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Some thoughts from last weekend, plus, a new endeavor this season.

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

A happy Tuesday morning to everyone. I hope you all had an enjoyable and profitable weekend

Here's are some quick thoughts on this Tuesday morning:

-For the rest of the 2014 racing season, I'll be writing a weekly post over at America's Best Racing primarily directed towards new and/or casual fans. The first post was published yesterday and dealt with the topic of attempting to pick which races to bet on of the tens of thousands are run year in this country. You can find that post, and all the rest over the course of the year, at America's Best Racing.

The goal of the pieces is to keep them fairly basic, while providing insights or suggestions for new fan to help them navigate this great adventure known as handicapping thoroughbred racing.

-If you like to pay attention to the figures for the big races, Lea earned a 125 Equibase Figure and a 114 Beyer for the Donn which Candy Boy picked up a 97 Equibase and 94 Beyer for his win in the Lewis. The Bris figures tend to come out a bit later and I haven't had time to track down a number yet for those two races.

-Speaking of the Donn, what a great effort from the top two finishers in that race: Lea and Will Take Charge. WTC lost zero in defeat as he simply couldn't get by a horse that ran the race of his life. This could be another year where the Classic division is wide, wide open.

-After a nice weekend of racing at Santa Anita and Gulfstream, the 2014 season is beginning to pick up steam as we head into the latter part of February. With a President's Day weekend on the horizon, we're set-up for more great racing across the country this weekend, highlighted by the G3-Southest Stakes on Monday afternoon at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

I'll have more on this weekend's action over the next couple of day.