Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Assorted Racing News

Here are a few tidbits from the world of thoroughbred racing:

The second Kentucky Derby Future book closed this weekend. "All others" is still the favorite, but there's essentially a three-way tie for second now between Nobiz Like Shobiz, Street Sense, and Circular Quay. The latter moved way up on the list after an impressive win in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds this past Saturday.

In another Derby prep race, Summer Doldrums was upset in the Gotham Stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct by Cowtown Cat. Cowtown Cat is essentially a sprinter, but showed no real strain stretching out to a mile-and-a-sixteenth. Not surprisingly, Cowtown Cat is trained by Todd Pletcher, who seems to be able to walk on water this year. He's never won the Derby, but has eight horses who are legit contenders.

My favorite horse is the late, great Lost in the Fog, who died of cancer last fall. His team seems to have found his heir apparent in a 4-year-old named Smokey Stover, who is currently ranked the #1 sprinter in the country (Lost in the Fog was also a sprint specialist). On Sunday, Smokey won the G3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint.

At the end of last month The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved a joint plan for the state of New York to bail out poor old NYRA to the tune of $32 million dollars in 2007. Racing is guaranteed to continue in NY until at least December 31, 2007. Hooray!

New York Governor Elliot Spitzer has reopened the bidding for the New York racing franchise, throwing out the recommendations made by a panel appointed by former governor George Pataki (no big surprise there). There are now six contenders for the franchise.

And here's something to make you want to go to the races. At a Puerto Rican track this past weekend a player hit a pick-six worth $14 million dollars. I was at the track this weekend myself, and barely grabbed a piece of a $12 exacta. Am I doing something wrong?