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I'm on day three of captivity in my home. I can get out on the roads now, but the clinic has no power. As power may not be restored in some places for two weeks, I'm a little freaked out. Surely we'll set up a temporary office. Right? I can go unpaid for most of this week if I need to, but two weeks? I'd really rather not.

Also, the one snow plow that came down our street managed to pile up a ton of ice in front of our driveway, meaning our Hyundai has to turn into a gazelle in order to get out of the driveway. In the meantime, the rest of our street is still a virtual skating rink, which makes me want to pocket the $70 Turbo Tax says I owe the state government. I know we're a cul-de-sac, but seriously.

Still, the ice is beautiful. Tonight I got out of the house for the first time since Monday, and saw the street lights setting the trees aglow. All I could do was gape. Those branches just glittered like diamonds, which is so cliche, but all I could think of to describe it. I felt rich, like I was wearing that glitter around my neck. If you can stop and ignore the giant pain in the ass an ice storm is for a few minutes, Mother Nature will humble you to awestruck silence.

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Hm. It's not easy to relax when you constantly hear the crisp crackling of ice felling trees, especially when one of the trees in your backyard is canted at just the right angle to fall into your bedroom should Mother Nature decide its run has been long enough. I think we might have lost my favorite tree in the yard; the big purple one that shades our deck looks to be split in a couple of places. The bright, light color of the exposed wood is a little bit of a contrast to the dark skin of the trunk. I guess I should be glad it's that tree so far and not the one that could kill us in our sleep, but still. That tree is so pretty. Elsewhere in the yard the bushes that surround our deck and bring a nice blight of mosquitoes in the summer are bowed so low they might also be goners. Normally they stand so tall I can't trim the tops of them standing on a stepladder, and at the moment they don't even stand above the railing. A few branches have come down in the driveway, and the freezing rain is still falling. Amazingly enough we still have power, but I'd be shocked if there aren't a lot of downed power lines out there. Everything is just completely frozen over; I've never seen this much ice before.

Because of the ice I stayed home from work today (if you saw the country road I use to get there, and the driveway I have to go down once I arrive, you'd understand), and right now the odds don't look that good for tomorrow, since I think things are a lot worse now than they were this morning. Granted, I did work at home, but the difference was getting to work in my PJs in bed, with my animals piled all around me. In fact, the only time I have been out of my PJs today was to work out. But it was right back in the PJs once that was done.

I told the husband that if we lose power the first thing we're doing is putting the Allen Brothers steaks my dad sent us out on the deck. They definitely won't spoil out there. And if you want to try and steal them from our deck, you have to risk getting killed by falling trees. I don't like your chances.

Ugh. Kentucky is loosing. I don't like this.

I'm going to go immerse myself in cruise web sites, because I would definitely rather be in Aruba right now.

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We Netflixed Pineapple Express and Step Brothers this weekend, because lately we can't get enough comedies. Both were funny, but we're really pretty sure that to get the most out of either you need to be either drunk or high. I'm also pretty sure that it made us a little dumber, because after Step Brothers we spent about 15 minutes wrestling and pinching each other while intermittently trying to whimper like a dog to see which one of us our dog would choose to aid (it was me the first time, btw, the second time I think she was bored and just wanted us to throw her damn toy already). I think the husband taking her running has flipped a switch in her brain, because she played fetch for about the length of the entire movie, with the most annoying squeaky toy she owns. Her usual attention span for fetch is about 30 seconds.

I am unbelievably sore today. I threw in an extra cardio workout to compliment the strength training, and all day today I have been paying the piper. Not to mention I did a new ab workout today, which included exercises I'm pretty sure are physically impossible, so I'm sure I'll feel even better tomorrow.

Sweet. Jeff Dunham is #2 on Comedy Central's comic showdown. We get to see him in 3 weeks!!! And three weeks after that? WE SAIL FOR THE CARIBBEAN.

I started playing X again today. That's probably bad. See, I know there are other RPGs out there, and plenty that are new and pretty, but I have trouble caring. Much to the husband's chagrin. Hee.

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I feel a little bit like an Alan Jackson song. Only instead of getting dressed up to go to Shoneys on a Wednesday night, it was to pick up a pizza. On a Friday night. Which I think is actually a little more sad. I guess it could be worse; we could have had it delivered. Well, at least I feel pretty. And my boss observed that I had lost weight. Which makes me feel awesome in addition to pretty.

