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2022 2 year olds   Handicapping

Started 7/2/21 by smartyslew; 149524 views.

From: Gerh


I think Eric Donovan makes the line at Belmont 


From: sovereign1


So bad, especially for a G1.


From: princeofdoc


The winner of the Peter Pan, with the best speed number, was understandably made the morning line favorite......the fact his body of work was not really deserving, nor that his recent win was on off track notwithstanding


From: smartyslew


We The People Made the Favorite after 2 back in a g1 race Arkansas  beyer of 73 jumps 30 points in a g3  Peter Pan workout

103 against who on a good sealed track at 9f with the worse g1 number in the Whole field.

This was a back speed group of 2 back except for the Derby and Oaks runners including Rich Strike before

his head case prerace. He was lucky to be lone speed and never raced at 2  and no threat to him the first 10 f

by default, I agree he gets points for lone speed and dangerous,  Not ML in my view with other g1 type that are 12f type

and tested. finished 4th 7 furlongs back .


From: smartyslew


Lasix is allowed, Classic Causeway only entrant Without Lasix,
 Barese, White Abarrio 
1ST TIME LASIX, why, I will be rooting for no Lasix Classic Causeway, 
and Imo White Abarrio is the horse to beat at 9f
Thistledown - Saturday, June 25th, 2022, Race 11
STAKES. 1 1/8 Mile Dirt. Purse $500,000. Ohio Derby (Grade 3). FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS. No Nomination Fee by Wednesday, June 15th, 2022. Supplementary Nominations accepted to the Ohio Derby of $1,250 are due by Saturday June 18th, 2022. Nominations Closed Wednesday, June 15th with 36 Nominations. $600 to enter and $550additional to Start, with a purse of $500,000, of which 60% to the winner, 20% to second, 10% to third, 5% to fourth, 3% to fifth, and 2% to sixth. Weights: 126 lbs. The Ohio Derby will be limited to Fourteen (14) Starters. In the event more than Fourteen(14) Entries pass through the entry box by the usual time of closing on Monday, June 20th, 2022, preference will be given to (1) Grade/Group 1 winners, (2) Grade/Group 2 winners and Grade/Group 1 place finishers, (3) Grade/Group 3 winners and Grade/Group2 place finishers, (4) Highest Lifetime Earnings. Lifetime Earnings will be determined according to statistics provided by Equibase. A Trophy is presented to the Winning Owner, Trainer, and Jockey. (05:35 PM) (8)
PP Horse A/S M/E Wgt Jockey Trainer
1 Barese  P7   3 C L 126 Carmouche Kendrick  Maker Michael J. 9/2
2 BrigadierGeneral  3 C L 126 Gutierrez Reylu  Stewart Dallas   12-1
3 Droppin G's  EP3 3 G L 126 Franklin Malcolm Antonuik Jerry   8-1
4 Ethereal Road  S2 3 C L 126 Bejarano Rafael Lukas D. Wayne   4-1
5 White Abarrio  EP4 3 C L 126 Gaffalione Tyler Joseph, Jr. Saffie A.  7-2
6 Pineapple Man  E8 3 C L 126 Houghton T. D. Maker Michael J.  10-1
7 Tawny Port   P2 3 C L 126 Ortiz, Jr. Irad (newJock)*  Cox Brad H.       3-1*
8 Classic Causeway  E5 3 C
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From: pianot


Still liking WA. Might change by Sat. Not really like CC but who knows.


From: smartyslew


CC horse for course at Tampa. I do like No Lasix for CC.

Do you think That is an unlevel playing field in this race coming up?


From: pianot


Sorry not sure what you're asking. Unlevel because CC isn't using lasix?  I would say possibly disadvantaged. I think all graded races should be nonlasix. It will take time to get to no meds across the board on all races.

  • Edited June 22, 2022 3:14 pm  by  pianot

From: smartyslew


Yes that's what I mean!

I agree, Disappointed WA racing with Lasix, works probably baked in . One to beat in Ohio Derby imo.


From: Wintertrian


pianot said...

It will take time to get to no meds across the board on all races.

We can't even do it with stakes races, which puts us how many DECADES behind the rest of the world?   LOL 

U.S. Racing is kinda sad.    

As for this race, there has never been a track record produced at Thistledown in a century, other than at a 1/2 mile and below.....because of the type of horses who run there.  It actually plays kinda slow, and stamina isn't a big consideration.... 1 mile track, they run 1-1/8 from top of the stretch. 

I think CC may be hurt by the outside post, however, I had already decided he is the one I will root for-----he looks so much like his gorgeous "iron horse" sire, except one less white leg.  You'd be hard-pressed to find a better looking, better built stallion than Giant's Causeway IMHO.  Those left side white socks, like his sire Storm Cat, that forehead blaze, the color, the conformation........The Giant was *everything*.     

CC has it all, high energy, athleticism.   He was born and raised at Ashford, just like his sire Giant and broodmare sire Thunder Gulch.   Wish I had been a fly on the wall there, since both are recently deceased now.....and what makes CC even more special. there are only 3 from Giant's final crop and he is one of them.

CC has been mismanaged, IMHO.....they were so so on going to derby, then all the equip changes.......being non lasix is not even part of the equation at all. 

Off topic, I was thinking today that the "marketers" have made data the product, and when I go to the track in person (about 3x a week) so few people seem to even look at a horse....they have their nose buried in *data* instead.  Others are buried in their number systems thing I will say about Randy Moss is he grew up hanging off the back fences over in the Trivista neigborhood behind Oaklawn, kids would ride their bikes back there and hang off the fences and watch the horses every day......that guy can phsycially handicap horses. I trust his eye.    It was either him or davidowitz who told about how Andy Beyer had zero physicality handicapping   That didn't surprise me, actually.   

At any rate, it will be refreshing to someday see less of that stupid meme "first time lasix" that is on tip of tongue of handicappers, like it's an "angle" of some sort......a meme I am tired of hearing for sure, and hope the whole sentence is someday banished from the language of handicapping in the U.S.   We already know lasix injected horses take longer to recuperate from races.  Why would ANY racing fan, who actually cares about horses, even want this for our sport is just beyond me.   Great Champions run the world over w/out it.   It's not necessary and heavy bleeders need to be ruled off the racecourses if conservative treatment doesn't work.