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Nothing’s ever easy when you’re attacking a $423,985 Pick-6 carryover and today’s card, while lacking the depth that the weekend programs usually provide, represents a serious challenge to the horse player. Lots and lots of question marks in the maiden races help make this six race scheme difficult and I’m not sure there’s a dependable single to isolate.
It was recently reported that pari-mutual wagering in the U.S. was down 7.2% in 2008 when compared to similar figures from the previous year. Although it is generally accepted that the poor state of the economy was the major contributing factor, critics of synthetic surfaces believe that the loss in business can partially be blamed by the lack of confidence in the new surfaces by veteran horse players.
Trainer Brian Koriner is raising #2 Thunder and Ice from $16,000 all the way up to $40,000 in the first race and she seems more than capable of handling the boost in class in a race restricted to 4-year-olds. Her biggest obstacle may be the filly drawn directly to her outside, #3 Dizzy Up the Girl, who might be as quick as ‘Ice and could force her into an early speed duel. We’ll go to school in the first race to see how the main track is playing following a couple of days of heavy renovation.