Husband is trash talking our dog in an effort to trick her into playing fetch. But as she has him running around trying to catch her, I think the joke's on him. Because she totally gets fetch. Can you blame her if she found a game that's more fun?

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Got to work this morning in time to see Spirit come streaking out of the barn. Normally we don't bother to lead her because she follows Josie everywhere, but it seemed this morning she had other ideas. Until she realized Josie wasn't with her and then came streaking back towards the barn, making a rather sharp course correction when she saw Josie halfway up the hill.

Ponies.

Sweetie was so freaking affectionate yesterday when I pulled her blanket off I started cursing winter and all states that experience it, because it was too cold and too dark to actually do more than rub her ears for a few minutes. I mean, I know she was nuzzling me and following me around because she was looking for treats, but I'm totally willing to overlook that. You who know my mare know that typically she disdains human attempts to woo her, and doesn't actually indicate she likes you until she's in the crossties. And that's only if she isn't herd bound. She followed me into the barn yesterday! And I had to leave because it was dark and cold, and my blood still thinks I'm a Texan! Argh.

Hmm. Husband is trying to convince me that swapping two $50 bills for chapstick is a good deal. What he doesn't know is that I have another tube of the chapstick in my sock drawer. Otherwise it might be worth 2 fifties.

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I'm watching American Idol tonight as the auditions were at Churchill Downs. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about American Idol at my track. On one hand, I love seeing the Spires and recognizing all the places being filmed, but on the other hand...that's my track people are turning into a freak show. Guilty Pleasure + Beloved Sport are two worlds that probably shouldn't be combined. And even as a guilty pleasure, I think I might give up AI this year. It's just too much of a time commitment.

I'm actually contemplating what it would take to get to Derby this year. I was hoping ticket prices would take s bit of a dive, but it does not really appear that way so far. I think this crop of 3 years olds will be talented (at least, I am feverishly hoping) and worth the effort, but now isn't really the time to drop a ton of cash on tickets. We'll see how prep races go.

Hm. My cat is giving me the "Your Lap Is Mine" face. Time to go.

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I feel like this is the first time a new president has had a meaningful impact on me. In the past I've been too young or too involved in the college bubble to really concern myself with who was taking the oath of office. Yet this time, there I was hovering in front of a tiny TV in my office, hoping I could get the bunny ears to pick up at least one station, because it was important to me to witness this president take his oath. Naturally, I had a crisis at work right smack in the middle of it, but I was able to see enough to feel I have witnessed some history that I will be proud to recount.

We have no idea whether President Obama will be able to turn this country around, whether he will reach his goals or prove that his ideology will indeed put us on the right path, but I am with the throngs of people who feel a renowned sense of hope. He will need a lot of prayer, a lot of luck, a lot of help. But this feels like the beginning of something very new.

Not to mention the English student in me is so unbelievably relived to have a president who can speak. I mean really speak. His oratory is amazing, and I love to listen to it.

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So the husband spent the day on the couch with pain meds and no further incident, making today an infinitely better day than yesterday. We also got our cruise documents today via e-mail. It's amazing how an e-document that really only tells you things you already know about a trip you've been planning for months can make you so stupidly giddy you catch yourself grinning dreamily at the computer. It's because our NAMES are on the DOCUMENTS. The itinerary is now OUR itinerary. And when it's 20 degrees out with snow on the ground, the idea of jetting off to the Caribbean is exactly what you need to keep from going a bit daft in the head.

I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS TRIP.

Also, I spent all of House trying to figure out where we'd seen the kid in the episode before. This kind of unknown menial trivia makes me a little batty, so it was straight to IMDB at the end. Turns out he was in Night at the Museum AND Bones, so now I'm irked that I don't know which one I recognized him from. This is one of the small yet numerous neurotic quirks idiosyncrasies I am riddled with.

I've also decided that now that I've finished the Silmarillion (again) it's time that I not only move on from Tolkien, but read something a little less genre and a little more mainstream. You know, I'm not entirely sure what the last book I read was that didn't belong to the sci fi/fantasy genre. Specifically, something not by Terry Pratchett, Alastair Reynolds or Tolkien. Or even something I haven't read before. So Amy Tann is going to help me rescue fish from drowning.

Winter really needs to end so I can have more to do. Because the whole last half of this entry was just sad.

Score a win for me: I have looked a cookie in the eye and made it blink. Though, the fact that it remains uneaten just means I have to stare it down again tomorrow. Little victories. Little victories.

