I’m venturing out of the gate a bit slow in regard to the blog and the Enlightened Trails. I’m currently at a temporary address while I seek something more permanent. Meanwhile, I’ve sharpened my focus on horse racing, despite my occasional doubt as to how the sport is functioning, in regard to its place as a respected sport. The deaths of a number of horses, the DQ’s, the lack of funding in some locations, not to mention that I’m in a non-DAW state (Texas) have caused me to ponder over whether I should even continue my interest. I’ve been a fan for about 40 years…from the days of racing “Racing From…” on WOR-9 in NYC, to my first forays in live wagering at the NYC tracks in the 2000s, I rooted hard for my favorites, and always prided myself on good selections between top contenders. Serious wins and losses have forever shaped my wagering strategy; all this without being a ‘pro’ and forking over huge money to play in tournaments.
I’m still passively following the sport and industry, hoping there will be some positive moment for us horseplayers in the Lone Star State. Last I checked, there was a bill introduced into the state legislature that would attempt to amend the Texas Racing Act. Those efforts were not successful. https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=HB3926
Purses from racing in the state, however, are likely to get a boost, per this article from the Paulick Report:
Maybe I’ll have to move to have the chance to wager again. Meanwhile, I’ll continue providing thoughts on the Trail races.
Next up is the Prairie Gold Lassie at Prairie Meadows, a race for 2YO fillies, going 6 furlongs for a 65k purse.
My top 4 here are 2-4-5-6: She’s All Wolfe, A Girl Like Me, Flat Out Speed (really, a tie between these latter 2), and Kahului.
Projected overlay: A Girl Like Me
A Girl Like Me has 3 races here, breaking maiden at 5 furlongs at the 32k level. Only filly here to run off of a paired top. With her best race just a month prior, this race could propel her to run better. Further, this is her 3rd straight race with a stretchout, and she’s the lone backstretch speed in a field with mostly early speed.