Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This is the end, this is the end of horse racing.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
All the ladies in the house, get your bracelets. Ladies are getting in for free at Belmont Park this Saturday for the Mother Goose, featuring the Preakness Stakes winner, Rachel Alexandra.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The Alabama is always an option, but if Rachel proves much the best — and she should — then she has to try the boys again for competition's sake.
That is my stance, since it would be epic for the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont winner to square off in the Travers.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I'm over the Pick 3 debacle. Not really, but I have had to tell Ms. Carryover this so she'll stop rolling her eyes when I bring it up every three minutes.
So much to explore, really. We'll talk about jockey Calvin Borel's bonehead move on the far turn. No, not all tracks are created equal, Calvin, and these turns at Belmont are longer than Churchill's and Pimlico's. But he found out the hard way and we got to hear Kent Desormeaux compare Summer Bird to his wife. I think that the Belmont trophy is about as big as his ego.
Maybe a little smaller.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
In a world where horse racing was rated second to all, there lived one turf writer who thought otherwise. In a chilling tale of conformity gone mad, The Carryover will attempt to raise the dead at Big Sandy. This. Time. It's. Personal.
11:10 ... How can you not be interested with an intro like that?
Aha! Here we are. Sure, I had to park 800 yards away, pay $10, and wrestle a 1,200 pound grizzly, but it is all in a day's work for those committed to the greater good.
11:12 .. Track is good here at Belmont. It's a bit on the soft side and the turf races following the Belmont Stakes have already been moved off. The sun is out and it is about 70 degrees. With seven or so hours to post, that gives the dirt plenty of time to dry out. Though, the same was true for Churchill on Derby Day and that track never dried out. And who did that set up well for?
C'mon ... c'mon ... Friesan Fire, wait, wait, wait ... Mine That Bird.
11:22 ... PEB came through today. After that Derby debacle, he came back strong with his Preakness mural of Rachel Alexandra busting in Western saloon. Today, he's a got a scarecrow with patches naming the contenders with Mine That Bird flying in with Chip Wooley and Calvin Borel coasting overhead.
Is it true that, like wine, people get better with age? Sorry, absolutely not. There even comes a point when wine gets too old. What does THAT tell you?
11:35 ... So here's the deal. Race 1 went off, a six furlong sprint. The opening quarter went in 22 2/5 seconds, which was set by Dixieland Star. He held on for second while Inger Management, who rated just off, scooted by to win in 1:10 flat.
Knowledge, people. Knowledge.
12:07 ... On a track listed as good, blazing fractions are holding strong. Just Ben went to the front in a seven furlong sprint in 22 and 44 before kicking clear by 12 lengths in a time of 1:21 flat. If this is a trend, watch out for classy front runners like Fabulous Strike and Charitable Man.
12:12 ... So here's the deal. If I were to put together a Pick 6 ticket with all singles, a nice affordable $2 ticket, it may look something like this:
R6: Fabulous Strike (2-1)
R7: Forever Together (6-5)
R8: Munnings (4-1)
R9: Justwhistledixie (8-5)
R10: Cowboy Cal (3-1)
R11: Charitable Man (2-1)
I don't want to hear a single word about those odds!
12:40 ... Race 3 went off, one mile on the dirt. The pace setter went out in 22 and 45 and held on for second. The favorite, Convocation, came from off the pace, about three or four lengths back, waltzed past. Bottom line here is that speed is holding on pretty well.
1:12 ... First turf race in the books over the soft going. Front runner set splits of 26, 51, 1:15, 1:39, then won in 1:45 for a mile and a sixteenth.
Doesn't bode well for Better Talk Now in the Manhatten. The soft turf is going to favor the front runners like Cowboy Cal and Cosmonaut.
1:15 ... First Jeannine Edwards sighting. She's got a Bermuda-water blue business suit on. *Sigh*
1:42 ... Traffic is disturbingly low. I guess people are doing "chores" or "hanging out with loved ones." But what about the Carryover?
My couch is empty, I have dozens of cold beers on ice, yet nobody is here to drink them. This is disappointing. Ever throw a party and nobody showed up?
When I graduated high school, my mother wanted to have a little party for me and my friends. Of the people I invited, which, mind you, wasn't that many, only one or two showed up. I believe it one was Good Ol' Pete. The other was my sister.
Now 10 years later, I'm right back in the same spot. This is no good. This is no good at all.
1:55 ... We're through the looking glass here people. Here comes the Pick 6 Diary: You Think You Know, but You Have No Idea. The True North Handicap is up in a few moments, actually many moments.
Como se dice $48,000 CARRYOVER. Da da, da da da da da. Da da, da da da da da.
