Friday, November 6, 2009

World Champions' Weekend

A Breeder's Cup weekend edition of the The Equine Reader today as the ponies gear up in Santa Anita for two days of World Championship competition. While Careless Jewel hopes to sew it up in today's Lady's Classic (gr. 1), Zenyatta will seek to outclass ten Grade 1 or Group 1 champion male horses in tomorrow's Breeder's Cup Classic (gr. 1), and add a heroic 14th feather into her winner's cap (winner's bridle?). Her competitors include Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, Travers Winner Colonel John, Travers and Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, and the Irish bred Rip Van Winkle, who is one of the horses currently predicted to give Zenyatta a real run for the money. The fillies will be lining up to the post in Santa Anita in just a few hours, so here's wishing a safe trip to all of this weekend's competitors!

And for any racing fans out there looking for a truly creative way to promote and support racehorse rehabilitation efforts, ReRun a 501 (c) (3) racehorse adoption organization, will be holding its annual E-Bay auction of horse created "Moneigh" paintings starting on November 29th. Several celebrity horse artistes have been featured as past Moneigh creators, including Smarty Jones and A.P. Indy. All proceeds from the purchase of these paint(ing) horse prints will benefit ReRun's adoption centers.

On a related note, I would be remiss as a stock horse stalwart if I didn't mention that the Thoroughbred folks are not the only equine contingent poised to crown new World Champions over the coming days. Today also kicks off the first day of competition at the American Quarter Horse Association's World Show in Oklahoma City. Good luck to all those competitors looking to ride, slide, jump and jog their way into QH history!

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