August 2012 Archives
No pussyfooting around tonight...here 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...