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LONE STAR PARK IS HAVING A GUARANTEED PICK 4 POOL DAY

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL,  May 27, 2022   —  Thanks to all for their service, especially remembering those who gave their lives. Probably best they can no longer see the mess the rest of us have made of things. #GodBless

LONE STAR PARK

 SPEIGHSTOWN SPRINT STAKES            Race 9

The Skinny:  Payne isback to doing what he does best, sprint six furlongs. He has conditioning, gets some class relief and working bullets at Keeneland. Difficult sequence demands your take a stand somewhere; this is it.

Ticket Toppers: Payne

Win Value Play: Payne to win at 7-2 or greater

Exotica: Exacta key box, Payne with Mr Money Bags (3-1), Macron (7-2)and It Makes Sense (5-1). Trifecta key Payne first and second with three rivals above.

OUIJA BOARD DISTAFF         Race  10

The Skinny:  Looks like a two-filly affair: SoCal based Park Avenue has been highly competitive with classier; Avenue de France also has been facing much tougher—graded company, likes the game but may be more effective going a tad longer.

Ticket Toppers: Park Avenue (7-5), Avenue de France (5-2)

Early-Line Win Value:  Avenue de France at 5-2 or greater

Exotica: Exacta box the ticket toppers

TEXAS DERBY                            Race 11

The Skinny:  Saffie Joseph re-routed A.P.’s Secret (5-2) from the Belmont Stakes to here; pragmatic choice working well. Cover Me Up (3-1) owns three exacta finishes since adding Lasix four back. Win the Day (7-2) was powerful maiden breaker first-time going long on dirt and drops out of G1 SA Derby. Strike Hard (4-1) is another that has faced better and gets the pole off series of sharp drills; won with first-Lasix last out.

Ticket Toppers:  A.P.’s Secret, Win the Day, Cover Me Up, Strike Hard

Win Value:  A.P’s Secret to win at 6-2 or greater

Exotica: Four-horse exacta box of ticket toppers. Trifecta and Superfecta key A.P.’s Secret first and second with ticket toppers and adding maiden King Ottoman (15-1) third and fourth.

G3 STEVE SEXTON MILE                          Race  12     

The Skinny:  Shazz(2-1) was a $1.1 million two-year-old that was visually impressive winner of last at Santa Anita; “previous” trainer Baffert always pointed to this and is working like a typical Bullet Bob runner. Gelded five year old Mish, stablemate of A.P.’s Secret seeks fourth straight, winning last three by aggregate 18 lengths and is 2-for-2 at the trip. Rated R Superstar (10-1) is better than recent dull try following big win in prior and would benefit greatly from a pace meltdown.

Ticket Toppers:  Shazz, Mish, Rated R Superstar

Early-Line Win Value: Rated R Superstar to win at 6-1 or greater

Exotica: Exacta and trifecta box of the three ticket toppers.

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15 Responses

  1. A huge “Thank You” to the extraordinary Men and Women of the United States Military for their exemplary efforts in keeping our nation respected, safe and secure for nearly two and one-half centuries !!!

    As for the current “mess”, the evidence is overwhelming and it points directly to the path of the Democratic-Party leadership. Just using the last 16 months as your handicapping tool, this two dollar wager would probably return $2.60, $2.10 and Out. The Win mutuel is exceedingly generous, under the circumstances.

  2. This will not devolve into political because there is no reasoning with a philosophy that cherishes a perverted definition of 2nd Amendment rights, one that chooses lobby money over the lives of children.

    And I have blamed Sen Schumer for his non-action of not putting the other side on record for a bill that has languished more than a year.

    As for the $2.60 crack, this exposes your lack of handicapping sophistication, Pre-scratches, there’s not a single horse in the sequence that rates to be odds-on. If that assessment is wrong, just thing about the score you’re going to make betting against.

    Keep the political discussions to Twitter, where it belongs. Further emails bringing up political sides will be deleted. My opening remark simply referenced the state and mood of the country. It did not assign blame.

    1. Ah, you mentioned “mess” and I assigned the blame to it. While the $2.60 comment was made for illustration purposes only, John, I’m not looking to ever collect on a 30 cents to a dollar wager. Remember that I don’t make the first political comment; I only step in when I feel that a wrong statement is made. With that said, I will attempt to refrain from any political discourse on these pages. My wish is to regard everyone on HRI – no exceptions – as a colleague. To that end, I would much prefer to have you as an esteemed colleague rather than a steamed colleague.

  3. I’m certain when a child in the family tree of a Republican senator, congressperson , or a couple Democratic senators is affected by gun violence they will suddenly be ‘all -in’ for strict gun laws.

    1. Indeed, WMC, it’s always a different story when it doesn’t happen to other people and hits home. I wish I had the blind confidence but do not. POTUS is scheduled to speak about “doing something:” today. He had better, backed up by action, decree.

      Does anyone know, say, if he can ban the sale of AR-15s by executive order? Because if this isn’t a national gun violence issue, then what would be?

  4. Call the weapon what it really is. I was issued one when in the military. An M16 that we now promote and sell to children. The last kid was only 17 when his mind was set on getting one. Sick world is all. Watch the damage an M16 will due on a rebroadcast of Sixty Minutes this past Sunday. Morality is dead.

