Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stayin' Alive

Handicapping can sometimes be exhausting. Especially “team play”. When it’s your turn to make choices for yourself and your teammates, there’s always a little more pressure. But if you have a good day, it’s even more rewarding.

We are holding our own and stayin’ alive in the Pace Advantage Interboard Handicapping League Contest. And while trying to pick winners for that, I managed a decent showing in the Equibase contest (128 out of 1592).

Larry Jones is loaded for the Oaks, isn’t he? His Summer Soiree romped yesterday in the Bourbonette, her first time on synthetics. Another by War Front (The Factor, Soldat, Data Link), will she join her stablemate Joyous Victory (Tapit) in the gate on Oaks Day?

Did not even consider Pants on Fire yesterday in the Louisiana Derby, even with the “Rosie” Factor. Loved Animal Kingdom at Turfway, but what does his win on synthetic mean for the Derby?

Richard Migliore is doing a good job at HRTV. He’s has always been a class act. He is very articulate, as he‘s learning the ropes of commentating and he’s bringing some good insight to handicappers and race fans.

Sorry to see Mr. B and Chris Kotulak go, over at TVG. Enjoyed both, but especially Mr. B for all his experience in the game. And while racing does need to appeal to a younger crowd, it’s Mr. B’s generation who have the colorful stories of great horses and characters that have really made racing what it is today. Those that have been participating for 20-30 years? That’s nothing in this game.

So good luck to both gentlemen, I am sure there’s something bigger and better for them around the next turn.

1 comment:

  1. I love Larry Jones two fillies, they both appear to have a great chance in the Oaks! He could wind up with the leading females in the 3-year-old and Older Female divisions with Havre de Grace. It's great to see him back at the top of his game so quickly.