Whatcha’ Reading Today?

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 14, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Whatcha’ Reading Today?

Wipe off your spectacles. Really take time to examine what you’re looking at. Not just a cursory glance, but a deep breath of what you’re reading. – I found a little gem while tossing out a plethora of old books and articles. The things that keep clutter your life and make your workspace difficult to see over. That was until I looked a little closer.

Many moons ago, I had a gent who worked for me. A retired longtime truck driver who traveled the country from coast to coast. His wife had passed away, and the peace he found behind the wheel allowed him to meet many wonderful people. In addition to new friends, he visited race tracks from fair circuits to the marquee ovals. “The hardest part of going to the races was finding a place to park a semi.”

It was his 30-years on the road that led him to start a memoir book. Not about shifting gears, or his favorite truck stops to eat, but a reflection on his favorite tracks and his methods of handicapping.

The wagering plans would be considered simple by today’s standards, but the talk about his love for the races was pure gold. – He started visiting tracks when most offered a single daily double, and maybe an exacta or quinella on the card. He loved the fair circuits of California and the beauty of the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. Both were special, and each had a place in his heart. Joe loved to talk about betting, and his $5 wagers were a well-thought-out plan.

His notes included stories of big wins and not having enough gas money to get to the next stop. But, somehow he made it. – “I learned to keep copious notes which helped me see how I was doing to make plans. With time and the open road I learned discipline.” 

I read about him using the daily double as a springboard for the day, and how important it was to start off strong. – How a place and show parlay would carry him to the next track on his list hours away. – I guess it wouldn’t be found on the best sellers list, but this rugged hard-bound book where he kept notes and betting strategies was timeless.

Here are a few notes that stayed with me to this day:

Keeneland is the most beautiful place on the planet. – You have to go at least twice a year. Once in the spring, and the other in the fall. 

Betting the double is important. There is only one on the card (at the time) and you had to start off strong to have a shot at the big day.

Great Barrington Fair was a trip back in time. I stumbled across it after being lost for over an hour. – I stayed for two days. 

Using the place parlay can protect your bankroll, and give you one heckuva’ shot at piling on the cash for the day. 

Only bet to show if the price is 15-1 or better. I have found out I’ve never got the best price chasing a 5-1 shot hoping for more.

Joe retired and became a security guard. We worked together and he was a wealth of info and entertainment. – He took the gig to help out his adult daughter who was recently divorced with a child. – He talked about his granddaughter as much as the race card the next day. – Where we worked was right next to River Downs outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. I used to catch a ride on his golf cart over to the clubhouse where we could catch the late double. – He still kept to his task of using the wager and had more stories than winners.

After looking at this old faded book of memories and stories, I decided to keep it. – Back it went on the shelf, and there it will stay. – Makes me feel good just knowing it’s there. On a Sunday morning, I found a memory that made me take a trip back in time. I think I’ll keep the book looking for the perfect person to pass it on with the stories that brought it to me. – Thanks, Joe…

 

Three Things to Break a Slump

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 14, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Three Things to Break a Slump

No need for a four-leaf clover or looking for a pretty stone. You don’t have to turn three times and hop on one leg. – We sometimes think it needs a magic trick. You know; When you couldn’t cash a place ticket in a match race? Those days. But not to worry, help is here!

When you find yourself in a downward spiral; just stop. Yes, stop. I know it sounds easy, and it is. Just take a break for a few minutes, and allow yourself to watch what’s around you. You’ll start immediately slowing down just by taking these needed few moments to collect your thoughts. – As in life, if we just take a short break we can reboot ourselves into a better frame of mind.  Sometimes these few moments allow us to back off for a bit and examine how we’re betting. I’ve used this a million times. Sometimes I came back stronger, and other times just took a needed break.

Cut out the distractions. No more talking on the phone with work while trying to make wagers. – Don’t get caught up in someone’s drama of losing while you try to push forward. This is a sure-fire way to lose your bankroll quick. Keep your mind on the task and stick to your knitting. It’s the little things like fiddling with your phone checking Facebook that have you thinking about everything but the task at hand. Eliminate the distractions for a shot at a good day.

