RSS Feed for this Blog

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Here We Go Again

- Starting to see the name Casino Drive pop up in the comments again. And indeed, we're told that the Japanese mystery horse is set to return for the Classic. I was a bit surprised and, to be honest, a little bemused by the fascination with this horse leading up to the Belmont. However, there was no denying that winning the Peter Pan as he did in just his second career start was impressive. And the fact that he descends from Better Than Honour certainly made him an intriguing Belmont entrant. Still, I honestly thought it was a stretch that he'd win the Belmont, and was looking forward to opposing him at what would have been a big underlay, at least in my view.

Looking back, it's of course entirely possible he could have won that race considering what happened. However, if I'm reading the Bloodhorse piece correctly, Casino Drive has still not made his third career start; he's on the sidelines, like Carly Fiorina (a woman, by the way, who has ample experience in not being able to run a major corporation). And taking a look at exactly who he beat in the Peter Pan - Mint Lane, Readys Echo, Golden Spikes, Cosmic, Spark Candle, Tomcito, Deputyville, and Fast Talking - makes his feat seem a bit less accomplished in my mind. Who knows really what can happen on an unpredictable surface in this unpredictable year; and some readers seem no less infatuated with this horse than they did during the spring. But I think that, objectively, this three-year old really has little more qualification to be a serious contender for the Classic (or for the Goodwood, which they intend to use as a prep, for that matter) than little miss Governor Tinafeylin has to be President of the United States.

- Credit Crunge: Has anybody seen the bridge? Where's that confounded bridge....

12 Comments:

jk said...

Whoa, I point my browser to LATG and get redirected to the Daily Kos!! The Democrats problem is that Obama is similar to Casino Drive; over rated based on a limited track record. I am leaning Obama but I try to be realistic about what he brings to the table. A few more days in the stock market like today and Monday and it will be President Obama cleaning up the mess.

Glimmerglass said...

The field for the 66th MassCap was drawn today. Sadly it was a rather thin field of just 7. No Evening Attire in the Cap despite the Quincy, MA connections with his owners and he was 4th last year.

Although if Larry Jones has warmed up to maybe sending Proud Spell to Santa Anita for the BC, we might just see Mr. Kelly change his position on avoiding the Marathon with Evening Attire.

Suffolk site, 66th MassCap field, PP, and ML

By comparison a rather thicker field of 9 will make a go in the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.

alan said...

So much for Asmussen's saying that he'd definitely start at least one of Pyro, Zanjero, Student Council, or Magna Graduate. That doesn't seem very nice.

Superfecta said...

I used to work with Carly at HP. I could tell some stories...

Glimmerglass said...

So is this the ultimate "win and you're in" offering? Quite possibly

BloodHorse: win the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at the British Kempton Park Racecourse ... and you're guaranteed a starting gate in the Kentucky Derby.

Oh and if that horse just STARTS the Kentucky Derby for his/her trouble CDI will give them $100k USD.

I'm sure Sheikh Mo is already entering a few runners.

Anonymous said...

The Democrat answer to all problems.

RAISE TAXES!!!


That's It,It's easy to be a democrat.

SaratogaSpa said...

Hard to like Casino Drive, when he spent so much time in quarantine going back and forth between Japan and US. Like the horse's pedigree, but won't get my money on BC day.

Pull the Pocket said...

I'm kind of intrigued by this horse. He looked like a legit challenger in the Belmont and the connections did the right thing off the bad work. I think that indicates that if he is in the box he'll be good and not there for show. Regardless, I hope he shows up.

Anonymous said...

It's apparently even easier to be a Republican, by that standard. You don't need to know the facts and can just make it up as you go along.

McCarron said...

I think you are being awfully tough on the old party of the elephant.

Who really gives a shit if the economy sucks? Who gives a shit that we're in a war that cannot be won with our kids dying? Who really gives a shit about the housing crisis? All that matters is that a politician believes in the lord, drives a big car, shoots animals, wears a flag pin, ensures those "homos" can't marry (although it seems some Republican Senators like gay airport sex, but aren't real big on rights for other gays), attempt to take away the rights of women, cherish small time values like the ever effective abstinence education (see Palin, Bristol).

I shouldn't criticize Palin, it's quite sexist. It was great when Clinton was running and the Republicans said nothing about her gender whatsoever. Nattah. Zipped lips.

Quit being so hard on the Republicans. They're doing a "heckuva" job. Like Brownie.

Anonymous said...

McCarron said...

Who gives a shit that we're in a war that cannot be won with our kids dying?

Earth to McCarron.

WE'RE WINNING THE WAR!!!

Wake up!

McCarron said...

"winning" is a bit of a subjective term. It cannot be won because we've accomplished nothing and spent ourselves into oblivion.

Just what are we winning? We didn't punish those responsible for 9-11, they're sprinkled around Pakistan, Afganistan, and across the Arab world. Are the Iraqis better off? Perhaps, but was it worth the human and economic price?

I'm up.