Monday, August 10, 2009

Strange Days

Watching Da' Tara race today in the 3rd race at Saratoga won by stablemate Cool Coal Man, I thought of Jim Morrison of the Doors- what with his singing being wonderfully unpredictable, his lyrics often intentionally off base, sometimes bizarre.

Da' Tara looked more like a green 2 year old maiden than a seasoned 4 year old with a Belmont Stakes win on his resume.

Here is his how Equibase described his strange last place run today:
"Da' Tara lunged in the air at the start, rushed up four wide, raced up close for a quarter, than dropped back abruptly and raced well out
in the course before being eased late"
Trainer Nick Zito basically said Da' Tara checked out mentally during the race. The good news is that the post race check of Da' Tara by a vet indicated the horse is apparently fine health wise.


Anonymous said...

Just curious: what's your source for the info on the Zito quotes?

SaratogaSpa said...

Anon-multiple sources-It was posted all over numerous blogs, message boards and twitter-the bizarre race brought out alot of curiosity. I also just saw checked Tim Wilkin's Talking Horses blog in The Times Union who also wrote about it. He gave an exact quote which was: “Then he took him to the outside for some reason and the horse just went off mentally. There’s nothing wrong with him. He is way better than that." I have not checked other news outlets such as the NY Daily News, NY Post of DRF but would imagine they also have some Zito comments.