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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Who's Got the Movie Rights?

- More exciting than the rally by El Terrible (Numerous) to take the 6 furlong Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap at Santa Anita (and even better than the particularly terrific call by Trevor Denman) was the postrace interview with his trainer on HRTV. Her trainer is Bradley Ross, and this was, incredibly, his first starter as a trainer after 33 years as a blacksmith. He breathlessly, unable to even speak as he watched the replay of the stretch run, told of how he's for the most part given up his day job out of his belief in this 6 yo mare who was a graded stakes winner in Argentina, but who hadn't started since August of 2003. He said that he and the mare had "really connected" and that "I decided we just had to get it done." He went on animatedly to make sure we all knew that in addition to the layoff, she'd missed a workout plus three days due to the rains, and when he started issuing rambling thank you's, the interviewer did a great job by noting the irony of such an extended speech on Oscar night. Miss Terrible is by Numerous (Mr. Prospector), about whom I posted recently.