Monday, April 27, 2009
ADW Account Loaded for Bear: Check
Chips, Beer, Soda, Juleps Stocked: Check
Phone number for NTRA/Blogger Conference Call: Ummm....Huh?
Be ready for the Pimlico Safety & Integrity Alliance announcement next week. Sorry, couldn't help myself. Wonder if this morning's accident at Churchill could have been avoided by, ironically, the track that received the first Safety accreditation. Seemed to be a lot of concern on behalf of the trainers that were on hand.
So it's kinda ironic that our NASCAR neighbors grab the headlines for safety issues the week of the Kentucky Derby. Man, that crash looked hellacious and it's a good thing no fans got seriously hurt (as well as Carl Edwards). Let's hope they all come home safe this weekend so these folks don't get any more ammunition than they already have.
I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm disappointed that Wednesday's Derby Draw live on 4th Street won't be televised this year. While some may think it was boring television, I found it intriguing when Big Brown's connections were left with the 1, 19 and 20 posts to choose from last year. There was a little drama that was fun to watch and then hear the confidence of Rick Dutrow in saying the 20 post wouldn't be an issue for his horse. Anyways, I'm sure it didn't make any economic sense for ESPN or NBC to televise it (especially for an hour long show), but I'll miss it nonetheless.
CanGamble posted today (yes, I got past the Chantal picture) that Fort Erie won't be taking US dollar wagers this year at the windows, but they'll be happy to exchange your American dollars for a loonie or two. Wow, now that's customer service. I'll be using my ADW account, thank you very much. I found it to be extremely convenient to be able to bet in USD last summer, regardless of how much I was getting skewered via the exuberant exactor takeouts.
It's too bad that Quality Road had to scratch, I really feel for James Jerkens as the type of horse he had doesn't come around every year. I remember walking out of the Superdome after Syracuse lost to Indiana in 1987, thinking man it's hard to get this far and not win (and it took another 16 years to win it).
It goes to show you that Derby Future Wagers can be quite the risky endeavor, indeed. I have one Pool #3 exacta box with IWR, Chocolate Candy and Regal Ransom and one Pool #2 exacta box with Friesan Fire and all others, which ends up being with Regal Ransom, Square Eddie, Musket Man, Hold Me Back, Win Willy, Advice, Mine that Bird, Flying Private, Mr. Hot Stuff, Join in the Dance and Summer Bird. My only future win wager was in Pool #1, where I have Friesan Fire at 19-1, which is nice value considering he'll be around 7-1 on Derby Day, if not less. We'll start formulating exotics after the post draw on Wednesday. I don't know another US race where post positions come more into play than this one, so best to wait to see what gates they'll be in come Saturday. I also enjoy playing the Oaks/Derby double, which may not be as expensive due to the lack of challengers to Rachel Alexandra. I also understand there will be a Pick 3 featuring the Oaks/Woodford Reserve Turf/Derby wager available also that could offer better value than the aforementioned double.
Time to get busy.....we"re almost ready to turn the corner..