Aqueduct February 3

Race 1

  • 2  Arbitrator
  • 4  War Eagle’s Return
  • 3  American Road
  • Secondary (6)

Race 2

  • 5  Wushu Warrior
  • 2  Surprise Wonder
  • 6  Theresa’s Boy
  • Secondary (4)

Race 3

  • 1  Decorator Jenn
  • 3  Angel Food
  • 5  Short Kakes
  • Secondary (2)

Race 4

  • 8  Shoe Loves Shoe
  • 2  Asphalt Paving
  • 4  Three to Thirteen
  • Secondary (5)

Race 5

  • 7  Lady Vicki
  • 1/1A  Under Suspicion/Out of Orbit
  • 3  Starlite Mission

Race 6

  • 2  Driven West
  • 1/1A  Independent Worker/Full of Mine
  • 6  Wondermeister
  • Secondary (5)

Race 7

  • 8  Sudden Surprise
  • 2  Jewel Can Disco
  • 6  Foreset
  • Secondary (5, 3)

Race 8

  • 2  Marconi
  • 4  Avery Island
  • 1  Firenze Fire

Race 9

  • 4  Daring Destiny
  • 6  Musicality
  • 9  Tammany Giant
  • 8  Barefoot Angel

Aqueduct January 27

Race 1

  • 3  Littlefirefighter
  • 6  A Dixie Twister
  • 2  For Honor

Race 2

  • 8  Blue Eyes
  • 2  Go Kelly Go
  • 7  Baby Boss

Race 3

  • 2  Takaful
  • 5 Life in Shambles
  • 3  Vulcan’s Forge
  • Secondary (4)

Race 4

  • 2  Port Arch
  • 6  Barefoot Angel
  • 7  Mr. Massena
  • Secondary (3)

Race 5

  • 13  Blaze’n Prospector
  • 2  Big Guy Ian
  • 4  Big Zip
  • Secondary (7, 8, 12)

Race 6

  • 5  All Clear
  • 3  Jack Straight
  • 6  Monteleone
  • 2  Nolinski

Race 7

  • 10  Killala Bay
  • 3  Belleville Spring
  • 1/1A  Scottish Devil/Spake
  • Secondary (4, 5, 6, 7)

Race 8

  • 5  Playinwiththeboys
  • 1 /1A Cotton Candy Cutie/North End
  • 6  Tiz R Bella
  • Secondary (8)

Race 9

  • 5  Velvet Trinni
  • 6  Missimpazi
  • 7  Status Asthmaticus
  • Secondary (3)

Aqueduct January 20

Race 1

  • 1  Dial Josh
  • 9  Water Trough
  • 5  Love Your Buttons
  • Secondary (3, 4)

Race 2

  • 1  Preservationist
  • 6  Fooch
  • 5  Anchor
  • Secondary (2)

Race 3

  • 5  Harlan Punch
  • 6  Turco Bravo
  • 1  Doyouknowsomething

Race 4

  • 10  Karma Delight
  • 2  Brianbakescookies
  • 5  Vilma
  • Secondary (4, 6, 9)

Race 5

  • 10  Proletariat
  • 2  Bear Clause
  • 4  Grassady
  • Secondary (3, 7, 8)

Race 6 

  • 1/1A  Forge/Special Story
  • 4  Fuel the Bern
  • 2  Professor Snape
  • Secondary (3, 9)

Race 7

  • 6  Hammerin Aamer
  • 1  Mr. Buff
  • 5  Shamcat
  • Secondary (4, 7)

Race 8

  • 7  Wonderful Light
  • 2  Westwood
  • 4  War of Ideas
  • Secondary (3, 6)

Race 9

  • 5  Valyrian
  • 1  Lightning Buzz
  • 4  Adirondack Dream
  • Secondary (9, 11)

Aqueduct January 13

Race 1

  • 3  Conquest Bigluck E
  • 8  Ro Bear
  • 2  Preatereo
  • Secondary (1, 5)

Race 2

  • 5  Belleville Spring
  • 3  Threefortyfive
  • 1  Lem Me Tel Ya
  • Secondary (4, 7)

Race 3

  • 3  Pioneer Spirit
  • 2  T R Crew
  • 5  Flash Trading

Race 4

  • 5  Barefoot Angel
  • 1  Ed’s Quick Cat
  • 6  Tammany Giant
  • Secondary (9)

Race 5

  • 4  My Boy Tate
  • 8  Candid Desire
  • 1  Ostrolenka
  • Secondary (3, 5)

Race 6

  • 6  Polar City
  • 5  Best Surprise
  • 6  Light the Vow
  • Secondary (4)

Race 7

  • 2  Bluegrass Jamboree
  • 8  Shimmering Moon
  • 3  Nisha
  • Secondary (5, 6)

