By Andrea Branchini
Literary references are not rare in horse racing, and 2yo winner Bold Mistress (Vronsky–Common Truth) carries a precious such connection, linked to the GOAT (probably) writer Lev Tolstoy. Unhappily married Anna Karenina is in fact the absolutely bold mistress of Count Vronsky in the Russian novelist's book of the same name.
“Many writers consider 'Anna Karenina' the greatest work of literature ever and the author himself called it his first true novel,” states Wikipedia–and only a few years before Tolstoy had written “War and Peace,” which I personally prefer (reading the earlier masterpiece is like being immersed in life, I think).
This flying and head-strong young filly deserves her name and let's hope that her race beginnings are as promising and luminous as the very famous incipit of “Anna Karenina”: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
6th-Golden Gate Fields, $36,300, Msw, 9-6, 2yo, f, 5f (AWT), :58.40, ft.
BOLD MISTRESS (f, 2, Vronsky–Common Truth, by Bertrando) O-Curt & Lila Lanning; B-Curt & Lila Lanning LLC (CA); T-Ed Moger, Jr.