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Monday, May 4, 2009

Saturday's Other Races Worth Noting

Mine That Bird’s Kentucky Derby upset overshadowed other great racing on Saturday, not the least of which was Einstein’s second consecutive win in G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. Considering how soft the turf was, he would have had every excuse to lose, but he didn’t, nosing out Cowboy Cal. For those who missed it—and that would be everyone watching NBC’s pre-Derby coverage—here it is:

With Indian Blessing absent, Informed Decision continued her four-stakes win streak, taking the G1 Humana Distaff after a nice stretch move by Julien Leparoux. How is it we aren’t talking more about Informed Decision? At three, she never matched up with the top fillies, as she was off from April until late August, but she’s really turned it on at four, defeating Ventura last out in the G1 Madison. When she finally does meet Indian Blessing, I for one am going to take a long hard look at Informed Decision. Here’s her Humana Distaff victory:

Finally, two fillies avoiding Rachel Alexandra—G1 Ashland winner Hooh Why, and G2 Fantasy runner-up Afleet Deceit—put on a battle royal in the off-turf 8.5f Double Delta Stakes at Arlington. After a moderate 24.45 opening fraction, the two fillies hooked up and kicked away from the field, blistering the second quarter in 22.24 and a 22.84 third quarter, before finishing in a more sedate 26.01. Still, at one point they were 12 lengths in front of the rest, but Afleet Deceit outlasted Hooh Why who faded to third behind a late closing Peach Brew. It’s worthy of a look:


The_Knight_Sky said...

Einstein !
A 7 year old still going strong.
He is approaching legendary status. That's what a race horse should be!

Einstein had beaten the second-third-fourth place finishers in the Woodford Reserve on the Pro-Ride at Santa Anita in March.

Deja vu' all over again.