Some thoughts and comments on the events making news in the horse racing world on this Monday afternoon:
- Lookin At Lucky will in fact ship to Arkansas for the Rebel. (via the Daily Racing From) As I said in a post several days ago, this is a good move by Bob Baffert to find out what he's got with this colt on dirt. No reason to show up in Louisville with a nice looking horse only to see him hate the surface and finish behind a wall of horses at the finish line. If Lookin At Lucky takes to the Oaklawn dirt, like Conveyance did in the Southwest, then he would immediately vault up my own personal contender rankings.
That same DRF article notes that Baffert is leaning towards sending Conveyance (winner of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn) to Sunland Park for the Grade 3 Sunland Derby on March 28th. The Sunland Derby has a purse of $800,000 and will likely attract several more big name contenders looking to add to their graded earnings. Conveyance currently has $210,000 in graded earnings, good for 17th among three year olds.
Rachel put in her final work prior to her race by breezing four furlongs in :49 flat over the Fair Grounds main track. Trainer Steve Asmussen described the work as "beautiful", which apparently means Rachel is doing better than she was just one day earlier when Asumssen said that he was "very concerned about her fitness level". Maybe Rachel just needed to eat a healthy breakfast.
Not to be outdone, Zenyatta recorded a bullet work last Friday morning over the Hollywood Park cushion track by covering six furlongs in 1:11.80 while in company. No word on what Zenyatta had for breakfast.
That's three straight All-Turf Pick 4's at Gulfstream that have paid $1,000 or more for a $1 base bet. If you can get a read as to how the GP turf course is playing this bet can offer a tremendous amount of value.
That's it for today. With the Keeneland opening only a few weeks away I am spending my free time pouring over old spring meet charts and past performances hoping to find some nugget of information that will lead me to fame and glory. Not a bad way to pass the time while watching college basketball conference tournaments.