I say bring on the drunken hoodlums. Boost attendance, potential fans down the road, loud music, yeah. Just don't barf on me, ok?
The Preakness marketing campaign is getting a lot of PR....good, bad and indifferent (see this blog) around the interwebs. I gave some thought to actually buying an infield ticket with the bottomless mug ($20 additional cost) and after that minute passed by, I decided a seat on the clubhouse turn was just fine, thank you. It's not that I don't like to party (I do), but I have a sneaky suspicion that much mayhem will be ensuing on said infield. What's funny is a lot of people I know my age have told me they've been to the Preakness (in the infield) and had a riot when they were younger and also had fun being at the track. Define riot? So, I dunno, double edged sword, I guess.
The weekend wagering focused on Churchill on Saturday. Where else can you hit three $0.50 Pick-3's in a row and clear $14. Can you say, chalkfest? I know, first you cash the ticket, then you complain about the amount. Not a bad way to spend five hours, in hindsight.
Saw that Hollywood Hit set the track record at Woodbine for 7 furlongs, waxing 2008 Canadian HoTY Fatal Bullet in the process. I was lucky enough to see his 2010 debut a few weeks ago in the Jacques Cartier while visiting my pal Triple Dead Heat. That cat is fast (Hollywood Hit, that is, not Keith).
Can't believe I gave up on Fly Down. In three volumes of the Wireplayers.com Derby Dozen I was the only one to rank him in the top 12, but dropped him out after the Florida Derby (when it was evident he wouldn't make the Derby gate). But do I play him on Saturday in the Dwyer? What do you think.....
By the way, who peed in Bill Christine's Cheerios?
The Preakness field is taking shape and it looks like it could be a full one (A Little Warm is apparently out and First Dude is in).
After enjoying some handicapping success playing a joint Oaks/Derby double with the master, I am thinking a BES/Preakness Double is in order. Considering the Borel double, I am (channeling inner Yoda voice).
Monday, May 10, 2010