California Chrome couldn't get the triple crown. I guess the three races in five weeks was just too much of a grind but he is by far the best three year old out there. I made a bundle betting on him in the Kentucky Derby but didn't bet him in the Preakness and Belmont because of the low odds. As I posted, I did make a roundabout bet on him last Monday in the Belmont by buying Churchill Downs stock. Even though he lost, I sold this morning for a 3-1/2% gain. I won on my losing horse bet. Can't beat that with a stick. I had no interest in owning that stock so all turned out well. I expect his next race will be Sunday July 27th in the million dollar Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park. I'll most likely be betting him in that race if I can get any kind of price. Thanks and love ya Chrome, you're one hell of a horse.
California Chrome was very good to me. Made a big bundle betting on him in the Kentucky Derby. Didn't bet him in the Preakness or the Belmont because of the low odds but bought CHDN last Monday as a way to bet on Chrome in the Belmont. As we know, he lost the race but I made well over 3% on my CHDN bet and sold out this morning. Chrome was the only reason I bought this stock. I have no interest in holding onto this stock. Making over 3% on your bet on a losing horse is something you can't beat with a stick. See ya next time there's a chance at a triple crown champion. Thanks Chrome. I love ya and look forward to you destroying the field in the Haskell Invitational. You are certainly the cream of the three year old crop.
You have a serious anger problem son. Life's too short to go around mad at the world. Loosen up and enjoy life. I've seen the photo of the gash on Chrome's foot. Have you? Not making excuses though. Its all part of racing. Like I said, nobody knows if it made any difference or not. One question for you though. Are you from the south?
One more thing. Chrome suffered a large gash in his right front foot during the races. Nobody right now is sure when it happened but it was quite bloody. Did that take away from his race? Who knows. It would be easy to claim that but nobody really knows. One thing we do know is he is the cream of the crop of three year olds.
The fact of the matter that Chrome was the best horse out there. The rigors of the triple crown got to him. Look at what happened to Ride On Curlin. He looked like a $3000 claimer after running the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Chrome is without a doubt the best of the bunch and that will be proven in time. By the way, Chrome had the highest Beyer rating of anybody in the field and as far as blood lines, you can throw them out the window after a horse gets some races under his belt and matures. Secretariat sired some horses with the greatest blood lines imaginable that couldn't even make it to the track or made it to the track, couldn't compete and were retired. Other great horses have come from what people considered poor blood lines. Just look at Chrome. The same with people. You had football's Manning brothers come from NFL stock parents but you have some of the greatest quarterbacks of all time that came from families that had no athletic talent. You never know what mother nature will produce and like I said, once a horse and a human have developed, you can throw everything else out the window when judging their talent. Now, with that said, the odds are much higher of getting a great horse from a great blood line but they do also come from the lower echelon. I guess with all your handicapping skills, you just forgot to name who was going to win the Belmont. LOL
Look at all the thumbs down ratings. Come on guys, take it easy. Just having some fun. It was just a horse race and talkin some smack is part of the fun. Lighten up. Yeah, I thought he was going to win but he didn't. Don't know any horse player that's never had a loser. Quit taking everything so seriously and have a little fun. We'll get em in the Haskell or wherever they decide to run Chrome next. Can't wait for them to announce it so we can start it all over again.
Excuse me. I'd love to stick around and chat but I have an appointment for a colonoscopy.
By the way idmnewsalerts, speaking of handicapping skills, show up after the Belmont and I'll give you some. When you can't even figure out the winner of a race when one horse, California Chrome, is far better than any of the competition, you may need to find a new hobby. Maybe knitting. Knitting's nice. How about buying a metal detector and take up treasure hunting. You never know what you may find, OOOH.
T minus 6 hours 29 minutes and counting until we have a new king of racing, California Chrome, the great California bred. From what I'm seeing with California racing, I believe we're going to start seeing the California breds start to dominate in the big races like the triple crown races. They've being doing things right for a while and its starting to pay off. After Secretariat broke the long string with no triple crown winners, we ended up with three in six years. We just may see three California breds take the triple crown in six years this time.
Glad to hear that I'm not the only one noticing the same thing. I used to go to Churchill Downs occasionally and spend a week in Lexington at Keeneland in both their spring and fall meets but don't go anymore. It just isn't the same place as it used to be. I also didn't like the synthetic track at Keeneland although I realize they're now going back to dirt. At least that's one smart move.
That is Ron Turcotte's statement. Sorry, can't provide an actual link. Since you're posting on Yahoo message boards, I would have thought you would know that Yahoo no longer allows anyone to post an actual link but I'm sure you can Google it and find what you're looking for.
T minus 7 hours 5 minutes until we have a new king of racing. A California bred is about to become the new king. Look for California breds to start dominating the industry. Kentucky turned their breeding operations into a drug world and its coming back to bite them in the rear. California cleaned their act up a long time ago and they're producing much sounder and healthier horses now. California will dominate for the next decade and much longer than that if Kentucky doesn't get their act together and clean things up. I can't wait. This is as good as it gets in sports.
Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, a two-time winner of the G1 Kentucky Derby aboard Secretariat in 1973 and Riva Ridge in 1972, issued a statement April 30 regarding his struggles with access to Churchill Downs.
Turcotte, who has been confined to a wheelchair since 1978, described recent experiences attempting to gain handicapped parking and other accommodations from the track.
After reading the recent post of Rick Porter on the Foxhill Farm website, it caused me great concern and sadness as I know only too well the frustration of facing the “facts” of Churchill Downs and the lack of hospitality it displays to those in the racing industry.
