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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Streak is No More

Jimmy Takter said if you race long enough, you will get beat.  He was right.

Today was the day as Idyllic defeated See You At Peelers in a track record 1:50 in the Nadia Lobell at the Meadows; snapping the win streak at 22 victories.  See You At Peelers faded badly to finish sixth, though I suspect once it was realized that SYAP was beaten, Marcus Johansson son decided there was no sense in beating a 'dead' horse. 

Post position nine may have been what defeated Peelers today as the filly was stung badly as Myluvmylife and Foxylady forced Peelers to go three wide before getting to the lead and reaching the quarter in :26.1.  Peelers then took the field through a :53.1 half and a 1:21.1 three quarters.  Once they reached the stretch the first time, Idyllic, driven masterfully by David Miller went to the outside to challenge Peelers to the half and all through the third quarter and when they reached the stretch, Idyllic exploded and the others went by See You At Peelers like a swarm of bees.

Yes, post nine helped defeat See You At Peelers, but don't take anything away from Idyllic and don't use that as an excuse for Peelers.  Champions overcome bad posts.  Clearly the race went Idyllic's way, but looking at her earlier races at the Meadowlands, you knew she could compete with See You at Peelers.  She made her own trip making a move after 3/8ths of a mile, racing uncovered on the outside the rest of the way.  Yes, there was luck in Peelers getting stung in the first quarter but today was Idyllic's day.  Isn't that what racing is often all about?

Here is a replay of the race.

Why nothing has been officially said, I would suspect we can forget the Little Brown Jug for See You At Peelers.  First of all, what would happen if See You At Peelers drew an outside post over the venerable half mile oval?  Today's effort shows she is a very very good horse, but like all others, she is dependent on the racing gods so unless she draws the inside in the first heat, her chances of defeating the boys in multiple heats is too much to ask of her.  My guess is Jimmy Takter will take her to the Jugette, if at all to Delaware.  Ironically, See You At Peelers closed as the 3-1 favorite in the first Little Brown Jug future wager.

Today, not only did See You at Peelers lose, the Delaware County Fair may have lost as well.

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