Start small. If you usually bet $10 bucks, make it a $5 wager. – 8 out of 10 times you’ll win betting smaller. Don’t think of it as not winning as much, but rather keeping in the game for the next wager. – The only time I kick it up a notch is when I’m winning and using house money. Many times I had good money tied up in bets, but when I made a smaller ticket I did pretty well. We tend to put unneeded pressure on ourselves and by dropping back a bit we can get a clearer view.

 

I know everyone has an answer or a remedy. – I’ve been playing horses for over 30-years, and these are some of the ideas from my playbook. Most are just common sense, and if you take an introspective moment you’ll find yourself making better decisions on your way to a winning afternoon. – Best of luck, and leave the rabbit’s foot at home…

 

 

 

Free Selections – Memorial Day – 5/31/2021

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 3, 2021 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Free Selections – Memorial Day – 5/31/2021

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As we gather and give thanks for the sacrifices of so many that we may enjoy our freedom; reflect on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. This is a day to gather and celebrate together. So, let’s kick off the day with some free selections on the races where many will gather and enjoy the day.

 

Churchill Downs

 

Race#5 – #6- Jazzy Lady = 3rd off the layoff for Greg Foley and Tyler Gaffalione. She takes a huge plunge in class and cuts back in distance. Tyler G wins 20% with late-running grass horses and teams up well with Greg Foley.

Race#6 – #6 – In Sky We Trust = This son of Sky Kingdom drops down in class and rider Gabe Saez has been hot going 4/8 ITM the past week. The drop-in class looks good for trainer Michelle Lovell.

Race#7 – #3 – First Premio = is 3/6 ITM at CD and goes to post for Mark Casse and B.J. Hernandez. – He exits off a strong win and owns a solid late kick turning for home.

Race#9 – #7- Bakwana = A strong late runner for Darrin Miller and Tyler Gaffalione. – His dam Occuluna has 5 starters, 4 winners, and 2 turf winners. Look for a late effort picking up the pieces turning for home.

 

Gulfstream Park

 

Race #7  #8- Light Fury = is a speedster who was a beaten favorite last out.- The barn comes back to win next out at a 42% win clip getting payback. Edwin Gonzalez aboard and he wins 32% with speedy runners.

Race#9 – #2 – Renaissance Frolic = A speedy son of Paynter who comes off a 2 month layoff – He drops down in class and rider Edgard Zayas wins 30% for trainer Saffie Joseph.

 

 

 

How You Been Doing?

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 29, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on How You Been Doing?

Everyone loves a winner. Sometimes we have days that you can do nothing wrong, and others you couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a cow. – I know, we’ve all been there both ways. I’ve been using Winning Ponies since 2008, and overall my game has stepped up big time. How you been doing?

This past week I had a small bankroll and needed to build for Belmont day. – There’s never a time too late to get on board and let the Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms do the hard work of getting your bankroll in top shape. Here are a few spot plays I used from this past week.

As I said, I was coming in short-stacked and found myself having more seconds than ever; until I downloaded the E-Z Win Forms and made a couple of plays. I wrote down all of my bets to keep track of how I was doing and working at the track gave me good access to the betting window. – My buddy loves to play the races and when I told him about the E-Z Win Forms, and he wanted to see how they do and followed my bets. We were just looking to make a few bucks and hopefully carry it over to next weekend. Here’s a glimpse of our wagers:

 

Belterra Park

 

Tuesday

Race#5 – The top selection was #3 Omi Ten. She was (5-2) on the morning line and was dropping in class shipping in from Indiana Grand. I liked the way she looked and made my first wager of $20 to win on the top selection. She drew off and paid $3.80 to win. When it comes to winners take whatever you can get.= $38.00 bankroll.

Race #6 – The top pick caught my eye on the track and was making her 2nd start of 2021. – She was dropping in class and 1/1 at Belterra. It was time to make my plunge as time was short and I had to make the best of my plays. – $38.00 to win and she returned $7.20!- I was off to the races with the day, as my buddy and I have a bankroll of $136.80. 

