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SAUHBR WEEK 5 — RIDING HIGH!! Infield 126, BT 112!!

Go Betweens Game Face

Go Between's Game Face

Though I only had one 4pt winner this past weekend, I managed to hit the TRI in the Pac Classic!!  GO BETWEEN-Well Armed-Mast Track!!  I love that son of Point Given   I also had hits in the Pat O’s (Rebellion/Barbeque Eddie). 

Before this contest, my favorite play was the Exacta.  Over the past 5 weeks, I have become a regular Derrick Rose, raining TRIs like the former Tiger point guard.  3 TRIs in 3 weeks, and I’ve lost count of the EXs. 

I don’t really have a regular “system” for picking horses.  I study the form and also call up an encyclopedic knowledge of racing trivia and replays, sort of like youtube in my head.  I’ve seen most of these horses’ sires and dams, either during their careers or in person at the farms I have visited (BTW< I am going back to Claiborne next month).  I get tips from Steve Byk’s At The Races radio show on Sirius (the Greatest Thing, seriously — if you ain’t listening you’re missing out on a TRI).  I watch a lot of TVG.  When I get ready to make out my picks, I look at the last 3 races a horse has run, how strongly he finished, who he beat, and then dig up any other assorted trivia I have to make the final choice.  It is highly subjective, basically (but not as bad as when I first started, way back in 1995 picking KY Derby winners by their names and silks colors), but it has worked for me. 

 It’s almost enough to make me forget that I’ve abandoned Roadtothebreederscup…I FORGOT to activate my scoring horses last weekend, and missed out on an assload of points…I had Ginger Punch, Hystericalady, Colonel John & Intangaroo…but that is just how committed I am to SAUHBR.

This weekend BT has Pick Power for the last time.  A part of me hopes he will finally hit a TRI, but the rest of me says, “nah…there’s gotta be an incentive to do this crazy game again!”

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Del Mar Live Blogging

Home from work in time for the races.  Seemed like forever to get to the stakes.

Del Mar Mile:

Whatsthescript is the fave as they go to post…

Daytona looks awesome…

Bold Chieftan is nice looking…

Stoneside pretty…Monzante calm & collected…

4 mins to post…Win & Yer In race…I think Daytone has got this…

The polytrack looks like the stuff people use for footing in model horse shows.

One Union canters along, a big, dark, long-striding horse…looks good

HORSES LOADING IN GATE!!

Ha-Cha-Cha-Cha!  Durante Turf Course…

They’re off!! Storm Military in front…DDaytona up close…Daytona in lead!!  MAd closers!!  Whatsthescript!!

Hehehe..it’s kinda hard to live blog during the race…

OOOOO….OBJECTION!!  With that blanket finish it doesn’t surprise me.  Whatsthescript not involved…god, the place & show ponies were way off my radar: Bold Chieftan & Global Hunter.

Next up: PAC CLASSIC…

Post Parade…

Awesome Gem’s seconditis discussed w/ trainer Dollase…West Point’s been dangerous…head tossing, prancing…looks good

Mostacoli Mort…doesn’t “mort” mean “dead” in French?

Barcola looks strong

GO BETWEEN!!  Well Armed could be dangerous…Mast Track is being overlooked…

Student Council looks nice.

One minute to post…heh “Ken RUdolph theory of travel…’just get me home, now!'”

Going in gate…Go Between is fave…I remember when Ron was a FOX Sports commentator back in 1999…

YES!!!  GO BETWEEN!!!  Grinds.  It.  OUT!!!

and….TRIFECTA, BABY!!!  GO BETWEEN/Well Armed/MAst Track = 12 pts for SAUHBR!! 

As Lori Petty used to say, PAY THE LADY!!

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Crash and Burn!! What a way to start a blogging career

I hate my real job sometimes.  I work every weekend and miss all the live racing action, then when I finally get a chance to sit down and youtube the races I am too beat to do a decent blog.  So here I am 4 days late with the weekend wrap show.  It ain’t too pretty, and not a reflection of my usual handicapping, as you’ll find in the weeks to come.

