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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


After the big card Saturday, the interesting Sunday feature to us is a maiden allowances for three year old maiden allowance fillies going two turns and the young filly who showed us the most life in last was Core Values (6-1). And isn’t that what Super Bowl Sunday is all about?

Anyway, Vicki Oliver’s filly showed speed throughout her last on grass while racing wide in a subtle two-move effort that should prove a useful exercise for today’s dirt run.

This has worked for the barn in the past, one also known for making its second start going long and getting Lasix for the second time. Oliver tips her further with a switch to Centeno, adds blinkers, and worked sharply in them since her last.

Further, her pedigree looks more dirt than turf so this looks like proper placement, especially in this group. Taking Core Values to win at 7-2 or greater and boxing an exacta with prince shot Mollify (10-1) who gets first Lasix and a rider switch after a 7-furlong prep in her debut over the track.

Check out the Tampa Bay Today video for JAN 17, RACE 10 at TBD and see if your agree.

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  1. I like the FRA call today John. Just watched the linked replay and my trip comment reads “wide, wider, widest”. Gained experience and on dirt today. The FRA sure beats wagering on a coin toss. And don’t be insulted Stage Door. You gave out more than enough selections yesterday without my inquiring who you might like in leg one on an x/c ticket. But only for the fun of it, how about a friendly five spot wager on SB this evening? Bragging rights bet really. I kicked Bishop Loughlin’ butt in the big game stuff is all. You pick first. No points involved. PSA for all the HRI faithful, Big Spreader Day today. Stay Safe and Mask Up. Think “Safe at Second”. Only about your life and protecting your families.

    1. John, you were right about this filly ! I’ve actually been following her since before her debut as I’m in contact with her owners, who also own Bama Breeze. Core Values’ debut was better than the 8th place finish would indicate; I was surprised they ran her on turf, but I’m guessing they just wanted to get a route under her belt. She actually broke very poorly in the race, but I really loved the move she made and how she poured it on – albeit it was probably an ordinary field.

      Another Honor Code I like broke his maiden on Saturday – Unbridled Honor. He ran a sneaky good race in his debut, didn’t show much against Risk Taking in his next start, and then improved (despite the low BSF) in this race. He made a very nice move to get into contention, and then was blocked for most of the last furlong. He showed agility and a burst of speed to win nicely. I think he’s more a horse for later on, but be sure has pedigree as his dam is a half to Roman Ruler and El Correador.

      Hope you are doing well!

      1. Bets, you love those Honor Code’s, I know. But you must be disappointed in Code of Honor’s 4YO season. Some horses just don’t take the next step. We’ll see if that was him or the way the breed will turn out–early developers.

        Love the way you watch races, I’m a fan! Enjoy your comments, as I’m sure the HRI Faithful do as well…

        1. I do! I love any Slew-line horse (Slew is a god, to me), and as HC is Indy’s last big son, I’m rooting for him to succeed! Creed is on the comeback trail – that excites me. Ever since HAP’s retirement, I haven’t been as into racing….

          Code of Honor (not by HC) has been disappointing. I actually liked him a lot, but he just didn’t take the next step, like you said. He’s actually got a half brother by Honor Code, which makes me laugh because of the constant confusion between HC and CoH !

          Thanks for the kind words – I hope to post more often!

      2. Intelligent voices who love the game and pass on their knowledge and insights are always welcome here. Bets, we’re hanging in. Please stay safe…

  2. “Give me the cripple” Terribly incorrect, of course, but back in the time I was handicapping and betting sports more seriously and more often than I do now, that was the mantra of some big bettors I respected, the idea that for one game, the second and third string will step up and outplay themselves as their mates rally around them.
    Football is a game of emotion, size, strength, skill and speed. Once the teams get a couple of reps, they settle into a game rhythm then may the best team win.
    But only a fool would not be concerned that three members of the OL who started the season will be watching today. I’ll depend on Reid to come up with some gadgets, using Mahomes’ extraordinary talent and mobility to get the ball in the hands his talented receivers and, of course, Tyreek Hill, the fastest man I’ve ever seen on a football field. Yeah, Brady and Bronk could have a last hurrah, especially late in the game.
    I’ll take the Chiefs and lay you 6-5 to make up for the points, it’s the least I could do…

    1. This morning I put on my father-in-laws high school ring from Brooklyn Prep. We had attended the same high school and he had graduated in ’38, ten before my arrival at Mercy in RVC. I followed his path, and my father’s as well, and graduated Nostrand and Carroll back in ’66. My Dad out of work at the time, there were no funds for a ring on my exit. Any hoot, there were only two items that I asked for at the time of Nick’s passing, his golf pitching wedge to keep him in the game, and his high school ring to replace the one I never lost. How many can say about their Father-in-Laws that they somehow had evolved into one of their most trusted friends? Nick by the way had been selected as first string all city Catholic High School QB by three city papers back in his day. He must have been some kind of player, as his team finished with a 2 -6 record in his last year selected.

      Nick, If your watching later today, I’ll be the friend of old wearing your ring.

      All right John, I’m stuck with Brady, but only if we can up it to a dime.

  3. Riders Up! Quarterbacks Up! Could it be a bottle of Washington State Erath Pinot riding on this race. When this ticket comes to fruition., we’ll learn more. Sprinkled in a few tri’s just to spice up the wager. Still safe on second mind you. Had my first covid shot on Friday at Walgreens. Was scheduled to get one at Aqueduct, but a spot opened up earlier and much closer to home. I don’t think I have been to Aqueduct since the fall of ’68. Thinking Johnny Ruane just broke on top by four is all, Air Whirl II coming into mind…anyhoot, my older brother asks me where I’m going? To the cashiers window Mike. Runner paid $18 or $19 and won for fun. I was maybe 18 and shortly after to get a “greetings” letter from Lyndon himself. $18 bucks was a lot in the days of fifty cent gas. I treasured the old Starter’s Handicap, always run on the last race on Saturday a Aqueduct. Lights on the board glowing in the dusk, those were the days of innocence’s past. Past or passed? Never worried about going home with only a single in my pockets on Saturdays.

    P.S. Always keep at least a single or two in your pockets when leaving any track friends. You certainly don’t want anyone calling you a “bum”, do ya’? Especially when you attended High School in Brooklyn Stage Door, lol. You tell ’em Toni.

    1. Table Hopper and Palenque III, my two favorite starter-handicappers of all time… and you leave Toni out of this.

      BTW: Erath Pinot is my absolute fave!

  4. Career Lady and Swing Rex. My guessing a few years behind you. Best memories based most on cashing tickets I guess. I didn’t start going to Aqueduct until ’67/’68. Frank Martin?

  5. Frank Martin was Table Hopper, Buddy Jacobson Palenque III. I remember Career Lady and Swing Red, don’t recall their trainers but Swing Rex could have been another ‘Pancho’ runner.

    Career Lady, good question… PG, Tommy Gullo? Anyway, fun looking back…

  6. Sadly Mollify never fired. Only one call early on. Close to even today with four bucks to win. Maybe the next FRA at Tampa Brady Downs we’ll score an exacta or trifecta. Quit your crying and Good Night Miss Calabash wherever you are.

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