 

Wednesday

I was pretty busy working this day and had time for one play. – When you find yourself too busy to do the work, why rush and start guessing? It was time to take my initial $20 wager back out and take a shot. Why not? I have nothing to lose.

Race#4 – I liked an Oaklawn shipper dropping class and coming off a 47-day layoff according to the E-Z Win Forms. – We decided to make a solid bet but empty the wallet. Well, about two minutes later I wish I would have gone all-in. My $50 win bet scored as she paid $4.80. – My bankroll for the day was $120, and for the two days, it was $236.80 after taking out my initial investment. – Not too shabby, and my buddy was loving it. I think he’ll be a new user of the E-Z Win Forms.

Friday

It was The Best of Ohio series and had five Ohio-bred races worth $500,000. – We were really busy, and this rainy day did not dampen the spirits of the packed house crowd who showed up. – I knew one bet was for sure as we both loved an Ohio-bred we had cashed many tickets on over the years. – $100 to win on Altissimo coming off a 5-month layoff. This gelding has been the sprint champ in Ohio, and always looks great on the track. When he went head-to-head and got up nearing the wire. The week was going to be a great start heading into next week for the Belmont. – Being the top selection on the E-Z Win Forms sealed the deal and made the walk to the window very short.

$100 to win – He paid $12.80 winning a Best of Ohio race! – $640 bucks is my reward for following the advice of Winning Ponies, and we’re going to make some plays this Monday on Memorial Day. – The total score for the week was $876.80; we can’t wait for Monday. Great races and a day off sounds like a super way to spend some time with friends. It’s not too late to jump on board and get in the game. The holiday holds some great races and your shot to start your week for the Belmont. – What do you have to lose? “You can’t win it unless you get in it.”

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day from Winning Ponies!

 

 

 

 

Hidden Treasure

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 25, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Hidden Treasure

We’re not going to Oak Island. – I’m talking about finding small payoffs that can lead to a positive R.O.I at the end of the day. – For many tracks, small fields have become the norm. We have to come to terms with this right now, and I think we’ll see a little difference in time. There’s not one mistake to blame, but with a little patience, you may start enjoying making 60 – 80% on your $2 wager.

We are living in the times of “take what you can get.” – I work with a gent who shoots the pan camera for the track. – He is always talking about not getting a better price until I showed him a little trick to enjoy the races and take what you can get at the windows.

He loves to bet $2 bucks to win and it’s more about handicapping than the big payoff. – I told him that even money isn’t bad in a small field when his horse looks the best. – After a few conversations, he agreed to try it for a week.

The first race came up and he saw a runner that was (4-5) and looked like a lock. Off he ventured to make his $2 wager. – He won and his horse romped by five going away. His $3.60 was his return for $2 bucks making an 80% profit for the win. He’s not going to buy a new yacht, but he’s having fun picking winners.

Then another race as the chalk won at $3.80, and another for $4.00.- I asked him to take his initial $2 bucks out and bet for his best bet for the card. – When he made a rounded bet of $4.00 to win, you would have thought he won the Irish sweepstakes! – His runner paid $4.80 and he had a whopping $9.60 profit from a $2 dollar initial investment. – Now, use $20 as your wager. Using the same numbers as he did doing the exact same idea. Your win would be $142 betting the obvious chalk. Not bad for enjoying a few races. You take out your initial investment after a few races and keep it rolling. Your last bet should be your best on the card and don’t go lower than (4-5) as an acceptable value.

The goal is to enjoy the races and hopefully come out a little ahead. – You can’t squabble with the game plan, and at the end of the day, you’ll start thinking about taking what you can get. – There will be bigger winning days with full fields soon. But, in the meantime take what they give you. I’m sure you’ll have an enjoyable day watching the ponies.

View From the Roof

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 25, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on View From the Roof

It seemed like a hundred years ago. We were on lockdown and lodged in the house more than ever before. – If you were lucky enough to go to work, you had a little break and felt a sense of normalcy. But, at the end of the day, you headed back to your stall and longed for the world to return. Well, that time is here.

