Once upon a time Rachel Alexandra's connections planned on running in the $100 Trillion Apple Blossom Invitational against racing's best ovaries in Zenyatta.
I'm so happy they're not running into each other.
For you see, Ms. Carryover had to befriend someone ten years ago in college and this someone is getting married tonight and we were cordially invited away from the Apple Blossom—I mean, invited to their wedding. When Ms. Carryover said the wedding was the weekend of April 10, I said, Ok.
Not so fast.
The wedding is Friday, April 9. Oh, Ms. Carryover, you do know that Rachel and Zenyatta are running in the Apple Blossom, right?
I mean, it's not really her fault, is it? I could go so far as to blame her for making this friend at Rutgers and for staying in touch with them over the years, but that's a tad extreme. All right, beyond extreme. However, this is a large reason why I have cut my social circle down to near-annorexic levels—should the moment come when Ms. Carryover wants to watch a Horse of the Year run against an undefeated horse, I will not get in her way. How unselfish of me!
Has it really come to this? The fact of the matter is it doesn't bother me, but I like to give her guff.
Even without Rachel in the race I still find it deeply interesting. Mainly I don't think Zenyatta's a lock, but then again, maybe she is a lock. Maybe not. God, I sound like Brett Favre (pronounced, favor, by the way).
The dirt issue is my main bag. I know she won this race two years ago, so don't comment and say that she can run on dirt. I know she CAN, but CAN she, really? She's won 15 straight races with 14 of those coming on Cali-Cushion-Ride-Track.
No matter, for those who can watch it, enjoy it, love that she's around while I'm doing the freakin' Macarena. Enjoy the moment because when and if she ties Cigar's 16-race win streak record, you can say you saw it. Rachel or no Rachel, I'm hot for Zenyatta.
Now that's true love.