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Ok. Scratch the plan. We just spent the last 3 1/2 hours in the ER with a dislocated shoulder, and just when the husband was getting ready to leave it dislocated again. Fun, fun fun. So I am home to let the dog out and get something to eat, seeing as how they were going to have to knock him out again, reset the shoulder again, wait for him to wake up again, then radiograph the shoulder again.

If you want to know what helpless feels like, just stand in the room while your spouse screams in pain. There is nothing I can do when this happens except hope it comes back in, and take him to the hospital when it doesn't. That and keep the pets from trying to cuddle up to him in their well meaning attempts to make it all better.

So how's your Sunday?

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Aw, poor Eddie got a little tired by the end of that race. It's okay, buddy. You'll sock 'em next time. As for The Pamplemousse, he makes me giggle. It's hard to predict whether I will loathe a name or find such incredible amusement in it I have to stop myself from putting it on a t-shirt. The Pamplemousse qualifies under the latter, so he has my permission to continue kicking some ass. (Don't worry, Eddie, you're still my boy.)

I had a friend who sells Mary Kay come over yesterday and tell me how to dress my face. I haven't worn makeup basically since I moved to Kentucky, because I work in the middle of nowhere and can sometimes count on one hand the number of interactions I have with real, live people in a week (sometimes most of them are with the UPS driver). But in the motivational part of the exercise regimen, Chalene urges people to go out and do something that makes them feel good about their body/image, and take pride in how you look. Therefore, I choose this. We have a cruise coming up, after all. So she came over with her husband, and while we got snockered on red wine and played with eye color and lipstick, the boys shot up monsters and chopped off limbs with chain saws. By the end, I have to say I'm very excited about the new look we came up with.

So today we are going to go grab some (healthy) lunch, take a 3-D ride to hell with My Bloody Valentine (which is actually getting some decent reviews), and grab some groceries. Should Jensen Ackles's character be one of the casualties in this movie, I'm sure you will hear my screech of dismay, wherever you are.

My eating habits took a backslide yesterday when I baked cookies, so the goal today is to get back on the horse. After the workout I just had this morning, I'm a little nauseated with the thought of frosting. So at least we're off to a good start.

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Well, I hope my dog loves me because I think I just froze my face off giving her a walk. On the upside, by lunchtime I had worked out, eaten breakfast, showered, straightened up the house and walked said dog. This afternoon we might *gasp* be social.

I think I did something to my neck in this last workout. I think my form is whacked when it comes to reverse flys.

That sugar cookie mix and container of frosting in my pantry is burning a hole in my mind. I cannot defeat myself; if I don't have the means to bake in the house I whine until the husband threatens to make me live under the deck (and since I would rather go to Kroger than live under the deck, I inevitably purchase whatever baking needs my kitchen asks for). When I have the means to bake, I can't resist NOT baking. Plus, who KNEW how good that Betty Crocker baking mix would be with creamy vanilla frosting??? NOT I, who usually scorns pre-made mixes in favor of getting it done from scratch.

Either later today or tomorrow, the probably not long awaited fitness post will come.

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It was rather fascinating to see how fast and how far my car thermometer dropped when I pulled out of the garage this morning. Since I've never seen it go below zero, I was pretty curious to see if it could. It never did fall below zero, so either it can't or it disagreed with the Powers That Be who decreed the actual air temperature to be -3. Perhaps I shall never know. I have, by the way, heard two references to a Christmas Story today, one involving how bundled up you have to be to go out today, the other to a kid getting his tongue stuck to a light pole, ironically in the same town that inspired the story.

I was very happy to curl up with my TV last night, even though Bones was not in fact on as I had been lead to believe. Supernatural was not at its greatest, and I'm not really on board with actually describing what Dean went through in hell, since it's far more effective to the viewer to just leave it to our own imagination. Still, I was so delighted to have my show back that I didn't really care. I've got enough complaints about the real world to add fandom to my list.

Husband and I are allowing ourselves one night (sometimes two) a week to break all of our healthy guidelines and eat whatever the hell we want, and that night is tonight. The problem is, we can't figure out where and how we want to indulge. All I know is that if I don't get a cookie tonight I'm going to bring down the wrath of whatever. According to our scale, I've lost 5 pounds as of this morning. Then again, the first time I stepped on it, it told me I'd gained 6 pounds from my starting weight. Therefore I only trust it when it gives me good news. I really wish we could grill this time of year, as it's a lot easier to fix healthy dinners when you can grill, but I rather think the grill would resent being asked to kindle in 12 degree weather, and I rather think the husband would resent standing in said 12 degree weather with a hunk of meat (then again, he loves steak...).

