Chalkier than normal
there is a Breeders' Cup contest that is as simple as it comes... largely because Josh has offered to do all the math! You pick two horses you like in each race. The betting goes like this: "You will play $10 win and place on each of your selections, plus a $1 two-horse exacta box, plus a $1 pick three and pick four on all applicable races (using, of course, your two selections in each leg), plus a $2 AB/AB daily double in the third and ninth races.
That's all there is to it. And most cash on hand at the end of the day, of course, wins."
Well, once I was convinced to play -- no money is changing hands -- I made up my list. A lot of sentiment: I am not convinced that Riskaverse is going to love the going on the turf course tomorrow. I am not convinced Dr. Pleasure, at the age of 2, will overcome breaking from post position 14, but he's my beloved Beautiful Pleasure's first kid, so I have to root for him. It's also very unusual to see a John & Donna Ward trainee show up in the Juvenile, so I do wonder what they have planned for him.
But in the Sprint, I had to go with Lost in the Fog. That's partly sentiment, too. I hear how this is a more talented field than any other he has faced, and that's true. And at even money, ain't no way to make money on him. But this is a horse who hasn't done a damn thing wrong. He has won at multiple tracks, on both coasts. He's like Smarty Jones in that Smarty kept marching forward and winning, and people kept predicting he would lose his next race. Lost in the Fog isn't getting the respect his record -- 10 wins in a row, including one at Belmont -- deserves. So I've picked him in the sprint.
And in the Mile, I have to go with Leroi --Leroidesanimeaux. He's been impressive all year long, would love to see him top off the season with a win here.
Stellar Jayne, please, in the Distaff. Not just because she's a pretty gray. :-) I wouldn't be disappointed if Ashado repeated, though. She's off to the breeding shed, as are Wonder Again and Riskaverse. The BC won't be the same next year without this trio of classy dames.
In the Classic -- it was hard, I was splitting my rooting interests between Rock Hard Ten and Perfect Drift, but not that Rocky has scratched I can concentrate on Drift who certainly has an almost perfect post position. Here's hoping fourth time is the charm -- he's improved in each Classic in which he's run.
Most of all, I just want everyone to come home sound. I hope it really is a fantastic day of racing.