I learned a number of things this weekend: Game on Dude is exactly like I thought, the best of the West Coast handicap horses; Wise Dan's last effort was a complete toss due to the "fast" plastic; I stink at trying to beat favorites that I only see as partly vulnerable; European horses on the turf are ALWAYS the play.
- Strength 1: Win bets. I, for the year, posted a small profit. I'll take that all day long, even if the profits are in essence infinitesimal
- Strength 2: Show bets. Just in the red by a few percentage points, but again, not bad.
- Weakness 1: EVERYTHING ELSE. I've hit some good exactas, and they're my favorite thing to play, but overall it's not a good return for me. Which is odd, since I usually have some success with P3s when actually at the track.
- Juvenile: Ha!vana (see what I did there) didn't do enough, obviously
- Juvenile Fillies: Lots of good ones, but nothing utterly dominant that it would take to be HOTY
- Sprinters: Nope. Secret Circle will probably walk away with honors off of two races. Mizdirection/Groupie Doll didn't run enough.
- Distaff: Royal Delta lost her last two starts but was still clearly the best.
- 3yo Filly: Princess of Sylmar couldn't beat the track on Friday (and the Beholder argument is just silly)
- 3yo Colt: Nooooope, but Will Take Charge definitely wrapped it all up.
- Turf: Nobody. Maybe Big Blue Kitten? but I'd still take Dan over any Kitty here.
- Turf filly/mare: Dank won two races and will win the Eclipse too.
- Handicap: Dude showed he's not a champion. Mucho Macho Man essentially won two races. Fort Larned was wickedly inconsistent.
- Mile: Dan won every race he was in, minus a "Turf" "Mile" at Keeneland.
Ok, I had plenty of other things to talk about, but I've lost myself in watching football and trying to find the bottom of this pint. Until next time.