Turf Writing Greats: Putting the Legendary Classic into Words

by | 11.17.2010 | 12:48am

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Mark Ratzky, an old friend from Southern California, sent the following email to the Paulick Report on Sunday afternoon, in which he invokes the writing style of two late, greats —  Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray and Joe Hirsch of the Daily Racing Form – along with former LA Times turf writer Bill Christine and current DRF executive columnist Jay Hovdey.

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By Mark Ratzky

Here are some lead paragraphs from columns on Saturday's BC Classic


We found out late Saturday afternoon that The Grinch had actually stolen Christmas. The slipper didn't fit. Dudley Do-Right arrived a second too late to save Nell from the speeding train. Zenyatta has lost.


I believe that racing enthusiast Rita Hayworth put it best when she sang, “Put the blame on Blame, boys.”


Good racing is good business.


After watching Saturday's Classic, I have to agree with the Roman philosopher Cleanties, who said “Virtus Dictim Ergo Officium.”


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