Bad News, Great News, And Big News…

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 24, 2009 in General Discussion, News | 1 Comment >>

If you were watching Arlington Park as I was yesterday, you were probably holding your breath when you saw Born To Be go down at the top of the lane. It seemed frozen in time as you saw this giant animal rolling over long-time Chicago great Rene Douglas.

At the top of the lane, I was watching a great race unfold. It was at that time that I looked back in the pack and saw this terrible incident unfold.

Douglas was bumped and jostled about, and went down head over heels. The runner looked as if she dropped her whole weight on him as he hit the ground. He was taken to Northwestern Hospital and underwent a seven-hour surgery.  If you find yourself saying a prayer this evening, keep Mr. Douglas in your thoughts. These next few weeks will be crucial.

In California, great runners are no big news. But when you have a long layoff, you can be a target for others to shoot at. This is true for many, but if your name is Zenyatta the rules do not apply.

She was dead last going down the backstretch and her perfect 9/9 record was on the line. The $150,000 Milady Handicap looked up for grabs for a bit. That was until she clutched out of second gear when everybody else was tied to a tree. She spun past these fillies as she likes to do, but this time it was with a scary authority. The girl is back, and in a big way. Being 10 /10 speaks volumes, and she does her talking on the track. Welcome back young lady!

If you have not won in a while, it is no big deal in racing. It is a tough game. But to come back, after not visiting the winner’s circle in 609 days, to score in a G-3 Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs; now that is the definition of class.

Brass Hat with the red-hot Calvin Borel in the irons capped off a five win day for him. He increased Brass Hat to the $1,892,360 money mark, and gave Buff Bradley a nice victory indeed. Next stop may be the United Nations at Monmouth on July 4th.