|Turk Clan at the Races|
Being at the track has different meanings to me. There are times when I go alone, business like, with the intention of cashing tickets. Sometimes I go alone just to relax, as the track is one place where I don't pay attention to my wrist watch or my work email. Occasionally I like to go with other men and indulge in a cigar, a drink and work race sequences together. Then there is just family time at the track, like last week at Pimlico. I made a commitment to myself to try and transfer my love of the track and the riddle that is handicapping to the Little Turk, now 13. Little Turk has been to more Grade 1 races at this point in his life than most of the adults dressed in their hipster clothes that flock to the track on only the busiest days of the year. He's got a sharp eye and a mind for the pace. I thank Mrs. Turk for indulging in this behavior as well, pictured here for the first time as she is typically camera shy.
Arlington has a special place in my heart. I was there many many years ago when the old grandstand and stables burned to the ground. I was in the US Navy, stationed 20 miles or so away. The new place is a wonderful track, modern and in good condition compared to many of the older tracks in the United States, and as we know, people aren't lining up to build new tracks these days. My family have taken vacations to Arlington and we are always treated extremely well. From the prettiest bugler in the nation, to every steward and attendant, we enjoy the place completely.
I don't have high expectations for my handicapping today. I've built some bets that appear to have some real value to them and I'm going to keep my investment within reason and see how it goes. I handicapped the Pick 5 but I don't think I'm willing to make the investment that I think is required ($108) to hit it. I'll watch that one but I don't plan to play it.
I handicapped The late pick 4 as well. Claiming races mixed in, one on turf, makes the sequence a real challenge but I think its worth the $36 dollar investment. I'm leaning towards placing that bet, but if I don't I'll say so afterwards Win or Lose.
I think the Arlington Classic is an interesting race, with some real tepid betting favorites near the top, but I like Yorkshire Icon (GB) to bring some value to the bet. General Election even looks just as tempting as does Admiral Kitten and Procurement. If I was thinking chalky, I like Procurement cutting back in distance slightly for Trainer Proctor. Will Go-Go be up, I'm not sure after his fall.
I expect the turf to be Yielding. It was yesterday and some rains are in the forecast today.
I'm also hunting real value in the Hanshin Cup with PatrioticandProud. I think Trainer Mark Casse has a strong horse on his hands, 8 of 9 in the money on fake stuff, and he'll be overlooked with Nate's Mineshaft, Seruni and Mr. Marti Gras in the gate.
Have fun with it fans, I plan on keeping it reasonable as I value hunt.