My work is a labor of love. I’m one of the lucky ones who get to do something I enjoy. – From the time I pull into the lot I’m content. I’m lucky enough to talk horses with jockeys, grooms, and fans getting the early-bird seat. Not a better way to start the day. – Just yesterday as the horses were working out on the track a rider was jogging his horse back and hollered; “Hey, Ed! – Great call on our horse yesterday!” He won by a mile easily. – Yeah, a good way to start the day.

I have the best seat in the house and watch over the entire day. Not from a perspective of judging, but enjoying the goings-on. I lock my binoculars on a group of fellas enjoying a cold beer in the sun. For quite a while I was pretty sure this was going to be a memory. – The jockey’s wife and young baby under at a table with an umbrella keeping the warm sun off the little one. – The older couple getting there early to secure that table close to the paddock and even closer to the betting windows. Enjoyable being the voyeur of happiness.

I watch the horses come up the stretch walking slowly to the paddock to be saddled. Some walking quick, and others just taking a walk in the sun. Talk about beauty and pageantry. – The riders coming out of the room decked out in full colors ready to join a 1,100 pound thoroughbred ready to take the track. – I enjoy watching young riders ride like the wind as they’re part daredevil and part high-wire walkers. When I can, I like to toss in their name down the lane when they have a horse in gear heading to the wire. They love hearing this, and I follow them a little later posting pictures on Facebook. Family from far away are able to follow their sons and daughters’ progress, and I spend time each evening after the races giving hearty congrats for their hard-worked efforts. This part has really grown on me. I look forward to hearing back from them enjoying a new friendship.

Lucky. – I’m lucky to do what I love. – I’m not the game, but just a spectator like you enjoying the sport from the best seat in the house. My booth is always open to anyone who wants to stop by and talk horses or catch a race from the best seat in the house. This part is my favorite. I like to share the ride and bring you as close to the action as possible. Think of it as a great roller coaster. It wouldn’t be any fun if you were the only one on board. It’s a whole lot more fun when you pack the room and let people enjoy the view right with you.

The fans are allowed to put away their masks with a few rules and being fully vaccinated. It’s great to see smiling faces in the sun enjoying the races. – I started to wonder if we’d ever enjoy this level of normalcy again. -It is starting slow and the feeling is coming back quickly. I love seeing a full house crowd playing the ponies. Having a cold beer in the warm summer sun sharing good conversation in between races. Nothing better.

As I have a couple of days off I wanted to share my birds-eye view with everyone. – It is absolutely beautiful. There are new players and some have fallen out of the routine of making the trek. Sure hope they come back soon. And for the friends who are no longer going to be sitting next to us handicapping. You are remembered and missed. You’ll be there in spirit and thanks for spending time with us enjoying a sport we all love. – See you at the races!

 

 

 

Who Really Lost ?

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 9, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Who Really Lost ?

Who is the big loser?- Is it the multi-billionaire backers of the game? Or, is it the trainer who just set the record for wins in the Kentucky Derby? Nope, it’s John Q bettor on the races. – This is a story about the real folks who got taken for a ride.

Bob Baffert has been an icon for as long as I can remember. – The energy and enthusiasm he brought to the game was infectious. Every time I would catch a Baffert runner at a track within driving distance I used to make the trek to watch him and his entourage.

Fast forward to here and now. – Drug infractions, court hearings fighting over purses. – Did anyone hear about the many bettors who lost on this day?- I’m not a veterinarian, but if you have something in your system you shouldn’t, it’s an infraction. – It is all over the board on Social Media. “Baffert said he was “shocked” after the horse tested above the limit for betamethasone and insisted he had never administered the substance. “I got the biggest gut punch in racing for something I didn’t do,” he said; according to BBC Sport.

But on Sunday, he told reporters that Medina Spirit had tested positive for 21 picograms of the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone, above Kentucky racing’s threshold of ten picograms per milliliter. It’s such an injustice to the horse. I don’t feel embarrassed, I feel like I was robbed,” said the California-based trainer. But I’m going to fight it tooth and nail because I owe it to the horse; I owe it to the owner and I owe it to our industry. There are problems in racing, but it’s not Bob Baffert. I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, but why is it happening to me?”

