May 20th 2009 11:30 pm |
Needless to say, Rachel Alexandra’s victory in the Preakness on Saturday was breathtaking. I watched the race at Delaware Park where a large contingent of attendees were enthusiastically rooting for the big filly. When they showed her in the post parade on the screen in the infield, the crowd cheered.
Image: Rachel Alexandra returns to the stakes barn after winning the Preakness. (hburrussiii)
When she broke to the front going into the first turn, the cheers grew louder. I don’t remember much after that as I found myself rooting as hard as anyone there as she raced down the backstretch. I didn’t realize how much I wanted her to win until she turned for home.
What a day for racing…
I am taking a week off from doing any research but wanted to share a few comments from last week’s Nellie Morse post.
This one – from an anonymous poster – shows how racing can resonate when all the stars align as they did in Baltimore this past weekend:
“Thank you for this great filly article. I really knew nothing about horseracing, but after seeing the Preakness on Saturday, I wanted to know what the fillys’ name was that won in 1924 and I got a whole lot more to ponder. My Grandmothers name was ‘Nellie’ and that is what interested me to check it out.”
The race on Saturday also had a deep personal (and historical) connection for another reader, who wrote:
“Your Washington Post article about the 1924 Preakness winner was the best one I have read. The photo was even more exciting to me, because the jockey on board Nellie Morse that day would one day be my father. His riding name was John Merimee. Susan”
I must admit that last one sent a chill down my back. Here is another image of Nellie Morse with Susan’s daddy aboard:
(from Trader Clark: Six Decades of Racing Lore published by Thoroughbred Pub., 1991)
THANKS FOR READING AND GOOD LUCK!