Travers Weekend now, and where have you gone, Marshall Cassidy!
What a patrician! His name, his vocal delivery, the whole two-thousand two-hundred yards! Remember how he used to say the name of that racehorse in the 1980s, the horse named Love That Mac? What a stylist! We need more genuine patricians in this world — and many fewer of these latter-day arrivistes from Queens, etc.
‘Marshall Cassidy…in front!’
#4 Nuclear Option ($31, BestLine Fair Odds 2.31-1)
#6 Itsprettystormy ($34.20, BestLine Fair Odds 5.37-1)
#6 Code Name Raven ($27.20, BestLine Fair Odds 4.29-1)
#7 Raofthesun ($119.80, BestLine Fair Odds 7.33-1)
Monmouth 4 (Low-Priced Overlay of the Day)
#2 Twofour Six Oh One ($9.40, BestLine Fair Odds 1.28-1)
Today at Monmouth (!), Race 6 is the one to consider deeply, given that BestLine has six of the eight runners stationed between 4.10-1 (top) and 6.35-1 (sixth). Theoretically, statistically, a fine, contentious race from 35,000 ft.; however, the hooves-on-the-ground reality cannot always result in the big payoff. But it’s like baseball, you get 700 plate-appearances a year, etc. It should work out by October!
In the eighth, co-choices (probability of winning 30.4pc versus 28.8pc) but one of them is not in the top two in the morning line. How do you see it?
Marshall Cassidy, legend, irreplaceable, although his successor Durkin was another great one. Listen to the patrician delivery of Marshall Cassidy when he says ‘the hahff in forty-six-and-two’. Patrician! Also, if you can dig up tape of him calling a Love That Mac race, that will make you feel all warm and tingly inside. Really.