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Monday, May 28, 2007

He's The Man

- The Tin Man was The Man in the Shoemaker, undaunted by a lengthy layoff, a distance that may be shorter than he prefers, the presence of the mile specialist Kip Deville, and despite a three wide journey around the leaders on the final turn. Once the remarkable nine-year old put his head in front soon after turning for home, I felt that the outcome was never in doubt. There was no way any of those other guys were getting past The Tin Man as he stormed home in 11.31 seconds for the last furlong.

And the $9 mutuel, with the benefit of hindsight, was a pretty nice price. I was too busy working on getting the BBQ going to get down at that price, but was glad I got to see the race live.

And would you have believed in February that you'd be able to get almost 10-1 on Corinthian in May? Kudos to any of you who stuck with him at that price. Despite his excuse in the Excelsior, it still seemed a disappointing race, and the one-turn mile was a change of pace (though he won at a mile at the Big A last year). He looked like a mess in the paddock, sweat dripping like a steady leak from a faucet as he made his way to the track. I ended up betting Sun King without much enthusiasm. I felt that Lawyer Ron had to be opposed at 8-5, and I think I landed on Sun King more because he had less negatives than the others than because I really liked him. He had no excuse whatsoever, and I'm filing it as a bad bet. I've lost my last wager on this horse, never again!

6 Comments:

Valerie said...

I blush to say I had both Corinthian and Political Force in the exacta, and Corinthian for the win. Dumb luck, I swear...

Just an interesting heads-up on Clocker-1 who timed and has comments on Curlin's work today, as well as Street Sense's gallop, that latter of which he has foreboding comments upon.
(http://horseplayerdaily.21publish.com/CLOCKER-1)

alan said...

Valerie, that's awesome! I actually used Political Force in the exotics, but I must admit I'd thrown Corinthian out, especially when I saw him in the paddock. Shows you how much I know about visual handicapping.

Brett said...

By the way I am still watching Commentator down the stretch. Durkin told us to just watch. I listened.

His call in the first race was a little off too though.

alan said...

He also twice called Doctor Freud simply 'Freud.' And if he wasn't having an off day, maybe he would have come up with something like "And Commentator doesn't need one today."

Or maybe not.

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Anonymous said...

I imagine Durkin would like to have a few calls over. I'm guessing that when he said Monarchos ran the Derby "as fast as Sectretariat!" he really wishes he'd said "as fast as Sham!"