FYI ... Kent Desormeaux just won his third race of the day. Guess who is riding in the Belmont? The live long shot Summer Bird. And you can put that on the boarrrrrd, yes!
1:58 ... Friends! More, I say! I feel like Martin Prince when he got a bigger and better swimming pool than Lisa and Bart Simpson.
Tell me more!
2:03 ... Well, the chalky Pick 6 ticket has been played. This won't be much of a diary if it loses as much as I think it will, and it will.
Since I only invested $2, I stand to turn a profit of at least $21.50 should I cash this thing. If my Pick 6 ticket hit, it will, in all likelihood, pay $30.
I kid, I kid. Of course it would pay more. One thing is for sure, there will not be a CARRYOVER. It seems real easy to hit today, especially if you have the funds. I say this as if I've hit this bet on a number of occasions, when, in fact, I have yet to do anything of consequence at any point in my near 29 years.
I did hit a game-winning home run my senior year in high school and have successfully caught a cold each of the last five years.
2:34 ... You must be trippin'. That Strike is faaaaabulous!
So here's the deal. Fabulous Strike ran in splits of 21.85, 43.62, 55.28 and finished the six furlongs in 1:07 4/5 seconds, just shy of the track record. He also turned away that rat Sixthirteen, who had the audacity to try and run at him early. Benny the Bull, got the pace he needed to close into, but failed to rally in his first start since July 12, 2008.
Alive through one leg of the Pick 6 with 4-to-5 favorite. Chalk never tasted so fine.
2:40 ... The main track and turf are officially listed fast and yielding. That is fast and yielding.
3:16 ... Villains! Man, Julien Leparoux ducked Forever Together to the inside and it looked like she had it, but Diamonddrella (GB) at 9-1 won the Grade 1 Just a Game in 1:36.49.
Damn, damn, damn. Sure FT was 3-5, but haven't we learned anything here at the Carryover? A.B.C. Always Be Cashin'.
3:55 ... So, here's the deal. Placed yet another cheap ticket, $1 Pick 4 wheel. Here it is.
R8: Munnings and Hello Broadway
R9: Livin Lovin
Very interesting. A sure fire loser.
4:00 ... A! B! C! Munnings exploded on the rail to kick clear to win the Woody Stephens by daylight in a time of 1:28 3/5.
Munnings was 7-2 and so happened to be one of my singles on the Pick 6 ticket, so I am alive for 5-of-6. Also, the Pick 4 is alive to Livin Lovin. The Pick 6 is alive to Justwhistledixie.
Como se dice Pick 3 saver????
4:30 ... So get this, NYRA Media Relations Director just announced that the Pick 4 pool reached a record high of $2,243,069. I'm happy to have contributed $2 to it. That's 0.000089 percent of the pool.
I need a job.
4:55 ... Well folks, that is it for both the Pick 4 and Pick 6 tickets. Have we learned our lesson that this a horrible, horrible hobby? Of course not.
What other hobby provides you the chance to actually win money? Some men collect gadgets and what do they do in the end? But playing the races, now there's a chance to have fun, get a thrill, and walk away loaded.
Oh, and if you're one of those people who need to know the results of every stupid race, Gabby's Golden Gal wired the field in the Acorn, holding of Justwhistledixie with ease. Blah, blah, blah.
5:11 ... Manhattan is coming up. Who cares?
No, no, no, lose the attitude. This race will be great. Court Vision. Gio Ponti. Cowboy Cal. Better Talk Now. Wesley. Cosmonaut.
5:16 ... Oh, Jeannine, you just said, "Nothing ruffles this bird's feathers," when referring to Mine That Bird.
That's OK. The Carryover still endorses you and wishes you would be our mascot. Maybe we can get you to sign our guest book?
5:27 ... So here's the deal. For the Belmont Stakes, I'm going to play some exactas leaving out Mine That Bird. Don't me wrong, I want MTB to win this thing. Due to his lack of manhood, he can be the shot in the arm a sport with little to no stars needs. How great will it be for a Kentucky Derby winner to run and run well for the next five years or so.
However, today he is going to take a lot of money and with this being his third race in five weeks and other horses firing fresh, I'm going elsewhere for a score.
Charitable Man, Dunkirk, Summer Bird, and Chocolate Candy.
5:37 ... Gio Ponti??? More like ... oh, never mind. He's a monster.
Guess who got up for third place? Better Talk Now, God bless 'em.
5:40 ... Hey, guess what? The Belmont Stakes is next! Twelve freakin' furlongs!
Oh, and what's this???? Big Brown is just crossing the finish line!
5:43 ... Want to see the most annoying thing in the world? Good.
