Wednesday, November 25, 2015
There’s Much To Be Thankful For
So much, in fact, that it's hard to know where to begin.
For me, it starts with the HRI Faithful--even when we vehemently disagree--thankful for what we share; a passionate distraction from the real world, a game that harkens us back to simpler times. Perhaps not much easier times for many of us, but simpler for sure.
And any distraction from these days is welcome, indeed. In that we are all blessed.
Further, even if fate has not been kind to loved ones and dear friends since the last Thanksgiving celebration, there is comfort in knowing that if you're reading this, you're still in action in every way.
The alternative would be no alternative at all. So give thanks that picking a winner or two over this holiday weekend is what consumes us as the holiday season begins.
We're all lucky that we can share with each other in this community. As in all families, there will be disagreements: Viva La Difference.
Today we'll look at tomorrow's Fall Highweight Handicap at the Big A; tomorrow we'll travel to Louisville for the Falls City. Then there's Friday's Clark; Saturday's Cigar and a bevy of babies, too.
A Weighty Matter
I don't know who would win a match race between La Verdad and the great Ta Wee of my youth but I sure would have loved to see it. Ta Wee is Sioux for "beautiful girl," an apt description for Dr. Fager's kid sister.
At 3, Ta Wee beat older males in the Vosburgh. At 4, she won the race La Verdad will try to win on Thursday, also vs. males. When Ta Wee won the Fall Highweight, she did so carrying 140 pounds, spotting the male runner-up 19 pounds.
Twice America's Sprint Champion, she retired the winner of 15 of 21 career starts and $284,000, which is only about $34,000 more than the purse for this year's renewal of the Grade 3 handicap.
On Thursday, La Verdad (2-1) will try to win for the 16th time in her 24 career runs. She will tote 127, 7 pounds less than last year's winner of this race, older graded stakes winning male, Salutos Amigos (8-5). Indeed, times have surely changed.
Last out La Verdad finished second in the BC Filly & Mare Sprint. Last out Salutos Amigo's was beaten 4-1/2 lengths by protem champion Runhappy after a troubled and very wide journey.
Well, we're going to take the 7 pounds, especially since we now know the five-time Aqueduct winner can rate, something she proved beating her NY-bred peers in the Iroquois before the F & M Sprint. Her only Aqueduct blemish came last year in this race. We fully expect her to make amends and go home a winner.
Given a favorable outside draw in this 7-horse matchup, we're taking La Verdad to win with no price restrictions. Happy Thanksgiving!
Number of Selections since 2007: 1880
Number of Win and Place Finishes: 563-360
Amount Wagered: $3,760 [$2 to win only]
Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,872.50
Profit to Date: $112.50