Things are abit quiet on the racing front, this being post-Derby week. Still, there are some blog worthy items:
Despite good intentions by Hastings management, betting handle is down in 2011 compared to 2010. After 10 days of racing, a total of 4.28 million has been bet, compared to 4.90 million the previous year (source: Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter, May 10). The reason for the decline? Poor weather accounts for some of it by reducing training time for horses. Fewer horses that are race ready will lead to smaller fields, and if it’s one thing bettors are not keen on, it’s smaller fields. Rainy weather also does not help on-track attendance, for obvious reasons. Parlay that with a great Canucks run, and it’s going to be a challenge competing for the entertainment dollar in this city. Any chance for a makeup card for the lost Friday night 2 weeks ago?
Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby, looks to be bound for the Preakness. He’s already an early 2-1 favourite. He ran well in the Kentucky Derby, but with an unusually slow pace, you have to wonder if the race would have played out differently had there been more early speed.
It's the home stretch of the season and the Canucks are in a precarious position, with both the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings right behind them in the playoff race. In an ideal world, the Kings would miss the playoffs entirely and the Canucks would face the Flames in the first round, but it's possible the Canucks could face the Kings or miss […]
Chris Tanev is one of the best of the new breed of defensive defencemen, who cannot possibly be described as "stay-at-home." This season he has proven that he is a top pairing defenceman capable of elevating the play of everyone around him and the Canucks rewarded him with a five-year, $22.25 million contract. […]
Both times the Canucks have worn their throwback Vancouver Millionaires jerseys, they have suffered embarrassing losses, including the stain of the 2014 Heritage Classic. And yet, the Canucks will be wearing them again next week, this time honouring the 100th anniversary of the Millionaires' Stanley Cup victory. […]
Arguably the most devastating injury of the Canucks' season was to Chris Tanev, whose steadying presence on the top pairing with Alex Edler has been sorely missed. Thankfully, he is returning to the lineup and should make a significant impact as the Canucks push to make the playoffs. […]