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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


The Lake Placid always showcases promises three-year-old turf runners and this year is no exception where cases can be made for six of the eight fillies.

With most on forward-looking Thoro-Graph lines, one of those showed class and an ability to deal with adversity.

Pace compromised, Lashara (4-1) came from last, found a seam into the stretch and gamely outfought a rival for place showing class and passing that eyeball test. The winner got first run and was helped by dynamics.

Javier Castellano gets the mount for Mark Casse whose horses generally improve in their second starts off a layup, the case here. The longer stretch of the inner turf and her pedigree augurs well for today’s 9 furlongs.

Taking Lashara to win at 3-1 or greater, box an exacta with Stunning Sky (3-1) who’s been facing tougher in recent starts, and adding Speaktomeofsummer (5-1) and Queens Embrace (6-1) in exotics.

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  1. I’ve been hinking (Elvis, Alice); yea, it hurts. I know that Mr. Pricci has suggested that I take a sabbatical but I am bored staying at home, being well over eighty and subject to a severe outcome if I contact the virus.

    Ya know, the PGA is not dominated by a handful of talented golfers; nor is MLB dominated year-after-year by any one team, nor is the NFL, the NBA, or NHL. Yet, Thoroughbred racing, which has many racetracks operating today, is dominated by a handful of trainers week after week, year after year, as they enter blue bloods in all the significant purse races coast-to-coast; a monopoly encouraged and supported by turf writers coast-to-coast. All I ever read is Baffert this and Pletcher that and how the ‘best’ racing for horseplayers are stake races involving their blue bloods.

    How many racetracks in this screwed up country are operating? Forty, fifty? How many horse trainers are there? Four, five, six thousand? How many races are run on a weekend? Hundreds? So why must I endure the media always commenting on the blue bloods trained by a mere four or five trainers coast-to-coast? Knowing that a high percentage of their entrants are going to be odds-on, and knowing that payoffs will be zilch, and knowing that these stake races are no different than a cheap claiming races.

    Am upset that Delaware, Finger Lakes, Laurel, and Philly are not operating today. Wouldn’t bet Saratoga using your money unless there is a shipper from the aforementioned racetracks.

    Same ole’ same ole’ year after year. Same handful of trainers going to the bank, same handful of jockeys up on the blue bloods, same commentary from turf writers day-in and day-out.

    And the beat goes on …..


    1. I, too, am put off by super trainers but apparently the public isn’t, voting with their betting dollars.

      I comment on horses that the public is interested in, top class horses, that’s the audience.

      $20.4 million was bet at Monmouth on Haskell day Saturday, never mind Saratoga. That’s where the public interest and dollars are, hence it is the wider audience that we serve.

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