Saturday, August 13, 2011


"Blazing Reflection broke with the leaders and stalked the pace from the outside, moved up three wide into the stretch to gain command past the furlong pole and drew clear driving." 

This is the comment from the official Equibase chart of Blazing Reflection's debut race.  What a great day out at Santa Rosa Race Track for the Sonoma County fair on Friday.  My horse ran her first race, and she performed beautifully.  She broke well, attended the pace and grabbed the lead as she hit the stretch.  She "drew clear" at the 1/16th pole and won comfortably by 3 1/2 lengths.  Her final time of 1:13 2/5 wasn't bad for her first race and I expect her to move forward big time after that run.  Incredibly, she paid $43.00 for a $2 win bet, despite the field being modest at best.  Normally I don't bet on horses I own, but in this case I couldn't pass up this underlay of a lifetime. 

Its been several years since I've felt the rush of victory and got my picture taken in the winner's circle.  Even though the purse was modest, the feeling of watching her gain the lead and get the win was awesome.  The next race will be much more difficult to win, but I can't wait for it.  Hopefully she'll come out of this race well and be ready for the next one.  She had only 1 workout at 5 furlongs, so this 6 furlong race will do wonders for her stamina.  She also ran a bit greenly in the stretch, the jockey David Lopez had to straighten her path a few times, but she clearly likes to run as she showed good speed from the gate, and pulled away at the end even after the jockey ceased urging her. 

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