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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Notes - Feb 12

At Gulfstream on Wednesday, Rick Dutrow found a taker, in Leo-Sag Stable and trainer Robert DiBona, for Diamond Isle despite the obvious questions raised by his precipitous drop to a 16K tag following a perfectly OK third for 40 just three weeks ago. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is looking for some buyers for another sort of toxic asset, and may want to get in touch. Diamond Isle finished 5th at 4-5.

At the Big A, Labadeel was an awful last at .65-to-1 in the feature for brother Anthony, and was taken by Contessa for 50K. Earlier, Scooter Rat was last by some 20 lengths as the 2-1 favorite - his only other fast track effort was a similar debacle - and was claimed by Maggi Moss and Asmussen for 25K. A day of buyers not being beware.

Back at GP, BZ Warrior was a debut winner for the Toddster (as selected here by DiscreetCat). Having returned a generous mutuel of $14.40 considering that he's a half-brother to EZ Warrior and JZ Warrior, he was overlooked by a lot of bettors and I betcha that John was amongst them.

- A game and gritty streak-busting win for the Rangers as they return to the shootout formula that served them so well earlier in the year. This team is hardly perfect and lacks a lot of things, particularly an effective power play. But those who accuse them of not having heart have not been paying attention.


Anonymous said...

An old racetrack bond comes due.

An engraving of the opening race at Jerome Park on June 8, 1868. For 135 years, New York City has been dutifully paying 7 percent annual interest on bonds which financed construction of a road to the park, now a reservoir in The Bronx. On March 1, the owner of one of them is entitled to come forward and collect its face value: $1,000.

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that Track Net and the Nevada casinos have finally come to an agreement. Hoping to have the simulcasting signals back tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

jk thanks for the link, very interesting.

Anonymous said...

jk, thx again, the slideshow is fantastic.

The Bronx Historical Society has terrific records of the origins of racing in NY at both Jerome and Morris Park as well as the expansion norht of NYC in general.

The Eastern Bronx was farm land with thriving thoroughbred breeding operations.

Many imported stallions were loaded off their ship very close to today's Throgs Neck Bridge, and marched up what is now E Tremont Avenue to the farms of the Belmonts and Morrises (now in part Pelham Bay Park).

The racehorses would get off trains near the deserted train station also on E Tremont near White Plains Road.