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Get Your Vote On

Now with extra Finn!Hey, American readers – are missing out on that voting feeling now that the presidential election is over? Well, never fear, horse racing has come to the rescue. It seems that you, too, can vote for your favorite European race horses for the Cartier Awards. As with any absentee ballot, it’s difficult to predict whether your vote will actually be counted, but do you really want to let Duke of Marmalade win on points alone?

Zarkava and Goldikova are tied for 3-year-old filly (which seems fair), and the Horse of the Year category lets you wonder what each of these horses could have done had they not been retired: it’s down to Zarkava, Raven’s Pass, Duke of Marmalade, Henrythenavigator and New Approach. I’m awarding Zarkava about 500 bonus style points – is that enough to get her un-retired? If I back Crowded House for top 2-year-old colt will he also retire next year in a terrible recurring dream? I suppose it doesn’t pay to make predictions sleeping on an unmade bed. Even Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire couldn’t conquer the blue sky…I’ll stop now.

Moving on…

The Curlin ownership saga continues as Jess Jackson aims to purchase the outstanding 20% in a private bid; however, even that will require further litigation:

A hearing on the private-sale motion is scheduled to be heard Nov. 17, but [Special Judge Roger ] Crittenden, following some forceful discussion by various attorneys involved in the litigation, from the bench set a Dec. 1 hearing where evidence will be presented either supporting or opposing the latest effort to sell the minority interest.

“Everyone can have their say,” Crittenden said.

At least all the attorneys involved will have a chance to top up their billable hours right before the holidays; someone certainly should get a bonus out of this.

It seems we will (fingers crossed) indeed be seeing more of Zenyatta next year; she’s having a bit of a break and may not return until later in the spring, but I’ll take it.

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