For the past several years, I have been attending the Kentucky Derby as one who loves the sport, and as a guest of the Kentucky Derby Museum to meet fans and sign autographs. As a two-time winning jockey who still holds the track record for the 1 1/4 mile distance, I take great pride in my accomplishments aboard Secretariat and Riva Ridge in their Derby triumphs. It also gives me great enjoyment talking to fans, sharing stories, and signing autographs as a way to promote the sport of racing and benefit many worthwhile charitable organizations such as the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
However, my most recent experiences at the track have tarnished my fond memories of Churchill Downs through the actions, or should I say inaction, of track management who has not provided me with either accommodation or parking access during Oaks and Derby days. Being confined to a wheelchair since my racing accident in 1978, it is no easy feat to maneuver through the crowds that attend the Derby festivities. It becomes a nearly impossible task when there is virtually no assistance from the track.
In 2012, despite being the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary being filmed at Churchill Downs, I was denied any parking assistance by the track. If not for the gracious actions of the film crew who had no other choice but to pay Churchill Downs $500 to allow me the “privilege” of on-site parking in a handicapped accessible spot, I am not sure what would have happened. In 2013, despite strong lobbying on my behalf by the Kentucky Derby Museum who hosted my appearance, I once again received no parking accommodation from Churchill Downs and ultimately was forced to park in an off-track neighborhood lot across Central Avenue. Making matters worse, I was then informed that Churchill Downs policy restricted my access to the Museum grounds only, preventing me from even being able to watch the race I had won twice.
In each of these instances, Churchill Downs management knew well in advance that I would be attending the Derby, yet never made an effort to offer one shred of hospitality or professional courtesy. After reading Mr. Porter’s post, it has become painfully obvious that this lack of basic consideration also applies to many others who helped shape Churchill Downs’ history or promote its welfare. More than anything it shows me exactly how the track values its precious bottom line above the sport and those who champion it.
I have been very blessed to have had so much success within the sport I love, and one of the greatest moments for me was being inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. With that honor, I remember proudly receiving the golden Hall of Fame lapel pin, which at the time allowed complimentary access to every major racetrack across the nation. It is disheartening to me that the present business culture and management at Churchill Downs now treats my treasured pin as an obsolete relic. Unfortunately, I suspect that they view me and many of my fellow riders (as well as trainers and owners who support the racing industry) the same way.
In just over 26 hours from now, the new king of horse racing will be crowned. Move over Man O' War, Secretariat, Count Fleet, Citation, Ruffian, California Chrome is in town. Imagine that, the best horse ever will be a California bred.
is that his assistant trainer, Alan Sherman, son of Art Sherman, was a jockey for three years. WOW, he is one big boy.
I already said I'm not betting the race because I have a rule that I never bet a horse, no matter who it is, at less than even money. As I stated, I made my bet on Chrome winning the triple crown in a round about way by buying CHDN stock and looking for a nice bump after Chrome wins the Triple Crown. Bought it Monday and its already paying off. There's more than one way to skin a cat. Have no interest in even trying to bet in the seedy underworld offshore. I have this personal rule of not betting any horse for even money, no matter who it is because after all, it is horse racing and things can happen. I play when the risk/reward ratio is favorable. I don't care if Secretariat or Man O' War came back in their prime today. I would not bet them at less than even odds. I have the discipline to stick to my rules.
One more item. California Chrome's morning line odds were 3-5. I was hoping that with 11 horses in the field, they may attract enough money to get Chrome to 1-1 but the odds are now 2-5. Its going the wrong way. Doesn't look like I'm going to be able to bet but I do have that round about bet on him with the Churchill Downs stock I bought and I'm up about 2-1/2% on that so far.
California Chrome's owners have inked a deal with Skechers. No, Chrome won't be wearing Skechers shoes but the owner, trainer and handlers will be wearing Skechers advertising. What's next? After Chrome wins the Triple Crown, my guess is they ink a deal with Google. What a perfect match that would be for Google Chrome. I wish there were some way I could bet on that happening.
another thing is that drugs in sports is not a new phenomena, although it has gotten much worse. I had a friend who played football in the NFL starting in the early seventies and played 7 years as a wide received for two different teams. He said they basically had a pharmacy set up in the locker room where you could get whatever you wanted. He said that you see pictures of football players doing things like banging their heads in lockers and that type stuff really did happen. He said most of the players were so jacked up they would do stupid stuff like that. My friend ended up with a drug problem because of all the drugs he was taking while playing. He said he never thought he had a drug problem because he justified it by saying it would help him play better. Then one time he was injured and knew he wouldn't be able to play in the game, yet he still went and got his drugs before the game and he spent the game on the sidelines so jacked up he couldn't stand still. He said he wouldn't admit he had a problem but deep down he knew he did after that incident. There was also money in college sports back then. He went to a university that most everyone heard of but it was far from a football powerhouse. He was the big star on the team. When he started at the university, he was given a job of watering the football field. Nobody told him he really didn't have to do it so he went to the field one day and talked to one of the grounds people there. He said he's supposed to water the field. The grounds guy said son, we have automatic sprinklers that do that. Also, after each game when he went to his locker, there were always five one hundred dollar bills in his locker. Nobody even mentioned the money or where it came from but he said through common sense he knew it was coming from the alumni booster club. Somebody would just put the $500 in his locker during the second half. $500 isn't a great amount of money but it would have been a lot for a college kid to get back in 1970.