13 July 2009

What Do You Think Of The Cangamble Blog

Note to Internet Explorer uses. There is a problem with IE and Blogger right now. If you get an abort message, click OK. You will be sent to a page asking if you want to do diagnostics. Simply click the back button, and the IE issue will most likely be resolved. This is why I use Mozilla Firefox.

Yesterday, at Fort Erie during Prince Of Wales day, I set out to find out:

Thanks to everyone who participated including Cindy Pierson Dulay who runs Horse-Races.net and About.com: Horse Racing, Jocko Lauzon, Peter Gross (Down The Stretch Newspaper), Kevin Attard (the best dressed guy at The Fort yesterday), Daryl Wells Jr., Jim Thibert (who waved at the end), and all the rest. Cub reporter Perry Lefko was also very helpful in the making of the video.

Gallant Wins The Prince Of Wales

The track was absolutely the most speed favoring one of the year and the rail was golden, yet the pace was very slow in the Prince Of Wales.
The fastest early pace horse, on form, in the race, Mr. Foricos Two U decide to rate. Why? Was that Mike Smith's decision or the outfit's decision? Or was the horse just off his game? As I stated in my post handicapping the race, my biggest concern with this horse was his breeding. Porto Foricos horses are not great routers. They are more inclined to be 6-7 furlong horses. This one has shown that he can go around two turns though, but I haven't seen very many do so, especially at Fort Erie. I had him pegged as the lone speed in the race, and the track came up perfect for him. He at least stayed near the rail most of the race, but he had no chance yesterday trying to stalk.

And what is with Eye Of The Leopard deciding not train at least once at Fort Erie? Horrible move. As Elissa Blowe rightfully points out almost daily when doing the handicapping at Fort Erie, horses dropping in from Woodbine many times don't do so well their first time racing at The Fort. By shipping and running The Leopard, it may very well cost him the Triple Crown This Year. That being said, the track totally played against him yesterday, and if the track was playing fair, he might have won regardless of his connection's blunder.

Stewart Elliot on Milwaukee Appeal did the right thing early by grabbing the lead on the inside going into the first turn, but then blew the race by allowing Gallant not only take over the lead but also let Corey Fraser grab the rail. The filly still did run a very game race. She could be the second best 3 year old filly in North America right now, which still means she could be 16 lengths inferior to Rachel Alexandra.

It was a masterful ride on Gallant by Corey Fraser who out rode the rest of the jockeys in the race.

There was tremendous drama during the extra long wait as the judges tried to figure out who won the race. I was 90% sure, Milwaukee Appeal won it after watching the stretch replay 3 or 4 times, though when I watched the race, I was a little past the wire, and it seemed Gallant was in front at that time.

When Peter Kyte finally announced that Gallant had won, there was probably not a happier person on the planet than Niagara Falls native, jockey Corey Fraser.

Great race no matter how you slice it.

Non Seeded Pick 6 Attracts $11,000 In New Money At Woodbine
Since the Pick 6 only usually only got around $1,000-$3,000 in new money prior to Woodbine's Turbo Charge experiment, I can only conclude that many bettors were duped into thinking that Woodbine was still seeding the pools.

The small field sizes offered, coupled with most people knowing the Turbo Charged Pick 6 was no more, resulted in a pathetic $2.1 million in handle at Woodbine yesterday.


Pull the Pocket said...

Very funny stuff. The Fort was rocking yesterday too!

The_Knight_Sky said...

Hey CanGamble !!

Thanks for the notice on the Internet Explorer issues. I have had a few folks tell me that they can't participate at my blog because of a browser lock up.

Can you refer me to some page where you got the issue? Right now I'm telling folks to upgrade to FireFox or Flock. I have the links at my homepage. I just love Flock!

Thanks for the heads up.
And keep me updated on that browser issue.
Much appreciated.

Cangamble said...

Here is evidence they know:
What is scary is that the post is dated late May, and the problem still persists.

Here is another person complaining about it:

Looks like it is an IE8 problem.

The_Knight_Sky said...

Yes that's what it probably is.
I inquired to those having problems coming to my blog but they weren't too specific
about which browser on which operating system.

I had orginally thought I had overloaded by pages with too much graphics so I was concerned. So I appreciate any help for fellow contest players/blog visitors.

I'll keep an eye on this. Thanks much.
For the record I've never had an issue with Flock browser or FireFox. Although Flock is clearly faster loading than Firefox.

Thought I'd kick this out there for those wishing to upgrade.


jengersnap said...

I get the IE prob too :( FE was rocking Sunday. The view from my side of things:


What a lovely day too. Changing my third place finish for a first would have been icing though...

The Editor said...

Just one question: do you know what the attendance was at the track on Sunday? What the average attendance is?

Cangamble said...

They don't charge for attendance so they can only estimate. Normally at any time on a Monday or Tuesday I think there are around 1000 people in the grandstands, but I'm guessing.
On POW day, I read they were expecting 7000 people, but I highly doubt it. There was plenty of room to roam.