"There'll be no free ride for Rachel Alexandra!"

Here's the video of Saturday's Woodward Stakes -- featuring the all-everything horse Rachel Alexandra -- at The Track. The finish was exciting:

There was a crowd of 31,171 at The Track on Saturday, according to NYRA.

Total attendance for the season (854,413) was down about two percent this year compared to last year. And the amount bet onsite (about $112 million) was also off about two percent.


I'm officially a believer. A wire-to-wire will do that, although one more click and...
Nice ride BO-rail.

I don't often play the Eeyore in these discussions, but while chattering about Rachel Alexandra, keep in mind that in the final race of this year's meet, ToDo K "broke down" on the stretch. "Broke Down" is a euphuism for:

"Snapped its right foreleg above the hoof, which dangled horrifically till the handlers could euthanize the 3 year old behind a hastily erected screen on the turf track."

It was quick and as painless as possible and the track staff were as discreet as could be under the circumstances.

It's also the other side of the coin we spend every summer in Saratoga to get logo'd give-a-ways and see Marylou Whitney's fancy new hat.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez was unhurt.

@ Sandor: Oh no. :(

What a nice post! It's great to see the horses in action that will end up in a future bag of Alpo once they stop performing.

If Rachel Alexandra runs that race in the Travers she finishes out of the money.

If these horses didn't run and sometimes "break down" Saratoga Springs as we know it would not exist.

I was out of town this weekend, but thanks for this post. Durkin did a heck of a job announcing a great race!!!

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