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May 28, 2016

2016 Memorial Stakes

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2016 MS 1st Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 1st Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 1st Move

2016 Memorial Stakes Scoresheet

As you can see, the favorites did not get good jumps out of the gate.  Alydar (Red) started from the rail and kept up the pace for the whole race.

2016 MS 2nd Move

Board Picture 2nd Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 2nd Move

Scoresheet 2nd move

At this point several horses are keeping pace but need to get to the rail for the turns.

2016 MS 3rd Move

Board Picture 3rd Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 3rd Move

Scoresheet 3rd Move

Heading into the first turn horses are moving toward the rail and the pack is being established.

2016 MS 4th Move

Board Picture 4th Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 4th Move

Scoresheet 4th Move

The pack is bunched in the first three rows near the rail.

2016 MS 5th Move

Board Picture 5th Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 5th Move

Scoresheet 5th Move

The Pack is chasing Alydar out of the first turn.

2016 MS 6th Move

Board Picture 6th Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 6th Move

Scoresheet 6th Move

Alydar seems to be getting some separation from the pack with Bold Forbes in front of the pack from the 10th Gate.  Max Diarmida is taking a chance on the outside in the back stretch.

2016 MS 7th Move

Board Picture 7th Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 7th Move

Scoresheet 7th Move

Max Diarmida missed having the gamble pay off by one tenth of a second but there is still time to recover.

2016 MS 8th Move

Board Picture 8th Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 8th Move

Scoresheet 8th Move

A couple of the horses continue to get bad rolls while some continue to roll along!

2016 MS 9th Move

Board Picture 9th Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 9th Move

Scoresheet 9th Move

It appears that we have a race as Alyday rolls a pedestrian result for the first time in the race.

2016 MS 10th Move

Board Picture 10th Move

2016 Memorial Stakes 10th Move

Scoresheet 10th Move

Just when it looks like a competitive situation we are reminded of the quote by the great philosopher Lee Corso, “Not so fast my friend!”

2016 MS 11th Move

Board Picture 11th Move – End Of Race

2016 Memorial Stakes 11th Move EOR

Scoresheet 11th Move – End Of Race

Alydar pulls away to win the prestigious 2016 Memorial Stakes.  The time was 2:08 2/5ths which annihilated my previous 11 Furlong record of 2:11 3/5th set by 3-year old 1969 Majestic Prince (ridden by W Hartack) in the TN Handicap and 7-year old 1977 Forego (ridden by W Shoemaker) in the TN Memorial.  2nd Place Bold Forbes ran the race in 2:11 and would have also set a new record for my track.

A couple of comments about my method.  The races are very enjoyable and as my wife has walked in and out of the room she has watched a bit and thinks she would enjoy this game.  As for recording my races, the spreadsheet works well for logging moves and stored up points.  The Pictures tell a story, but I think it would work a bit better if I had a method to take a picture after each move and compile a stop-action video.  Not sure I have the patience to do that with my phone so that is a bit of a stumbling block to getting that done.

Doug Reese’s idea for an APBA Saddle Racing Week is a great idea and while it starts Monday.  Due to some extenuating circumstances I will be working parts of all but two days starting this Monday evening until I leave on Wednesday for the APBA Convention.

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