There is good racing to be had this weekend. I'm excited to see how Square Eddie does tomorrow. I'm not all that thrilled that I likely won't see him on dirt before the Derby (or that he probably won't return to Keeneland for the Bluegrass in favor of staying in California), but right now he's the MAN as far as I'm concerned. So far all of my little Keeneland graduates from the Breeder's Futurity are doing really well, which has me tremendously excited. Pioneerof the Nile has since been successful, and I'm still convinced that Terrain will do great things (granted, I said the same about Pyro, and this colt might be like him in more ways than one!). Anyone who races at Keeneland now has my unswerving loyalty, and as many can tell you, my unswerving loyalty is quite unswerving.

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Things you could only see in Lexington: a four stall starting gate by the side of the road with a "For Sale" sign on it. The sight was both a thrilling reminder that I live in epicenter of my beloved sport, but also a crushing sign that the horse industry is in very serious trouble. While that in itself is extremely troubling, it will also have a direct effect on my job. I have reason to be worrying now, which is not a cheery way to begin the new year.

So, to top off those happy thoughts and a really crappy day at work, I now go settle in front of the TV for Bones and Supernatural. Which might be the most fantastic TV combination there ever was.

Oooch. Tonight was the first night of Phase II, and my arms are SHAKING. This weekend I swear I will ramble about what it is I'm doing, why, and what I hope to achieve.

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This is the kind of cold when your snot freezes. I actually blanketed the pony tonight.

I have also scored Jeff Dunham tickets, but failed to subdue Priceline to my will.

Today was the 30 day mark. Celebrating with pizza is probably not in the spirit of the program, even if it is that all natural business from Pizza Hut with the whole grain crust. Which, by the way, is so much better than Papa Johns it really makes Papa John's look all that much more disgusting. Because wow, that whole grain crust was disgusting.

I left The Silmarillion at work, which has put me in a foul mood. Husband asked me if there was anything else I could read, since my plan was to read in bed for about two glorious hours, and like a petulant five year old I pouted and said no. He went back to shooting giant worms, I continued to sulk. (I am a champion sulker.)

Seriously, it is going to be freaking cold tonight. And tomorrow. And Friday. Yikes.

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I have no shame in putting on my PJs before I fix dinner, in case you were wondering.

So, My Bloody Valentine comes out this weekend, and though I thought I could be sneaky and roll my eyes and protest about seeing a horror movie with the husband (who I think loves me as much as horror movies, but I'm not sure) but secretly take a fiendish delight in seeing Jensen Ackles try not to get murdered in 3-D, but no. He would be totally fine with skipping that one in favor of The Unborn, a movie I would have to be drugged and dragged to see. So really, if we end up seeing the movie I have basically willingly led myself to a horror movie with no scapegoat should Jensen buy it in the first five minutes. This is a problem.

Also? I don't have to work this weekend. Happy dance!!

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They killed Indyanne. Every time I read the line "we did everything we could," I want to scream. I can show you photos of a broodmare heavy in foal with a leg COMPLETELY DETACHED at the knee, and guess what. She got put back together and had the foal. Lord knows how long she could have gone on had they not decided to put her down after delivery. The decision wasn't made because she was unhappy or in pain. No one can get their head around the fact a horse with three legs can be a happy camper.

I had the honor of watching her at Keeneland, in the last race she won. It was a thriller, her speed and grit on full display. She was just stunning.

Also, I am heartbroken about Go Between's death. What a fun horse to watch. This has not been a good week for horse racing. 


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This is definitely the longest I have ever gone without posting. No particular reason really, I feel boring and uninteresting and haven't really felt the need to make that generally known.

I've been dousing myself in Tolkien, working out like a TOTAL badass, slaving away at work, and whining about the cold. I'm also trying to make Priceline my bitch by coaxing it into giving me a cheap fancy resort room in San Juan the night before we cruise, but so far it has seen through my wiles and refused to give in to my charms.

