Thursday, November 28, 2013
A Royal Steed for the Holiday
It may be anachronistic but I love the Fall Highweight Handicap. Of course, like everything else in the game, it's not as much fun as it used to be. I don't know if the condition that demands the assigned high-weight must carry a minimum of 140 was written out of the book or not, but today's high-weight, Strapping Groom totes 135.
They used to get around this differently in the old days. The racing secretary would assign 140 pounds to, say, Secretariat, whose connections of course had no interest in running their Triple Crown winner 6 furlongs in November. Then they would scale down the others.
Besides, what should Big Red have carried, 150, 155?
Anyway, we're taking a now horse from a now barn, one that won both his starts at the Big A, is 3-for-6 at the trip, is suited by race dynamics and has enough speed to stay in the game and kick to blow by late. The 129-pound assignment looks just about right for Palace (5-1).
Taking the Linda Rice trainee at 3-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with remarkable old pro, Caixa Electronica (7-2) and adding the Hushion entry, headed by The Lumber Guy (4-1), to the exotics mix.
Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1429
Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 434-270-216
Amount Wagered: $2,858 [to win only]
Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,965.10
Profit to Date: $97.10