A couple of quick thoughts this Wednesday evening as I settle into my surrounding here in England:
- After taking the Heathrow Express in to central London and arriving at Paddington Station, I walked by a Landsbroke betting shop within about 10 minutes of exiting the train. Is it wrong that I wanted to wander in and put something down on some random event? If they were already taking wagers on the Queen's hat color on the first day of Royal Ascot I would be all over that. Her Majesty hasn't gone with yellow on Ladies' Day in a while ...that's got to be the winner this year.
- I log on to DRF.com and the first thing I read is that Richard Dutrow has been denied a racing license by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. No word on how long this denial will last.
- I checked out the entries to Friday's Apple Blossom this evening and I was disappointed to see only a five horse field. Havre de Grace, Switch and Miss Match (ARG) are quality runners, but it would have been nice to see a more robust number of entries.
- On the opposite end of the Grade 1 Stakes scale are the two G1s scheduled for Keeneland this Thursday and Friday. Both the Makers Mark Mile and the Vinery Madison look like highly competitive fields on paper.