End of 2018 – 2019 Thoroughbred Racing Season Musings
The Thoroughbred racing news supplied some consternation over where to focus, so we are offering this potpourri of news for the middle of the week.
The big racing is going on at Royal Ascot in England. It is raining in England. The track is soggy.
We could write that almost every year with little fear of contradiction.
Big money races always supply interest for us and The Everest is the biggest of the big. The race is about four months in the distance, but we have only recently learned that Arcadia Queen has been confirmed to be one of the 12 runners.
She is just three years of age and works for Chris Waller. She races in Western Australia, so her five wins from six starts suggest she needs more in the line of credentials, but perhaps those credentials are supplied by Waller, to whom we suppose we should always include the phrase – former trainer of Winx.
She did slay the field in the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes in December of 2018, winning by over four lengths from Material Man, with Galaxy Star third. She did benefit from a hefty nine-kilogram weight advantage, no doubt, but she has switched to Waller from Grant and Alana Williams, which we think is shabby on the part of the owners.
Waller will probably switch from Willie Pike to another rider, whose initials may be Hugh Bowman.
Arcadia Queen will occupy The Everest slot belonging to The Star.
Finally, as we can never resist a juicy scandal, we were temporarily lifted from our ennui over the news that jumps jockey Martin Kelly has received a 20-month ban on four charges related to betting.
Kelly said he was betting because he was bored. We can relate, as riding a Thoroughbred at breakneck speed while going over jumps does sound rather mundane.
“I knew what I was doing when I was doing it,” Kelly said. “I thought it (the ban) was very fair,” Kelly told RV.
We writers are seldom banned, so long as we not steal other writers’ work.
The technical name for that offense is “plagiarism.”
The technical name for the ban is “sabbatical.”
You say “vacation,” we say “vacatione.”