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The weekend’s racing was good, even though Zenyatta raced near the lovely surf, rather than the steamy Spa.

The tentative (and half-guesswork) plans for the top critters appear to be Blame (Jockey Club Gold Cup), Zenyatta (Beldame or maybe Gold Cup?), Rachel Alexandra (Beldame), and Quality Road (can they resist the Vosburgh?).

The only one with much chance of reappearing on the tracks next year is Blame. If he ends the year on a down note, he would have something to prove and no reason not to prove it. If he sweeps the boards in his remaining 2010 races, well … Bernie Sams, who sells the seasons and shares at Claiborne, might go poach the colt out of Al Stall’s barn if he had to.