I hearby dub this day honorary Jess Jackson Day, in honor of the man who kept jockey Calvin Borel in the irons of Kentucky Oaks winner, Rachel Alexandra, for the Preakness Stakes. All the nation's citizens will be treated to a free glass of wine, a parade with horses adorned in yellow and red flowers, and a float of Curlin made out of Werther's Originals.
How sweet life is. Thanks, Mr. Jackson, for making things right.
The Daily Racing From reports that Borel's decision to ride Rachel Alexandra, and not Mine That Bird, in the Preakness marks the first time in history a jockey has opted not to ride the horse he won the Derby on in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
If this doesn't spell Alexandra as being a superior horse, I don't know what does.
Here is a list of reactions from Preakness contender trainers about the possibility of Rachel Alexandra facing their colts (from drf.com):
"I think she's in a different world than the rest. She is something spectacular." - Gary Stute, trainer of Papa Clem.
"I would rather she didn't show," said David Fawkes, who trains Big Drama. "With her running style, that may hurt our chances."
"Any man would be a fool to welcome that filly. She's tough. As much as I don't want her to go, she'd be taking my rider." - Chip Woolley, trainer of Derby winner Mine That Bird.
The girl has the colts, and their trainers, shaking in their boots. Let's just hope she wakes up as fit as a fiddle and in perfect health on Preakness Day... and that less than 14 horses want in the gates once they see her trademark blaze heading to Maryland.