9 June 2007

Woodbine Shows Short Sightedness By Dissing Fort Erie On The Score

Thoroughbred Niagara

I just joined the Thoroughbred Niagara message board forum yesterday and I made my first post there. Thoroughbred Niagara's goal is to help promote the industry in the Niagara region by bringing horsemen and horse industry people in the area together, and I am sure that fans in the area are more than welcome to put in their two cents as well.

The region's race track, Fort Erie, needs all the help it can get, especially with Jack Kevorkian out of jail. Hopefully, he won't show up there for quite some time.

Fort Erie race track turned 110 this year. There will be a celebration on Sunday featuring a free concert by Abbamania after the races end. Here is an article which reflects back on some of that history.

It would be nice to see Fort Erie on The Score on Sunday alongside races from Woodbine, but WEG and David Willmot are known for their short sightedness when it comes to promoting the sport, so expect to see Belmont again. Jockeys, trainers and horses frequently go back and forth across the QEW. Fort Erie is full of horses that were bred by the same outfits that are responsible for filling many races at Woodbine. And gamblers who follow Woodbine generally know the Fort Erie horse population a lot more than they know the Belmont horse population.
I'm sure the majority of The Score viewers don't give a crap about Belmont races, but some might care if they saw races from Fort Erie.

For further proof of Fort Erie being on Woodbine's fans radar screens:
'Cold War, who is owned by his trainer, Vern Fernandes, and his wife, Pat, won 3 of his 4 races at Woodbine in 2006 and will be honored as the Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club's claimer of the year at that group's annual awards day here June 17.'

Brisnet Horseplayer World Series Qualifier Today

All you have to do is be a member of Brisnet, or become a member of Brisnet to enter.
Today's challenge is split with races from Belmont and Churchill Downs. I hope I win. I've come close before.

Belmont Analysis

It is a tough race. I'm looking for surprises.
Here is the rundown:

Imawildandcrazyguy: hasn't raced since the Derby. I'm not crazy about a horse going a mile and a half off over a month layoff. Especially closer types who are not the best horses without layoffs.

Tiago, another horse who hasn't started since the Derby. Maybe fourth if lucky.

Curlin, I'm not crazy about his breeding for this distance. The horse to beat. Key for third.

CP West, fourth start of the year, he made a nice middle move in the Preakness and flattened out a bit (I like this angle). My pick. Definitely the horse to go with though who knows about his handling of the distance.

Slews Tizzy, is on the improve though he has never gone past 1 1/16th which makes him a huge question mark here.
He is in form, and worth playing at a price.

Hard Spun, will play catch me if you can. He should get a more relaxed pace, but his form makes me wonder if he can go past 1 and a quarter without totally falling apart.

Rags to Riches, a filly taking on the boys in a mile and a half race. She hasn't been out for over a month too. I say pass.

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