Saratoga Diary: Women at Work, Men with Their Pants Down

On Wednesday, jockey Chantal Sutherland rode the mechanical horse at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Her turn on the horse race simulator was Sutherland's first ride of three on the day, the second of which was a fill-in for Rudy Rodriquez and the third, a longshot in the ninth that she booted home 11th.

"Women in Racing" was the theme for this week's Guests in the Gallery program at the museum. Sutherland was joined on the four-member panel by New York Racing Association veterinarian Jennifer Durenberger, trainer Leah Gyarmati and New York Daily News sportswriter Sherry Ross.

To get the ball rolling, panel moderator Mike Kane, the museum's communications director, insinuated that racing has been slow to give women the chance to be involved, but none of the panel members rallied to that theory. Instead, they gave insight to doing their jobs from a woman's perspective.

Don't get me wrong – Kane never struck a bad note. Tapping the microphone at the panel's start, he asked the audience, "Is this mic on?" Well, one Mike has been on all along. Kane's easy-going style of interviewing makes the hour soar by like a comet. Once you've attended a session, you want to come back for another. They are held every Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Coincidentally, it was "Ladies' Day" at the racetrack, but one filly didn't fare as well as the panelists.

In the third race on the card, Wild Fit, who finished second in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), broke late from the gate under Julien Leparoux at 1-4 odds and never got into her race.

In addition, two colts and an owner were caught with their pants down.

In the fourth, the 3-5 favorite Cowtown Cat, a $1,500,000 son of Distorted Humor , ended up third. In the fifth, the Tom Albertrani-trained Noble Duty, by Dubai Millennium, broke prematurely through the starting gate, fell down, got up and scampered away in the infield before being scratched.

Nevertheless, in keeping with the theme of the day, credit a female for making a male presentable for the feature. Laurie Wolf sewed up the seat of her husband Jack's britches while he sat half-clad in the clubhouse suite with his sport coat covering his bare knees. Then the roan filly Octave, which the Wolfs own in partnership with Donnie Lucarelli, showed her bottom to nine other runners in the $200,000 Adirondack (gr. II).