A Wild Run

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 14, 2011 in General Discussion, Horse Racing | No Comments >>

SummerSince the first Saturday in May, even the slightest of fans became interested. It lived up to incredible billing, and did not disappoint those who cashed at the windows.  The Triple Crown is officially over.

So, what to look forward to next? – Great summer racing, turf racing, and some of the biggest pots until Breeders’ Cup. The best part about our sport is the ability t0 toss the program in the can, and look forward to tomorrow. The best is yet to come.  If you doubt me, just wait, and you will see some incredible action.

Kentucky DerbyAnimal Kingdom was a great casher. He tipped his hand in the Vinery at Turfway, and now poly horses are being taken seriously. The horse, trainer, and rider all did a superb job.  The owner had a brain freeze, but that time has passed. As Dale Romans said, “Barry Irwin has said many wild things. This is just one of them.”  Overall it was a super race.

The Preakness Shackleford taught the world a lesson about leaving speed alone on the lead on an oval known to carry early foot. Jesus Castanon gave us a glimpse on our Internet show with his confidence. He is a very good rider, and his trainer is as good as Kentucky makes.

Belmont Stakes – As usual, the race leaves us wondering. The rain, the long shot, and the crowd was up showing that racing is making some positive strides. Ruler on Ice sure surprised me. I would be lying to say that I won on him. He had run against maidens at Delaware, and first-level allowance races at Parx. He was a little out of my reach, but he scored for a super trainer Kelly Breen. He joined us a few weeks ago, and was high about his runners, and working for George and Lori Hall. Jose Valdivia rode a great race, and he did get the carnations. But that is racing, and why they run the races instead of just talking about them.

I will now begin my summer of watching New York racing, Arlington turf races, and California racing. Kentucky will be solid until Churchill ends, and then Ellis Park will have great competition, and the toughest schedule in the state. But that is me. What will you be doing? What is your favorite track?

Winning Ponies has been solid. If you would like to see, just go back and examine the results. They take the guesswork out of handicapping. This is what they do, and it will be a much more enjoyable and profitable day for you. Summer hasn’t even began, and there is plenty of action in the sunshine. So, sit back and enjoy the summer. Winning Ponies plans on heating things up, and we hope you are aboard!

Good luck, and lets have a great summer!