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Thursday, May 31, 2007

An Open Letter to Todd Pletcher

Dear Todd,

I know your Triple Crown season has not gone as planned thus far, with highly regarded horses like Circular Quay, Any Given Saturday, Scat Daddy, Cowtown Cat, King of the Roxy, and Sam P. failing to perform to expectations.

However, not all is lost. I—and thousands of other horse racing fans—urge you to run Rags to Riches against the boys in the Belmont Stakes. She is big, fast and bred for the distance—and just what the sport needs at this moment: an exciting new dimension added to an already confused three-year-old campaign.

There is no one dominant colt—first we thought it was Street Sense, then Curlin foiled that, and now Street Sense’s owner doesn’t want to ruin his future breeding revenue by possibly losing two in a row to Curlin or yet another horse. Hard Spun will not be drawn into an early speed duel with Garrett Gomez aboard, so the pace shouldn’t be blistering. Tiago will be there in the end, but he's a midget compared to your physically dominating filly.

So, how about it? Of course, do this only if she is sound and healthy. Give Edgar Prado a call, and let her run.


libby said...

That would really liven things up if Prado was aboard Rags to Riches in the big Belmont race! The whole Street Sense thing is getting me down, now I heard he has been sold to Darley and will finish out the year and then to stud. Nothing but respect for that fine horse but it is a shame for racing that he is not in the Belmont and is now sold.

Valerie said...

Libby, I totally agree about R2R. Prado has long been one of my favorite jockeys, and I would love to see her run. Big, strong fillies have always had a special place in my heart...Ruffian, Winning Colors, Genuine Risk...