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The icon actually isn't that appropriate, since I think the majority of the horse racing community has just been holding their breath waiting for this unsurprising announcement.

Rachel Alexandra retired, despite turning in several bullet works recently.

Remember that post where I said 'raise your hand if you saw this coming' when they ducked the Apple Blossom?

Yeah, you're free to raise the other one now.

-raises hand-

Guess the Classic is just shaping up to be too tough, with Zenyatta, Blame, Quality Road, Rail Trip, etc........ I find it hard to believe that, the way she's been working like a pro according to the clocker's reports, she doesn't have one more race in her, whether the Classic or the Distaff, like they've been saying -all along- for the last two years.  I don't get it.  It's at her home track.  It's dirt.  The Distaff is her 'ideal distance.'

To be honest, I'm glad, despite my scoffing about the timing.  She never -did- return to form and I'd rather remember her as a champion than a has-been.

(Except that this kind of makes me gag a little.  I'm sure it's a good hypothetical mating, but something about the way he says it just makes me all kinds of *eyeroll.*

"We are eager to introduce Rachel to Curlin. Imagine what possibilities those two super horses might produce," Jackson concluded.")



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Sep. 29th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
They will crate an amazing race of superhorses that... retired before their 5th birthday. Yeah, sounds like a real winning plan. Curlin was only "great" when combined with the weak crop of his year, and RA had some impressive wins but obviously was a one-trick pony (being she was obviously only talented as a 3-year-old.

I dunno... I'd like to see her bred with a horse with ACTUAL talent. I think an AP Indy cross would be awesome.
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