Archive for May, 2015

Belmont Crystal Ball

About now everyone that knows there’s going to be a big horse race next Saturday has formulated an opinion. Funny thing how sports can bring everyone together for those brief minutes. It doesn’t matter if you like the favorite rooting for the next Triple Crown winner, or want to play the role of the spoiler […]

All I Ever Wanted to Be Was A Horseplayer

      There was something magical about going with my Dad to the local bar/bookie. The room was filled with smoke, and men stood in a back room sipping draft beer, and reading the Daily Racing Form. I would occasionally see another local kid or two, and we would just hang around and wait. This […]

Is This The Year?

In horse racing, one phrase will be used more times than any. “Is this the year? Is this the year for the next Triple Crown winner?” – Thoroughbred racing needs a Triple Crown winner now and again. It draws attention to the beauty and pageantry and breathes life anew.  If we had one every year, would it […]

Memorial Day

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 27, 2015 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, | No Comments >>

If you surveyed 100 folks what they day was about, I would bet dollars to donuts many could not answer correctly. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the […]

Been a Long Time Between Drinks

I was sitting at the dinner table for a “state-of-the-union” chat with my son. We talked about football, girls, grades, and how much he’s looking forward to high school. But as we did dishes together, and the talk turned to workman quiet. I thought about the huge task for teenagers to make the biggest decisions of their life. […]

One More for the Good Guys!

I finished another day and stopped by the race book. The usual suspects were in the same places, and if there was ever a place that felt like groundhog day, this was it. Stopped by to make one or two bets, and maybe a little talk depending on who is in the house. I was watching Santa […]

Everyone Into the Pool!

Cheap racing has been around since Pike’s Peak was a pimple. Real players enjoy the opportunity to lock horns with condition claimers, cheap maidens, and longtime runners at small ovals. Why? The payoffs can get pretty sweet, and if you’re savvy enough to figure out the secret sauce. There’s a bumper payday waiting for you. With […]

The 2nd Jewel/The 140th Preakness

  The 141st Derby is in the books, and time marches on. It’s been that way since 1875, and the game has taught many of gamblers to rejoice the win, pick up the pieces, and look forward to the next opportunity. The 140th Preakness is held in Maryland in ten days. It doesn’t give the […]

Under A Hand Ride

      “As he goes to the stick; now he gets a couple of reminders; he is imploring his runner for one more furlong.” – Any of those sound familiar? I know I’ve heard about every announcer at one time or another use descriptive words when a rider uses his stick. But in the times […]

As The Smoke Clears

It starts the previous September, October, and continues until the Breeders’ Cup. Then we get a short break until early winter. The preps start in Florida, California, Fair Grounds, and a few in New York. All preps are important along the way, and all must be watched. The Fair Grounds has been good for the Oaks, but […]