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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


At first blush, when comparing Hay Hay My My (3-1) with Sandy by the Beach (8-1), there doesn’t seem to be any comparison at all as they exit RACE 3 on FEB 21.

Hay Hay My My raced closer to the pace, between rivals in the backstretch, moved in tandem between runners, including eventual narrow winner, fought back gamely on the fence only to lose to the momentum of his outside rival. Improved pace with class drop, tough trip–all very logical.

But there are reasons why ‘Sandy’ could and should have been much closer. Moving around in the gate at the start of his debut, he broke in a tangle, needed gathering, lost momentum and never saved an inch of ground throughout the running.

‘Sandy’ made a brief outside run at the turn wide continuing 5-wide into the stretch, never changed leads, and was not abused late. He was as green as the grass he was racing on. Education, a switch to turf ace Pablo Morales for Darien Rodriguez, 2-for-3 removing blinkers and 2-for-5 with second-timers.

The race they exit has produced a winner from two subsequent starters and he could be the second winner from that heat at fair odds. Check out the race referenced above on the Tampa Bay Today Video and see what you think.

Meanwhile, we’ll take Sandy by the Beach straight at 5-1 or greater and key-box exactas with ‘Hay Hay’ and the speedy, fast working Agripino (5-2).


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  1. Can’t say on “see” your confidence with Sandy today John, but I “hear” you. Going into this race with “blind faith” my friend and with the trust on your having been around the block a few more times. Wagering yesterday’s meager exacta plus balance on this race only. Not critical of the payout mind you. Gotta take what they give us and then move on to the next offering. Riders Up.

    P.S. Any runner catching your interest in the Rebel John? Kind of in lockdown in NY, and horse racing is providing some sense of diversion. Threw my wife a kiss this AM as word is out to keep your distance. I asked for five feet and she with a laugh replied “Eight”. Markets, both stock and food are both insane. Toilet paper is up and gold down. Margin call either way. Our world is upside down right now. My take is to not listen to anything you hear out coming out of DC. Listen to the CDC only. Having worked through two ground zero recoveries I confidently say we will get past all this, one nation under God, but between races, say a prayer or two for those with pre-existing conditions who are at most risk.

    Stay safe all.

  2. McD, that’s the very definition of horse racing, right. a difference of opinion? And sound advice to the HRI Faithful!

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