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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Top Turf Teddy – The Prince of Pace

The “Worst Stinkin’ Bet of the Day” for Friday, January 17, 2020, will be in the 9th Race at Gulfstream Park.

Wisdom from the Weeds:  “It is better to give than to receive.”

Let’s face it, this is a difficult game, and these are extraordinary times.  Homelessness is on the rise, and many people are struggling to survive.  Just the other day, saw one of those panhandling guys with the cardboard signs outside the front gate of the track, the sign said, “Trip Handicapper will work for food.”  Threw him a $20, and gave him the winner of the feature.  One does what one can.  Racetrack purses have always been a barometer of the economy, and you need only look at the meager purse money being offered weekdays at the “championship” meet to realize, horsemen (and misguided handicappers) are not immune from the struggle.

Looking for a windfall profit today from 8-Noholdingback Bear, a speedy sort, who had 3 less than perfect trips since his return in October, and could arguably be labeled a “problem” horse with respect to his overall gate history.  Chalk eaters will be backing 4-Hidden Scroll away since May, which will ensure a hefty price.  Let the buyer beware on 8-Noholdingback Bear.

8-Noldingback Bear – The “Worst Stinkin’ Bet of the Day”

4-Hidden Scroll

No. Horse Race 9   M/L   TTT
8 Noholdingback Bear 4.047797019   15   3.95
4 Hidden Scroll 2.542517827   8/5   6.29
3 Cajun Firecracker 2.158358285   8   7.41
6 Vincero 1.599965265   8   9.99
7 Sniper Shot 1.522957343   9/2   10.50
1 Who’s Out 1.519735256   7/2   10.52
5 Hard Belle 1.323988662   15   12.07
2 Vinnie Van Go 1.271721669   6   12.57

Got to double up with Chad’s unbeatable 6-Chiclet’s Dream in the 8th:

No. Horse Race 8   M/L   TTT
6 Chiclet’s Dream 0.573070958   7/5   5.05
1 Elite Appeal 0.335260319   6   8.64
12 Henny’s Treasure 0.240438277   15   12.04
14 La Incondicional (ae) 0.226054455   10   12.81
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