Neither rain, nor sleet, snow or a typhoon could keep the diehard degenerate handicappers away from our pre-derby handicapping extravaganza last night. We had a great crowd who welcomed a brand-new panel of experts into our fold. After about an hour and a half of predictions, relegation's and gesticulations, we may have come up with the magic formula so we can all retire after tomorrow's race cards are history.
Our panel was made up of one veteran Jeff Carle (who being a former jockey always has an interesting “riding the horse” perspective) and two newcomers, Tom Law of Saratoga Special fame and Brian Nadeau, who we hijacked from Capitol OTB. This band of brothers were not only informative but also very entertaining. It always amazes me how much detail these guys remember and how strong they are in their convictions. As we all know we are moving forward to one of the best betting races of the racing season,The Kentucky Derby and it pays to do your homework and gather as much information from as many people as possible. That way once you're totally confused, you will no doubt pick the big winner.
If you missed last night's gathering, we will be meeting again on May 5 at the Parting Glass Pub for our 14th annual Kentucky Derby handicapping party. If you're reading this, you are invited and don't forget to bring friends.
This week we've got some exciting racing action:
Tomorrow in the fifth race (Post time 2:26) Rectify will finally get the distance he has been waiting for on the track he prefers and hopefully will bring home the bacon. He has his favorite pilot aboard Mr. Junior Alvarado and he is 3 to 1 in the morning line.
Sunday, we have Cliffs of Dover entered in the sixth race breaking way outside from the 11 hole also with Junior in the saddle. He is also 3 to 1. Cliff just arrived on Sunday all the way from sunny Florida and has galloped on the racetrack and apparently is ready to roll. If it rains and they take the race off the turf, he will be scratched as he doesn't really care for the off going.
It should be an exciting weekend! We hope everybody watches and cheers us home and good luck to you if you choose to put a shekel or two down on either of these very accomplished equine athletes.
As they say, “it's horse racing and you’ve got to love it” and we do!