Welcome Friend to The Turk and the Little Turk. Between family commitments and my school work resuming (yes, a 50 something college kid), I wasn't much of a handicapper or blogger this weekend. I handicapped the Northern Dancer and Woodbine Mile yesterday but only placed one bet on each race, a $10 win bet on Noble Thought and Glenville Gardens in the respective races but no joy. Both were 10-1 and I liked their chances and have no regrets about taking a shot. Most on Twitter that I respect thought both races would go to the chalk and Johnny Bear (who I rated very similar to Noble Thought) who also was about 10-1 nipped Hawkbill at the wire while World Approval really impressed me and I haven't been that high on the grey/roan previously. He answered questions for me yesterday to move to 4 wins in 5 starts in 2017 for Trainer Mark Casse. I am getting very excited about Breeders' Cup and he'll present a real dilemma for me. Anyway, my ROI was negative and I lost $20 of investment capital. It happens and its important to remember that if you don't swing for vulnerable chalk you'll be passing up about a 68% chance of winning. Vulnerable is relative, obviously!
I'd like to see Presque Isle Downs improve. The product has been mostly bottom tier for a long time now. They have a nice 1 mile oval of fake dirt that plays fair. They have one big race Monday night in the Grade 2 PID Master, the 5th race on an otherwise blah card. Pick up your game and connect with your audience and don't just collect slot money. I don't want to be negative. This was a nice start 5-6 years ago, but no progress is no progress. The racing seems solely to exist for simulcast feeds.
Let's get after this!
This should be competitive with War Correspondent and Ghost Hunter on top. War Correspondent is a very classy 7 year old War Front, lightly raced with only 14 career starts while Ghost Hunter is also 7 and has 48 career starts.
The next five could finish in any order but my base handicap is my best view of the order of finish. If going towards Tri's and Super's I think Black Tie Event or Downtown Cowboy, with 14 PID wins between them, could keep running where others ease and get into those last few spots on the ticket. I am wary of that but I don't think either can win.
Have fun with it friends. I think Sister Turk and I are headed South to The Masters tomorrow and I'd love to meet any of you that will be there, but unfortunately, most will just be watching a feed.