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Girls' rule!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Pendleton, May 16, 2009.

  1. Pendleton

    Pendleton Member

    Is there ANYONE who is using Beth Harris' AP story AND leaving the two-word lede intact?


    BC-RAC--Preakness, 5th Ld-Writethru,1199 
    Rachel Alexandra wins Preakness by 1 length 
    Eds: ADDS new 5th graf with reference to Triple Crown. Moving on general news and sports services. 
    AP Photo PIM115, PIM219, PIM117, PIM218 
    AP Racing Writer Ž

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Girls rule!
    The best 3-year-old in the land just happens to be a filly named Rachel Alexandra.
    Jockey Calvin Borel all but guaranteed victory in the Preakness Stakes and, boy, did she deliver, becoming the first filly in 85 years to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.
    A rangy bay — as big as most of the horses she beat — Rachel Alexandra shot to the front Saturday and wasn’t seriously challenged until a late close by Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.
    By beating him she ended any chance that thoroughbred racing would have a Triple Crown winner this season. Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner in 1978.
  2. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    I almost posted this on another thread.

    I left it intact, mainly because I'm being forced to get out early and I didn't feel like rewriting the lead.

    I'm curious as to what folks thought, though.
  3. Pendleton

    Pendleton Member

    I had to move quick, too, but just started with the second sentence. Reads fine.
  4. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Good point. I should've changed that. Oh well.
  5. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    If it was me, I might be rewriting the first two sentences, and would consider the third as well.
  6. We ran it, but I didn't lay out the front. Other person on the desk thought "it was cute." Gotta pick and choose your battles, I suppose.
  7. Third graph makes it sound like the jockey, Calvin Borel, is a woman -- and a horse. Just noticed that.
  8. DirtyDeeds

    DirtyDeeds Guest

    Me too. I'd go with the second sentence as the lead if in too much of a hurry. That's not good.
  9. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Glad I wasn't the only one to cut that lede.
  10. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    Hell, I'm just glad she got the optional done before deadline, considering how late the Kentucky Derby optional rolled in.
  11. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    I'd have changed it ...

    to "Boys drool."
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I changed it to "Chasing tail."
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