Saratoga Horse Racing

August 2012 Archives

No pussyfooting around are my good vibe / horse-lovin' / touchy-feely picks for

Saratoga Race Course

Saturday, 4 August 2012

OK, so apparently going with the gut ain't half bad.  I picked at least one horse in nine of the 10 races today.  Honestly, I don't keep track of how well real handicappers are doing, so I have no idea how that non-statistic goes up against the big boys (and girls)...but, given my penchant for betting across-the-board for each of the horses I like, I'm thinkin' it ain't half-bad...
Back in the proverbial saddle, I've decided to surrender to the Truth: that I am not a handicapper.  I'm the Anti-capper, as it were.  I think that speed figures are voodoo.  And we all know that I don't believe that past performances necessarily are the indicator of future success--any more than the SATs can accurately predict a student's potential in college.

I am very strongly opinionated, and I'm not going to change.  And being opinionated isn't a good trait for a REAL handicapper:  some objectivity should be applied.  But I'm stickin' with my guns:  for example, I love the trainers whom I love.  Won't ever suggest an R. Dutrow horse.  Secretariat may have resurrected from his grave and race under R.'s colors, and I still wouldn't go there. I'm too old to change my opinions without good reason.  

And don't talk science to me, when dealing with a species of animal that is as sentient, feeling and knowing as The Horse...emotions and spirit always--always--trump biology and statistics...

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M.E. Altieri

Marion Altieri is a horse racing
life-long fan
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Her website, will bring together URLs for this blog with her radio, TV and online magazine publishing endeavors. The 'site also will feature a Marketplace, Community and opps to exchange ideas about women in racing; equine welfare and rights and ways to make the sport both more nurturing for horses and more egalitarian for females.

First a wordsmith, Marion is acutely aware of the power of language: as we speak and write, so we live. If language has the power to start and end wars, so too it has the power to save the lives of horses

A f!lly is not a little grrrl horse: a f!lly is a Force of Nature, and through her work, Marion hopes to help reinforce this powerful Truth.


Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga

The Thoroughbred is a distinct, created breed of horse. Saratoga Springs, New York is a unique, pristine city in Upstate New York.

Put the two together, Thoroughbreds and Saratoga, and you have America's most prestigious, lushly beautiful and important racing meet. For six weeks every summer, the world's best horses, jockeys and trainers come together to compete for trophies, cash and fame.

In this blog, we'll discover All Things Thoroughbred and the lovely international community of horsepeople, both professionals and fans, alike who set up camp in this city. Some come for six weeks, only. Others are here from April through November every year, when the Oklahoma's open. Yet others trek to town to race their mighty steeds—then fall in love with the place; buy a home and move here.

The Saratoga racing family of humans and horses is a year-round endeavour. You think that all the horses all go elsewhere after Labor Day? Then this blog is for you, too.

(Is the reference, "the Oklahoma" lost on you? Stay tuned, you'll feel like a pro in no time.)

Welcome to the only experience on Earth that can boast of such otherworldly beauty and heart-stopping thrills, all in the same breath: Thoroughbred racing in Saratoga.