Thursday, July 8, 2010
Pick Six and Me
Notice I didn’t say “the" Pick Six and me because this is not a post about the elusive wager that I have never hit and seldom play. No this is about Pick Six, the horse. “Wally” is his nickname, and I’ve been following him since the first time he ever ran. The big, handsome bay colt, by Dynaformer, out of Oh What a Windfall , could there be a more perfect name ?, won me over the first time we met, when he nickered to me. Now I know he talked to everybody like the greeter at Wal-Mart, hence the name, but you don’t see that very often at the track unless it’s feeding time. “Wally” liked to greet everybody that walked into the barn. Maybe he was always “hoping” it was feeding time, I don’t know, but he has lots of personality. And so, I would visit him every chance I could, but since he has changed barns this year, I haven’t seen him. Mr. Oare, if you catch wind of this, let me know when the big boy has had enough. Anyway, he has done a lot of travelling this year, been in some big races and most often gives a good account of himself. He is running in the Sussex Stakes on Saturday at Delaware, and it could be his day.
The blinkers have come off for his last two starts. He has had five graded stakes races in a row,out of his last 6 starts, but his last effort at Colonial was a very good try against softer. I think he will appreciate the drop in class and though he has never won going a mile and 1/16 , he has been second 5 times. He worked 5/8ths, just 13 days after his last effort, then came back with a ½ mile over the turf at Delaware on Monday. At age six, despite all the travelling, and a race every month, it would appear that that he is staying in good shape. Not crazy about the one hole, ever, but I look for him to settle just behind what little speed there is in the race, which looks like it could be Nicanor. The two Dynaformer boys, might be my exacta. Not sure what Bullsbay will be doing, will he like the lawn? I hope the weather breaks a little in the Delaware Valley, this heat can be tough on man and beast. Good luck and a safe trip to my buddy, Pick Six.