A racing fans version of Monday, the return of Etude & random thoughts …

That is how I feel about Wednesdays. In three days, the big stakes races of the weekend will take place. This week, topping that list and getting the most attention is the Tampa Bay Derby which will feature War Pass. I read tonight that he may only face 3 rivals, which will probably leave him lone speed again. You would think with graded earnings as important as they are this time of year that you could get 6 or 7 together to battle for the balance, guess not.

Pyro closed as the Derby future favorite at 4-1. Those of you who took that price should have your mental stability checked. Even if he goes into the Derby off of three wins, if 20 horses got to the post, you would probably get 7-2 or 4-1 on Derby Day. I mentioned when pool 1 closed that the horses that win the weekends preps are grossly overbet, this played out again. I didn’t bet anyone this round, as most of my pool 1 horses look as if they might not get to the gate. Hey, at-least I got good prices on my losers.

Etude, who I anointed as Maryland’s best 3 year old and only Preakness hopeful last year returns to the races Friday at Laurel in an Alw/OC going 6 furlongs. He was awesome once he figured this game out last year. He went to the bench after running a dud in one of the last 3 year old stakes going a mile at Laurel as the favorite. Not sure what ails him, but it is good to see him back at the races. He was oozing with talent this time last year. 6 furlongs isn’t his game, so this is a prep for longer. Here is to hoping he stays sound.

Daheer is retired. Who didn’t see that coming? Not sure I believe that something was amiss with him but boy did he sure go off form. That is what the game has become today. Win a few big ones and whisk them off to stud before they taint their racing record too much.

Pyro looked awesome again, albeit running slower than the fillies did … again. Not sure how to handle that. He ran some big Beyer numbers as a 2 year old, but I think I’d like to see him run back to those numbers prior to the Derby. He has to have moved forward didn’t he? If he goes into the Derby with no triple digit Beyers this year he do you handle him? Visionaire come out of the Risen Star to win the Gotham, which helps validate these efforts I guess. Visionaire didn’t beat anyone though.

My commitment to betting against Indian Blessing going a distance of ground finally paid off. Proud Spell turned the tables on her at what I felt was a very generous 9-5. And really, she was about 4-1 because how could either of the other two run 2nd? If you were going to bet Proud Spell to win you had to bet an equal if not larger exacta with Indian Blessing second didn’t you?

Commentator was awesome again this weekend. When this guy brings his A game he probably can’t be beaten at 7F and under. Chatain being scratched took the starch right out of that race.

 Another nice weekend of racing at the Big M is on tap. More on that as it approaches.

The blog has been kind of slow the past few weeks. I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t been playing much during the day. Been concentrating on harness racing at the Big M, Woodbine, Dover and some Freehold. Playing thoroughbreds only on the weekends. I thought this blog would lean more towards handicapping but those post don’t get read much nor do people end up here by searching for handicapping articles. Each week more people read and surprisingly, most end up here looking for harness racing articles. I created this blog thinking it would be geared toward t-bred handicapping and racing … guess not. Just as well by me, as I enjoy talking about and following both.

The play of the day is stagnant. We are on a bit of a losing streak, which coincided with the scaling back of my thoroughbred play. I don’t feel like buying the Form or paying $3.75 for a race card just to post a play of the day. Maybe tomorrow at Gulfstream?

 That is about it. Be back with more as the weekend approaches.

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