Kevin said...Regarding Time Squared, Patrick Biancone doesn't have Derby Fever. He has Derby Delirium, and the Delirium part isn't limited to just the springtime. The way he places some of his horses is just amazing to me. And Time Squared was actually 7-2 in the Sham against Ravel and Liquidity! He got a 67 Beyer when he won on Saturday, so I believe he only has to improve around 40 points to win this race, as I think Street Sense is going to explode with a big number.
I saw both TIME SQUARED and LOVE DUBAI were entered in the Bluegrass this weekend. Both ran last Saturday, with the former breaking his maiden at Keeneland and the latter running dead last in the Illinois Derby. There is officially no cure for Derby Fever.
And I can't wait to see what Biancone does with Belgravia. The colt has been working steadily, and the trainer has been quoted as saying that he'd go in the Derby with only one prep in 2007. Watch for him to race in the Lexington next week. He has graded earnings, having won the G3 Hollywood Prevue and running third in the G1 Hollywood Futurity, so I don't know if he has to do much of anything to qualify. He's not included on the current list because no one in his right mind would possibly think that a horse who hasn't started this year by now would possibly run in the Derby. Don't be so sure.
- My Thursday picks for Keeneland should be up pretty soon if they're not now at the Keeneland Special. A couple of winners on top on Wednesday in Cambridge Belle ($8) and Christie's Treasure ($6), and a few others that I'd mentioned in the money or on top. I could criticize myself for sometimes trying to be too cute; for example, I guess Shug's Carriage Trail was a logical selection. But layoffs still means something to me; they're ingrained in my handicapping consciousness, and when I see a horse coming off a seven month layoff, I can't help but be a little skeptical still with the sometimes exception of Pletcher and maybe a couple of others. So I had the exacta in reverse in that one, but not a bad day overall.
One more thing, and then I gotta do Saturday's card, which is not going to be a quickie to do (except for the Blue Grass). Getting back to the NY hearings and Empire, I just want to go back to a second to what Jeff Perlee said:
"No one wants to go and spend the day at a place that's falling down around them, where they're treated rudely, where they get cold food."Now it's obvious to my regular readers that I just don't like these guys, and I'm not going to go into the reasons again. I guess if someone accused me of sometimes stretching a bit in order to criticize them, perhaps that's a fair criticism. On the other hand, it is my website, so I don't have to be objective about it, and I'm not. But what I just wanted to add about the NYRA employees is that over the last year or two, during which morale has to be horrible and I'd imagine that things like 'raises' and 'bonuses' are just a laughable notion (not to mention the state of their pension plan, which happily seems guaranteed to get bailed out), who would blame them for being edgy at times. But I've found, to my amazement, that they are consistently professional, courteous, and even downright cheerful, and they've really earned my respect. So I'll just say that I think that was a cheap shot, and that Perlee is just plain, dead wrong to have said what he did, and leave it at that.