- I'm actually making money in one of my investments, and, not surprisingly, it has nothing to do with the securities market. Rather, it's my share in Kasey K Racing Stable. Actually, I guess I'm always ahead as long as it has a horse standing since the stake was gifted to me. Nonetheless, King Mobay ($26) became the 9th winner of the year for the outfit, pretty impressive indeed! And, in picking up the winner's share of $21,600, he became another claim that has at least earned back his tag. The horse lost his last two by a combined 25 lengths, and had been 0 for 5 on the grass, and believe me, I would have said something here if I thought he had a shot. Bob said he cleaned up, but I think he always bets his horses the same. He certainly has a good eye for them, and he may just get me hooked on these Thorograph sheets one of these days.
Real obscure breeding for King Mobay - he's by King of the Hunt, a Seattle Slew stallion (a full brother to General Challenge) standing in New Mexico for $2000; out of Raise a Champion, an unraced son of Raise A Native.
King Mobay was the 7th winner, from 19 starters, for trainer Bruce Brown, who is winning at a 25% rate since he started out on his own early this year. He's also seven for his last 13, including winners at the Meadowlands and Mountaineer.
- Speaking of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, Steve Crist told John Scheinman of the Washington Post:
"I don't think people are saying, 'I'm not going to play the horses until the NTRA comes out with a seven-point plan."And therein I think lies the problem, or at least one of them, with the NTRA's notion that bettors will gravitate towards tracks who follow the suggested guidelines. Unfortunately, I don't believe that most horseplayers, when deciding which tracks to bet, are really considering whether there's a safety rail, whether penalties are uniform with other states, if the track is reporting their injuries or even conducting efficient testing. They want good races they can bet on for the most part. NTRA and the industry have really been thrown for a loop by the aftermath of Eight Belles, the big fuss over the steroids administered to Big Brown, and the political grandstanding on Capital Hill.
Not that the NTRA isn't addressing important issues here. I'm not quite as cynical as John; I think that NTRA does care about success, even if there is a certain amount of posturing to Washington and the PETA contingent involved in this case. But they've certainly spent a lot of time and effort on devising guidelines that they are unable to enforce, and which don't figure to play much of a role in growing the TV ratings or handle.