Thursday, February 28, 2008
Somethinaboutlaura Runs Again This Saturday
Now, looky here, Jerry Hollendorfer. It seems to me that, when Somethinaboutlaura won her million bucks, you said the owners would sell her to be a broodmare after one final race she'd already been pointed at in the Sunshine Millions. It turned out she bombed in that race. Then y'all ran her again at Santa Anita a couple weeks ago, and she came in (if memory serves) third after setting the pace and then dueling to keep it. So now here you folks are, running her at Bay Meadows this weekend in the Foster City Handicap. Will you stop after this one? She's six years old, and I'm thinking enough's enough. If your owners are too greedy, can't you use your powers of persuasion to convince them now's the time to sell before she gets hurt?
Of course, I'm bound to put money on her anyway, because she's such a great mare. And perhaps it makes sense for "Da Dorf" to run her one last time at Bay Meadows because she's never lost a race at this track. It would be good to see her go out with a win. But her usual jockey, Russell "the Muscle" Baze, will be down south riding in the Santa Anita Handicap. Will that make a difference? Maybe not; I'm guessing Hollendorder will put Frank Alvarado aboard, and he's been doing very well for 'Dorf lately.
But please, after this one, will y'all let her retire from racing?
Especially since there was one helluva nasty breakdown (and crash) at Bay Meadows on Monday when the track was muddy. And another one the day before. Gawd. That day (Sunday), a groom of the horse that was put down was crying in the Paddock Bar about it. She wasn't drinking; she'd just come in from the barn. It was hard to watch.