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Friday, April 10, 2009

Bad Friday

Off from work today (Friday), and figured it was a good day for the Big A. Five maiden claiming races (including what has to be the first-ever all maiden claimer early Pick 4) kinda dulled my enthusiasm for that.

So just hanging at home for awhile. Just watched Hello Broadway hold off David's Rock at 2-5 in the third at Keeneland. Looked like the latter was going to blow by on the turn, but he never changed leads and hung a bit. Looked like Barclay Tagg's colt was ripe for the taking after fighting Garrett Gomez down the backstretch and around the turn. Nice job by owner Elizabeth Valando getting the half-brother to Nobiz Like Shobiz off the Derby trail.

- Two Kasey K horses entered at Laurel tomorrow. King Mobay is 7-2 in the 6th, an open 25K claiming event. Rap Tale is 20-1 in the Dahlia Stakes at a mile on the turf; however, the intention is to run her only if the race came off the grass and under the assumption that the top runners would scratch. That prospect seems less likely to me if I'm handicapping the weather correctly, especially on the last day of the meet. So I think she'll just be going for a ride.

- The Rangers and the Devils are the only teams in the East to have made the playoffs for four straight years. The Broadway Blueshirts clinched their spot with their intense 2-1 win over the Flyers last night. Under siege for much of the second half of the game (after missing numerous opportunities to get that third goal), they seemed to virtually will their way to the win, spurred on by a raucous crowd, clutch saves by Lundqvist (and Marc Staal), and a friendly crossbar too. I can't believe that so many sports fans don't like hockey. The win came despite not scoring a non-empty net goal in the third period for the 10th straight game. That could turn out to be a problem.