Jay Hovdey

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Mon May 23
2011
Jay Hovdey
Replays are a wonderful thing. I was alive when there was no such creature, and yes, that makes me a hundred and thirty-eight. Never mind. The Preakness from last Saturday deserves any number of views -- unless you are Graham Motion, then once was enough -- so at one point I turned off the sound, stripped out the colors and disregarded all other distractions save the blaze on the face of the breakaway leader and the determined progress of the horse closing down the middle of the Pimlico stretch. It was 2009 all over again.
Fri May 20
2011
Jay Hovdey
There are any number of reasons to root-root-root for Derby hero Animal Kingdom to win the Preakness on Saturday, not the least of them the fact that there can be no Triple Crown winner this year unless he does. This is important, we have been told, because, a) a Triple Crown winner will save horse racing, b) no one really believes the Triple Crown can be won, c) NYRA needs the cash and, d) Sir Barton would like to stop spinning in his grave.
Tue May 10
2011
Jay Hovdey
A horse winning a major race in their first try over a different surface tends to send Americans into a tizzy. We used to be a much more adventurous bunch. Look at what we've seen: In her first start on the dirt, after winning races like the Diana Handicap, the Flower Bowl Handicap and the Prix de l'Opera in her native France, Waya defeated champion filly Pearl Necklace in the 1979 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct.
Sat May 7
2011
Jay Hovdey
The dedicated traditionalist in this correspondent appreciates all the doodads draped upon the Kentucky Derby that pluck at the emotional strings. The hats, the juleps, the celebrities, the infield antics -- it's a grand fantasy writ large in which somewhere there exists a horse race, and the way it's been done for decades is just fine with me.
Thu May 5
2011
Jay Hovdey
Okay so I'm home in California pining for the damp green vistas of Ol' Kentucky, trying to imagine what it must be like to be Jon Court or Kerwin Clark this week about to ride in their first Kentucky Derby at a combined age of 102 (Jon is 23, Kerwin is 79 -- not really) when somebody brightens my day with a hashtag entitled Seinfeldderbyhorsenames. Finally, Twitter is good for something besides overthrowing Middle Eastern despots.