Last night we realized that the universal TV mount we bought is universal to every TV but ours and we can't find the receipt. That followed by a series of mishaps including a lost battery in my brand new portable reading light that looks a little like something out of Star Wars, overcooked broccoli and a tiny grill fire, made this news all the sweeter. Happy Valentines Day to us! I totally wanted to buy Jeff Dunham ornaments for our Christmas tree this year, but that felt a little weird even to me.

PS, this new workout program I'm doing? I could totally kick your ass. Yes, you. I had these great plans to go all out in stating my goals, my stats, my comparison photos, etc. a month ago, but apparently got lazy, which means you'll have to settle for 30 days. Which is Wednesday.

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You know, despite what a Christmas fiend I am, I am generally not a fan of starting up Christmas until the week before Thanksgiving. I'd still prefer the weekend of Thanksgiving, but since we're usually traveling or entertaining relatives (and I definitely don't want to LOSE a week, especially when it takes considerable effort to get the effin' decorations up in the first place), it's just more sensible to do them the week before. Christmas songs, lights, store decorations, etc., usually squick me before this designated point in time. But quite frankly, given the uncertainty surrounding us on all sides (and that would be a general "us," not a Whits and the Husband "us"), I will actually welcome the early Christmas this year. With the unstable economy, jobs insecurity, tightening budgets, gloom and doom forecasts, health scares and family crisis, I think myself and probably all of you need something happy to think about.

I don't know about you, but seeing Christmas lights twinkling from windows, even this early in November, makes me happy. So does looking at ornaments in Hallmark and seeing storefront Christmas decorations. Even knowing they have gotten the Christmas spirit early because they are that desperate to get me to buy something. Anything.

I'm not going to cave in and decorate yet, bake Christmas cookies or even listen to Christmas music for fear of burnout, but I will be happy to see it elsewhere.

Except on my neighbor's house.

(I don't much care for the neighbors.)

Christmas is extremely special to me, and I am very, very much looking forward to it this year.

It also doesn't help that I essentially had Thanksgiving on Saturday. One whole side of the family got together and did the whole shebang, minus only a few people (granted that few included my parents and one of two siblings). That and the rather drastic drop in temperature over the past few days made yesterday feel like the first day of winter. Nature and circumstance are messing with my biological Christmas clock. Most of me is SCREAMING that I'm behind the ball and need to put the tree up like, five minutes ago.

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Not two hours after my brother and I discuss the outlook for the Spurs this season, stating that they need a shot of youth and would be screwed if Tony Parker hurt himself, I check the news and see that our little Frenchman has left the Miami game with a sprained ankle.

[cries]

My poor boys.

Oh, and my brother is actually HERE. In my house. Well, right now he's out with friends and people who can stay up past 11:00. But earlier he was in my house, and later he will be in my house. This is significant, as this is his first visit since we've lived here. It also means we will have to haul our butts to St. louis in the near future.

Tomorrow we truck to Louisville to see lots and lots and lots of family. Usually my family is entertaining, so adventures will likely be had. For instance, I already know that the front yard will be full of turkeys when we arrive.

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I'm pretty proud of our country right now. Whether he was your candidate or wasn't, whether you think he's the right choice or not, he is our new president-elect, and we owe him our support, prayers and faith. I hope he will lead this country out of the uncertain times that have hit most all of us, and reignite our enthusiasm, pride and belief in this country.

It's hard listening to the radio right now in Kentucky, because instead of seeing this election as a major accomplishment for our country (as it still would have been had McCain won) and taking a moment to hope that maybe things will be okay, that maybe he can see us through even if he didn't earn their vote, everyone is instead talking about how sick they feel, how disappointed they are, and how bleak the future is.

It doesn't have to be that way. It could be that he lets you down. He could let everyone down. But wouldn't you rather hope that he proves you wrong, rather than proves you right? Isn't it in the best interest of our country, our people, to hope that he succeeds and help him do so?

I myself can't be sure that he can follow through with his promises, that he will right this faltering ship and restore our confidence in ourselves and our nation. No one can be sure of that. But we can hope. After weeks of stress and uncertainty and fear of what the future might hold for people like me, who are trying to establish a foothold in the world while it tries to crumble around us, I feel hopeful and optimistic.

It took me two hours to cast my vote yesterday, but never once did I think about giving up or going home. I was determined to do my part, I did it, and so did a lot of people out there. We have our answer. For better or worse, change is hopefully coming, and I'm ready for it.

