Saturday, February 20, 2021

Weekend Update - Horse Racing, Stitching and Other Stuff

It's bitter cold here in Virginia, a good weekend to stay indoors.  So what's on the radar this weekend?

Kamala Harris just sold her condo in San Francisco.  Looks lovely!  You can read the story here.

Horse racing was again cancelled this weekend at Oaklawn for the second week in a row.  I was waiting to see my favorite chestnut mare racehorse (have to be careful there about the favorite chestnut) Monomoy Girl make her 2021 debut and the 2020 top two-year-old (and top Derby favorite) Essential Quality make his three-year-old debut.  But alas, next weekend will be a killer for horse racing.  On Feb. 27 and 28 Oaklawn will run five canceled stakes races, which is almost $2 million in purses.

This is the Tapit colt, Essential Quality, a beautiful horse, so correct, as Tapits tend to be.  He is also small (Tapit, that is) and he "right sizes" his progeny.  This one is owned by Godolphin, a homebred too.

(Keeneland/Coady photo)

But there is an exceptional race today, post time is 12:40 pm EST. The $20M Saudi Cup, one of the world's richest horse races is being run today with several quality US horses in the race.  I'll be watching this one.  It's being televised on Fox Sports from 12 to 1 pm.  There are 14 in the field today and Knicks Go and Charlatan are the two to watch. Both are speed horses, very fast, so it should be an interesting race. Knicks Go just won the Pegasus Cup in January at Gulfstream. It's a great story - he was sent to trainer Brad Cox last year and he's won every race since (4 in total with Cox) after a somewhat lackluster career.  Read a more detailed race report here.

And my new chairs arrive today......Stay tuned for more details....

And I love this designer Heidi Stanley Designs:

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