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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


We’re hoping that Wednesday’s sudden storm doesn’t result in rescheduling the one-mile Riskaverse Stakes to the main track. Because the rains came late in the day, Thursday’s feature does have a chance to stay on the grass.

If it’s grass, then that must mean Chad Brown, which must mean we’re talking multiple entrants, which must mean we are looking first at the “other” Chad in this spot.

However, anyone who saw New and Improved win a two-turn turf route on debut over Saratoga turf knows what I know; that 6-1 is probably fantasy, such was the impressive nature of her score.

The effort was impressive enough for Javier Castellano to stay with the filly–as opposed to the more experienced Brown-trained favorite, Catch a Bid (7-5), who gets more than just an able replacement in Irad Ortiz Jr.

Even though the race is limited to horses that have not won a stakes at a mile or over, this is no soft spot, not with the Delacour trainee Ionic (5-1) beneath Ricardo Santana Jr, and Hotsy Totsy (3-1), a well regarded European purchase, making U.S. debut for the hot Clement/Rosario team.

We’re willing to take half the early line odds offered on New and Improved to win [turf only] and key-box exactas with the Clement runner getting first Lasix and the well seasoned Ionic

YESTERDAY: Pillar Mountain was a program scratch when turf race was rescheduled to the sloppy main track.

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  1. Before the scratches I couldn’t toss any of the entrants with confidence. Now, with the scratches, I still can’t toss any plater. I haven’t a clue as to what plug is gonna win this race and neither does any other ‘capper.

    The owners’ of the remaining entrants have nothing to worry about, as the minimum they will receive in dough is $3,000 having invested $1,100 in the race. Why can’t I bet a plodder to ‘not hit the board’? Why is everything stacked against me, a bettor, while owners of thoroughbreds entered in stake races never incur a financial loss?

    Aren’t we all suckers to allow owners and trainers to wag the tail …..? When is track management going consider the bettors’ plight? I actual can answer my own question: When extraneous income (not from racing operations, Alice. Think slots stop fueling purses) stops funding race tracks. Then track management, shut off from slot revenue, will finally have to return to reality. No longer six/seven figure purses as purse amount will depend on income derived from takeout and signal fees; such would bring me back to the sixties and seventies when Thoroughbred racing thrived as a genuine gambling option.

  2. Alice just made a succinct point: Why can’t she bet a horse to come in fourth, fifth, or last? Seems logical since all owners of entrants in a stake race collect money no matter where their blue blood finished in the race; but this issue or similar issues will never be discussed by turf writers, will they? Just like the repugs on the other side of the aisle won’t question anything the ‘dear leader’ does or suggests.

    1. Why, haven’t you heard, he’s the “Chosen One,” wouldn’t want to alienate the true believers!

      I suggest you tell Alice that she wouldn’t win very little money in her horse finishes fifth.

      She might want to try the Super High Five (smiley face here).

  3. Ah, yes, the good old days, when horses were routinely given a race or three to cash a subsequent bet. The good old days. Next time when you enter the OTB, ask the racing gods to mark your program…

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