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A Little Shaky in the Knees On The Preakness


I’m a nervous wreck. First of all I’m having a knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and that has me a little concerned. It’s not like they are cutting my leg off. Oh wait a minute, that’s exactly what it’s like, but they have the technology to reconnect it with a new knee joint and making me able to dance once again without having to have my wife lead me, during, and after the dance is over. That’s one of the things that is bothering me. The other thing is 139th running of the Preakness Stakes.


I’m home and out of work due to my bad knee. So I’m not preoccupied with work, or any other daily responsibility except to cook and do the dishes. The one thought that keeps going through my head is the fact that I don’t trust Social Inclusion when it comes for the run for the Black-Eyed Susans.


Think on it for a minute. Inexperience showed on Social Inclusion during the running of the Wood Memorial. I was down on the track for the race, standing 25 yards from the starting gate, I was close and along the rail and I saw a very startled horse. He was jumpy and foaming between the back legs. It was pretty clear that the decent sized crowd at Aqueduct that early April day had affected him. It was his first stakes race and it showed on the inexperienced three year old.  


He went off as the 8/5 favorite but he settled for a hard run third place finish. Hey, New York is a tough place to run, but the third Saturday in May will be an even tougher race in Baltimore. You need experience to run in the big races. It also takes talent, heart and most of all guts to run. And Social Inclusion finally got a taste of the big time. He’s well rested and he could be ready to take on what is rapidly becoming America’s favorite horse in California Chrome.


With not enough points to race in the Kentucky Derby, Social Inclusion could be a spoiler in the run for a Triple Crown. With any luck, we’ll have a duel between the two speed horses of Inclusion and Chrome. I’d love to see an Alydar and Affirmed battle from these two, but maybe that’s asking for too much, since I’m already rooting for a Triple Crown.


I know there are other horses in the race. Bayern, Ride on Curlin and General A Rod will also be in the post parade. All very good and capable of winning, but not on this Preakness day, this day will belong to California Chrome, with a Social Inclusion exacta.


So, I’m nervous for a reason and I hope that Chrome can win over trouble maker Social Inclusion. And as with life, anything can happen and if it does let’s hope it’s in the horse race and not in my knee surgery. Riders up!  


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cocoa logic...Isn't it grand, so out of touch and yet so prolific
What speed figures are those Jmac? I have been tooting the horns of Bayern and Pablo all year long. But what i am looking at, based on their best Dirt Race. They would have to improve 6 to 7 lengths just to be competetive with Chrome. Personally i am not a fan of Dynamic,but neither was i the last time he ran. So he probably has a good a shot as any of the rest to run 2nd. Maybe better than most.
And Midnight Hawk was WAY behind Chrome in the San Felipe. Dynamic Impact will likely finish off the board, but of course anything can happen.
Dynamic barely beat Midnight Hawk, who couldn't hold his own with Chitu, who got a good trip and finished up the track. Like Departing II
After looking at the speed figures and other factors I use only three horses are trending up and Dynamic Impact, Bayern and Pablo Del Monte.
The first being most likely
I only see two options in this race. Chrome running right past SI or ROC running right past everyone
GL to you.
Bets wishes for a speedy recover.
Thank you for reading me and I think you are right, Chrome will do all right. Thanks again-johnnie
I love your posts, Johnnie. Very fun. I think SI is good, but Chrome can do it.

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Meet Johnnie Carrier


With 10 years of writing a humor column for his home town paper under his belt, Johnnie Carrier has decided to try something different. He is a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College Class of 1977 and traveled the West with Circus Vargas in 1979.

 In the 80’s, Carrier lived in New York City and Boston, but he settled down however in the smallest city in Massachusetts late in the decade and married Dawn Luskin in ’88. David was born in 1991 and has been blessed with his father’s sense of humor, but luckily his mother’s good looks.

 Racing has been more than a casual interest having lived so close to Saratoga. He started going to the track at a very young age with his parents and has tried to instill that passion into his son by taking him at the same age. In 2003, Carrier started to write as a freelance writer with the North Adams Transcript and can be followed there at the paper’s website.  


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