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Adelaide Strolled Over the Secretariat Field

 

On a Chamber of Commerce day in Chicago, Adelaide strolled home in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. There was never a tense moment for the Irish-bred,  3-year-old son of Galileo, during the 1 ¼ mile test as he stalked in third throughout, made a wide run down the lane, winning by 1 ½ lengths and returned $4.20 to his backers.

 

For Adelaide, who was a runner-up to Mr. Speaker in the Belmont Derby (G1) last month, this was his second start state-side for the Coolmore ownership group. Everyone associated with Adelaide expected him to move forward off that defeat, including jockey Ryan Moore. “He’s the best horse in the race going into it, just thought we would keep it simple. The horse on the lead was getting a bit of a soft hand, so didn’t want to move up too early. Adelaide just had more class than the field and got the job done. He’s run in France, Ireland, England, America and America again.”

 

Coming into the Secretariat, Tourist was undefeated on grass for trainer Bill Mott, but had never run further than 1 1/16 miles on the lawn. Under jockey Joel Rosario, Tourist set an uncontested pace with fractions of 24 4/5, 48 4/8 and 1:13 2/5. It appeared that the distance was not the problem just Adelaide’s superiority.

 

“He ran well. I had to move a little early and the horse that won the race was there with me and he got me. It was his (Tourist’s) first time going a mile and a quarter and he did well. I’d love to ride him back, for sure,” said Rosario.

 

Though second, the rest of Tourist’s connections were pleased even in defeat. “He ran good for first time going 1 ¼ miles. I’m not sure where we’ll go from here if longer of if he’s a miler. We’ll get back, evaluate, and regroup and see where we are. He lost to a good horse today,” said Elliott Walden, president of WinStar, the breeder and co-owner.

 

Another three lengths behind was Sheldon, who rail up the rail late to capture the show spot. He was followed by Global View, Highball, Divine Oath and General Jack.

 

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Meet Jasen Mangrum

My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.

 

My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.

 

The point of this blog is to get everyone out there a few winners, but also to go in depth at how I come to the conclusions that I do.  From week to week, I’ll explain angles I think are important to locate winners.  I encourage others to post picks they like too, but please explain how you come to your conclusions.  That way everyone can learn a little more about this great game, and add another weapon to their handicapping arsenal.-Best of luck, Jasen Mangrum