Holy Blitzer out for the year…

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Holy Blitzer out for the year…

Posted by Avram Freedberg

…or so Linda indicated today after the ultrasound showed ligament damage in her sacroiliac. She’ll start with two months stall confinement and two months turn out. That means that the earliest she could get back into training would be September. We’ll wish her well and hope for the best.

Her gray stablemate, Katy’s Office Girl, is in training and has arrived safely at Linda’s Saratoga stables. Hopefully, we’ll get to see her race this summer.

As much as it hurts to see a beautiful horse sidelined, it hurts much more when a mare who’s named after a child and who has been responsible for foaling many racehorses has to be euthanized. So it was with my friend Robbie’s Alex Hollywood, who had intestinal blockage trouble when giving birth to a little foal and had to be put down. The foal was initially in dire straits too but has pulled through. The mare was 16 years old. Our sincere condolences, Rob.

How about the Kentucky Oaks for girls and the Kentucky Derby? Both winners were ridden by Calvin Borel. On Friday, Rachel Alexandra won the Oaks easily by 20 lengths. I don’t think she broke a sweat. Most observers believe as I do that she could make mincemeat out of the Kentucky Derby field. Then yesterday, he won The Derby aboard Mine That Bird by 6 ¾ lengths. I bet 4 horses to win and in the exacta: Pioneer of the Nile, Musket Man, Summer Bird and Dunkirk. I had the wrong bird. My first two came in second and third with “the wrong bird” sixth.

Finally, Rexy ran in another $7500 claimer yesterday. She has found her level, as she fought to a hard-earned victory by a head. Yay Rexy!

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