What did we learn this weekend?

So what did we learn this weekend? Plenty of good racing on for both the pacers/trotters and the thoroughbreds. The 3 year old picture was painted a little further and we learned a few things about a couple of the contenders.

I learned that as much as I was looking forward to this Keeneland meet, not even the level of racing that Keeneland offers can make synthetic tracks exciting for me.

We learned, that even the classiest of horses may or may not transfer their form over synthetic surfaces. See Proud Spell …

We learned that as horseplayers, TVG’s Bob Bedeker should be our vote for president after his Saturday morning rant about the Inquiry/Objection and disqualification rules and standards throughout this game.

We learned that after two Friday DQ’s ( the subjects of Bedeker’s rant ), when the best horse was taken down, the stewards moods were different and the stretch run of Gloriously’s race wasn’t even looked at, after the best horse was crowded and impeded in deep stretch while the winner drifted in.

We learned that J Be K will be one heck of a terror around one turn after dominating the Bay Shore.

Temporary Saint told us what we should have already known, pace makes the race. After ding donging with Daheer in his previous start, he was afforded an easy lead yesterday and took advantage of it.

We learned that War Pass isn’t as bad as his Tampa Bay Derby. We also learned he could take some substantial heat on the front end and still continue on.

We learned that Tale Of Ekati is as good as his Belmont Futurity made him look.

We learned that enough suckers still play this game to give some of us a chance. You would have to be a sucker to bet War Pass down to 4/5 in a race in which a foe had been entered soley to hinder his chances right? Not to mention that War Pass was coming off a clunker.

We learned that Bustin Stones is a serious racehorse. We also learned that the General George at Laurel was a pretty stoudt race. The first 3 finishers in the GG at Laurel ran 1, 3, 4 in the Carter yesterday, though I guess it could be argued that they didn’t beat much other than an overbet turnback type in Spring At Last.

We learned that El Gato Malo is probably distance limited and that Colonel John is the West Coast best Derby hope. But who will transfer their form to the dirt? Good question.

We learned that this “crafty” schedule that Denis of Cork has been on is probably a more result of him having some soundness questions than the connections.

We learned that Zenyatta is a monster, dirt or synthetic. I also learned that my visual suspicions of Ginger Punches Sunshine Millions effort weren’t just suspicions, she was tailing off.

We learned that Tiago is better on dirt than synthetic … or did we learn that Heatseeker isn’t as good on dirt as on synthetic? Good question.

We learned that Bonfante is a good horse, turf or dirt.

Switching to the standardbreds …

We learned that Tigerama is a monster right now. He easily swept the Spring Pacing Championship at Woodbine Saturday and probably ran the race mile of the year so far, on either side of the border a month or so ago when he was parked the entire mile, including through an opening 1/4 of 25.3 and yet was right there at the finish line.

We learned that Ross Croghan is a super trainer. He took Bono’s Best from the lowest level of conditioned pacing events at The Big M to the highest, the winners over pace. And he took a further step Saturday night winning a division of the FFA Levy series at Yonkers.

We learned that not even Special Report can continue on forever with his tough front end miles and stay ultra sharp. He dropped anchor in his division of the Levy Saturday.

We learned that Maltese Artist couldn’t overcome being first over through a 27.x quarter at Yonkers.

We learned that Took Hanover loves Yonkers and is ultra sharp right now.

We learned that Panaramic’s Art first over attack of Mr. Feelgood in last weeks Levy might have taken something out of him, he was a dull horse Saturday night, finishing 8th, placed 7th.







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