Horse Race Insider's Brendan O'Meara live blogs from a hotel room in Saratoga Springs, New York for his buddy's bachelor party. The forecast calls for extended periods of horse playing, temperatures in the mid-to-upper sixties, and a 100 percent chance of hilarity. Grab a seat on the couch. The beer's on ice!
5:56 a.m. ... Not sure why I should start this now, but I'm looking at my Thoro-Graphs and I'm feelin' all kinds of good about this day. I've also got a column to write for 2.0 that will be broadcast on tape delay. What that means, exactly, I don't know.

In either case, it's raining here in 'Toga and while it would be nice to be in Louisville in that gorgeous press box, there's no place I'd rather be than right here, right now. Let's get this thing rollin'. Wendall???? You with me today???? Beulah's done! Get it together! Let's break out Limp Bizkit's song "Rollin'" because we've got Rollllllin' Pick 3's and some Pick 4's to hit.

Who's with me?!

8:41 a.m. ... Got back from the gym. I'm going to hammer away at my column and then it's back to handicapping. I think I'd better throw up some picks on this blog. Stay tuned.

8:58 a.m. ... Just finished my column. It's a doozy and will, without question, tick off some people. But a columnist is not doing his job if half his readership isn't hating him. My problem is that 100 percent of my readership are haters (not complete true, but I do love how one person said that I need to work on my prose when I said that rooting for Zenyatta is like rooting for the flu. I don't know. I thought it was funny. Opinion writing ain't prose. Read "Six Weeks in Saratoga: How a Three-Year-Old Filly Won the Woodward Stakes and Became Horse of the Year" and then talk to me about prose. If you hate that, then, well, that's my prose writing style. And I'll be open to suggestion.)

10:30 a.m. ... Marathon picks:
1. Alcomo
2. A.U. Minor
3. Eldaafer

Try it out.

10:53 a.m. ... Got some Juvenile Fillies Turf for y'all.

I'm going with Julien Leparoux here for the win.

1. Kathmandu
2. Quiet Oasis
3. New Normal.

Go on, take a bite.

11:10 a.m. ... Got some Filly and Mare Sprint Picks.

1. Sara Louise (don't feel strong about this, but what the Hell!)
2. Dubai Majesty
3. Secret Gypsy.

Ready to make some money? No. There's always a Taco Bell nearby.

11:32 a.m. ... Been nursing a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. Not bad. Ready to imbibe some more, but not after I post my Juvenile Fillies picks.

1. Awesome Feather
2. Theysken's Theory
3. R Heat Lightning

12:07 p.m. ... I am at Taco Bell. Ominous coming here BEFORE we lose. I think this is what you call foreshadowing. But my gang and I have our burritos, or PPs, our TGs.

U! S! A! U! S! A!

2:00 p.m. ... All right. The keg is tapped, our bets are placed, it's BC time. The real kicker is we don't have the first couple races of the early Pick 4 at Churchill. But that's OK! We have the interweb and we'll stream some replays and see what happens. You probably want me to throw down some picks. Well, I won't disappoint.

Filly and Mare Turf. Sorry Forever Together, you've had a great go of it, but no more. You're getting beat by:

1. Midday
2. Eclaire de Lune
3. Keertana

Ladies Classic, but let's call it was it is, the BC Distaff. As an aside, how bad would Rachel Alexandra monstered this group? Especially if Life At Ten wins. But she won't. Here's who will:

1. Malibu Prayer
2. Unrivaled Belle
3. Blind Luck

3:13 p.m. ... Noble's Promise kind of screwed us there. I liked Bulldogger and Cool Bullet and Noble's Promise. With the NP win we are alive to the singled Calizeo in the fifth.

I find it funny that Silver Edition is running in this race. This horse's success — when he's had, and it's not often — has all been in sprints. Now he's being asked to stretch to 1 1/16th miles. It's as if D. Wayne, when all else fails, turns to Silver Edition to bring him to a race day.

I guarantee he will not win this race!

3:32 p.m. ... Worst. Breeders' Cup. Ever. Apart! Damn you! Apart! Calizeo failed. But you read it here. Silver Edition did not win. Now it's onto BC races. The undercard is for chumps.

4:08 p.m. ... Good Ol' Pete and I have been sittin' on the porch, sippin' on Miller Lite, smokin' a couple stogies. Now that's livin'. Also livin' would be hitting the marathon with Giant Oak, Alcomo, and Prince Will I Am. Trevor Denman ... take me away!

4:17 p.m. ... That's a stinger. I liked Eldaafer, and we had him in other tickets, but because of that rat Apart (I'm sorry Apart. I can be so cruel) we didn't have him on this ticket.

Whoa! Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano are going at it. Borel is out of his mind! This is ugly stuff. This is great theater. Best. Breeders' Cup. Ever!

I've never seen anything quite like this.

We just got to talking about how boring the Marathon is. Borel was certainly effected by the move Castellano made. Martin Garcia's horse showed some amazing athleticism. So too did Garcia.

My God!

Now the No. 2 is DQ'd.

Unreal stuff here at the BC World Championships!

4:31 p.m. ... great commercial by Three Chimneys. If I could only scrap together a few million.

4:48 p.m. ... All right. Got Quiet Oasis, Kathmandu, and New Normal in an exacta box. It ain't much. But it's something. Should be a good race.

5:03 p.m. ... Two races, two races, you do the math. More Than Real ran a game race.

When I have cable, which I haven't had in years, I watch Food Network. I'm a Food Network junkie. I love "Throw Down" with Bobby Flay and he loses every time. Looks like he won big here.

Late Pick 4! Late Pick 4! Late Pick 4!

5:32 p.m. ... Getting read for the F&M Sprint. Can't believe Sara Louise is the favorite. This is her second race of the year. Seems like an unsound horse. I'm a big fan of Secret Gypsy, Dubai Majesty, and Champaigne d'Oro. Though, I have Sara Louis for my official HRI pick. I don't have her on my ticket. Will this backfire? Most likely.

5:41 p.m. ... Thank you Dubai Majesty. We are now alive to the next three legs of the Pick 4 three deep in each leg. All you can ask is to be alive.

7:27 p.m. ... Had some Internet problems. Shared Account really messed things up. We needed Midday to be alive in our Pick 4 and two Pick 3s. Life is a bit on the sucky side, but we're like Zenyatta: we're starting slow and finishing strong. We plan on raining hell fire on the boys Saturday.

Well, I'd like to think that I'll hit this exacta with Malibu Prayer, Blind Luck, and Unrivaled Belle.

7:47 p.m. ... Everyone, I demand a standing ovation! I hit the exacta for $1! Wowee! That's $27! That means I'm only down a little over $100. That may not seem like much, but to a writer with little to no income, that's still an onion in the ointment. But we come back! What don't kill us make us more strong!

Too many exclamation points? You bet!