I really enjoyed the horse racing on Saturday but upon awakening this morning I felt guilty about that. I’m wondering how many other fans and players feel the same.
I’m guilty because I’m excited about something most people deem frivolous when compared to the news that 50,000 of our countrymen have been taken by a blood-thickening virus that attached itself to their lungs and attacked their hearts and kidneys with impunity.
I’ll probably need to seek guidance from someone above my pay grade once I learn it’s safe again to go outside again, which I fear will be a long time coming.
Until then, I suppose this immersion into horse racing is as permissible as any other coping mechanism these days.
I know it weren’t for the game I would have been binged myself to death by now. I’m having a current love/hate relationship with Netflix similar to that I often have with horse racing.
So, for all those who may be in the same equine boat, with a tip of the cap to a late racing writer, Clyde Hirt, here are some impertinent questions that help me whittle away the time:
I loved seeing a gorgeous three-year-old colt break maiden on seven-furlong debut after enduring a trip that would defeat most horses, but am I now supposed to put Basquiat on some Derby futures list?
Should I start following Maxfield’s workout regimen a lot more seriously now and what if he doesn’t make the transition from 2 to 3; are his talents simply the result of youthful precocity?
I know on that on paper he often was riding the best horse, but is Irad Ortiz Jr. really that much better than the competition, or does it just appear that way?
Did you think that Luis Saez’ lean-in race-ride aboard Attachment Rate that put Irad Ortiz aboard Dr Post in a precarious spot was some kind of Derby redux, only to learn it was Ortiz who initiated contact, twice?
And does Dr Post’s courageous victory mean that recent workmate Gouverneur Morris is the one they must beat in the Arkansas Derby?
Has the winner of Gulfstream’s seventh race on Saturday, recent Danny Gargan claim Venezuelan Hug, stopped re-breaking yet?
Does Dr Post belong on the Kentucky Derby futures list, too?
Isn’t strong-rally Ashiham a certain maiden breaker given similar dynamics next time out?
Wasn’t Stanley Hough’s preparation of Global Campaign off a nine- month break a thing of beauty, and isn’t his return to graded stakes imminent?
Would the Arkansas Derby have been split were it not for the fact that Bob Baffert, King of the Hot Springs Ship-Ins, had a favorite for each division?
Can we please stop the hype surrounding Bellafina, a very nice juvenile and early season three-year-old that needs everything to go her way, including permanent quarantine in Southern California?
Not for nothin’, but after her poor start in the Carousel did Joe Talamo have to return to his days of riding like a 10-pound bug boy?
Under more patient handling, don’t you think that the rider cost Bellafina a share of the trifecta?
Does Gov. Beshear’s ‘back and forth’ about the return of racing to Churchill Downs have more to do with CDI’s donations to the McConnell reelection campaign than it does the industry?
Wazzup with Eight Rings?
With the Honey Ryder, English Channel and Big Drama scheduled for Saturday at Gulfstream Park, did someone extend the championship meet while no one was looking?
If Noble Drama, a half-sister to Big Drama, wins the Big Drama on May 2, is that equine nepotism?
Anyone besides me think that even if Long Weekend keeps moving forward, he won’t be able to beat older horses come the fall?
Can Mia Mischief become the female Mitole of 2020 if kept around one turn?
Do you suppose Ricardo Santana will begin his 10-day suspension the day after the Arkansas Derby, or the following Monday [asking for a commissioner]?
Can’t decide which of the two Baffert Arkansas Derby favorites is better, Charlatan or Nadal?