A friend of mine, who happens to be a Horseplayer (go figure), also happens to be a Proud Grandpa. He sent me the following photos of his 6 month old grandchild. Her name is Alexandra. And yes, she was named after her father's favorite horse, Rachel Alexandra. In fact, he lobbied to name the kid Rachel Alexandra, but because there is another parent involved, a compromise occurred, Rachel was vetoed and Alexandra won out, followed by a couple of customary middle names (named after a couple of grandmothers).
Alexandra gets a quick tutorial on how to read the past performances:
Alexandra gets to work on Del Mar's 8th:
Finally, she comes up with her analysis:
According to her father: "She hit the tri in that race ($2 TRI 1-6-5). She won $26.80 but I kept the winnings."
Alexandra's first words were "If California raises takeout on exotics, Del Mar will be dead to me."
I wonder what Alexandra's first name would be if her dad's favorite horse was Zenyatta instead.
Speaking of Zenyatta. Here is a song about her:
The heat is definitely not off Bruno Schickedanz for his "what was he thinking" moment in regards to Wake At Noon's tragic demise, but trainer Doug O'Neill is now under fire for running a mare named Burna Dette a Los Alamitos last week. She was claimed for $25,000 in late June, but wound up running for $2,000 and breaking down violently Friday night. Read more about it at Paulick's Report.
By the way, Bruno Schickedanz is appealing his Woodbine ban. There is an ORC hearing set for August 17th
Tony Adamo's license has been restored in good standing.
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