- Trainer Larry Jones offers an excuse for Hard Spun's defeat in the Southwest Stakes, blaming a "real inside speed bias" at Oaklawn.
"All I'm asking for is a level playing field, and I didn't get one. Unless I see some changes (with Oaklawn's track), I may go elsewhere (for Hard Spun's Derby prep races). Don't be surprised if we do." [NY Post]My thought was that the race could have done the colt some good, giving him some experience being behind the leader, and roughing it while significantly wide on the turn. Jones said that he "got a lot out of the Southwest....He did come back a tired horse. But he's fine now." Don't know if he's really fast enough, but I like the breeding and I'm not ready to give up this one just yet.
Brother Derek is out of the Big Cap, and he'll be out for "about four months" according to trainer Dan Hendricks.
"It's not the end of the world," said Hendricks, who expects the 4-year-old to come back "strong as ever" for an autumn campaign. [LA Daily News]There's an obvious snarky remark to make in response to that, but I'll just let it go.
- Here's an interesting stat that the folks in West Virginia might want to check out, from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Iowa, which already has table games, approved in 2004.
Its revenue breakdown in 2006 from its three types of gambling: $163.8 million from slots, $18.8 million from table games, and $4.6 million from pari-mutuel betting, or horse wagering. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette]Perhaps even blackjack and poker require too much thinking and time for most gamblers.