Friday, September 29, 2006

The Pacifc NW Representin'

The Racing Form's last Hawthorne Gold Cup story was written Wednesday. Bloodhorse's was updated at 9:15 pm last night. It's a good little report that Bloodhorse culled from Hawthorne's official release. Kudos to them.

The race, with the two morning line favorites hailing from little old Emerald Downs, features all-star jockey JR Velazquez who will ride Todd Pletcher's "not-so-sure-what to make of him" AP Arrow.

My horse is Flamthrowintexan, who I gained an affinity for after he won The Mt. Raineer at ED on July 30th. That was the DRF Handicapping tourney day where (in my first handicapping tourney) I finished 11th; $3.80 and two spots out of the 9th and final qualifying spot for the National Championship in Vegas.

That day he went off at $.90-1 as the most sure bet of the day. I opted not to play him, fully knowing he was going to win and lost out on a $7 return (based on $2 mythical win-place bets). That cost me the qualifying spot. Those measly few dollars on the day's Best Bet. Live and learn, I guess.

I also liked him to win in the Longacres Mile later in the summer where he won by a neck going off at $2.40-1. In that race, Papi Chullo (ML 3-1) went off as the $2.00-1 favorite finishing just behind 'Texan.

The Hawthorne Gold Cup shapes up to be a pretty interesting race with the news confirms #3 It's No Joke (ML 9-2) will be entered. It's No Joke was also entered in Saturday's G2 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park. The race goes off at 4:26 pm (CST).

Finally, here's an Interesting little note I came across in the "Etc..." section of
"Keeneland will employ a 72-hour entry rule for its fall race meeting, which begins Friday. Exceptions will be a Saturday close for Wednesday races and a Sunday close for Thursday races."

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