Race 8

  • 7  Firenze Fire
  • 4  Factor This
  • 2  Seven Trumpets

Race 9

  • 3  Hokulea
  • 8  Pequeno Grande
  • 11  Now a Factor
  • Secondary (12)

Aqueduct December 23

Race 1

  • 2  My Perfect Gem
  • 3  Honor and Pleasure
  • 7  Peculiar Sensation
  • Secondary (4)

Race 2

  • 11  Thenameescapesme
  • 3  Pence
  • 14  Barefoot Angel
  • Secondary (2, 1)

Race 3

  • 7  Lady Suebee
  • 6 No Deal
  • 4  My Miss Lilly
  • Secondary (3)

Race 4

  • 1/1A  Clutch Cargo/Heart in Hand
  • 4  Blewitt
  • 5  Get Game
  • 7  Conquest Prankster
  • Secondary (8)

Race 5

  • 8  Tusk
  • 2  Fox Rules
  • 4  Harlan Punch
  • Secondary (5, 6, 7)

Race 6  

  • 4  Cain is Abel
  • 12  Nolinski
  • 6  Flash Drive
  • Secondary (2, 10, 11)

Race 7

  • 3  Life in Shambles
  • 7  Threefiveindia
  • 6  Great Stuff
  • Secondary (2)

Race 8

  • 3  Watershed
  • 9  Kurilov
  • 8  Alex the Terror
  • Secondary (1, 4, 6)

Race 9

  • 10  My Won Love
  • 7  Loyal Heart
  • 2  De Wildcat Girl
  • Secondary (3, 6, 8)

Aqueduct December 16

Race 1

  • 4  Scarf It Down
  • 1  Alaapatique
  • 7  Shadow Rider
  • Secondary (1)

Race 2

  • 5  Leah’s Dream
  • 8  Party Spot
  • 10  This Bird Can Sing
  • Secondary (1, 4)

Race 3

  • 3  Town Tart
  • 2  Boule
  • 1  Full House
  • Secondary (4, 5)

Race 4

  • 5  Niko Strong
  • 10  Steelersfanforlife
  • 12  Conforto
  • Secondary (8, 2)

Race 5

  • 6  Bar None
  • 4  Bluegrass Prevails
  • 8  Bluegrass Singer
  • Secondary (1, 5, 7)

Race 6

  • 4  Puffery
  • 10  Queen Apollo
  • 9  Lady Moyne
  • Secondary (8, 11, 12)

Race 7

  • 4  Valyrian
  • 2  Incorporate
  • 5  Casigordo

Race 8

  • 5  Miss Hot Stones
  • 6  Wegetsdamunnys
  • 2  Pure Silver

Race 9  

  • 3  Are We Not Men
  • 2  Midnight Cello
  • 7  Nominal Dollars
  • Secondary (1, 8)

Aqueduct December 2

Race 1

  • 5  Black Sea
  • 2  Memories of Peter
  • 3  War Bond
  • Secondary (1)

Race 2

  • 1  Lady Rullah
  • 5  Fair Regis
  • 4  Leah’s Dream
  • Secondary (10)

Race 3

  • 1/1A  Docs Legacy/Any Questions
  • 9  McIlroy
  • 7  Captain Dixie
  • Secondary (3, 4, 5)

Race 4

  • 6  Lune Lake
  • 12 She’s Delightful
  • 7  Nazay
  • 1  Iridescent Morn

Race 5 

  • 2  Vintage Matters
  • 9  New Jersey John
  • 3  Minsky Moment
  • Secondary (1, 5, 8)

Race 6

  • 2  Highway Star
  • 5  Verve’s Tale
  • 4  Lucy N Ethel
  • Secondary (1, 6)

Race 7

  • 12  Stonefactor
  • 5  Silverado Mist
  • 9  Straw Hat
  • 11  Scatback

Race 8

  • 4  Held Accountable
  • 5  Indy Union
  • 6  Maurer Power
  • Secondary (1, 3)

Race 9

  • 3  Avery Island
  • 5  Catholic Boy
  • 7  Alkhaatam
  • 2  Triple Dog Dare
  • Secondary (4, 8)

Race 10

  • 2  Seymourdini
  • 1  Mind Your Biscuits
  • 6  Sharp Azteca
  • Secondary (10, 4, 5, 8)

Aqueduct November 25

Race 1

  • 6  Big Zip
  • 2  Drover Crazy
  • 3  Bar None
  • Secondary (1, 8)

Race 2

  • 3  Cantakeitanymore
  • 2  O Shea Can U See
  • 6  Nolinski
  • Secondary (1, 5)

Race 3

  • 6  Cumulative
  • 9  Culture Carrier
  • 4  Electro
  • Secondary (3, 1)

