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Then One Of Us Shall Be A Queen

While the will-she-or-won’t-she discussion continues over Rachel Alexandra’s possible participation in the Belmont (briefly mentioned in my latest blog posting at, the other queen of the track is preparing to (finally) make her seasonal debut.

Zenyatta is defending her title and unbeaten record in the Milady at Hollywood Park. She won’t have much competition, however- her stablemate, Life Is Sweet is the only real threat. While a fine racemare (and winner of the Santa Margarita last time out), she doesn’t seem to be in quite the same orbit as Zenyatta. Of course, it’s possible the long break since last year’s Breeders’ Cup could catch up to her, but it seems Zenyatta’s only real competition is Rachel Alexandra – although I’d also love to see who would win if she faced Einstein on Polytrack.

My non-Einstein perennial favorite, Brass Hat, is back in action this weekend as well. I freely admit I thought his best days were behind him, but the hard-knocking gelding proved me wrong with a solid third in his last start. He has another positive working for him as well – Calvin Borel will ride him in the Louisville Handicap. One hopes some of Borel’s reflected glory might get a little mainstream coverage for a horse who’s had such an interesting history and who certainly deserves the spotlight. Perhaps someday he’ll be a mentor for Mine That Bird. Brass Hat has no easy task – he’ll be facing Spice Route (who bested him in the Elkhorn last time) again.

Like John, I was saddened to hear about the death of Broad Brush – his record of 14 wins from 27 starts stands in stark contrast to that of most stallions today – only the aforementioned Einstein is even close with 11 wins from 25 starts. In addition to his wins on the track, I loved Broad Brush’s pedigree (no Northern Dancer or Bold Ruler anywhere); it’s a shame his sons have never really passed it on since he was a model of durability and consistency. And he shared a factoid with Musket Man – both finished third in the Derby and Preakness.

Finally, remember to set your TiVos this weekend – as pleasantly distracting as a holiday can be, it would be a shame to miss Zenyatta’s return.

5 comments to Then One Of Us Shall Be A Queen

  • Lila

    Don’t know anything about horse racing, but I do know a little something about the title of your blog update today… Nice!

  • Superfecta

    So far that’s two people who got it!

  • Tony Bada Bing

    I’m with you on Brass Hat. I’ve seen him race twice – in person – in 2008 Donn and 2007 MassCap. I bet him both times. Like you, I enjoy watching and wagering on horses that continue to try hard. Besides geldings really don’t have much of a choice, do they?

  • shuba

    Great Call on Brass Hat…made my day!

  • Rebecca

    Jackson spent $100,000 to nominate Rachel. Even though he got his money back in spades, I can’t see him at least going for the ‘also ran’ prizes of the Belmont. He’s a horse racing lover second, and a businessman first.

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