Sunday, March 06, 2011

Blogger Envy

One of my favorite bloggers, Valerie of Foolish Pleasure, announced that today is her 4th Blogging Anniversary. In true celebratory fashion, she described her evolution from an "ill-informed blowhard" to a knowledgeable and confident horse racing commentator. And as a little anniversary gift for her bevy of loyal followers, she served up a modest list of some of her favorite posts.

Valerie got me to thinking about my own venture into this whole blogging business a few years back. I looked at my first post that read of sharing touts and "tidbits of information" and "occasional picks" a la some kind of handicapping whiz. What a crock!

Let's face it - handicapping and pedigree study and well-formed opinions just takes up too much valuable time, so unlike Valerie, I embraced devolution. It was a whole lot easier [and personally entertaining] to write about plastinates or Bob Baffert Adventures that, frankly, sharing some so-called analysis wasn't fun. So I haven't really learned anything from this blog other than a little grammar improvement and my biggest burning question, "Do I use a dash or a semi-colon?"

However, like Valerie, I'll share my very brief list of personal favorites:

1. John Henry's Irish Wake, October 2007.

Cheers to you, Val, and all the other great bloggers and turf writers and turf writer wannabes that make reading about the Sport of Kings great!

2 comments:

The_Knight_Sky said...

Sue-y wrote:

Let's face it - handicapping and pedigree study and well-formed opinions just takes up too much valuable time, so unlike Valerie, I embraced devolution.
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I've heard that before - from too many people. I'm of the belief that to have a successful opinion(s) on race day is when one has planted their seeds weeks and months ahead of time.

Right now there are people out there quietly studying the charts, tabbing trainer-jockey combos and horses for horses from last year's Saratoga meeting. They will also be making notes on trip horses from the upcoming Belmont meet.

They're the ones who will have a fighting chance to be on the plus side. That is not to say one cannot find a golden nugget just by opening up The Form on raceday. But you have to "know" something not shared by the masses and get good prices on your horses. Instinct does come into play.

That said I haven't covered much handicapping discussion the way I promised in my own little space.
Too many topics - so little time,
such is the life in the racing blogosphere.

HCE said...

Hi there,

I have a blog in the UK dedicated to two-year-old horse racing. I thought I would have a look at few blog is the US and I am surprised how well established the blog are compared with ours. I can appreciate blogger envy. I always look at others and think they look much better of have more interesting content.

Regards,
Jason