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I went out to the Horse Park today to see Alysheba. Photos under the cut. I timed it just right; as I walked up they took him out and walked him around his new paddock. What a sight. He just oozes royalty. He was interested in everything, and when he wanted to stop and look at something, by God he stopped and looked at something. He's a little on the thin side, but after all he's been through to get here that should be expected. Despite the ribs, his goat just gleamed, and every inch of him looked like a champion. Though, I was rather confused about why the hell they banged his tail. It was a fantastic contrast to Cigar, who two minutes after going out had rolled in the dirt until you couldn't tell what color he was and looked fat and bored with everything around him.

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Yikes. I forgot to post the last two!

So far I've gotten a payoff on the exacta in the Juvenile, and would have had the super had I thought to bet it. I had the winner in the Mile and Rebellion in the Dirt Mile, and was one off the Super in the Sprint by one horse (Black Seventeen let me down, man). Fatal Bullet was not a surprise to me at all; I'm shocked if he was to anyone else. So far I'm on fire, even if I've only gotten two actual payouts. I'm thrilled with all the results so far.

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Seems to me that throwing a dart might be the best way to handle this one. With all the European stars opting for the Classic there’s not a standout running for them in the Turf. I think Solider of Fortune is beatable, and that Red Rocks is the best shot from the European contingent. If Out of Control can duplicate his last effort he might be a good long shot horse, and Grand Courtier is definitely dangerous. Better Talk Now certainly deserves the sentimental vote.

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Clearly the Euros think they have an excellent shot on the Pro Ride vs. the turf, as most of their stars opted for the Classic over the Turf. Of the Euros, I think the Duke has the better edge over Raven’s Pass and Henry, but Raven’s Pass might handle the distance better than I think he will. It’s hard to picture this race unfolding without Curlin having a lot to say about the outcome, but he’s definitely not invincible. His races this year have been excellent, but not dominating. I’ll take Curlin, Duke of Marmalade and Go Between, with a long shot bet on Colonel John. You can’t ask a girl to pass up 20-1 on a horse with that much potential, coming back to his comfort zone for the first time since the spring.

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That leaves Shakis, Kip Deville, Goldikova, Awesome Gem, War Monger and Whatsthescript. Goldikova seems like the best talent in the race, and the battle-tested Shakis is certainly a smart choice. I’ll also take Awesome Gem as a value horse, because 20-1 is way too good to pass up on a horse that is so consistent against the world’s best.

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My Keeneland bias is really showing through, as I would take a trifecta of Square Eddie, Terrain and Pioneer of the Mile without much hesitation. Since that is essentially asking lightning to strike twice, I’ll throw in a few others. Street Boss is a great value at 6-1, and Midshipman is a solid choice if he stays at 5-1. I doubt both will, but that’s why I’ve got a steal at 20-1 on Terrain.

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There is a lot of talent without a standout choice, which makes this a good betting race. Granted, even with a standout the Sprint is also a good betting race, because anything can and does happen here. Fatal Bullet might be a good value despite all the speed in the race, but 15-1 is nothing to sneeze at with Black Seventeen. I might take those two with Midnight Lute, because I have faith in Baffert and would like to see him repeat. I might also consider Street Boss. However, more often than not I am WAY off in the Sprint.

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First, hooray for the Keeneland bias! Both Forever Together and Dream Empress put on great shows. I wonder if this means I need to bet Thorn Song tomorrow. I'm already putting some money on Square Eddie and Terrain, because surely that could happen again?

Stardom Bound is something. To have her and Zenyatta pull off such breathtaking wins on the same card was pretty spectacular. What happened to Ginger Punch, though?

Right before they asked Jerry Bailey about Zenyatta's shot at horse of the year, I said the same thing to the husband (who smiled and nodded like a good husband). If Curlin loses tomorrow, she could very much nab those honors. Any other year and she might have already cemented it. She's one of those rare ones, one that we'll be talking about for a long, long time. It's a privilege to watch her.

I am also proud to say that my girl Dream Empress scored me the exacta in the JF, which means I just doubled my bankroll. The .25 surgcharge on TVG is totally worth not running to Keeneland in the rain.

I'm still working on my handicapping for tomorrow's races. Between my Keeneland winnings and today, if I don't win another bet I will at the very least break even. Which is awesome.

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Filly and Mare Sprint

Despite the overwhelming presence of Indian Blessing, this is a deep and talented field, with very few horses that don’t belong. Even though it’s an extra furlong compared to the sprint, I still anticipate a free for all. The outcome will depend a lot on the break, the speed on the front end, and traffic for the closers. This can be said for essentially every race, but it’s even more key here.

