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ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18:  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive on the 4th day of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2010 in Ascot, England  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive on the 4th day of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2010 in Ascot, England (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
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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.