40 Days of Durkin: Monday, July 28, 2014

It’s Monday.  Ugh.

But there is a silver lining to every black cloud.  This isn’t your average bleak Monday on the horse racing calendar – today there is a Grade II stake  at Saratoga.  Today’s card features the 23rd running of the Honorable Miss Handicap.  This year’s renewal includes some classy fillies, such as La Verdad, My Wandy’s Girl, and Speedinthruthecity.  The Thorobros have never been afraid of a price, however, and our Monday Honorable Miss bonus Thorobros pick of the day is the Mott-trainee Calistoga, at a juicy 8/1 on the morning line (note: this pick is based in part on the fact that the most fun wedding that this Thorobro has ever attended occurred in Calistoga, CA.  Shout out to George and Megan).

I know what you are saying — this series isn’t about your loser picks.  And you’re right.  It’s about Tom Durkin.  Luckily, one doesn’t have to reach very far back into the archives to find a great Durkin call in the Honorable Miss.  Just last year, Dance To Bristol threaded her way through a salty field of 3YO filly sprinters to nail Classic Point on the wire.

Nobody calls a close horse race with a dramatic finish like Tom Durkin.  The 2013 Honorable Miss Handicap was no exception.  The Thorobros still have not forgiven Dance To Bristol for absolutely torching our combined money in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup F&M Sprint, but that is a different story for a different day.  In the meantime, enjoy today’s edition of 40 Days of Durkin:

P.S.  Good luck to everyone taking the bar exam tomorrow and through the rest of the week, including one of the Thorobros.  You will all be able to re-join society just in time for the star-studded weekend action at the Spa.


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