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I Love a Parade

As the year winds down and the countdown to Curlin’s retirement deals in ever-smaller numbers, your chances to see him in racehorse condition are very limited. You do have the option to see him this weekend if you can make it to Churchill Downs, however – Curlin will be paraded between the fifth and sixth races as he bids his fans adieu.

While the mainstream media is largely ignoring the champ’s retirement, some racing fans are making sure the moment does not pass unnoticed. Curlin fan Libby will be compiling your comments and well-wishes onto a poster for his connections and passing it off to them on Saturday – so do get in touch with her at libbybar@gmail.com if you would like to contribute.

But Curlin will not be the only horse making a star turn this weekend; Zenyatta will also be celebrated at Hollywood Park on Sunday with her very own day. There will be posters. It should also be mentioned that in addition to her success on the track, Zenyatta is an accomplished artist; her work is part of this year’s Moneigh auction to benefit ReRun. Considering that she is still juggling her racing and art careers, it’s quite a mature work. Here’s hoping the day in her honor helps get trainer John Shirreffs, who had a bad fall last week, on the mend.

Zenyatta Day has some great racing on tap as well; the Hollywood Derby and the Matriarch should both be very interesting. Erstwhile Derby trail veterans Court Vision (who has been working bullets) and Cowboy Cal are set to re-emerge against European shippers Albahri (originally from the Aga Khan’s stables, but now in the barn of Patrick ‘King Cobra’ Biancone, so make of that what you will) and Midships. Local hope (and former claimer) Muny also features.

The bigger names will be lining up for the Matriarch; Precious Kitten is looking to defend her title in the race before heading into retirement, but she will have to get past the dangerous Cocoa Beach and Criminologist, both of whom have been supplemented for the race. In any case, it should be great fun (and I’m sure I’ll be checking eBay for a Zenyatta poster come Monday).

I’ll sign off for the holiday week here, so for all the non-Americans, sorry for the light week; for everyone else, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and a productive Black Friday.

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