Rail Runner

The Observations of a Horse Racing Enthusiast

The Sheepshead Bay S. and New Directions

Posted by Brian Appleton on May 27, 2011

The Kentucky oaks is three weeks in the past, the focus on three year old fillies has shifted forward and much like the headlining events for the sophomore fillies the focus of this blog has also changed direction. It starts with the title, Kentucky Oaks Runner will return next year when the Kentucky Oaks trail once again resumes but for now The Distaff Runner takes over and everything filly and mare holds precedence. Sprints and distance races, juveniles and up, fillies and mares, ladies and distaff, The Distaff Runner will cover it all. The new header features two of the most outstanding female runners of the last decade that represent the very best of their divisions. Indian Blessing was, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest female sprinters of the last 20 years, while Zenyatta was one of the most talented closers and classic distance runners in decades. My hope is that over the next seven to eight months, before January rolls around once again, readers and writer alike will be able to takeoff on an exciting and eye-opening journey that sees us witness countless epic moments in the sport and the emergence of the next great distaffers. The Distaff Runner now rises from the ashes like the phoenix reborn, Kentucky Oaks Runner no more; it’s time for a new direction.

Most of the action this holiday weekend through Monday will be swirling around the Metropolitan Handicap and the male milers but both Arlington Park and Belmont Park will host two signature Graded stakes events on Saturday that will showcase solid filly and mare competition. Arlington Park features such players as Upperline, Pachattack, Milwaukee Appeal, Satans Quick Chick and It’s Tea Time in the 2011 running of the Arlington Matron Stakes (Gr.3) but  it the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes that we’ll be taking a look at. The Sheepshead Bay (gr.2) features a short field of six female runners headed by the Graham Motion trained La Luna de Miel and Grade 1 winner Hibaayeb. [Click here to read the complete post on The Distaff Runner on Horse Racing Nation]


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