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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!

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!

Going to Saratoga Springs this weekend

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:

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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*).

Julia Tutweiler (Pulpit x Caroline’s Gold, by Touch Gold) before and after her debut race at Saratoga Race Course. Joel Rosario up for Bill Mott.

An inquisitive reaction when an alarm starts going off during morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course.

An inquisitive reaction when an alarm starts going off during morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course.

Calm Pacific would take the first race of the day— and of his career— rallying hard on the grass at Saratoga, with Javier Castellano up. (Photo by Dawna Wood/The Galloping Hat Rack)

Calm Pacific would take the first race of the day— and of his career— rallying hard on the grass at Saratoga, with Javier Castellano up. (Photo by Dawna Wood/The Galloping Hat Rack)

Quantity (El Corredor x Hydration, by Unbridled) was much the best in the final furlong of a Saratoga turf claimer, passing longshot Wishingonadream late with Javier Castellano up. (Photo by Dawna Wood/The Galloping Hat Rack)

Quantity (El Corredor x Hydration, by Unbridled) was much the best in the final furlong of a Saratoga turf claimer, passing longshot Wishingonadream late with Javier Castellano up. (Photo by Dawna Wood/The Galloping Hat Rack)

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, everyone! In honor of this fine holiday, how about a replay of Arrrrr's victory at Saratoga? Truly a dramatic race.

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