I've got a hypothetical Pick 3 ticket that I did not start on Race 9. There are a total of eight horses. I'll leave out a few for the sake of concision.
Race 9: Gabby's Golden Gal
Race 10: Gio Ponti
Race 11: Dunkirk, Charitable Man, Summer Bird.
5:51 ... Did you catch that Chip Wooley piece with Kenny Mayne?
From what The Carryover's sources are saying, they wanted Todd Pletcher, but when the jokey questions came, he still answered them seriously and with a straight face.
That's not funny.
5:59 ... MTB is the even money favorite. 25 minutes to post. Bet against! Bet against!
6:06 ... Did you see Virtual Calvin Borel win the Preakness? Interesting.
Virtual Brendan is still employed getting his virtual paycheck with virtual benefits.
6:09 ... Dunkirk and Todd Pletcher have the track they want. No excuses for this $3.7 million horse. Charitable Man, 2-for-2 on this track, can control the pace. He's your likely winner. Summer Bird is fresh, has the daddy to do this, and Chocolate Candy could explode on a fast dirt track if you were to draw a line through his Derby due to the mud. Think I Want Revenge's explosion once on fast dirt.
Who to be afraid of? Any Nick Zito horse and he has two of them in Brave Victory and Miner's Escape. Anybody else, I'm not buying it.
6:13 ... Horses are heading to the track. I'll check in after the race.
Best of luck!
6:33 .. Birdstone Strikes Again! Summer Bird, baby.
Kent Desormeaux wins the career Triple Crown.
6:39 ... Success! Nailed the exacta, drilled the exacta, bathed in the exacta, rubbed the exacta all over my body, to the tune of $60.50.
6:51 ... Bet $14, won $60, came away with the difference.
Did Calvin Borel move too soon? Yes, he did. As jockeys have been saying all week, riding races at Belmont is a different beast. Borel just learned that the hard way.
Would MTB have won the race? I think that, yes, he would've had Borel waited until they turned for home. This is arm-chair-race riding, but that has to be the sentiment.
"Calvin said he was kind of fighting him down the backside," trainer Chip Wooley said. "Calvin might have set him down a touch early, but that was a judgment call. I thought we were in good shape."
When asked if Wooley would give Borel a leg up onto MTB next time he said without hesitation, "Absolutely."
That is, of course, it is not against Rachel Alexandra in the Jim Dandy.
7:05 ... Apologies for the gloating. That was my only income in the past 2 1/2 weeks.
All right, that's going to do it for the live blogging. There may be a post or two while I wait for traffic to clear out.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Some of you may be wondering why my postings are so erratic, speak not of the evil Krusty doll from one Tree House of Horror. Others may not notice. With no Internet at home, I am handcuffed to my time spent at the library. So while I wish I could update and post more, I just can't do it as much. I try my best.
Mine That Bird drew Post 7 for Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes. He was also labeled the 2-1 morning line favorite.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Well, The Carryover plans to give you 10 reason why you should watch even though you probably won’t .
10. Calvin Borel going for the jockey Triple Crown. This guy guaranteed the win and with insights likes this, “I’ve ridden there a lot of times,” he said of Belmont Park, adding with a smile: “It’s like any track — you just turn left.”
9. Nick Zito has two horses in this race and they will likely go off at double-digit odds. Zito loves New York races and with Brave Victory and Miner’s Escape, you better believe this native New Yorker has them tight for this race.
8. Love that $1 million guaranteed Pick 4.
7. D.Wayne Lukas is at it again, entering Flying Private, one of two horses running in all three legs of the Triple Crown. Will he win? Of course not, but that doesn’t stop this veteran from saddling up.
6. Maybe we’ll see Rick Dutrow, Jr. sweat some more. Kidney sweat, anyone?
5. Todd Pletcher might laugh, or cry. This is the site of his last bout of emotion nearly two years ago, so you know he’s bursting at the seam.
4. Mine That Bird could be that good. The Derby was labeled a fluke. The Preakness gave him credibility. The Belmont could make him a star.
3. As if you need any more excuses to see Jeannine Edwards, here’s your chance.
2. This is a jockey’s race and with names like Edgar Prado, Alan Garcia, John Velazquez, Calvin Borel, Garrett Gomez, and Kent Desormeaux, they will showcase just how to ride a race horse.
1. And lastly, if this race is a “Test of a Champion”, then it is also a test of your loyalty to the sport. No Triple Crown winner? So what, watch the telecast, watch the race, even better, drive to Belmont Park. There’s $1 million purse, 12 furlongs of running with history on the line. No to mention the Woody Stephens, the Acorn, and the True North Handicap. Do the right thing.
Unless there’s a Flag Day ceremony to plan, of course.