The Happy Horseplayer – May

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 22, 2019 in General Discussion, Horse Racing, | No Comments >>

It seems like yesterday as January rolled in with cold winds and snow. – Time flew by quickly, and before we knew it we were watching horses take the track as “My Old Kentucky Home” played. – Funny thing when a song brings everyone together if even for a moment. A two-minute race makes everyone a racing fan if even for a day. The beauty, the pageantry, and the long road to Louisville. What a long strange trip its been.


The Derby

For 144 runnings there has been no DQ in the history of the race. – The magical 145th edition gave us a Derby filled with more bumping and knocking than NASCAR. – As the field turned for home everyone wanted the roses. – 2019 will be the year that will be known as the “Big DQ.” – I guess I could tell you I lost money and my bankroll, or I could regale you with a wonderful story on how the big longshot had me celebrating. Either way, the race is in the rearview mirror. – The 144th Preakness brings a host of new shooters to the table and there’s no Triple Crown hope this year. But that being said, my inner-horseplayer will be locked and loaded. – Bring it on Baltimore!


Keeneland recap

In April, the Keeneland meet was underway. – My brother wanted to put up a couple hundred and see if I could carry it the length of the meet. – I told him; ” Just wait, I have $71 and let me work with that first.” – At the conclusion of the race meet the $71 bucks was still alive and showed a little profit. – It was really fun watching every race at the boutique meet. – I played the angles I’ve been using for years and with a little luck and divine intervention this horseplayer enjoyed each day. – The spring of 2019 was more fun than the law allowed.


Preakness 144

Maryland does crabcakes and horse racing. – This year will not have the winner and disqualified runner in the field. – This is a brand new day and the field is chock full of new shooters. I love the big field and probably the best betting opportunity we’ve had in the Preakness in two decades. – Just a note you’ll want to keep in mind before making a bet. – Play runners that exit the Derby who had a tough trip or ran a solid 5th or 6th. They tend to relish “Old Hilltop.” – Take a hard look at Bob Baffert and D Wayne Lukas. They play hard in the second jewel of racing.


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