Jackson sure does hate the “plastic” stuff

Jess Jackson, co-owner of Rachel Alexandra, has such disdain for synthetic surfaces that he won’t even call them by their name. On a conference call Wednesday with national turf writers, Jackson continually referred to artificial tracks as “plastic.” He was bitter when Curlin lost in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last fall at Santa Anita, blaming the Pro-Ride surface, and it appears his dislike for synthetics continues to grow.

Jackson made it known Wednesday there is absolutely no chance that Rachel Alexandra will run at Santa Anita this fall, or over any other artificial surface for that matter. I think he’s wrong when he blames Curlin’s loss on the track because Curlin was not the same horse going in. Maybe it was the trip to Dubai in March that did him in, I don’t know. But I do know this — Curlin made a strong move turning for home in last year’s Classic while racing EXTREMELY wide and then flattened out in the stretch. It wasn’t the track, Jess. There were just better horses running that day.

“If I’m going to run a fourth year, the Breeders’ Cup is not that essential for her,” he said. “I just don’t want to risk her. You may think it’s not a risk, but I saw what Curlin did and how he struggled and I’ve seen four or five other horses that I’ve raced at Keeneland and on plastic and they struggled. If it’s a dirt horse, it’s a dirt horse.”

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Jackson sure does hate the “plastic” stuff

  1. If Jackson is a “Californian” like he claims to be, then why does Zenyatta “have to go East?” Let’s get one of the New Mexico tracks to put up the $$$ or Emerald Downs!!! The days of West Coast horses having to go to New York or Kentucky are done.

    Yes, you paid the $$$. Yes, RA is your horse. Yes, you can set the rules for her running at a location. Yes, you are not a true sportsman.

  2. Greg,
    Funny, but a friend of mine was saying much the same thing this morning, that this reminds him of the Seabiscuit-War Admiral thing way back when. I know some very keen race observers who think Zenyatta would eat Rachel Alexandra for lunch. Not sure about that, but if there was pace in the race besides Rachel, I would certainly favor Zenyatta. She’s older and she’s never failed to fire.

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