Baffert said Medina Spirit has not yet been officially disqualified from the Kentucky Derby, although that still could happen after other tests and processes are completed. “This shouldn’t have happened,” Baffert said. “There’s a problem somewhere. It didn’t come from us.

Churchill Downs has suspended Baffert from having entries for races.

If the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun will be declared winner,” it said in a statement. “Failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols jeopardizes the safety of the horses and jockeys, the integrity of our sport, and the reputation of the Kentucky Derby and all who participate. Churchill Downs will not tolerate it.”

The trainer last year pledged “to do better” after a number of positive tests were produced from his horses.

Last month he was successful in overturning a 15-day ban and disqualification of two of his horses – Gamine and Charlatan – after they returned samples containing the illicit race day medication lidocaine, which was attributed to cross-contamination from a pain-relief patch worn by the trainer’s assistant. Baffert received a $10,000 fine instead.

Now, he may be taken down, purse monies turned over to the real winner, and I’m sure a hefty fine will be levied. – But, what about the piles of tickets on every race track floor from Maine to California? – You get hosed. Can’t mail them in, and you don’t get to lodge an inquiry against not being paid. – “The positive drug tests keep piling up for Bob Baffert’s top horses. So do the explanations for them. The dog keeps eating the homework—an entire semester’s worth by now, with permanent damage to the digestive tract, according to SI.com.

While we watch from the cheap seats; the black eyes to racing are on par with a Mike Tyson barrage for the sport of kings. – Racing needs to be transparent and open. The bettors get taken again. – Give him a long time on the shelf and send a message to the others who may try to cut corners. – If the findings come out negative, it’s just another bullet he dodged. But my tickets got swept up and long gone. – Ladies and gentleman it is high time we realize the bettors are the ones who fund the game. Monies bet have a takeout that is divided between horsemen in the form of purses and the track to keep the lights on. If you start losing the belief of the gamblers we’ll be running for blue ribbons at the county fair. On May 4, 1968 Dancer’s Image won the 94th running of the Derby. He was disqualified for having an anti-inflammatory drug in his system. He had sore ankles and the trainer thought the drug would clear his system in time for the race. It didn’t, and he was DQ’ed. – The bettors lost on that race as well.

I love racing more than most, but I’m getting sick of this crap. – We support the game and take the punches when something goes wrong. “A drug DQ in the Derby may now be the breaking point—for fans, media, and thoroughbred owners who send him expensive horses;” according to SI.com.

 

 

Morning

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 7, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Morning

The rain was lightly falling. Mist and morning fog filled the air giving it a ghostly feel. Steam rose from the river a stone’s throw away as a barge slowly made its way up the banks of Ohio. As horses walked to the track for morning works, you could hear in the distance the sounds of preparation. Grooms leading runners over; some being bathed, and others just enjoying the beauty of the morning.

Far away the sound of a train whistle was heard. The tracks clicking and clacking, but miles away. – Far down the stretch was the distant sounds of hooves smacking away on a sloppy track. Riders chirping to their mounts in communication only the two shared.

The sounds came closer. Slapping hooves against the wet surface. Like a child dancing in a puddle. Closer. Until the mist seemed to open like curtains showing the silhouette of a horse. That distant whistle was screaming out a warning of its impending arrival. The river separated the train and the track by three miles, but the heavy fog meshed the sound together in a morning symphony.

As the horses came into view with every stride, the bellow of a train was getting closer. It was as if they were racing. Both sounds getting louder and melding together. – A wet clapping of speeding horses in the slop as a haunting train was clicking and clacking down the tracks. As the horse came into view it looked as if he was breathing fire as his hot breath turned to steam in the cool morning air. – The whistle was starting to sound farther away as the train was speeding away to its destination.

