The point of my blog entry of March 20th (Simon Says: “Now look at this black type!” ) was to illustrate that the King’s Cup in Saudi Arabia doesn’t get international black type while many US restricted races of varying quality do. I quoted from a recent CBSsports online column of handicapper Derek Simon, who noted a recent Illinois-bred restricted stakes race open only to Illinois-bred foals that had been consigned to a specific sale. For my purposes, Derek’s example was used to point out that the Illinois stakes would give internationally recognized black type to its first three finishers, while the King’s Cup, with a higher grade of horse, does not.
Derek went on to handicap the Illinois race, and he noted that there were only two prior winners in the race and picked the obvious horse, Where’s Winston, to win.
Guess what? Where’s Winston, at 3/5, finished third. The second choice, King Ajax, won the race by 7+ lengths at 2.90-1, followed by an 10.90-1 shot.
The outcome of the race wasn’t germane to my point, and Derek’s pick did stand out on paper. On the Beyer fig alone, Where’s Winston’s last-race 72 towered over the field, followed by King Ajax’s 48.
Turns out that Daily Racing Form’s Hawthorne handicapper Marcus Hersh missed the point of my blog entry and didn’t like my featuring of Derek Simon’s analysis of the race. He wrote (published under the comments section of the original blog entry): “I guess you failed to follow up on the ‘astute and entertaining handicapper’ touting an overbet favorite who then finished nowhere, while the actual “obvious” horse, King Ajax, easily won. But then, this is what skeptics love about ‘bloggers’ – the accountability.”
Hersh had selected King Ajax over Where’s Winston in DRF. Kudos Marcus! But, hey, don’t indict the entire quote unquote blogging community — yours truly, included! — for “accountability” because I didn’t report right away that Derek didn’t get a winner.
It wasn’t the point, anyway.