Monday, May 23, 2011

Preakness Day debacle

Realistically, unless I could have miraculously gone 12-for-12 on the Monmouth Park slate during this weekend's Horseplayer World Series contest, there was no chance of winning that event, which from the looks of it hinged on picking the correct Preakness Stakes winner.  Congrats to Tony Dadas of Middletown, NJ who did that by nailing a $40W/$20P wager on Shackleford to turn his $30 starting bankroll into $663.50 of winnings, plus the $2,590 first-place pool and a seat to the February 2012 HWS in Las Vegas!

Another great debacle...
The afternoon proved horrific for me, going only 1 (a show wager) for 11 with three second-place finishers and my worst-played race of the season, when in a four-horse field I liked but passed on Perfect Embrace in the 7th and fatefully put a third of my bankroll on favorite So Much Love, who finished a fading second to a $13.20 winner. The handwriting was on the wall, as Red Rock Or Bust and Papa NJ Horseplayer also had fruitless, though enjoyable, afternoons.

There was otherwise nothing to write home about, considering my expectation that Sway Away could compete in the Preakness, which clearly did not happen.

Next up: the NHC Tour contest at Monmouth Park on Sunday, June 5, where maybe I'll let my kids make my contest selections for me as we spend the afternoon in the picnic area.

1 comment:

  1. You're the Woodbine maven -- there will be high expectations for you come June 5.