Note, this is a real brief post - it should take less than 7 minutes to read.
Two things I said in here a few weeks ago that I'm begging Mary to delete because I misquoted myself.
1. "This is the worst group of BC horses ever assembled."
I couldn't possibly have been more wrong. When you have FANtastic stars like Goldikova and Zenyatta and a future one like that Victory Gallop colt (I keep misspelling his name) who almost won at 50-1, this was a GREAT bunch of horses. I apologize to the horses and their connections. Risen Star, you were correct. I need to be spanked or banned.
2. "Zenyatta is a huge underlay at 5/2."
Congrats to Zenyatta and her fans. She was absolutely amazing and ran much faster that I ever thought she would. What a wonderful mare and heart of gold. On Friday, someone asked me if she could be horse of the Year if she beat the boys. I said the only way I would even consider her HotY is if she ran a race that wowed me.
And I'm still in awe of her performance, the crowd, etc, etc. A race for the ages and one I'll obviously never forget.
It's funny, the two largest Win bets I made this year were on horses I considered extreme overlays because of all the publicity on the girls: Macho Again in the Woodward and Gio Ponti yesterday. I had waffled between Colonel John and Gio, but couldn't pass up what I thought was the overlay of the century, 12-1 on Gio Ponti. Both ran 2nd to two great ones. Sometimes, I don't mind losing.
How did my bankroll end up? Friday I played a million rolling Ps3 and P4s. Do you know how loving hard it is to cash a P3 or P4 ticket when you don't have ONE single winner on the whole card, let alone a sequence of them? It's virtually impossible.
Saturday was a different day altogether. As Bob B might say, all it takes is one nice winner to make your day on a Breeders' Cup. Well, I hit 3 exactas, one medium, one giant one, and a small one multiple times as I was on Courageous and played Godlikova over her about 77 times. So a very "lucky" day for me on Saturday, but that's not half the story of this wonderful trip.
On Friday morning, about 4am, I walked over to the barns to visit that 50-1 Victory Gallop who almost pulled it off the next day. I introduced myself to cuzin Sacco who got the biggest kick out of my Passport. After BSing for a while about Italian food, Brooklyn, etc, etc, I asked him if I could take a picture of his baby.
He goes, "No, gimme your camera, you get yourlilass in his stall, grab his halter, turn him around and I'll take pictures of you both. He ain't gonna bite you - he's very friendly."
This was one of the best horsie moments of my life, right up there with when CatThief gave me and GhostZapper a one-on-one. Cuzin Sacco is one super nice guy. Btw, he mentioned that his colt loves DIRT tracks and will be heading to Gulfstream shortly for the winter. Buyer beware.
I have pictures of me and "him" smooching on my camera. But since my daughter is in Vegas, I haven't a clue how to get them off my camera, crop and prop them, and transfer them to a machine. But when I do, I'll post them here and you can see if we really look that much alike.
Just wanted to thank Jana and Fredo again for their wonderful party and the special Hot Italian sausages. Yeah, I realize I ate the whole freakin tray of them but you guys encouraged me, so don't blame me. And, as always, you made me feel like family. Hmm, maybe we are.
Met up with a buncha friends again, including 5 gorgeous ladies: General Challenge, CatThief, Jana, SpeedDemon and Moegray. Boy, if cuzin Vinnie wasn't already in a long term relationship, we coulda have had some real fun and yada, yada, yada!
I also got together with the usual gang of knuckleheads: AC, my roomie Traveler, Maui, LuckyDuck, Syncopate, Fredo, ScoreQuick, converted Rams fan DGX and a couple of others - dam, I forget their names.
Anyways, looking forward to Churchill in 2010.
And once again, CONGRATS to Zenyatta and her believers - that was figuratively awesome!