February 14, 2010 § 2 Comments
Me: I have something in mind that might be fun to do for my birthday this year.
Him: Can I try to guess before you tell me?
Me: Ok, but it’s not obvious.
Him: Ok. … Is it … Do you want to go to Arkansas?
Me: You know me frighteningly well.
Well, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta will face off at Oaklawn Park in the Apple Blossom Invitational at Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 9. The Arkansas Derby is the next day, my birthday, at the same track. It’s kind of a big draw, but yet: As I’ve mentioned on Twitter, I don’t think this race is an awesome idea. The New York Times summed up my biggest fear on this front back in November, evoking memories of the ill-fated Ruffian vs. Foolish Pleasure matchup. Frankly, I’m pretty content with not knowing who’s better; I’m happy thinking both are great horses of their time. The head-to-head (though, has been pointed out and has become clear recently, it’s not a match race, there will be 10 starters in the gate) doesn’t seem necessary to me. (Though, obviously, in my heart, I believe Rachel is the better horse, and I’m obviously not alone in that opinion in light of HoY voting.)
But then again, if it’s going to happen, I kind of want to be there. And you’d think that the fine people who run Oaklawn would’ve considered this — but as yet, there’s not a word on tickets or packages to both days of racing.
So, let’s face it: We’ll probably just go to Miami instead.