Well, if we were going to swing for the fences - and whiff, it might as well have been in a fashion that summed up the meet...
We hung our hat on 7-1 Emerald Beach in the 6th, a mile and three-eighths marathon. Typically Jonathon Sheppard runners sit back and show a nice closing kick, so when Emerald Beach shot out of the gate, appeared a bit rank, and clicked off :23.4 and :47.3 we thought we were cooked from the outset. But wait! Going into the final turn she seemed to be holding strong and turning into the stretch she clearly still had life.
A win would have allowed us to collect a P3, WP and at least one exacta play. And at about the mid-stretch point that looked possible.
With about 100 yards to go we resigned ourselves to a second-place finish, which meant we would collect our place wager and an exacta - which would have been fairly generous combining a 12-1 and 7-1.
And then two jumps from the wire we lost the place - and settled for show, which paid us nothing.
Again, the perfect microcosm for the meet - both here on the bankroll page, and in real life.
So many tough beats this meet it's just gotten to the point where all we can do is laugh - it's either that or cry [and on Wednesday that was a possiblity after the nightcap where - if the top two positions were flip-flopped we would have hit the super, granted, it was only a dime play - but since it paid $14K/$2 and would have paid more our way - well... It's been that kind of a meet...]
Just a very, very frustrating season where we had too many 1-3 or 2-3 finishes in exactas - and never did get the luck to even out as you typically expect it should.
RACE TWO... $1 exacta box... Trippi's Tiger/Rules of Civility/Ward entry/All For Peace.
...$2 exacta box... Trippi's Tiger/Rules of Civility/Ward entry.
RACE 5-7... $2 P3... R5/Feels Good/Skips Prospect/English Ivy/Floating Alone... R6/Emerald Beach... R7/City Cool/Technique/High Plains/It's Truly Ahvee/Modest.
Ran R5/WON-2-4-5... R6/3rd... R8/WON-3-4-6-9.
P3 paid $935.00/$2 with a 12-1 winning the 6th - vs our selection at 7-1.
RACE SIX... $10 WP on Emerald Beach.
Ran 3rd at 7-1.
...$2 exacta box... Emerald Beach/Dance Pass/Dynani.
...$2 exacta box... Emerald Beach/ALL.
RACES 6/7... $5 double... R6/Emerald Beach... R7/City Cool.
Ran R6/3rd... R7/4th.
We don't typically put restrictions on the plays - but with a limited bankroll...
If the R5-7 P3 is alive
...$2 doubles... R6/Emerald Beach... R7/Above the Drama/Plainview/Scoville/Cane Garden Bay/Derivative.
If the R5-7 P3 isn't alive
Ran R6/3rd... R7/2-5-7-8-10.
...$2 doubles... R6/Emerald Beach... R7/ALL.
No bet per restriction - P3 was alive.
RACE SEVEN... $4 WP on City Cool.
Ran 4th at 12-1.
... $1 exacta box... City Cool/Technique/High Plains/It's Truly Ahvee/Modest.
...$2 exacta box... City Cool/Technique/High Plains.
RACE EIGHT... $1 exacta box... Platinumplus/Shehashighhopes/Double Dinghy Day... sub Lovely Promise if scratch.
...$4 exacta box... Platinumplus/Shehashighhopes.
Loss for the day... $179.00
As noted above, we hung our hat on Emerald Beach and a first- or second-place finish by that one would have put us into a good spot going into the last four days. But even with that one running out - we're disappointed that nothing hit on Thursday. That was unexpected.
Still, there's just enough gas left in the tank that a miracle is still remotely possible.
RACES 2-5... $1 P4... R2/Forest Whip/Nolita/... R3/Banker's Buy... R4/City Sneakers/Tom Kitten/Adirondack Warrior/Cookram Rock... R5/Simply Delightful.
RACE FIVE... $10WP on Simply Delightful.
...$1 exacta box... Simply Delightful/Elusive Raven/Overseas Market/Plastique.
...$2 exacta box... Simply Delightful/Elusive Raven.
Again, because of bankroll limitations - we're placing a restriction:
This next play is only to be made if we have made enough to cover it with the earlier bets.
RACE NINE... $1 exacta box... Prince Will I Am/Silver Monuntain/Cheyenne Nation/Ordination.
All turf wagers are turf only
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