Mother Paulick: Where are you going? Brunch hasn’t even been served!
Ray: I’ve got to leave. There appears to be a conspiracy brewing to keep Rachel Alexandra out of the Preakness next weekend. So please, enjoy the unlimited mimosas. And here’s a ticket to see Star Trek.
Mother Paulick: You’re such a good son, Boo-Boo Bear!
Of course, at this writing, the whole Mark Allen /Ahmed Zayat collusion has flamed out faster than a Dan Quayle presidential campaign. As Bob Baffert said [courtesy of a Churchill Downs / John Asher email ... check you Inbox because he probably sent it to you, too],
"That’s no issue – that was something that was just being mulled around and never really got any legs. I think it stems from Calvin Borel – I’ve never seen a jockey take-off a Derby winner. So that’s where it all started. But it’s dead – it’s a dead issue."
And to think I blinked and missed the whole thing.
Speaking of Bob Baffert, he swooped into Lone Star Park this weekend for his annual sojourn to North Texas where he snags a graded stakes race and a couple of Whataburgers. On Saturday, Mythical Power won the $400,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) by 7 ½ lengths. An interesting note: Mythical Power previously came in second in the Sunland Derby, the same race that Mine That Bird finished fourth. Another interesting note: Lone Star Park’s leading trainer and Home-Boy, Steve Asmussen, has never saddled a winner in the Lone Star Derby. Next time I see him sitting on a picnic table at the top of the stretch I’ll ask him if it bugs him.
Which brings up another non-Rachel Alexandra point: Sunland Park in Wherever-it-is, New Mexico, might deserve a little more respect. Bill Finley at The Rail briefly wrote of "horses that ran in the [Sunland Derby] continue to turn in big performances in their next starts." However, I suspect that many horses from Sunland Park / New Mexico are racing well and should receive notice. Yesterday at Lone Star, Summer in Dixie, a winner of three consecutive races at Sunland Park, easily won a one mile claiming affair, wiring the field and winning by 2 ¾ length, while stepping up in class and/or dropping in altitude.