Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tough Day at the Big A

Instead of talking about the Harlem Rocker/ Tale of Ekati stretch duel in the Cigar Mile and subsequent DQ of Harlem Rocker, or the impressive win of 2 year old Old Fashioned in the Remsen Stakes, we are instead saddened by the death of Wanderin Boy, racing for the last time in the Cigar Mile. He fractured the sesamoids in his left front ankle, was vanned off and x-rayed, but could not be saved and was euthanized.

Check out Green But Game's comments including her link to a Steve Haskin tribute article written about Wanderin Boy this past October over on Bloodhorse.com

Also troubling at the Big A was the injury to Springside, the 5-1 underdog who upset Sky Diva in the Demoiselle for two-year-old fillies. Springside suffered a fracture of the right-front pastern and was taken for x-rays. Lets keep our fingers crossed for this young filly.

These injuries always seem to happen on big racing days. Today I tackled a interior painting job of my basement family room. I had Capital OTB on my TV which allowed me to tackle my painting job and keep track of the day at Aqueduct. It was to be a good day, completing a home project but also keeping an eye on the days happenings at Aqueduct. What should have been a happy day of watching a Grade 1 and two Grade 2 races at Aqueduct instead leaves you feeling like someone punched you in the stomach.

3 comments:

Theodore said...

We all took one in Stomach-RIP Wanderin Boy

ljk said...

Very impressed with Old Fashioned and I'm curious to see if Larry Jones will really retire with such a Derby prospect in his barn.

SaratogaSpa said...

ljk- I believe Larry Jones will continue into 2009 with this Old Fashioned. Would be too tempting to pass up after being second in the last two Kentucky Derbies with Hard Spun and Eight Belles.

Thanks for Commenting-PS-Love the Plate!.