Saturday, March 26, 2011

Watching Dubai Racing And Other Things

Even money favorite, JJ the Jet Plane, from South Africa, just won the Group 2 , 1 million dollar Al Quoz Sprint at Meydon this morning, cutting through the haze and the crowded field to just get up, in time.

Caton Bredar, atop a frisky pony, is interviewing the winning jock on the handsome bay, coming back after the race. As always, she is very professional and asks all the right questions, but she may have her hands full with this particular pony.

Ramon Dominguez is being interviewed at the moment, singing the praises of Gio Ponti. As he says, he is a push- button horse to ride, and a win here would be a dream come true for any jockey.

I don’t pretend to know much about the horses running today in Dubai, except for our American contingent. I wish all of them good trips. And I will be watching and rooting for the home team.

On the local front, there’s more than enough action here to keep my attention today. My Pace Advantage selections need to get in, but I have yet to get beyond my rough draft. I hope to fit in the Equibase contest, as well.

My fingers are crossed for Empire Maker, to make a complete recovery from colic surgery. As simple and as good as the  preliminary reports are, colic surgeries are anything but simple.

Lots being written this week on the problems at the TRF. Let’s not forget all the good they have done, and all the help they need. There are plenty of people, much smarter than me, who should be able to figure out just where the money should come from.

Read an interesting comment by Rick Violette on the Railbird Blog. I am inclined to believe the facts as written by Mr. Violette. I have no problems with money coming from takeout to be diverted to TB retirement. The horses deserve it and it’s the right thing to do.

An article on breakage, by Steven Crist caught my attention

"The argument against providing true payouts like $2.06 or $2.39 has always centered on the flimsy issue of forcing mutuel clerks to deal with pennies. The real issue is that all those confiscated pennies add up to several million dollars a year in each of the largest racing jurisdictions, a sort of slush fund that is usually split between the track and the state and that neither is eager to give up."

OK, how about starting here? Let’s put all those pennies to good use for TB retirement.

I Want Revenge and Conveyance looked good in the Godolphin Mile, till the last 16th of a mile, then they got swallowed up .Godolphin’s Skysurfers battled gamely to the wire and won by a head, over Mufarrh. Now waiting for the famous dismount…and there it is!

Caton’s pony is still making faces at all the winners.

Another victory for the “house”. This time it’s Godolphin’s filly Khawlah ( the first filly ) to win the UAE Derby in a thrilling photo by a nose.

Late scratch of Kinsale King in the Golden Shaheen due to hives that popped up this morning.Now that's disappointing.

Ok, need to get down to business.. got to get to work and scope out some winners.

Hope everyone has a winning day!

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