Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Nomination Is In: The Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial and Carter Handicap Grade 1 Spectacular
Where do we start: The tape is always a good idea to get a feel for the size of the animal, how game he was and to help fill in the story you translate from race charts and past performances.
The Gotham G3: Harpoon, Samraat and Uncle Sigh
GP Alw $61,000 12 March 2014: Social Inclusion and the respected by lightly raced Honor Code.
The Jerome Grade 2: Noble Moon
The San Felipe G2: California Chrome and Schoolofhardrocks
The Rebel G2: Hoppertunity going tough in Arkansas.
RB Lewis Grade 2: Candy Boy
Malibu G1: Central Banker
King's Bishop Grade 1: Central Banker
Gulfstream Park Handicap Grade 2: Golden Ticket
Tom Fool Handicap Grade 3: Strapping Groom, Saturday's Charm and Dads Cap
San Carlos Grade 2: Sahara Sky
That was exhausting, but needed! I try to do my homework on these stakes runners, and while I fancy myself a good handicapper, you always have to work at the craft. Lazy handicapping is bad handicapping, and I work to hard earning money to foolishly invest in poor work.
I'm building medium priced superfectas for all three. I think all three are a bit chalky so as I sit here a few hours before race time, I think I'll let my base handicaps speak for themselves and I'll mull over my bet matrices right up until post parade. Make sure you pay attention to the track conditions and scratches and changes. NYRA's website is very good for easy access to info, Santa Anita's website is OK, they make you hunt a bit more for the info.
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