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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Top Turf Teddy – The Prince of Pace

The “Worst Stinkin’ Bet of the Day” for Thursday, January 16, 2020, will be in the 10th Race at Fair Grounds at 9 Furlongs on the green.

Wisdom from the Weeds:  Free jockey bashing; what’s left of customer service.

The old adage, if you don’t have something nice to say about somebody, 9-Keep Quiet, does not apply in horseracing.  Let’s talk about “trips” today.   Trip handicappers are guys who fall down a lot.  Trip handicappers are guys who failed math in elementary school.  Trip handicappers like to travel.  Not that problems in a horse race do not occur due to human error, stupidity, or apathy.  My idea of fun is not spending 12 hours a day watching horse races that long since have become history; that’s slavery; I leave that to the trip handicappers.  Enjoy.

What makes a great jockey in my estimation?  The great ones seldom get their horse in trouble, let alone danger; the bad penny always turns up.  Define trouble?  Traffic.  Define Traffic?  Traffic is the kiss of death.  When you get 1,000 pounds of muscle rolling in 4th gear, then abruptly slam on the brakes due to your inability to plan ahead, your going to lose valuable lengths, and a length is the only commodity once that gate opens.  Nothing worse than when you’ve waited all day for a chicken dinner, and your boy blows it with a horror ride.  Was the jockey daydreaming?  Personal problems?  Was the fix in?  Was the jockey suffering from a hangover? 

In the 10th at Fair Grounds today, 9-Keep Quiet gets my all-encompassing non-linear figure.  Went off favored at $1.80 on 30 November, should have won by 4 or 5 lengths, but was stymied by the great Kent Desormeaux.  Kent does not get to return for Assmussen today, despite being at Fair Grounds (can’t understand why), where “Bet the Rent on Kent” was able to secure one mount in the 7th, for his kin.  Blood is thicker than water you know.  Ride ’em Kent!  See you after the races; drinks are on me!!!!!

9-Keep Quiet – The “Worst Stinkin’ Bet of the Day”


No. Horse Race 10   M/L   TTT
9 Keep Quiet 0.909318442   3   6.06
10 Rijeka 0.655816842   5   8.40
8 Hierarchy 0.627886618   9/2   8.78
4 Botswana 0.587460530   5   9.38
5 Tell Your Daddy 0.536852782   12   10.27
2 Kitten’s Boy 0.474301876   20   11.62
11 Conquest Lemonraid 0.465976736   10   11.83
1 Another Mystery 0.332830742   15   16.56
6 Take That For Data 0.319123897   10   17.27
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