First Post: Saturday, February 20, 2016


A testament to the book (but not The Book)

Always remember: Reading is fundamental.

Blogging, SOcial MEdia, television-watching (save for Jeopardy! and athletic contests) all pale in comparison, no?

Free ones: Rundown…

Aqueduct 7, 9, 10
Gulfstream Park Proper 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12
Santa Anita 2, 5

Pay-side (Weekend/Weekday): Today…

Fair Grounds 6, 9, 10, 11, 12
Golden Gate 6, 7, 8, 9
Sam Houston 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10
Mahoning 8, 9
Oaklawn 3, 4, 5, 6
Tampa 8, 10, 11
Turfway 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10
Turf Paradise 5

Today’s Stakes Pageantry: Pay-side has Fair Grounds 9, 10, 11, Tampa 8, Turfway 7, Turf Paradise 5.

Tiptoeing around the morning-line fave in Fair Grounds 7 with this quixotic quartet: #1 Cinco Charlie, #4 Officer Griffin, #7 Shotgun Kowboy, #5 Too Dim. We’ll see. One race later there, on the other hoof, it should be good for the chalky #3 Street of Gold.

Another obvious issue comes in Gulf 11: #3 Cash Back.

Going for the cold-punch box in Santa Anita 8: #9 Her Emmynency, #6 Prize Exhibit.

Mild upsetter in Turf Paradise 7 could be #5 Nightly News.

Yesterday’s Activity:

Track (Win Mutuels $20+/Gettable)

Aqueduct (1/0)

Chas. Town (1/1)

Wildly contentious race, plus the morning-line fave, who wound up second in this race, was nowhere near the top of either the Betting Line nor the LifeLiner Speed or LifeLiner Spread Column analyses. Aptly named winner Middle of Winter, $31.80, had an OK 83 on LifeLiner Speed. Good enough.

Delta (1/0)

Fair Grounds (1/1) — Accessible to both kinds of players: the Old-School Betting-Line adherents and the New-School LifeLiner avant-gardists. For the former, this Race 5 surprise, Kayne’spotofgold, had Fair Odds of 3-1 in a contentious-race dynamic; easy-to-spot. For the latter, the contentious-race shape was valid, plus ’Kayne had an 84 in the LifeLiner Speed Column analysis, second-best in the field. No public tout forthcoming, though, given ’Kayne’s low 5-1 morning-line odds. Oh, well. ’Kayne paid $22.40 up top.

Golden Gate (1/0)

Gulf (3/½) — Race 7 winner Shiawassee was a firster in a contentious race, and her connection-line readout (16pc/16pc/11pc) qualified her for contender status; however, the low placement on the overall Betting Line forbade a public tout. Sorry. Maybe the High-Octane Chancers were able to do something better.

Sam Houston (1/0)

Los Alamitos (1/0)

Oaklawn (1/1) — Bob’s Gone Wild took Race 6 at $24.40. The race was not contentious (Fair Odds on top pick of 2½-1, compared with Fair Odds of 5-1 on the next horse), but ’Bob had the second-best rating in the LifeLiner Spread Column, 90. If you could get past that the Betting Line was not calling this a contentious race, you had a shot.

Santa Anita (2/0)

Tampa (5/2) — Race 4 found Dragon Queen coming in at $23.60. The race was contentious, and ’Dragon had a just-in-time 80 in the LifeLiner Spread Column analysis. In Race 9, Creaky Cricket was the $25-even upsetter. This race was not contentious (vis-à-vis the Betting Line, anyway), but ’Cricket was tops in the LifeLiner Spread Column analysis, 92.

Turfway (1/½) — Same scenario as the horse in the Gulf commentary above. Red Hot Suzy paid $32.60 in the finale.

WMF Report:

Aqueduct 6f
Chas. Town 6½f
Fair Grounds 6f
Sam Houston 6f
Los Alamitos 4½f
Mahoning 6f
PennNat 6f
Santa Anita 6f
Turfway 6½f

Fair Grounds 1m (T)

Nocturnal Submission: Sifting through the wreckage…

Thank you. Best wishes. Goodbye. Bye-bye.

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