I am not a battle hardened handicapper with thousands of dollars and winning tickets to flash. However, I do follow the races a bit more than normal... sometimes obsessively. The Breeders' Cup is my version of Christmas--a two day extravaganza of the best racehorses in the USA, Canada and some of the best in Europe and other countries. This post and the one for Saturday's bevy of races are merely from a fan's perspective. My picks do include the chalk (the favorites) and horses that I have grown attached to over the last year of racing. My post is not intended to guarantee value and most certainly not pick the absolute winners. I am not psychic, although, that talent would be quite handy!
When Songbird heads to the post Saturday at Saratoga at 6:08 PM this evening, she will cause an excitement and tension like no other throughout the racing world. People will be murmuring her name while NYRA's commentators make their pitch on the screen. The professional gamblers and amateur ones will debate upsets and make bets against her, but, really, the bets are long-shots.
Forget the 2016 Kentucky Derby and the uncertainty of the three year old colt division for the moment. For the first time in a long time, there is actually a tough older horse division on both surfaces in the United States. Older fans of the sport like to point to the seventies as the golden age of horse racing, but it is this author's opinion that we are actually experiencing one right now. Names like Flintshire, Tepin, Songbird, California Chrome--a horse who would have been retired at the young age of three instead of racing at five had he any other group of owners, Dortmund, Beholder, Lady Eli, Frosted stir the imagination in a way that no other group of runners has in recent memory.
I’ve always been inspired by the Thoroughbred. Their bravery, their intelligence, and their athleticism combined all inspired me to write about them. This past summer I turned my dream into a reality by publishing my first books, Crossed Lines and Mixed Messages—the first two books in the Ripley Marsh Trilogy. The series follows Ripley Marsh, who has recently graduated college as she makes the decision to follow her own heart and join her family’s thoroughbred racing business.
My aim is to bring thoroughbred racing and, most importantly, the thoroughbreds themselves into a mainstream spotlight. My hope is to combine romance with thoroughbred racing and make it mainstream.
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