There may come a day when I write up the full and sordid tale of Travers Day 2012. . .but it will not be this day.
Unfortunately, with the sting and frustration of yesterday still in mind, I can’t quite wrap my mind around writing up the story of the Degenerate Doubleheader, which I know I still I owe you guys. And I’m also not quite ready to publish the files of my radio tribute to my Dad. Those should appear in this space later this week.
Despite my whinging, there were some real positives to yesterday. We had an awesome set up at a gazebo in the Paddock Bar. It was a truly awesome vantage point and one of the real (only?) positives I’ll remember from the day. Several people in the Paddock Bar asked me how I landed such a great spot. I could tell you. But then I’d have to kill you.
Was just a funny day betting-wise. After a meet of making a lot of right decisions and, frankly, catching a lot of breaks, I got a little visit from the Regression Fairy. A cruel mistress, she. I had more than one paper opinion that I ended up changing because of the way the horses looked. I’ve done this type of thing all meet with good results. Yesterday it produced nothing but pain. Too many bets, too much stepping out, and only a couple of chalky winners to show for it.
The big race itself was a lot of fun. I mean, we could all live to be 100 and not see another heater in the Travers! A little girl standing behind Susan and I had backed BOTH Alpha and Golden Ticket. You should be reading her blog.
I think I need a few days of freshening. I’ll probably go over there today for a few to say hi to some friends, and goodbye to one key one, but parimutuelly speaking, I think the right move is to circle the wagons and get ready to assault the Thursday through Labor Day cards. The timing is good anyway as we have a (routine) doctor appointmoint tomorrow a.m. in the city and I have U.S. Open tix for Tuesday.
I do feel compelled to look at today, tomorrow and Wednesday so I’ll put up hores for those days, and mirror those plays myself. I wouldn’t suggest you bet your money if I’m not risking mine.
I’ll be back with something more coherent soon.
Race 5: $50 win and place on #6 SEARCH ENGINE.
The Flow Move-Ups have been kind to us this meet, and this colt qualifies (didn’t break well, and you couldn’t close in that race). He was turf meant last time and he’ll actually get to try the green today. The hood goes on, the trainer knows her stuff. The rider switch seems notable. Formulator has Michelle Nihei and Johnny V clicking at 40% in a 15 horse sample for a $4.95 ROI. It doesn’t hurt to see a Cordero listed amongst the owners.