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Monday, March 21, 2005


- Awesome win by Megahertz in the G2 Santa Ana yesterday. She swung out at the top of the stretch like a car making a six-lane move on the freeway and mowed them all down. The last three furlongs of the race went 35.3, with the final one in 12 seconds, so who knows how fast she was running. After the finish, Trevor Denman said of the diminutive mare that she looked like a greyhound dashing by the rest of the field. Her owner rightfully earned the kudos of the guys on HRTV for keeping her in training in this, her 6 yo year. Her sire Pivotal stands in England and has blossomed from a £6,000 stallion when he entered the breeding shed in 1997, to a sire of 31 stakes winners and the third leading sire on the 2004 UK list, and now commands a fee of £75,000 pounds, or over $140,000.

- Looking on the bright side, Afleet Alex’s trainer Tim Ritchey says that the lung infection is "the most curable and quickest to solve of the many things that could have gone wrong." [Philadelphia Inquirer] Nonetheless, he’ll miss a week of training while being treated with antibiotics. What to do about him will be a major dilemma for those handicapping his next start, the Arkansas Derby.

- Next big select sale of 2 yo’s tomorrow and Wednesday at Ocala.

Consignor Becky Thomas of Sequel Bloodstock said she expected to see a strong middle market. "If you look at the 2-year-old sales overall," she said, "there has not been a middle market that has been solid. Everyone here is very optimistic that this is going to bring a strong middle market.

"A lot of people I talked to at other 2-year-old sales all said they were coming in for this sale because they believe they can buy a good, solid horse for $100,000. Buyers have a chance at this sale." [Bloodhorse]

- The president would not be budged from his ranch in Texas in the weeks and months before 9/11 despite persistent threats of an impending attack by Al Qaeda. But he earned a Beyer rating of 109 for the way he dashed back to Washington in the middle of the night to sign legislation to have Terry Schiavo’s feeding tube reinserted, a position strongly advocated by religious conservatives as well as his brother Jeb.