What did we learn this week?

So what did we learn this week?  I expanded the period to week, from weekend, since Keeneland has good weekday racing and some important harness racing took place Monday to Thursday.

Well …

We Learned that Kip Deville picked up right were he left off after winning last fall’s G1 Breeders Cup Turf Mile by winning Friday’s G1 Makers Mark Mile …

We learned that Einstein is a classy G1 competitor at distances ranging from 1 3/16th to 1 mile.

We learned that Sherine can run well on turf or dirt.

We learned that Hey Byrn is just good enough to beat a dreadful G2 field and most likely earn a spot in the Derby, with a little help of some dropouts.

We learned that Rutherienne has carried her solid form into ’08 and she could be very tough if she continues to improve.

Garrett Gomez reitterated my believe that he is the best money, big race rider in the country right now, turf or dirt.

Edgar Prado is a close second.

We learned that Gayego can run on real dirt.

We learned that Pyro couldn’t.

We learned that Monba can run on real dirt or synthetic.

We learned that Cowboy Cal can run on turf or synthetic and will probably give real dirt a try in the biggest race of the year. Who knows that the result will be.

We learned that even at Keeneland, most disqualifications are unjust.

We learned that Matt Carothers couldn’t control his emotions about the above DQ.

To have the best horse DQ’d time and time again paints a very sour portrait for this game and ruins the experience for new players. Horse racing cannot compete with poker, table games and slots as it is … taking money from people after they correctly identified the best horse does no good for anyone.

We already knew that not enough people care about these issues … not the players or the people in charge.

We learned that Derby favorite’s Big Brown’s feet were sound enough for him to work Saturday at Palm Meadows … Five furlongs in 1.00.53.

We didn’t learn what exactly to do with the California, synthetic surface based 3 year olds. Your guess is as good as mine regarding who will hold their form over dirt.

On the harness racing side of things …

We learned that Artistic Fella has carried his Breeders Crown winning form into ’08. He won the $85k Pacing Classic at Dover on Monday.

We learned that Southwind Tempo isn’t as invincible as I and most folks thought. She was upset by My Little Dragon in the $85k Classic Distaff Pace. They are both headed to a series at Chester Downs.

We learned that Enough Talk is a serious trotter. He upset the $85k Trotting Classic in 1.52.2. That mark set a new world record for older trotters over a 5/8 mile track. The old record was 1.53.1 set by Woody Woodrow. Keep in mind, Dover plays extremely fast and very kind to front runners.

We learned that Vivid Photo, former Hambletonian and Trotting Classic Champion has some work to do to recapture former glory. He was never in contention.

We learned that Buck I St Pat is a nice horse. She won the $85k Trotting Classic Oaks in 1.53.0. Obviously that final time sheds some light on Enough Talk’s performance and the speed of the Dover surface.

We learned that Tug River Princess is still undefeated, 11 for 11 and each win as easy as the one prior.

We learned that Ross Croghan has a strangle hold on the Father Foley trotting series at the Meadowlands with Lawman and Swan Image … they swept both divisions Wednesday night.

We learned that Street Dancer is still the scourge of the Meadowlands filly and mare FFA pacers. She held on for a gutsy win Friday night.

We learned that given the right trip, Mypanmar and Rare Jewel can have a say in the Levy series at Yonkers.

We also learned that Panaramic Art is in need of some luck and a decent trip. For the 2nd time in 3 weeks he was forced first up into rated fractions, a scenario that he hasn’t yet overcome, yet he raced very well.

Tigerama didn’t win this week, he didn’t run either. He is being pointed the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield this Friday night I believe.

While Tigerama was away, Western Shore played. Parlaying a 2nd over trip into a victory in the Woodbine Open in 1.51.0.





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One Response to “What did we learn this week?”

  1. Horse Racing Says:

    Horse Racing…

    The bigger the field, the more chance there is that your horse won\’t give its true running….

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