Tuesday morning quick picks

The Take Ten! standings weren’t complete until Friday of last week and I didn’t have time over the weekend to post them, so what you see below doesn’t represent this past weekend’s racing; those results will be posted later this week. Not a lot of movement from week 8 to week 9, though both Stafford and I can boast of moving up one place. Yeah, right, yippee, whatever.

The good news is that our donation has grown to $150, thanks to another $25 that came in over the weekend…I refuse to jinx Trip by suggesting that she might want to start thinking about where she’d like the money to go…

46. Trip’s Triple Crown Stable: 1,941,000
57. Quinella Castle: 1,787,500
71. Sleipnir Stables: 1,699,750
72. Stafford Stables: 1,692,750
106. Sec Bar Stable: 1,535,750
110. Superterrific Stables: 1,507,000
143. Val’s Foolish Pleasure: 1,285,750
163. Brooklyn Backstretch: 877,400

In standings news of another sort, perhaps you’ve wondered about the league table to the right? Our fearless TBA leader has thoughtfully elucidated the philosophy and mechanics of our standings; click on the “Standings Explained” link for much useful information.

And for another great idea about increasing the inerest in racing, check out the most recent post over at That’s Amore Stable. Great writing on this Maryland-based blog.

Last week I found in my inbox the inaugural copy of On The Lead, NYRA’s new newsletter, an introduction to which you can read by clicking on the link, and you can sign up to receive the newsletter electronically on the front page of the NYRA website. This first edition features a profile of Ramon Dominguez; podcasts of Gavin Landry, NYRA senior vice president for sales and market development (and most recently from Saratoga) and of Penny Chenery; and a calendar of upcoming Belmont giveaways, among other stories. I like it—I like the title, I like the outreach. Looking forward to see how often it will come out and what other content it will include.

Finally, Backstretch Employees Service Team (BEST) has info on its website about an upcoming fundraiser. It takes place on Wednesday, May 28th at Hempstead House in Sands Point, NY, and is billed as “Simply the BEST: A Celebration of New York Racing.” This dinner dance and awards ceremony will honor Allen Jerkens with a Lifetime Outstanding Trainer award. I’ll publish more information as the date gets closer.

3 thoughts on “Tuesday morning quick picks

  1. despite trip’s lead, i’m certainly not counting you out in the contest. i suspect you’ll make a closing bid a la silky sullivan to take down all the marbles in the final strides.

  2. Wow, Brad…not even my parents have that much faith in me. Wanna adopt me?Ernie: Are you in the Take Ten! game? If so…you’re in! Gimme your stable name.

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