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Blinkers on

I'm in the stretch drive, trying to finish a paper by midweek, so blogging will cease until then. In the meantime, allow me to mention two events from last weekend which warmed the heart of this cynic. First, 2003 Derby winner Funny Cide turned in his best performance since last year's Preakness. He won the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont with a determined stretch drive. It's good to see the gelding capture a big race.

And how about those Astros? They literally came back from the dead. They are everything that the vanquished Cubs are not, namely, a team. And as a Chicago reporter wrote last month, a team with class. As a life-long fan, its great to see them come through like this. Seven straight wins to make the playoffs, every one of them absolutely necessary, and eighteen in a row at home! Look out Atlanta!

Thanks for reading, and see you later in the week.