DRF handicapper Marcus Hersh couldn’t see the forest through the trees in the blog post Simon Says: “Now look at this black type!” The post addressed the issue of Saudi Arabia’s King’s Cup not getting international black type while a minor $50,000 restricted stakes race in Illinois does. Missing the point of the post, Hersh ridiculed the blogging community and the Illinois stakes race selection of CBSsports.com handicapper Derek Simon in a blog comment. I addressed this in the blog DRF handicapper Hersh flogs “bloggers” and misses point, which includes responses by Marcus and Derek and other bloggers (as well as blogstalker Joe Cowles, who has been banned from commenting further because of his use of profanity).
Now, anyone who’s read this blog over the last two months realizes that I’ve been trying to make a case for black type for the King’s Cup. See the following blog posts for reference:
I’d been fairly convinced of the merits of the King’s Cup form that I picked 90-1 shot Paris Perfect (see Dubai World Cup picks + notes + longshots) to win the Dubai World Cup. As it happened, Paris Perfect, who was second in the King’s Cup, ran third at Nad Al Sheba Saturday (Marcus, can I gloat that he paid $2,220 for $100 to place without fear of retribution?), and Muller, who won the Saudi race, was fourth. This obviously is, once again, confirmation that the King’s Cup (short for Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup) deserves to get international black-type designation.
(I hadn’t realized until later that Marcus had actually been in Dubai for race coverage for DRF when he zapped us with his comments. And for the man on the spot, his selections (posted on Pat Cummings’ DubaiRaceNight.com underneath Pat’s selections) were for the most part predictable, uninspiring, and losing propositions– and he was all over Derek’s pick ?!)