Born in the Tundra of Minnesota, I have since become a bit of a Gypsy. Currently calling home base the hot sands of Arizona, I do still travel often. Whether the journey is a physical one, or one taken by reading a fantastic book it doesn't matter, the fun is always in the adventure. As always I am an eclectic person that likes a wide array of things and has many passions. Creating, advocating for animals and Mothering just to name a few.

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Anybody who knows me knows how much I love horses. You also know how much I enjoy the high octane sport of horse racing. Yes I know it has its issues (I will preach about that another day) but it has to be my favorite sport. And today is the second leg of the famous Triple Crown, The Preakness Stakes.

This year we have a world of firsts, and upsets at the Preakness. Mine that Bird the Kentucky Derby winner, is NOT the favorite to win. The usurper? A fantastic little filly Rachel Alexandra, who won the Kentucky Oaks by an Astonishing 20 lengths. This little filly is a winner in her races so far (4 wins, 4 places), and she does it in winning fashion. She has been dubbed Super Filly.

A filly has not won the Preakness stakes in 85 years…but I smell a winner with this girl. Not only is it an upset that she is being called the favorite. For the firs time in the races history the Derby winners jockey has abandoned his mount. Calvin Borel will not be riding Mine that Bird; instead he will sit atop Rachel Alexandra. Some may think that’s not fair, I think it’s just fine; he did after all ride her in the oaks. And when choices come to choices he picked his horse. And if you ask me, he picked the winner. Now come race day I may be eating mud Lord knows I have before. But I will always back a filly especially when she shows she can win by 20 lengths!

The Preakness is a grueling Mile and three sixteenths, but she has proven herself. She is running from the outside, but nevermind that…She has my vote. See you after the race!

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