Will the Apple Blossom Bear Fruit! Zenyatta vs. Rachel Alexandra
You've probably read enough about this today, but I must toss in a comment or two on the new Soap Opera - what's it called: "As the Horseworld Turns," or "General Horspital" or is it "The Horsewives of Garland County." Anyway, what ever you call it, the news coming out of Hot Springs, AK is getting more of a buzz than anything since, well, since Rachel Alexandra won the Preakness.
When the news first came out that Oaklawn Park would put up $5 million in purse money if 2009 Horse of the Year and her Runner Up would meet at the Apple Blossom, the racing world was a buzz. (Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom?). Then, just this morning, Jess Jackson, owner of Rachel Alexandra said that his mare would not be ready in time, but he was working with the NTRA to put together a 3-race deal where the ladies could face off. Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral! Only, a series. OMG! Del Mar and other tracks were immediately sending out invitations! But before the stories could be finished, Jerry Moss, co-owner of Zenyatta chimed in saying, "I have no idea what he's even talking about."
Excuse me. Anyway, we didn't have to ponder that long either. Before the day was over, the schedule at Oaklawn Park would be changed and the Apple Blossom would be moved six days deeper into the meet - on Friday (not Saturday), the next to last day of the Oaklawn meet. It was announced that this six days was enough extra time for Rachel Alexandra to get ready and the two great ladies would, indeed, face off.
That was all in a day. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. But, this horse enthusiast hopes that it happens. He also hopes that a series of races is put together....what kind of great attention would that bring to the sport! And, if that can't happen, how about Zenyatta and Quality Road - the natural consequence of a win by Zenyatta at the Apple Blossom. (Are There Any More Bumps in this Quality Road?)
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