Archive for May, 2008

The Peter Pan

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2008 by a4synapse

So, Casino Drive comes off a maiden win in Japan and scampers away from a reasonably good field at Belmont and does 1-1/8 in 1:47 and makes it look easy.  I hope Michael Tabor is dancing a jig because I think he owns the dam, Better Than Honour.  Only one guy knows which horse may be better: Kent Desormeaux.  He said he that Casino Drive has ‘the stride’.  Well, it’s four weeks away.

There seems to be general agreement that thoroughbred breeders have to change their ways or they will breed themselves right out of a sport.  It’s like many public arenas (commodities, real estate, hedge funds): awash in money chasing a return.  There is no respect for the underlying asset and what it means.

Kentucky Derby Day

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2008 by a4synapse

The first Saturday in May is my favorite day of the year.  My pick this afternoon is Big Brown.  I think he’s got the stamina and can carry his speed the mile and a quarter.  Further, Kent Desourmeaux is smart, deliberative and will make the 20 post irrelevant.  And, I’m a little tired of commentors who point out that ‘this’ or ‘that’ has a) never happened, or b) hasn’t happened in 80 years to promote the view that it won’t happen.  The horse doesn’t know that.  I’m also still impressed with Richard Dutrow winning both races at Dubai in which he had a horse.  I think the guy knows what he’s doing.

For second, I like Colonel John (conventional).  I like the way he closed in the Santa Anita.  I also like Eight Belles.

I wish that the race commissioners would limit this race to 15 horses.  I think that time has proven that 20 horses is too many and puts too much on racing luck and detracts from ability and preparation.