As the holiday season enters its creamy chocolate center, it’s about time to figure out what I want for Christmas. Being as though Christmas lists are all the rage in the racing blog community, I figured I should throw my hat in the ring as well.
The items on this list are not necessarily for me (or even real at times), but seeing them get delivered would make this a very happy holiday season for yours truly.
(In no particular order)
1. A quasi-legitimate Michigan-bred Triple Crown trail contender
– I know Sheik Mohammed has Santa’s (or I suppose the Muslim equivalent of St. Nick’s) ear for a Kentucky Derby winner this year, so I have no problem conceding that wish to His Highness. For now, I would be perfectly happy to see a Michigan-bred cause a minor stir in a few Derby preps and work itself into the fringe of the “who’s in, who’s out” discussions similar to Kentucky Bear’s run this spring. Entry in the Preakness Stakes or Belmont Stakes would not be necessary, but sure would be neat.
At the moment, the only horse with even a shred of a chance of checking this one off in 2009 is Michigan’s two-year-old of the year Mr. Conclusive, who won all four of his races this year by a combined 19 lengths. As I have stated in the past, I would love to see him give it a shot, but I am willing to be patient on this one.