Monday, July 24, 2006

Monday Evening Thoughts

Sorry for the infrequent postings recently. We have been occupied with vacations and family obligations.

- Take a look at the 7th race of Saratoga's opening card on Wednesday. It's an Allowance Optional Claimer, $61,000 purse, 6.5 furlongs on the dirt for 4-year-olds and up. The entries look more like a Grade 2 Stakes race than a Wednesday optional claiming race. I'm the Tiger has won a Grade 1 this year, Spanish Chestnut is a Grade 2 winner, Vicarage and Kazoo are Grade 3 winners, Better than Bonds finished 3rd in a Grade 1, Awesome Twist is the favorite after a strong return to racing at Belmont, and then there is Spooky Mulder. I love this gelding. He is an equine ATM. He just prints money. 26 wins and practically always finishes in the money. He was claimed for $100,000 this year at the age of 8 with no breeding prospects. And don't forget he beat Silver Train this year. My money is on 10-1 Spooky to show the youngsters how a seasoned veteran gets it done.

- It looks like the problems facing U.S. racing are not unique. In fact, they might not be so bad compared to other places such as India. The government is looking to close the track in Mumbai because racing is "heavily losing money year after year" and the track only makes money from renting space for birthdays and weddings. There is a proposal to use the track land for the tallest building in the world and a new theme park. This article is interesting reading.

- For our non-TBA readers that haven't seen this, please check out It is a collaborative blog covering the entire Saratoga meet experience. The contributors are excellent writers and I expect it will be a very entertaining and informative read every day.

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