Video still of Travers & Whitney winner Will’s Way, who showed a surprising docile side to me and my camera. From his earlier antics, I feared he would grab either me or my camera from my position on the fence!
Cutest couple: Red Down South (foreground) and Zippy Chippy at Old Friends Cabin Creek
Harpoon and John Velazquez
Yay Ponyland! My documentary crew and I will be filming at some special places in Saratoga to show off some special horses. I’ll let you guys wonder about which ones. I even bought a book to help my crew out:
I didn’t have much time this week to do a full-out handicap, but you guys can assume that I think very highly of Bayern and hope he wins the Arkansas Derby (I) tomorrow. Tapiture and Strong Mandate follow that pick in order.
For the Blue Grass, it gets harder in a way. I do not think Bobby’s Kitten will handle the poly as well as he does turf (*thinks about Stephanie’s Kitten in the Ashland*)… I thought very very highly of him last year and still do, but very forwardly-placed horses like him do not fare well at Keeneland. He is definitely one to bet against. I’ve always liked Casiguapo, but will be most keen on Coastline and Dance With Fate to work their magic, the latter of which has the best shot to do well in the Derby should he win. Third choice is probably Medal Count, who turns back after a week break to try to win again on Keeneland’s main (*thinks about Brilliant Speed some years ago*).
Me and my sound guy Patrick at Aqueduct this past Saturday. I was really cold after being outside all day in the blustery wind and was really not looking forward to driving for 3 hours again. We’ll have some “pickups” we took at Aqueduct appearing in the final cut of our documentary, Roughshod. Photo courtesy of our DP, Shea Brennan.
But alas! It was indeed a really nice day to be at the track! Even if I do look like I want to strangle somebody!
Central Banker, that handsome devil
Loki’s Vengeance after the Bay Shore Stakes (III). GO FROST GIANTS!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Derby Handicap contest! Without further ado, we have our winners following yesterday’s hectic Wood Memorial:
First place: Le—pamplemousse, with $104.30. Her Wood pick was Wicked Strong (1st with a $2 WPS of $32.20)
Second place: Iadoreunna/Teamchlorine with $79.60. Her Wood pick was Samraat (2nd with a $2 WPS of $7.90)
Third place: Marioangel, with $71.20. His Wood pick was Wicked Strong
I will message all winners in the next day or two regarding shipment and selection of prize boxes. Congrats again you guys. I did not win any money yesterday while at Aqueduct, but I had a fantab day seeing my pick Wicked Strong win the big race and had a great time with everyone.
Social Inclusion rushes up to meet Samraat at the start of the Wood Memorial (I), with Noble Moon and Schivarelli up behind them.