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That leaves us with Dearest Trickski, Indian Blessing, Intangaroo, Dream Rush, Indyanne, Lady Sprinter, Tiz Elemental, Ventura and Zaftig. That’s a huge pool to draw from. It’s Indian Blessing’s race to lose, and of the top contenders her running style is best suited for the likely pace scenario. Intangaroo and Tiz Elemental would round out a nice trifecta. I’m rooting for Indyanne in my heart; I just think the 7 furlongs is too far.

Juvenile Fillies

Like the Filly and Mare Sprint, this race has a standout filly in the aptly named Stardom Bound. She’s been devastating thus far and doesn’t show any signs of regressing, but it is a handicapper’s duty to find some value in the field, right?

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Who does that leave? Doremifasolatido, Dream Empress, Persistently, Pursuit of Glory, Sky Diva and Stardom Bound. Of the top three (Dream Empress, Sky Diva and Stardom Bound), Dream Empress will likely have the longer odds. Pursuit of Glory will likely bring in a nice price, and the Serena genes are too much for me to pass up. I’ll narrow it down to four with Stardom Bound over some combination of Dream Empress, Persistently and Pursuit of Glory.

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That doesn’t weed out too much, leaving Dynaforce, Folk Opera, Forever Together, Halfway to Heaven, Mauralakana, Pure Clan and Wait a While. That’s a hard bunch to pick from. Forever Together and Wait a While seem to be the best American hopes, while Halfway to Heaven is the biggest European threat, as Folk Opera most certainly won’t get away with the same pace she did EP Taylor. Fifteen to one is a hard price to pass up on Pure Clan. I’ll go with Highway to Heaven, Forever Together (because of the Keeneland bias, I admit), and Pure Clan to add some value. I might regret leaving out Dynaforce and Mauralakana.

Distaff

Just like my disclaimer from last year, I am terribly biased when it comes to this race. While the obvious choice is Zenyatta, if you ask me who I’m picking for this race I’ll say Ginger Punch without blinking an eye. Still, I try to be an honest handicapper. Let’s see how it goes.

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Really, Santa Teresita and Bear Now are the only real throw outs, leaving us with the daunting task of figuring out who will complete Zenyatta’s trifecta. Ginger Punch, Hystericalady and Cocoa Beach seem like the most likely candidates. Of those, the best value comes from Hystericalady, and while I think Cocoa Beach is quite capable of having a lot to say about the outcome, loyalty obligates me to her and Ginger Punch.

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Alysheba returning to US.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why do they have to do his welcome party on Friday?

Oh well. Just means I go Saturday.

You know, after John died I thought it would be a very long time before I went back to the Horse Park. I couldn't stand the thought of seeing another horse in his stall. But if it's Alysheba, I think I'll be ok.

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So, we got all excited about the prospect of seeing David Sedaris on Saturday, until we realized tickets were $60. Each.

Are you kidding me? Concerts aren't that expensive. I'm pretty sure the only author I would pay that much to see is Tolkien, and he's dead. Okay, I'm still tempted, but $120 for the two hours (ish?) for two people? No thanks. I'm way too cheap.

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Um....Hiro? What. The. Frack?

This show gets a little more irritating every week.

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And here is the second set. Photos include the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, First Lady Stakes and the Darley Alcibiades. You go, girls.

The weather has been absolutely pristine for the whole meet so far, but the downside is that it means the sun has been glaring right in my face the every single freaking day, so the conditions were not great to get good pictures. There is a lot of glare, etc. Oh well. It's not like I really have a right to complain about bright sunshine and 80 degrees.

I was blown away by Dream Empress, by the way. I'm not in love with her yet (I just don't love her name), but she was right in front of my face in the paddock, and she made an impression on me with how calm and relaxed she was. Then she just destroyed that field, and looked gorgeous doing it. Robby Albarado was patting her on the neck and standing in the irons well before they hit the finish. It was dazzling.

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I have taken a slew of photos at Keeneland over the past two weeks, and here are the better ones. This first batch includes an allowance race, Phoenix Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Challenege Cup, Shadwell Turf Mile and the Lane's End Breeder's Futurity. Yeah, they are definitely not in here by date. There are also a lot, so dial up people, run away.

I would also like to share that the 20-1 on Square Eddie won me a nice exacta, so he is now my buddy.

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