Hold your horses: Man to filly smacktalk

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Even before Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra gets her skirt in a bunch about decisions made on her behalf about running in the June 6 Belmont, there’s been some backlash from the Zenyatta camp that she, above all, is the best female horse in the country right now.

Zenyatta, who hasn’t lost in nine races, goes off in Saturday’s Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park. That happens to be a race that one of Jim Rome’s co-owned thoroughbreds, Hot ‘N Dusty, will make an appearance.

On “Jim Rome Is Burning” Monday, Rome offered up this handicapped smacktalk during his “burn” opening on Rachel Alexandra’s Preakness victory:

“She didn’t smoke the field like when she dropped the hammer at the Kentucky Oaks, but that’s what made the win so impressive — she had to grind it out. She showed tremendous heart in digging deep to knock Mind The Bird … She’s a freak that has tremendous heart and spirit and she proved it.

“If I’m her connections, I’m not going to do it again at Belmont. … What’s the point? There’s nothing left to prove. Give her a rest. She’s earned it. … Maybe she can rest the rest of the year and take a shot at Zenyatta — unless we get her first this Saturday with our horse, Hot ‘n Dusty, in the Milady Handicap … Memo to Zenyatta — You better not be looking ahead to a possible showdown with Rachel Alexandra or you’re going to get caught by our freak in red earmuffs. Consider yourself warned, Zenyatta. …

“Can’t believe I’m taking smack to a horse. One that’s way better than ours.”

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