Posted: 11:35 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013
By Matt Gardner
Saturday was quite a long day of watching and handicapping races but that's what nice summer days are for, right? I'd like to thank Joe Withee and the good people out at Emerald Downs for inviting to take part in their Emerald Downs Live program on ComcastSportsNet Northwest yesterday afternoon.
I've done a couple of quick, short TV/video segments before but sitting at a desk and, as a friend of mine put it once, "talking to a piece of glass" is certainly a different experience. The paddock was just to my right, the finish line just behind me, and there were monitors everywhere broadcasting racing from around the country. So where do I look? Oh, yeah, the camera right in front of me. Anyway, I had a great time hanging out on the set and actually picked one winner during my five race stretch (thank you, Chu and You. The You and I juvenile filly was a most impressive winner at first asking in the fourth race.) Of course, because I was on the first part of the show, I got the quarter horse event in the first race as part of my coverage. Here's what I know about quarter-horse races: bet on the fast one that runs straight out of the gate. Simple enough, right?
Three of the five races during my segment on the air were baby races which, as we all know, can be fun races to handicap but certainly difficult races to predict when there are many first time starters. And, as typically happens, we had some horses that made their task a bit harder due to their inexperience. One of the firsters I really liked yesterday, Gold Trick, finished third in race three after breaking slowly from the gate and sort of half-blowing the turn, but made up a good amount of ground in deep stretch. I'm looking forward to her next start.
I didn't get to see much of the action from around the country live yesterday, so I went back last night and this morning to review some of the results.
The Belmont and Hollywood meets come to a close today which can only mean one thing: it's Del mar and Saratoga time!