If you thought the events in New York and L.A. were strange yesterday! Well we found a few more for you to ponder over!
Win Willy beats Misremembered in the Oaklawn Handicap. Willy loves to run at Oaklawn. The oddity here is the “Oaklawn Faithful” didn’t bet down their favorite son more than the 5/1 post time odds on him. Oh ye of little faith you Oaklawn denizens. I guess the Misremembered people also didn’t take notice of the signs on the wall there that says “Willy’s House”! Ah, we love these “Home Cookin” horses
Race#3 was a very good turf Allowance dust-up for a $67,000 purse. So what, you say, well the what was who showed up here. Keeneland got Al Khali, Battle of Hastings, Memorial Maniac and Grassy, all big- time Graded Stakes turf winners to gather for this event, as this could have easily been a GI field anywhere else! Kudos to the Keeneland folks for only having to pony up $67 grand for a GI race. It’s called getting your money’s worth. So over their first 2 days of operations this spring they laid out just $167,000 in prize money for 2 top-flight turfer. Shocking only in the sense that some very good horsemen let their best charges run for so little! Oh P.S. none of them won here either! Hey, it’s Keeneland we’re talking about here, where the strange is the everyday norm!
Race #8– an Allowance dust-up with, wait for it, “First Dude”. What’s shocking here is, first, he won, something he hadn’t done since his lone maiden win early last year but still found a way to be in every major GI 3yo race and B/C Classic last year and pocketing almost $900k along the way. But it was the way he won this race that was even more shocking as he, “rated”. He sat chilly here until the stretch where he, wait for it again, “closed for the win”. Who says you can’t teach an old horse, new tricks! Shocking, simply shocking “First Dude” wins by closing. No wonder it was such a strange day!
Race#10– the return of the D’Funnybone to sprinting in the Sunshine State Stakes and again he still couldn’t beat Coffee Boy! This time with no board hit either! Save your money on him until he returns to his mid-2010 form. Startling that he didn’t win, no, just how bad he was yesterday! Did you get D’boned yesterday?
Race# 9 featured the return of 8-year-old Graded Stakes winning sprinter Fabulous Strike in a 6f allowance outing over the slop. Winning in 1:09 and chg where he bested an early 3yo Fav from the NYRA circuit last year in Peppi Knows! Just remarkable that an 8yr old can still run a sub 1:10, 6f race in the slop after being away from racing for a year and a half! A horse-racing Phoenix rises from the retirement Ashes here? Strange days indeed!
And our, “Grande Finale”!
The GI Ashland Stakes,
Once again, Keeneland shows us why we’ve renamed this place “Krazyland“ at this blog! A 48/1 long shot named Lilacs and Lace went wire to wire (a truly odd event here) in beating one of the best 3yo filly prospects in the country in Kathmanblu (who finished an Uncle Mo 3rd here) in the process! Think this outing was crazed, the GI Toyota Blue Grass Stakes is upcoming this Saturday. In what we refer to around here as “America’s Crazy” race. It’s a show we never fail to miss!
So in another sobering reminder from the“Racing-Gods” that we meer morals are but passing-bit-players on the greater stage that is the thoroughbred horse racing scene, they were just toying with us again this weekend!
Later is week we will do a refresher Editorial on Big Race day wagering and why they are so wild!
So to borrow a line from our old friend “John Lennon“, “Strange days indeed, most peculiar momma, roll”!