Archive for May, 2010

While Waiting for the Preakness

Just some random thoughts. . .

Seems like Super Saver needs to add a win in the Preakness before the colt begins to eclipse the ever-delightful Calvin Borel as the star of the show. . .

Regardless of the outcome of the current contretemps over advertising on jockeys’ pants (at least until obliterated by mud) in the Kentucky Derby, it was good to read much of the income was contributed to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . .

It’s now been more than a week since the 20-minute Wall Street plunge and still no one can explain what happened on the stock exchange network. If that happened with the totes. . . Or if the pari-mutuel wagering industry had anything like high frequency trading. . . Just saying. . .

Fun reading online debates about how much of Glen Fullerton’s $900,000 score on Super Saver is taxable. IRS, ever able to make things simple, might offer this rule of thumb: if it’s income. . .

Fortunately, the weather forecast for the Preakness is good because Churchill Downs probably used up all the “weather luck” racing can expect. Trust someone who was there, at no point did the skies look anything other than completely dismal. . . except for 15 minutes when the sun popped out from nowhere. . .

Five minutes recommended reading. . . Andy Beyer’s column on trainers’ fears of running Derby horses in the Preakness and Tim Capps’ Blood-Horse comments on the yearning for structure in the racing industry.

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