Free pickup line ahead of Valentine’s Day: YOU AND I SHOULD GET TOGETHER TRUENICKS RATES US AN A+++ MATCH. (If that doesn’t work, they aren’t worth your while)
A couple new things I want to try in handicapping races this coming week/weekend: spend an afternoon watching a couple races and pick ponies just based on their looks/conformation in the paddock, NO ANALYZING/RESEARCH! Then, do another race where I pick the top 3 finishers out of a bag and try to argue how the race could finish that way. It’s unusual yes, but I’m feeling a bit dusty lately.
I am already plotting my ultimate summer trip to Saratoga. If things go my way, I will make it longer than one overnight stay, sleep in a haunted place somewhere (I’ve always wanted to do that, come and get me ghosties!), and visit Vinery New York because I want to touch and feed food to Bluegrass Cat.
Dominus is retired now too? :’( ANYTHING ELSE TO GO WITH YOUR FEAST OF FAILURES, MR. TODDSTER? Please for the love of pony, send Violence and Revolutionary to someone else!
Steve Haskin will regret ignoring me and my blathering that he should at least be mentioning Purple Egg in his Kentucky Derby posts!
Interesting statistic about the Derby points system’s messed-upness: the Gotham (III) is on the points schedule, but has only had one Derby winner in its history with Secretariat. The Illinois Derby (III) has also had one with War Emblem, but while it is older, it is much more significant because until 2000 the race was run between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness instead of being a Triple Crown prep. HMM…
It hurts a little bit to see a G1 winner like Sean Avery go up for a price in a Gulfstream claiming race. Where’s the gratitude?
Fly Down is still racing at six! My little Dubai hero.
If there’s a third annual Derby Handicap, I’m considering dropping the R.B. Lewis if I think California is shaping up the same way next year. Absolute crap compared to the east coast’s stars.
Filly early Triple Crown nominees: Dreaming of Julia, Beholder, Flashy Gray, J K’s Mischief, Princess of Sylmar, Spring Venture, and Unlimited Budget.
Jackson Bend isn’t well enough after his pre-Forego (I) injury to be a stallion this year but he was okay enough to race one more time after that? Sketch city.
Washington icon and eight-year-old ridgeling Atta Boy Roy calls it a career with a respectful place in the Swift Stakes at Turf Paradise. I posted about him once upon a time and how his trainer hauls him around in a one-horse trailer with the window hatch open so he can stick his head out, like a dog enjoying the breeze.
Best of luck to the gamest in the land today: Game On Dude defending his title in the San Antonio (II)!
A wave of emotion and nostalgia hits me as Tapit babies and Believe You Can scored big yesterday. :’D I wish Sabercat fared a bit better though.
Life At Ten and Always A Princess both had Medaglia d’Orofoals as their first. I haven’t seen a picture of the latter’s, but Life At Ten’s son is so dang handsome.
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