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Rachel Alexandra is Home!!!   Retired TBs -Past and Present

Started 3/21/10 by Derby132; 422488 views.
Msg 20 of 13390 to GuestGuest 
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Derby132

From: Derby132

3/22/10

Hi!...thank you for your thoughtful post and agree with all of it.  I see you are new to the board and glad you jumped in!  To your comment about Rachel's loss and why they didn't wait to race her later, I think they were trying to do everything they could to accomodate the big expectations for the Apple Blossom until it became obvious it just wasn't the right timing.  Like you, I am happy they have abandoned the aggressive work routine for a more normal routine of every 8-9 days instead of every six days, she is the HOY and a very special champion and deserves no less.  Welcome!!!!

Cindy

Derby132

From: Derby132

3/22/10

Oooops, I posted same article not realizing you had already done so!
lexcdwm

From: lexcdwm

3/22/10

Haha ... I've nearly done the same to something you've posted a zillion times. You and I are reading the same things!! LOL ...
Guest

From: Guest

3/22/10

Thank you for correcting me on the win fractions ... I don't know the difference between neck/nose/3/4 of length but I defer with great respect to your knowledge. 

I know from having read about Rags work times with TAP that he doesn't work fast and I've also read enough to understand that neither does SA.

I'm really not worried, prudery, and I do appreciate the information I am learning from you and others.  So, Rachel's work was a gallop and not even a breezing?  Is that correct?

Msg 24 of 13390 to GuestGuest 
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prudery

From: prudery

3/22/10

It was a workout--an officially timed exercise .

A gallop is just a  leg stretch that is not timed and not that fast and not " official "...

Breezing is a workout term to describe the nature of exertion .

Handily is another--a step up--as doing the work well within themselves, but not as casually as breezing .

I did not correct the fractions--those are time words--I corrected the margin of defeat ...

Msg 25 of 13390 to GuestGuest 
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bowarrow1

From: bowarrow1

3/22/10

3/4 of a length is wonderful for a horse that has been on a 6+ month layoff and has 6 works to get ready for a race , prep or not. I read the other horses finished 11 lengths back . Welcome to the forum, and I like what you wrote .
BobbieB
Guest

From: Guest

3/22/10

Hi Cindy and thank you for the welcome.  I do agree that everyone was trying to accommodate a 'date' with Rachel and Zenyatta but I do think that JJ knew she wasn't ready yet, and obviously Steve must have known, too.  No harm done, really, but the long-anticipated race is now 'on hold'.  OK, that's the way it is to be.

Rachel was named HOY based on her 2009 performances, and I completely agree with that.  I also feel, and this is just my opinion, that the reason Zenyatta was 'unretired' was because of this; she did not win HOY and there was something left to prove, not between the horses because they have no clue, but between Moss and Jackson.  And so, we are here for a possible showdown at some point with both very talented ladies in the same race with others.

 

 

Guest

From: Guest

3/22/10

I stand corrected on the margin of defeat; a wrong use of terms.  Thanks again.
Msg 28 of 13390 to GuestGuest 
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Derby132

From: Derby132

3/22/10

Agree again....and whatever the reasons are that we have both of these champs running this year, we the fans are the lucky ones and appreciative to see both Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta in 2010.   I don't think it's unreasonable to think that if both are fit we see them on the same track later this year, not necessarily the BC specifically but elsewhere as well.

  • Edited 3/22/2010 8:32 pm ET by Derby132
Guest

From: Guest

3/22/10

Thank you, Bobbie -  and I fully agree about Rach although I don't know the margins of victory as well as others ... she lost by a close margin, that's all I know but I appreciate others' comments which are more knowledgeable than mine.

Rachel performed great based on all of the 'intangibles' and she is one of the greats, along with Zenyatta.

Thanks for your welcome and your kind comments.  They are appreciated.

 

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