Monday, November 30, 2009


Yup, This is definitely a year for the gals. Ventura won 3 of her 6 stars this season, the other three being seconds. Although maybe not as commanding as Zenyatta or Rachel, you have to admit this is pretty good. Wins this year include the Santa Monica Handicap, The Woodbine Mile (against the guys) and probably her 'best' race the Matriarch Stakes.

For those who don't know, Ventura was trained by the late Bobby Frankel. Before his death he suggested to his assistant trainer, Humberto Ascanio, that Ventura should run in this last race before she retired. And she ran. There was no chance of catching that girl once she started going. She reminded everyone that not only is she a great mare, but she was trained by a great man.

Rest in peace Bobby, and enjoy the pasture Ventura.

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