todd Pletcher, the filly’s trainer, has boxes of neatly printed letters from little girls from points north, south, east and west. Some have third-grade art renditions of Rags to Riches, colored in brown, with the distinctive white markings from the top of her head to her nose.

Well-wishers have sent peppermints and oats and other tasty treats. People have asked for horse shoes or pictures.

“Oh, I think she has brought new fans to the game,” Pletcher said.

Think so? I wonder if there’s any fan fiction yet…

Finally, thanks to Steve Crist for plugging the TBA!

1 comment to Sanford Preview & Fangirls

  • Nellie

    Oh, how I want to watch him read those letters!

    That’s sweet, though – there was a good article in this week’s Blood-Horse on Marsha Naify and her hope that more women become involved. If this is handled properly, I’m sure it will put the gleam of possibility in some young eyes. Most adolescent girls love horses, but it seems that they shy from racing. Start ’em early!

    Actually, if I get around to it, I’ll do a post around this idea, as it’s been simmering for a while, but in case I don’t (I have an apartment to organize/clean?) … when you think about it, this could turn out to be a good thing for young girls today – show them that being a “girl” doesn’t really mean much and that it shouldn’t be a deterrent.

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