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.
Tragedy! The Canucks lost their first game of the season on the weekend, which means everything is awful, right? Actually, Daniel and Harrison are still feeling pretty positive about the team, even after the loss to the Lightning. […]
The Canucks are off to a 2-0 start, which has Vancouver optimistic and hopeful for the first time in a while. Sure, those first two wins have come against the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, but the new Canucks coaching staff is making a good first impression on the fanbase. […]
The final cuts are all but complete for the Canucks heading into the regular season, so it's time to preview said season. Nicklas Jensen is down in Utica, while Tom Sestito stays with the Canucks, Bo Horvat is sticking around, and Luca Sbisa is in the Canucks' top-four on opening night. […]
With 28 players still on the roster, there are just five players left for the Canucks to cut before the start of the season. We discuss which players are the most likely to get cut and what that means for the roster. […]