BELMONT PARK:

Some people complained of the quality of the field here, said the Gr1 status was laughable, but hey, those glorified allowancers gave a helluva run.  Frost Giant, 40-1, trained by the traina non grata Rick Dutrow, won a hard-fought stretch duel with Larry Jones’s Solar Flare.  Frost Giant took the lead after a good break, set the opening quarter in 24 and change with Solar Flare second.  NAughty New Yorker charged up on the rail to grab the lead at the half and held it into the turn, where Frost Giant and SOlar Flare again made moves for the lead.  At the top of the stretch, Solar FLare was a half-length in front with Frost Giant running hard in second.  It looked like Solar Flare would get it, but in deep stretch, Frost Giant found another gear.  He drew even again with Solar FLare and drew off to win by a half length.  Damascus and Dr. Fager they aren’t, but it was a fun race anyway.  Frost Giant is a 5yo son of “Iron Horse” Giant’s Causeway, and he is owned by IEAH Stables.  Frost Giant will be one of the racers going off all meds but Salix this fall, so I am interested to see how his career progresses from here.  I had Frost Giant to show in this race, with Solar FLare on top and AP Arrow to place.  Close, but no cash.  The main reason I had Frost Giant on my radar at all, aside from his trainer, is that he shares a name with a virtual racehorse from an old fantasy racing game I used to play.  That Frost Giant was the “sire” of some “great” virtual thoroughbreds!

The stretch drive of the Mother Goose was a mess – aside from winner Music Note.  The blue-blood filly by AP Indy out of a Sadler’s Well mare easily made off with the field of 4 because she was the only one who was runnng a straight line.  In Music Note’s wake, Proud Spell had a rough time of it after a stumbling start.  Shuffled all the way back to 3rd at one point, she burst through on the rail beside Never Retreat, only to bump that filly before the wire.  Proud Spell got a DQ to 3rd.  Another losing ticket for me!  W00T!

At Hollywood, things weren’t much better for me.  My “can’t lose” pick, Daytona, lost badly to another huge longshot, Whatsthescript.  Whatsthescript blew by pacesetter Storm Military to win by 1 and 14 lengths.  Daytona looked great laying second most of the way, but in the stretch he just lost his run.  It was a little surprising, so I hope no physical problems caused it.  The winner was one of 4 stakes winners last weekend for trainer John Sadler.  He also trained A Gleam winner Dearest Trickski, my 3rd choice who beat Magnificence and Intangaroo (my win pick).  Sadler’s other winners were Emmy Darling (off my radar) in the Landaluce stakes for 2yo fillies, and Black Mamba in the Beverly Hills stakes on turf for classic-distance running fillies.  Sadler is new to me, but he’s on my list now of people to pay attention to when their horses run.  

Thank goodness TVG has the Hollywood signal.  I was able to catch the ESPN coverage of the Hollywood Gold Cup, but I wonder if casual observers knew what race they were watching —  all the talking heads could find to discuss was BIG BROWN!!!  Big Brown wasn’t even running Saturday!  Most of the pre-race coverage consisted of the Belmont excuse train, from the missed Winstrol injection to the loose shoe to the non-sweating to the lone gunman on the grassy knoll!  I flipped from ESPN to TVG several times during the Gold Cup show because ESPN spent too much time dumbing down the proceedings.  TVG knows there are new fans, too, but they actually spent their airtime talking about the horses who were actually in the race they were actually broadcasting that day!!

What a race, too! Mast Track, owned, bred and trained by Bobby Frankel, pulled off a wire-to-wire upset in the Gold Cup over Go Between and Student Council.  The only similarity to the Belmont was the Da’Tara-like performance of the winner.  Soft early fractions kept Mast Track fresh for a super stretch drive.  Go Between threatened, but could not catch the son of Mizzen Mast.  The old man, Perfect Drift, was never in it and finished 7th.  Maybe they can card a race just for the old guys, like Lava Man, Perfect Drift and Evening Attire.

I’ll have my Independence Day Stakes picks tomorrow!!

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Hollywood Park Saturday Stakes Picks

The first step to becoming a nationally-recognized Thoroughbred blogger is to be a good handicapper.  I correctly predicted Big Brown would bomb the Belmont (just ask my boss, who *still* hasn’t heard the end of it), but I did not put it on the interweb — that’s gonna change starting now.

photo of GO BETWEEN from equisportphotos.com/horseracing.about.com

HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP Gr1:

1) GO BETWEEN – It is time for this son of Point Given to score another big win. 

2) Heatseeker

3)Perfect Drift

American Turf Invitational:

1) DAYTONA – The best grass horse in the west just doesn’t have any competition in this Gr2 event.

2)Hyperbaric

3)Storm Military

A Gleam Invitational Handicap Gr2:

1) INTANGAROO – love this filly on dirt & plastic, right distance, still sharp after racing on the Derby undercard

2)Dearest Trickski

3)Dawn After Dawn

Landaluce Stakes :

1)ATKA – daughter of Swiss Yodeler has been improving & will step up

2)Trifecta King

3)Cosmic Queen

I will have my picks for Belmont tomorrow.

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