BARN Pick 3 Weekend Recap 2/29/16

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February 29th, 2016

1. Mohaymen

Continued his unbeaten streak with a very good win in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, earning a 95 Beyer in the process. To my eye this race wasn’t quite as strong looking as his Holy Bull effort and I have some concern maybe he’s not moving forward as much at three as some would like. But that being said, you don’t have to be burying your competition to have a big shot at winning the Derby (Bellamy Road). But Mohaymen just keeps doing what he needs to do and I think both He and Zulu will move forward nicely to the Florida Derby where they’ll have to tussle with Nyquist. Or the Wood Memorial where they probably wouldn’t have to tussle with anyone tough.

2. Cathryn Sophia

Man this is one cool horse, or as Larry Collmus called her during the race, one fantastic filly. I think she’s better and faster than Songbird. Songbird goes loose on the lead and then buries her foes. Cathryn Sophia has shown range and been able to come off the pace and pass runners late and then bury them. It’s setting up a Kentucky Oaks that honestly could be the most interesting Kentucky Oaks in a while. The Kentucky Oaks to me has always kind of been an appetizer to the main course, but this one is setting up to be a really strong edition. And when Songbird gets left in the dust by Cathryn Sophia I’ll be cheering like mad!

3. Illinois Racing

Saw more news this week about the state of racing in Illinois. Hawthorne announced essentially no stakes schedule, the Illinois Derby is gonzo and now horsemen are trying to strike a deal with Arlington. I’ve always enjoyed Chicago racing and Arlington Park is a world-class facility. Heck they even tried to kick me out for wearing shorts up in the suite area. Thankfully John Dooley saved me. But it’s so frustrating to see that these states can’t exist without gaming revenue while some tracks without gaming revenue continue to do ok. I think about Laurel and how a few years ago Maryland was on the verge of going down and now they seem to be thriving with the gaming revenue. Their product is good and interest seems to be slightly renewed. Maybe Illinois needs that boost? Or maybe it’s just waiting to be buried. It’s already shocking to me that racing doesn’t really exist in a huge market like Boston, but if it didn’t exist in Chicago, that would be downright criminal.