Sunday, May 17, 2009

Equine 'Grrl makes good

Have been a fan of the Triple Crown since covering the Kentucky Derby while a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, trolling the Churchill Downs clubhouse in Louisville for interviews with the likes of Abbie Hoffman, Amy Carter, Linda Carter, and then-Vice President George H.W. Bush (in the men's bathroom, I fear to admit). Fond memories, too, of witnessing a photo-finish Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore. (A junket to the 3d jewel, the Belmont Stakes, awaits.)
And so can't help but celebrate yesterday's Preakness win. A three-year-old bay named Rachel Alexandra (right) beat the boys to the finish line, making the filly the 1st female to win since Nellie Morse 85 years ago. (photo credit)
Rachel Alexandra's achievement inspired headlines like You go, girl!, and Girl Power, and leads like "Girls rule!" -- all phrases that win IntLawGrrls' heartfelt support.
Courtesy of MSNBC.com, here's her victory lap:

1 comment:

Naomi Norberg said...

I loved watching these races as a kid! Thanks, and bravo to Rachel Alexandra.