In a thrilling stretch drive, The Infield defeats Borderland Totalisator in SAUHBR Round 1!
The weekend marked Curlin’s victorious return to dirt in the Woodward, a shocking upset by Anak Nakal in the Pennsylvania Derby, and the contentious finale of the 1st Semi-Annual Handicapping Battle Royale (see, I *do* remember what SAUHBR stands for!!)
It was a good race, but in the end, the best seats were in The Infield! I scored points in 4 races, hitting the big win with Curlin at Saratoga, and 2nds with Fareena, Gio Ponti and Silver Expression. I also had some show points with Lickety Lemon (best name of the weekend), and Letthemusicbegin.
WEEKEND TOTAL: 12
FINAL SCORE: 138!!
BT, it’s been a fun 6 weeks of ‘cappin’ the ponies and engaging in Dutrow-lite smack talk. And now, you have one thing in common with Curlin: you got beat by a girl.
The SAUHBR action kicked it up a notch this past weekend, leaving Borderland Totalisator and me in a dead-heat for Total (amateur) Handicapping Domination – 65-65!!
YEHAW!! TRIFECTA, BABY! 1st TRI in SAUHBR was hit by yours truly in the Secretariat Stakes! Winchester (1)-by daylight-Plan (2)-Tizdejavu(1)!! Winchester’s victory was so visually impressive he’s going into my new fave category, and the final time wasn’t that bad, either -2:01:76. TRIPLE POINT BONUS! 12 points!!
But that’s not all — In the Beverly D, Mauralakana (4) and Communique (1) galloped under the wire for an EXACTA!! YESS! DOUBLE BONUS! 10 points!
Then, as I predicted, the Million was the Euros’ race to lose — they swept the top 3 spots. Spirit One lead them wire to wire, with Archipenko (2) and Mount Nelson (1) rounding out the tri. I didn’t hit the winner, but I *did* get the place/show. Stream Cat was 6th behind Einstein — the best US placing was 4th finisher Silverfoot, who may just have taken my advice on that John Henry juju. 3 points!
BT, on the other hand, didn’t have such stellar luck at Arlington — Tizdejavu got him 1 pt in the Sec, he was shut out in the Bev D, and Archipenko won him a point in the Million. What happened to you, Glen?
Sunday’s 2yo Sprint Stakes were a little Crazier but I still did pretty decent with the picks … BUT! I have a Scoring Q that must wait ’till BT gets back to his computer!!
Billie Jean King & Bobby Riggs /photo from nytimes.com
It never fails. A girl gets a good little blog going, picking her horses with a moderate success, nothing serious, but she’s having fun. Then along comes a guy who thinks he knows everything, and challenges her to a handicapping Battle Royale.
I’ve joined up with Glen Vargas over at The Borderland Totalisator for a six week contest to test our prowess at picking ponies. We’ll take turns each week choosing 6 stakes races to analyze, and then we’ll post our picks up on our blogs. There’s a point scale and bonuses for Exes & Tris, and at the end of the 6 weeks there may be a Lucky 7 tiebreaker challenge. The prize will be an awesome trophy & BRAGGING RIGHTS!!!
This weekend is my choice of races, and what a lineup: The Whitney, Go For Wand and Jim Dandy at Saratoga, The Bing Crosby & San CLemente at Del Mar and some Canadian action, the Seagram CUp, at Woodbine.
I have a feeling I’m going to pummel Glen like my Tigers pummeled UTEP (and MSU and Texas and UCLA…)
Nothing like some friendly trash talk before the big dance. You can just call me Candice Dutrow 😉