Ah spring…..when a (not-quite-as-young-as-she-used-to be) girl’s fancy turns to horse racing. 😉 April is here, and that means some of the best racing in the country will be taking place at Keeneland.
Forsythia and dogwoods in bloom (well, the dogwoods not for another few weeks yet, actually)…..tailgaters and other rednecks playing the (only in Kentucky) game of ‘corn hole’. (Now, up in my neck of the woods, we called this ‘bean bag toss’. Not fancy, by any means, but descriptive enough. Corn hole, well, let’s not even go there….this is a family blog, after all.)
Not sure if I’ll venture to the track on Friday. Not only is it opening day, it’s also “College Scholarship Day”, which always draws a big crowd. (Several thousand obnoxious college kids+Opening day general craziness=One crankier than usual Kyrailbird). The weather looks to be a bit on the cool and rainy side, too. All the more reason to stay home and watch TVG.
I will be heading over on Saturday, though, when the Ashland Stakes will be run. Looks to be a good field shaping up, headed by last year’s 2yo champ, Stardom Bound. Too bad she’s officially in Rick Dutrow’s barn now. I had hoped she’d stay with Bobby Frankel.
Anyway, I have a few little random items that I noticed about Friday’s races, so I thought I’d mention them. Ashland day will be a separate entry.
Race 2: First baby race of the season. As expected, it’s loaded with precocious types; offspring by City Zip, Posse, Five Star Day, Trippi, etc. Roman Ruler even has his first starter in this race (Supraman). There are 2 colts in this race that caught my attention, due to their pedigrees. Keep in mind that this is a 4 1/2-furlong race. Dream Victory (Victory Gallop x Dreaming Time, by Green Dancer) and Cater To Kitten (Kitten’s Joy x Olinka, by Wolfhound). It strikes me as quite odd (and a bit humorous) that these 2 colts are in this race. If this race were 1 1/2-miles on the turf, then I wouldn’t think they’d be out of place…but in this spot? Weird.
Race 10: Maiden 3yo fillies, 1 1/16-miles on the main track. There are a few fillies by Unbridled’s Song (he seems to have 3yos coming from everywhere this year….must’ve been a huge foal crop). Two in particular caught my eye: Siren Serenade (Unb. Song x Versailles Treaty) and Tweeter (Unb. Song x Dear Birdie).
Siren Serenade, of course, is a Phipps-bred; she’s a three-parts sister to stakes winner Saarland. Tweeter is a homebred for Mary Lou Whitney, and is a half-sister to champion Bird Town and to Belmont winner Birdstone. I love horses that are cleverly named, and this filly is certainly that. Not only does the name derive from the obvious “bird” influence (what sound does a bird make? “Chirp”, “tweet”, etc.), but it’s also what a person does when using Twitter. (one “tweets” any news, etc., it’s an online posting. See how tech-savvy I am??? Impressive, I know.) The idea of Mary Lou Whitney using Twitter just makes me smile.
Guess that’s all for now, folks. I’ll have more on Saturday’s races in the next few days.