|Govenor Charlie wins the Sunland Derby|
Futurity season underway
The 2013 Open Futurity season and the road to the All American Futurity is officially underway. On Saturday afternoon, the Grade III Harrah's Futurity highlighted the Louisiana Downs card. 3-1 favorite Separatist Firstdown did not disappoint from the far outside post, covering the 300 yard distance in 15.527 under rider Saul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Isidro Flores, earning $86,202 of the $191,560 purse. Later on in the evening, Remington Park hosted a card featuring 4 Stakes races, highlighted by the Grade II Oklahoma Futurity. Fetching Beauty grabbed the win in the last jumps at a 10-1 upset with Victor Olivo in the saddle for trainer Sacramento Chavez. Earning $130,000, Fetching Beauty covered the 300 yards in 15.279. On Friday afternoon, Sunland held 10 trials to the Grade I West Texas Futurity, the first Grade I Futurity of the year. The final will be held on Sunday, April 14th. Thoroughbred Futurity season also started last week. On Tuesday, Sunland held 4 trials (2 for colts, 2 for fillies) for the NM Bred Copper Top Futurity. The finals will be held on Saturday, April 13th.
Black Onyx upsets Spiral Stakes
|Black Onyx wins the Spiral Stakes|
Also, can Turfway PLEASE get a new race caller? I'm a big fan of Mike Battaglia as a handicapper, but he is definitely the worst race caller in North America.
Assiniboia Downs: Starting to do it right
Last week I blogged about Assiniboia Downs and their racing schedule, and how I believe it needs to change. While they aren't adapting the schedule I believe they should, they have changed one thing. It was announced on Thursday's Insider that post time will be pushed a half an hour back from 7:00 to 7:30 Central in order to reduce competition. They are also introducing the popular Super High 5 wager. Smart moves, Assiniboia. Now please, stop taking 29% from Tris and Supers and maybe more people will care.
Idaho approves Instant Racing
It has been reported that Idaho has approved of "historical racing." Wyoming recently passed a similar bill. This is a positive step in reviving the struggling racing industry in the region. Let's see if these racetracks become another bunch that slide by on gaming money.
Have a good week, and good luck.