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Ok. I haven't said much about Rachel Alexandra and the Preakness leading up to today, partly because I did not want to weigh in on the drama, because Whits is not fond of drama. The fact that the connection change, entry blocking drama was very reminiscent of something the Big Brown camp was capable of, I decided I really wanted to stay away from it, seeing as that kind of shenanigans ruined Big Brown for me.

Also? I am always the person who hates people that put horses up on pedestals before they have earned it. To this day I cringe when I think of the cover of the Blood-Horse when Cigar was pictured alongside the statues of Man O War and Secretariat. It was unforgivable, as he hadn't earned it. And I am going to try very hard not to see Rachel Alexandra as the next great filly of our generation until she's proven she is.

But I have fallen so head over heels for her, I can't be objective. I've watched her with fascination leading up to the Oaks, but that 20 1/4 margin was the greatest performance I have ever seen in my lifetime. I don't care that the field was lackluster. Does that really matter, when a horse does what she did? Not since Serena have I fallen this hard for a filly, and as far as I'm concerned Serena can walk on water.

Therefore, I can't even begin to offer a meaningful handicap of the Preakness. But I am looking forward to it more than I've looked forward to a race in years, maybe ever, although with that excitement there is also apprehension. It got to a point where I couldn't even watch Serena's races anymore; I was so terrified something might happen. I feel the same here, even though I don't really think anything will. This race is monumental to me, and hearing D. Wayne Lukas, who has two starters today, say quite candidly that if she gets to the first turn without problems the race is probably over, only further reinforces how good I - how good a lot of people - think she is.

I almost feel bad, because I want to root for the Derby winner. I want to root for Pioneerof the Nile, and I even want to root for Terrain, who is one of my kids from Keeneland. But with that filly there I don't really think I'll even notice them. This is a bad case of hero worship, and I've got so many stars in my eyes it's a little hard to see, but that's what I love so much about racing. Things like this happen. Horses come along who inspire you, wake up your imagination and astound you with how stunning, graceful, and fast they are. "Thou shalt fly without wings." Rachel, you go girl.

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mumtaz From: mumtaz Date: May 16th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amen, sister, amen!
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 16th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looking forward to your recap of today. Rachel Alexandra looked good, but Mine That Bird very nearly caught her. They're both the "real deal," I'd say.
creepy_coyote From: creepy_coyote Date: May 17th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mine That Bird put in a hugely impressive run, but Rachel couldn't have been caught. Even Borel said she started to quicken on her own when she saw the Bird coming at her. She's a monster.
drelmo From: drelmo Date: May 17th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Every time one of the boys surged behind her, she surged right back and kept the distance open. Awesome!
silvercharmer From: silvercharmer Date: May 18th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
When you watch the replay, the only time they really look like they suddenly gain ground on her is in the last two or three jumps, but Calvin had already geared down on her at that point. She'd done her job already!! And on a track she didn't like.
galadrieltypo From: galadrieltypo Date: May 16th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree....and when Borel says a horse is the best horse he's ever been on-you have to respect the horse. She's a beauty, too.

But part of me still pulled for Mine That Bird because he's a plucky little thing and damned if he didn't almost pull it off. I'm glad that he at least got second and put to rest the 'one win wonder' talk.
6 hellraisers // raise hell