I was barnsitting this weekend, so I didn’t get a lot of saddle time, but I did manage to squeeze in a lot of live streaming. Thank goodness for Radio Badminton, so I could clean stalls and listen to the action. Also their replays of the live stream are awesome. Badminton coverage in general is 5 stars, no pun intended. Their dressage commentary is literally the only reason I watched all of the dressage rides. But anyway, between the Kentucky Derby and Badminton, I’m still feeling a little mindblown from the weekend! Seriously crazy finishes to both.
The Kentucky Derby situation is just sad all around. The stewards made the right call, enforcing the rules as they are written. Maximum Security definitely almost caused a really bad situation (even unintentionally) but it’s also really a bummer to see what was clearly the best horse in the race get a DQ and a horse who was not going to win promoted to be a Derby Winner in his place. It sucks for the horse, it sucks for the sport, and it sucks for all of his connections. It even sucks for the winner, because who wants to win that way? And it really sucks for the stewards, whose job it is to enforce the rules, which they did, even knowing the enormity of the call. Talk about a thankless job. It really feels like no one won here at all. But thank goodness we didn’t see a major accident, and that everyone came home safe to race another day.
Boy the drama, though. The facebook fights got really heated, and I swear there were viral blog posts going around within just a few hours. And then of course what the colt’s connections posted on Instagram.
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His next race is uncertain, could be the Preakness, could be a race in spite of the Officials of the Triple Crown Races, who knows. I do know that Jason Servis and Gary + Mary West are appealing the disqualification ruling in court. More to come. 🙏🏻🙏🏻 . . . . . . Pc: Emily Shields (DRF)
Drama. Drama everywhere. It might not be the kind of excitement we wanted for racing this year, but you certainly can’t say that it’s boring.
Now: can we talk about how Ollie lost Badminton by a TIME PENALTY??? OH MY GAAAHHHDDDD. I’m so torn on this, because Piggy French is certainly a very deserving winner, who doesn’t love to see her finally get a 5* win? But on the other hand, omg how awful to lose by a freaking time penalty. Of course, placing second at Badminton a week after winning Kentucky definitely starts feeling like shades of #whitegirlproblems. Still though. Talk about reliving something in your head on repeat… I bet he spent a while sitting there thinking of all the possible places he could have made up that one second of time. These events often have nail-biting finishes, but that was the craziest thing I’ve seen in a while.
I also still have no idea how Ollie got his other (6th place) horse around the XC, I’m pretty sure he picked him up and threw him over the last 10 jumps. That horse has so little blood (30%) and he definitely looked like it by the end. The horse kept trying for Ollie though, and recovered well for Sunday. There was so much good riding throughout the weekend. It makes it really really fun to watch.
In my own little sports world, the only thing I really accomplished in the last few days was cranking out an article for the next issue of Eventing USA and finishing our Unicorn virtual race. Bobby logged his last miles on Sunday morning while I was mucking stalls, so technically I guess he finished before I did. But he also started before I did… so I’m calling it a draw. The app already mailed my medal, too, so that was fast. Next up: the Nessie race! At some point I want to do one logging only horseback miles, I think that would be fun. Granted, Bobby has 2 rideable horses and I only have one, so then again maybe not…
We are back to our regular schedule this week, although it’s supposed to monsoon rain basically all week, so that’s fun. Hopefully we’ll be able to go look at a potential new barn or two as well. I don’t feel as dramatically sad about our barn closure situation anymore, I think I’m moved into the “acceptance” stage of things. We’ll figure something out.
Hope everyone had a good weekend! Derby or Badminton thoughts???