The horse held close to the rail as the rider continued to smooch and drive into a full stride. A lonesome whistle could be heard echoing down the river as the race was over. – The sound was faint as the morning fog was being erased by the sun rising over the lush hills of Kentucky. A sip from a hot cup of coffee; surveying the beauty of the morning brought a deep sense of calm. A serene feeling came over me. It was the start of another beautiful day.

Three Reminders Before Betting the Derby

by Ed Meyer

posted on April 26, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Three Reminders Before Betting the Derby

The first Saturday in May is only just days away. Hard to believe after this past year, but good things are just ahead. – Before you hoist that first julep or head to the windows. Here are three reminders before pulling the trigger.

 

Churchill Downs

The 147th edition of the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” will take place on Saturday, May 1st.

 

Toss out any runner who has not run first or second in their last effort. – No more prep-time. The game is on and no more guessing. If they’re ready, they’ve been looking the part leading up to this day.

If you’re seeking value, you may have to toss the undefeated runner. -I know they look great and their record proves it. They may win, but they’ll do it without me. After all, how many times have they faced 19 other runners going 1 1/4?

Don’t fall in love with a quick workout. Some runners have that “morning glory” move and are all the talk Derby week. – If they’ve caught your eye prior to the race, this can be the final touch before they head to the gate. – If not, and they turn a quick blast in the morning out of the blue. Stick to your guns and let this go. If you look back on these fast final works. How many have given the performance of a lifetime on Derby Day?

 

At the time of this writing, I’m looking at pre-race pp’s and attempting to keep up on all of the last-minute details. So, unless there is a late defection, here are my top three selections right now.

 

Rock Your World

Hot Rod Charlie

Bourbonic

 

What Say You ?

by Ed Meyer

posted on April 21, 2021 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on What Say You ?

The Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park originated as a stepping stone that would “Spiral” up to the Derby. –  The race produced some good races, but in the ’80s and ’90s, there were some real runners. In the span of four years from 1990-1993 there were four classic winners. The local event was thought of as Northern Kentucky’s Derby beginning in 1972 from the vision of the late John Battaglia.

In 1988, there was a three-year-old son of Stalwart named Kingpost. The trainer was Diane Carpenter and the rider was local journeyman Eugene Sipus Jr. – Sipus was a solid reinsman and could heat up at any time. This was his biggest mount, and he rode like the wind winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. – As a young man watching this I was sure Gene was on his way to Louisville.

This is where the game gets tricky. – Do you ride the jockey that got you there, or do you jump to a more seasoned boot that has been there before? – Gene was bumped off and replaced by John Velasquez. – For years, it was known as the “Gene Sipus” treatment around my neck of the woods. Getting knocked down just when you were at your highest. Kingpost finished 14th from a 17 horse field in 1988.

Fast forward to 2021. – Rock Your World was 2 for 2 on the turf and trainer John Sadler made the decision to try the G-1 Santa Anita Derby. This son of Candy Ride romped home under a picture-perfect ride by Umberto Rispoli. – The same thing just happened jumping to Joel Rosario. – Hard to knock Rosario. Winning 19% on the year, and 52% ITM. Yeah, hard decision.

Umberto Ripoli is a super rider. Young, talented, patient, and most importantly humble. He is winning 20% on the year, and 51% ITM. If the race was held on turf he is even more dangerous at 26%. But, I digress.- Umberto is talented on the front end nursing the lead, or coming out of the clouds four wide. We’ll be hearing many good things from him in the future.

Rispoli was replaced and handled it with the utmost grace. He’ll have many more opportunities, but I’m talking about this year. If it were you, would you have replaced this up-and-coming rider, or stayed loyal after a beautiful ride to get you in the Derby? Tough call. Tough business.

Once upon a time, I saw Gene Sipus do the same humble acceptance speech. A good rider who delivered on the big day. He deserved a shot in Louisville. – Back to this year. I love Rock Your World, and from friends who work on the west coast, they have nothing but good things from what they’ve seen. – I think Rispoli deserved the chance. Rosario is great, but I think they added some extra karma weight to my horse. This could have launched Rispoli right into the stratosphere if the horse ran to form. But we’ll never know. Decisions made and details to follow.