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Monday, March 10, 2008

The Happy Couple



Looks like I was having fun, y'think?

The word of Just Zip It's victory spread around the room, and before too long, people whose names I didn't quite know were coming up to congratulate me. My buddy Bob had gotten the live update from the track, and the account he'd received was that she was left at the gate, but won by a "measured head." That wasn't too far off. She didn't really get left, but did break a little awkwardly and got bounced around. And "measured neck" (it was actually a half length) is often the way one describes a finish after the race. Not so sure I would have been confident that Jose Espinoza had it all the way if I was watching live; but he got it done with a couple of left-handed smacks. And I'm certainly glad that, at odds of 2-5, she didn't let down all of those who were counting on her as part of their Pick Sixes (nor reader onecalicocat), which returned $1,995 for four heavy favorites and two second choices. What was so hard about that?

Just Zip It posted a snappy time of 1:10.85, the second fastest of seven six furlong races on the day, and just 3/5ths slower than Southern Prince ran in the feature.

- That was a tantalizing possibility, the chance of Nashoba's Key meeting Zenyatta in the Santa Margarita; not this time, but maybe soon. Nice to see Carla Gaines' mare back in the winner's circle after a couple of losses. A classy run indeed, as she blew by the slow-pace frontrunner Dawn After Dawn ("Victor Espinoza couldn't be happier," Trevor Denman noted at the half mile pole) as they went from the three-eights to the eighth pole in 23:03, and she sauntered home in 11.52. I don't want to belabor the point, but some of the more charismatic horses on the track this year (which will, hopefully, soon include Rags to Riches) reside in the filly and mare division.

On top of the charisma list for the males is Curlin, and assistant trainer Scott Blasi described his latest workout as "awesome." You might think that Blasi is a little bummed having to spend all this time in Dubai, but he told Bloodhorse.com: “I wouldn’t trade this for anything.”

25 Comments:

jk said...

March 10, 2008
Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring
By DANNY HAKIM
ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.

Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He is set to make an announcement about 2:15 this afternoon at his Manhattan office.

Mr. Spitzer, a first-term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform and end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children.

Just last week, federal prosecutors arrested four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation. Administration officials would not say that this was the ring with which the governor had become involved.

alan said...

>>Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring

holy shit.

Superfecta said...

Congrats! As a special wedding present, I suggest you watch the skies for some news Eliot Spitzer doesn't want you to know!

Superfecta said...

Damn! Too late! I've always thought Spitzer seemed rather Republican - this proves it!

Michael said...

yeah, CNN's coverage of this is great.

It's like they're all saying, "really? this guy?"

I picked a great day to be at home sick.

Teresa said...

I'd love to be with Joe Bruno right now.

alan said...

>>As a special wedding present, I suggest you watch the skies for some news Eliot Spitzer doesn't want you to know!

Holy f--king shit!

Does this mean that the Head Chef isn't going to get any more gigs cooking for the Spitzer clan?

Here's the original story, as reported by that liberal rag:

jk said...

Maybe he was getting investment advice.

Superfecta said...

Here's my question -- who takes his place as a NY state superdelegate if he should find himself in some sort of, er, legal trouble?

alan said...

>>yeah, CNN's coverage of this is great.

Can't wait to see the smirk on Lou Dobbs' face tonight.

>>I picked a great day to be at home sick.

Hey, I was gonna call in sick too! Do tell, what is he saying??

Michael said...

Superfecta -- If a Superdelegate dies (Tom Lantos) or loses the vote they are NOT replaced, the magic number is just reduced.

Michael said...

"Hey, I was gonna call in sick too! Do tell, what is he saying??"

So far he's 30 minutes late to the presser... I'll blog what he says...

alan said...

>>So far he's 30 minutes late to the presser...

Perhaps he's setting his 'affairs' in order....

Michael said...

The over and under is set at $5,000 an hour.

Is that in bad taste?

Anonymous said...

More Democrat sleaze.

BD said...

Right anonymous, because Republicans NEVER get caught in sex scandals (Mark Foley, Randy Cunningham & Dusty Foggo, etc.).

This isn't about R vs. D...

Anonymous said...

In an effort to clean up politics, Elliot Spitzer is going to take out the worst politician in New York state politics today.

Anonymous said...

$5,500 an hour?
Where'd he get the money?

Superfecta said...

It's funny, because I was just reading about this ring yesterday when I was back in Brooklyn; apparently some of the people in charge were my former neighbors. Didn't think much of it at the time...

alan said...

>>It's funny, because I was just reading about this ring yesterday when I was back in Brooklyn

The NY Sun had reported that something had to be up with that investigation, since prosecutors who deal with public corruption were involved. Betcha they didn't imagine it was this particular public official.

jk said...

WNBC says Spitzer expected to resign.

Anonymous said...

Indictment was made on Feb 7th.

When did the N.Y Times know?

Anonymous said...

We need a pool.When does Spitzer resign.
I've got 7pm tonight.

Anonymous said...

Hey bd - the dems just ooze sleaze. Where did I say the republicans were any better. He should have resigned already. He broke the law. Maybe he will blame Bush (get it bd).

Ernie said...

Great photo!!! Both of you look amazing. That should be your headshot for HI; the other one makes you look like a candidate for Dr. Stone's Scale of Evil (great documentary of the Discovery Channel, Most Evil---TIVO it, trust me)

Can this Shrpitzer fiasco affect the NYRA deal?