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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Belmont Notes

Went out to Belmont for opening day, and not much to report, really. Didn't do much betting at all. Not that there weren't some decently competitive races, but nothing much clicked. Maybe it was just the atmosphere of 8,000 people spread out in the vast facility after a diet of Saratoga and Del Mar. Generally crave action after getting back from a betting trip like Del Mar; but with only two bets made all day (with a crappy simulcast edition of the Form not helping), still have the needle in my arm as we used to say. Maybe today.

Noticed one capital improvement that was made in the nearly eight weeks since racing departed for upstate.

It's a little plaza of seating and TV's located out near the betting windows. Unfortunately, it's smack dab in one of my preferred grassy spots for planting my lawn chair (which you can see at the bottom left sitting on the outside forlornly looking in). So this doesn't quite work out for me.

Also got a view from way, way, WAY up above. Won't elaborate on that because I might get in trouble. Suffice to say that Belmont Park is an enormous facility, both lengthwise and heightwise, which could house a lot of VLT's an whatever without disturbing the racing.

In the 4th, Aubby K ($4.30) was bet down from 7-2 morning line in her first start and romped by 15. She earned a Beyer of 75 which, if you take those numbers as gospel, may make her romp more of a commentary on the rest of the field than reason to go out for a Ky Oaks futures quote. She's a daughter of Street Sense out of the graded stakes winning Lilly Capote.

Two winners for Contessa, four winners from 11 starters in September thus far.

1 Comment:

jk said...

Anyone have the 9-1-1 early pick 3 at Belmont? Paid 18.60.