    1. McD: Saw the 60 Minutes piece, twice as it turned out. Brutal weapon of war. “Sick world is all” gets it…

      And can’t wait to see what happens when prices don’t go down. Wall St and Main St will never be close again, if they ever were…

  5. “There’s just never enough to be had.” A memorable line straight out of “The Cat and Mouse in Partnership” I read tomy children in their youth. The shortt verse was published by Brothers” Grimm well over one hundred and twenty five years ago. In the tale, the never enough to be had addressed stored food for tougher days that might lay ahead. The never enough in our updated times might include assault weapons, extra rounds magazine clips, and for the suppliers, a separate never enough consideration to be had as well. Simply never enough profit and money to be had is there. Kids understand it all pretty well, but evidently so very many adults in our society seem to struggle with understanding the simplicity. I get it, but I don’t get it.

    1. McD,
      It seems to me, that human nature, mental illness, the unrestrained pursuit of excessive power and wealth, and blind faith
      are intertwineably responsible for most of the problems that beset us today.

      Exponential improvement in communication has resulted in the expansion of disinformation and confusion which — along with the embrace of “alternative facts” — have made truth a scarce commodity.

      Does anyone know if anything is being done to prevent attack drones from getting into the hands of domestic terrorists as well as the insane? Will children be any less dead if they are blown up in their schools rather than shot down?

      Jockey Sonny Leon didn’t have a winner in his first rides at Lonestar. Wonder if he’ll get any mounts at Belmont before Rich Strike? Stewart Eliot sure had an explosive day in Texas with Asmussen horses. Maybe he had a few words of advice for Leon based on his own Belmont experience aboard Smarty Jones. Yes, it has been that long.

      wmc,
      Republican Congressman Steve Scaliese was actually shot by a deranged Democrat, but still refused to change his stance on gun control.

      1. (below from Indulto personal email)

        McD,
        It seems to me, that human nature, mental illness, the unrestrained pursuit of excessive power and wealth, and blind faith
        are intertwineably responsible for most of the problems that beset us today.

        Exponential improvement in communication has resulted in the expansion of disinformation and confusion which — along with the embrace of “alternative facts” — have made truth a scarce commodity.

        Does anyone know if anything is being done to prevent attack drones from getting into the hands of domestic terrorists as well as the insane? Will children be any less dead if they are blown up in their schools rather than shot down?

        Jockey Sonny Leon didn’t have a winner in his first rides at Lone Star. Wonder if he’ll get any mounts at Belmont before Rich Strike? Stewart Eliot sure had an explosive day in Texas with Asmussen horses. Maybe he had a few words of advice for Leon based on his own Belmont experience aboard Smarty Jones. Yes, it has been that long.

        wmc,
        Republican Congressman Steve Scaliese was actually shot by a deranged Democrat, but still refused to change his stance on gun control.

  6. (Indulo responds)

    “McD,
    It seems to me, that human nature, mental illness, the unrestrained pursuit of excessive power and wealth, and blind faith
    are intertwineably responsible for most of the problems that beset us today.

    Exponential improvement in communication has resulted in the expansion of disinformation and confusion which — along with the embrace of “alternative facts” — have made truth a scarce commodity.

    Does anyone know if anything is being done to prevent attack drones from getting into the hands of domestic terrorists as well as the insane? Will children be any less dead if they are blown up in their schools rather than shot down?

    Jockey Sonny Leon didn’t have a winner in his first rides at Lonestar. Wonder if he’ll get any mounts at Belmont before Rich Strike? Stewart Eliot sure had an explosive day in Texas with Asmussen horses. Maybe he had a few words of advice for Leon based on his own Belmont experience aboard Smarty Jones. Yes, it has been that long.

    wmc,
    Republican Congressman Steve Scaliese was actually shot by a deranged Democrat, but still refused to change his stance on gun control.”

  7. McD responding to The Wordsmith of The West (Indulto, aka Mr. Ed)

    Indy, In total agreement sadly. We have transitioned into an era in which the lie told often enough simply becomes the truth, even when a copy of the bible is held upside down at a disgraceful Presidential photo op. What a world. I miss the simplicity of our youth. There was evil then as well, but not even close to what we witness today. From the Devil’s Advocate I offer Al Pacino’s closing narrative: “This is the Devil’s World, and business has never been better.” ✌️🙏

    Re Smarty, there were only two Grade 1 winners in the Belmont that year. I mentioned the odds disparity to friends I was with at the Belmont and stated at that at 3-5 vs 35-1, I knew very well how I would wager on the race. I missed witnessing a Triple Crown, but did collect $169 for every $2 wagered on the exacta with Nick Zito and Birdstone.

    WMC, Any chance of you touting a runner on the Belmont undercard for the HRI faithful? I would definetly join in just for the fun of it all. Brothers in Arms we are at the track, and we don’t carry weapons. Only pastrami sandwiches, a few pickles, and a wad of singles wrapped in a rubberband.

    Riders Up! Good Night Gents. Off to watch the Rangers.

  8. Mr. Ed: Your writing about Scaliese not changing his stance on gun control after being shot had me thinking all day yesterday as to why he is not supporting changes. I have arrived at an opinion as to why: Being elected a U. S. Federal senator or congressperson offers many ‘perks’ (ie: contributions, best medical coverage, plenty of free time, media coverage, etc) that requires one to place political party ahead of country to get reelected – simple as that!

    McD: Why? I’m in this ‘game’ to cash tickets which is difficult as I only win with roughly 30% of win bets. You wager ‘for the fun of it’. Fine with me. I have a more serious approach involving considerably more money. Over the years I have failed with my repetitious comments to convince Mr. Pricci, and other HRI readers apparently, that other races are ………..(you know the rest).

  9. All good WMC. When I get beat, I hope your runner that bested me. Thinking you are correct on your political assessment as well. Always about what can I get out of this over what can I give. Thinking JFK, “Ask not”…..(you know the rest).

    How about “them’ Rangers? Igor in goal was amazing last night.

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