First Post: Tuesday, August 7, 2018



Early again! And now you know why! Too hot to hit the courts this morning, nevermind the afternoon!

Took Kevork on his evening constitutional a couple of hours later than usual last night. Even at 9 p.m. PDT, the air was hot and heavy and still, nary a breeze stirring. The sun had been down for some time, yet the temperatures stuck stubbornly in the mid-80s°F.

Then we saw him: Mr. Coyote! A ky-oat! He was about six inches higher in the shoulder than Kevork, and maybe had 20 lbs. on him. Yet Kevork was spoiling for a fight! The coyote stared at us and Kevork barked and barked, lunging at him. We had to exert some effort to restrain him. Then the coyote loped into and along a drainage ditch between two houses and we did not see him again. Which was probably, for the coyote, the right play.

Long after we had passed the ditch, Kevork kept lunging backwards, looking for the coyote. Thank goodness for the added restraint and support of the Easy Walk® harness, which prevented Kevork from escaping our control.

Clearly, this was Kevork’s neighborhood, his turf, no matter what large and wild and rabid creatures might be interloping. Though he might die defending his territory, Kevork almost certainly would make sure his enemy did not escape without mortal wounds of his own.

Arapahoe 8
#4 Grand Crystal ($26.20, BestLine Fair Odds 3.93-1)

Delpark 8
#1 R Way to Escape ($21, BestLine Fair Odds 4.29-1)

Louisiana 6
#7 Commander Sport ($59.80, BestLine Fair Odds 4.29-1)

Mountain 9
#3 Special of Course ($27.80, BestLine Fair Odds 5.67-1)

Delpark 6 (Low-Priced Overlay of the Day)
#8 El Soldador ($9.20, BestLine Fair Odds 1.85-1)

Uh-oh. We will see the Eternal Struggle between Ability and Form on display in Fairmount 3: a 50.6pc probability of winning goes up against a near-year layoff. May the best factor win!

Later there, Race 7 at Collinsville, Ill., much more to the seekers of randomness. Anything will happen — over and over! Play the fave if you must, but don’t expect to prosper with that sort of unfounded and repeated timidity. Wait! Did we just write that? Hoo-boy.

Over at Indiana, Race 4 features a 56pc chance-of-winning runner; however, some firsters are in that mix. We shall see. Same goes in Race 6 there, except the probability is 59.2pc.

Louisiana 5 is more like it for the fence-swingers, though. Likewise Mountain 7, 8 & 9. Good late-sequence there. Fantastical.

And if you hurry, Thistle 3 can be an exercise in prosperity.

Go get ’em, Horseplayers of Throbbing Thermometer!

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