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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Keith Pettyjohn — With Santa Anita park cancelling their races for this weekend, that leaves us with a small amount of Graded Stakes Races on tap, five to be exact.

On Saturday Woodbine will host the $1 Million Dollar Ricoh Woodbine Mile. It’s a field of eight including the morning line favorite (M/L 2-1) and last year’s Preakness winner, #8 War Of Will. In his last race on July 10th, he was victorious in the Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland.

For his efforts in that race, he earned a Class-Based Performance Rating of 104. His main rival in this contest will be the  number #1 horse March To The Arch (M/L 5-2). He’s a seven time winner in twenty-three lifetime starts while earning almost $700,000 lifetime.

In his last effort, winning the King Edward Stakes here at Woodbine on August 15th, he earned a 103 Performance Rating. And the seven year old mare #4 Starship Jubilee (M/L 4-1).

In her last two efforts she earned a 98 while finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Diana Stakes and a 100 winning the Grade 2 Ballston Spa both at Saratoga.

Even though these horses are the main win contenders, there is a horse that I’d like to focus on. And that’s the #6 Admiralty Pier (M/L 10-1). This horse figures to be out on the lead.

And if the lightly raced #3 Shirl’s Speight elects not to go with the speed and apply pace pressure, then Admiralty Pier could set some rather leisurely fractions.

You’ll note that in his last race, the King Edward’s Stakes won by a key rival here today  #1 March To The Arch, he set fractions of 23.4 for the opening quarter, 46.1 for the half and 1:09.1 for six furlongs.

That makes his middle splits of 22.1 and 23 flat respectively. If he doesn’t have to expend so much through the first six furlongs, this horse could be very tough to overhaul in the final quarter of a mile

EXACTAS:  #6 Admiralty over #1 March To The Arch, #4 Starship Jubilee and #8 War Of Will and #1 March To The Arch and #8 War Of Will over #6 Admiralty Pier

TRIFECTAS: #1 March To The Arch and #8 War Of Will on top adding in #4 Starship Jubilee in second with #6 Admiralty Pier singled in third.

ED. NOTE: Of course, the selection is predicated on trainer Barbara Minshall opting for the higher profile, richer spot, as opposed to the Singspiel, in which he has been cross-entered. He’s 4-1 on the early line in that Grade 3.

With races from several racetracks around the country this weekend, there’s plenty of money making opportunities available. Good luck everybody … “It Only Takes One.” 

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12 Responses

  1. Your 1000 words pick went on at 46.17 and still wimped out of the $. So, what’s your record, again? Pick your nose,you might be more successful at it.

  2. Even though you were trying to be an ass…you were actually making my point for me. In his last race he went 46.1.
    In this race he went even faster. If you read what I wrote, the plan was for him to set slower fractions, not faster. But all I can do is pick’em and draw it up. I can’t ride ’em too.

    So it’s a losing bet. I won’t cry about it and neither should you really (so man up). But at least I was man enough to put my pick out there. You bitch about a pick after the race. Any fool can do that.

    Grow Up

    1. Listen , by your juvenile language usage it is evident that you are a Loser.Have no idea why you’re still taking space ad time away from a reputable personae like Pricci. Number 2, the way you talk is parallel to what you don’t know about being in a ring or even near a sidewalk where guys like me ?. stroked their knuckles against heads and faces .. So,basically,you are Awful on picking one friggin horse a week.Do you own a mirror in whatever shack you may reside? Look at it and see a BS artist,..a delusional one. Where is the Beef? What have you gotten right as you try to defend your ineptitude? You ain’t worth Nobody’s time or space.Give it up because the more you try to explain your BS ,the worse it gets. Confession a closed ,dark closet,whatever your real identity is. You’re Dead to me.

      1. HAHAHA!!!!….how funny. Let’s really break this one down.

        1) YOU chose to hide behind a Wendy’s commercial from 1984 yet not say who you really are….(lack of maturity and scared)

        2) YOU chose to use a saying like “PIck Your Nose”…something my girls used to say in their junior high and high school days (it was childish for teenage girls, imagine what it is for what’s SUPPOSED TO BE to be a grown-assed man)

        3) YOU chose to logon on here and only post negative comments…(get a life yours must be REAL bad)

        4) YOU can’t wait for a long shot that I pick to miss the board so that you can comment. (yet you won’t accept the challenge and man-up or step-up to the plate and let’s see you do it……weak)

        5) Sidewalk?……you hide who you really. You won’t even man-up to that. I’d be the last person you’d want to meet in the street. You’d either run home to mommy with your tail between your legs….(actually, you’d probably never show)

        6) Dead To You…..I must not be.
        Actually by you posting here, I’m actually on your mind. And I must be “TOP OF MIND” because you can’t wait for me to pick a shot that misses the board. So “THANK YOU”….I own real estate in your mind and I don’t even have to pay rent or for the ad space.

        Loser???…..NAAHHH!!!…..that makes me the WINNER!!!

        And if you think that this is good…wait until I paint the walls and change the carpet in my new ad space

      2. Beef, what’s your beef ???

        You have used at least a half-dozen “identities” to take shots against people. But elsewhere, you have revealed your name. Why not use your real name when you have a complaint ??? Your sentence structure, run-on commentary and other markings give you away. Besides that, John has been very patient in not running you out of here weeks before.

        Too bad because, when you posted under your real name, you actually had some intelligent things to say.

  3. TTT

    Very entertaining “Where’s the beef.” You put a smile on my face, because I know you can’t possibly be serious. My guess is you are a comedian of some sort, looking for work, and trying out new material. Good stuff.

    Don’t think Mr. Pettyjohn appreciates it though; perhaps you should find another venue to ply your wares.

  4. well hello all — I know everyone has missed me — been heavily invested in the fantasy football world and football on draft kings — still watching the horse races on tv and reading the banter from all — some has been interesting and some has been just down right stupid and childish — but in todays world, this is what one gets, people who continue to be someone they are not behind at a computer and let their fingers talk from their butt.

    Keith – sometimes some people do not deserve a response – silence is golden —
    the beef person sounds like a ” wanna be who never will be ” — let him drown in his own misery.

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