As Madison and Floyd have noted to the left, I am at this moment ensconced in a Holiday Inn Express in Savannah en route to a week’s holiday in south Florida; on the west coast, so I’ll be making my maiden voyage to Tampa Bay Downs in a week or so. I was tempted, but only briefly, to go to Gulfstream for opening day. Not sure what my internet access will be over the next few days, so here are some thoughts on upcoming races:
In perusing Aqueduct’s Saturday entries, I was struck by the names of several former three-year-olds whose connections had Triple Crown aspirations:
The first race, an allowance optional claimer, features Doc Cheney for $50K, and Hemingway’s Key and Platinum Couple, neither of whom is entered for a tag.
In the third, the Gallant Fox, Nolan’s Cat races; he was the longshot who finished third behind Afleet Alex and Andromeda’s Hero in the 2005 Belmont. I had the exacta, and cat hunch bettor that I am, I should have the triple, too. Woulda, coulda, shoulda…even two and a half years later.
In Friday’s last race, my personal favorite, Duchess of Rokeby, goes, and her stablemate, Irish Blast, hits the track for the first time on Saturday. Best of luck to both of them.
And to me, as I head south through the Sunshine State on Friday.