Clearly distracted by the NYRA events of the week past, I failed to wish everyone a happy, merry, and profitable triple crown season. So, to make amends, let me start by wishing you and yours a happy triple crown season and much success in the racing year ahead.
Preakness week always seems to sneak up on me - only two weeks after the Derby, it always seems as if they have just crossed the finish line and then are back in the gate for the second leg of the triple crown. While the Derby is a lot of fun to bet and watch, the Preakness typically offers a truer reflection of the talent levels of the runners, mostly because the field is usually a manageable size and doesn't present as many excuses as does the Derby. Not needing any excuses, Tone-lov hit it big with his call of I'll Have Another two weeks prior to the Derby - focus, focus, focus is the take-away from that experience. Focus on having another cocktail, focus on people who have a definite opinion about the Derby, and focus on having another cocktail. Did I already say that? . . . what was that take-away again? ...never mind...so as I was saying about the Preakness, or was it the Derby? . . .
The Preakness should be a nice race and it would be tremendous if we could have a triple crown opportunity when they go to Belmont in June -- so, I'm rooting for I'll Have Another on Saturday. My selections will be posted here on Saturday morning -- once again, do with them what you will . . .
PREAKNESS SELECTIONS: I will once again bet against Baffert, so I will not put Bodemeister in the top spot. He ran well at Churchill and has very good numbers, but I'll go with horses I am rooting for:
1. I'LL HAVE ANOTHER - here's hoping he does have another win!
2. CREATIVE CAUSE
3. WENT THE DAY WELL
Note: If my Oaks/Derby selection form holds up, Cozzetti is the winner. Best of luck to all!
OK, here's the 411 (don't you love how cool I am to just slip that sort of slang in?) on the horses:
Strikealinethruit - The mare put in a woefully uninspiring performance in her first start of the year. Expectations were high, I admit, but she was rank and unsettled for the first part of the race and then failed to display anywhere near her usual kick at the end of the race. We're hoping her performance will improve off that non-effort. The next opportunity for her to show us whether or not she can be competitive this year will be on May 27.
Irishtocat - She looked great when we saw her after Strikealinethruit's race and we're hoping she fulfills the high hopes we have for her before too long. No word on a race selected for her as yet.
Blissful Belle - She is entered to run Thursday in the first race at Finger Lakes -- she is somehow the 2-1 morning line favorite against a bad group of horses, but she is not a distance horse so the odds have me dumbfounded. The horse I handicapped as the one she has to beat is selected as one DRF handicapper's best bet of the day, but B-Belle is actually selected by some of the others! Here's hoping she runs well on Thursday - best of luck to those who choose to bet on her.
Thirtycandan/Ishkabibble -- Hang tight kids. Same bat time, same bat channel, and we'll have news on who the trainer of these two horses will be -- it will definitely be someone based in Saratoga so that the local partners can visit.
Dixie Bluebell - Still not knocked up -- she'll have another date with Thunder Gulch this week.
Best of luck to all in your Preakness bets --
Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars,
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