The Happy Horseplayer – February

by Ed Meyer

posted on March 4, 2020 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, | No Comments >>

Your friend the Happy Horseplayer is starting to take aim on finding his Derby hopefuls. The marquee races are starting to heat up and it seems like every other week is chock-full of preps. – But, that is the way of the racing world. It starts in the winter and each passing weekend has us a step closer to the Kentucky Derby Trail. – Just stay tuned to Winning Ponies as I’ll be starting a list and checking it twice.


Derby Planning


It’s 60 days until the Derby and there is still plenty of time. – Now you’ll start focusing on the weekend preps and go back and comb over the replays and comment lines. – Stay informed how they come back and what the plans are for the next race, work, or where they’re being shipped. You’ll want to start a list of 12 horses to start the process and whittle them down as the weeks draw closer. – I can smell the roses in bloom right now!


Don’t leave money on the table

During the run for the Triple Crown / Derby Trail, you will see some incredible preps and the undercards offer up some super value. – One of my personal favorites in the pick-four with a super-sized guaranteed pool. – These pools can be worth the investment and you’ll sure leave money on the table for not taking a shot. – If the pool gets over six digits and you hit. That $100 usual payoff could be a swelled payoff to help your bankroll. – Many just overlook these, and that is leaving money on the table.


The Ironman Commeth (back)

Perry Wayne Ouzts is the 7th all-time rider in Thoroughbred history. – With over 51,218 mounts and 7,065 wins, he is a racing treasure. – Last season he had a bad spill and has been on the shelf just biding his time. – He wanted to return on his own schedule and has been defying the odds for quite some time. A quiet man who would rather do his talking in his the saddle worked his first horse this morning at Turfway Park.- He’s getting ready for the upcoming Belterra Park meet and this is the first step of his journey.

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This is your old buddy The Happy Horseplayer wishing you nothing but the best! – May your winners be many and your photos be few! – See you next month!