Race 4

  • 5  Penjade
  • 3  Elysea’s World
  • 7  My Impression

Race 5

  • 7  Orbed
  • 1  Blinded Vision
  • 5  Racing Raven
  • 2  Gentrification

Race 6

  • 7  Boule
  • 6  Big Mara
  • 2  Spring for More
  • 4  Just Got Out

Race 7

  • 6  Night Time Lady
  • 9  Drama Run
  • 8  Blue Atlas
  • 3  Go Noni Go
  • Secondary (4)

Race 8

  • 8  Blind Ambition
  • 10  Dowse’s Beach
  • 4  Rainbow Heir
  • Secondary (1, 2, 3, 5)

Race 9

  • 1  Speith
  • 5  Bonus Points
  • 3  True Timber
  • Secondary (4)

Race 10

  • 8  Strike Midnight
  • 10  Cheyenne Bull
  • 12  California Swing
  • Secondary (3, 2)

Aqueduct November 18

Race 1

  • 7  Kat O Mine
  • 2  Tisbury
  • 6  Hollywood Cat
  • Secondary (1,3)

Race 2

  • 5  Lady by Choice
  • 6 Gangbusters
  • 4  La Contessa

Race 3

  • 1  Top Brass
  • 5  Bolita Boyz
  • 4  Schivarelli
  • Secondary (3)

Race 4

  • 10  Speighgal
  • 2  Trilliant
  • 8  Scheme
  • Secondary (1, 4, 6)

Race 5

  • [12  Canarsie Kid]
  • 9  Mission Command
  • 5  Discretionary Marq
  • 6  Psychic Energy
  • Secondary (1, 7)

Race 6

  • [16  Alkhaatam]
  • 1  Mathematician
  • 6  Desert Stone
  • 10  Curlin’s New Moon
  • 3  Power Boss
  • Secondary (2, 9)

Race 7

  • 7  Will Did It
  • 2  Gambler’s Ghost
  • 6  Scarly Charly
  • Secondary (4)

Race 8

  • 5  Blacktype
  • 9  Delta Prince
  • 2  Fire Away
  • Secondary (1, 6, 3)

Race 9

  • 4  Reata’s Regard
  • 13  Miss Hot Stones
  • 9  It’s My Catlecat
  • Secondary (2, 4, 8)

Wrapping Up 2017

I hope everyone had a great Breeder’s Cup weekend. I was true to form. Friday always seems to be a better day for me. This year I hit either win, exacta or both in all four Friday races and was well on my way to my best BC ever. On the other hand, on Saturday I was having a mediocre (that’s code for losing) day. I had a nice hit on the smallish exacta in Race 12, keeping me well on the plus side for the weekend. It was a really great way to end the biggest part of the racing year.

I’ve never known a summer to fly by so quickly. One morning the leaves were forming on the trees, a few mornings later they were falling off.

I suppose the brief summer was related to how little I got to enjoy it. In March I was diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow-cancer. For a few months while I was taking killing doses of chemo I rarely got outside. Going from the couch to the refrigerator and back consumed so much energy I would need a nap to recover.

I won’t go into the details, other than to say I wouldn’t wish how I felt on anyone. It sounds kind of corny, but without horseracing I’m not sure I would have gotten through the summer, short as it seemed. I was able to post selections and write some opinion pieces. When I didn’t – or couldn’t – do anything else, I always had a racing form to look at, or Twitter to read, or a blog to write.

Racing kept me occupied. I don’t know what I would have done without it. I couldn’t eat very much – I’ve lost 25 pounds without trying. And if I did eat it was a small portion of something bland and uninteresting. Exercise was out of the question. Most days it was me on the couch either catching up on all the programs and movies I’ve taped, or watching a baseball game (I watched a lot of baseball), or betting races.

I’ve cut back on publishing selections. Just didn’t have as much energy as I needed to handicap every day. I also stopped participating in most of  the discussions on racing boards. Same reason. Chemotherapy kicks the hell out of you.

The good news is that the chemo seems to be working. I’m functioning a lot better, and the couch isn’t getting quite the workout it got during the summer. The bad news  is that I may have six more months of it. I’ve adjusted to the dosage enough so that I can go to the grocery store, putz around the house, things like that. I’m still not better than 70% on a good day though.

I’ve had a lot of friends stop by to see me and my family has been great. The support makes all the difference in the world. I want to say thanks for that.

Some of you may know that I’ve qualified for the NHC in January. No way I’m going to miss that. I have no delusions about winning. I’m just happy to be going.

For those reasons I’m only publishing picks for AQU on Saturday until after the NHC. I’ll still be publishing blogs and looking into racing issues, so please continue to check the site.

Thanks to everyone who follows my picks.