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.
The Canucks season is over and all that's left is to ponder what might have been. What if Willie Desjardins had given the Sedins more ice time earlier in the season? What if Eddie Lack had been brought in for Game 6? What if Desjardins' counter-intuitive lineup decisions had paid off? […]
The Canucks are down 2-1 to the Flames in the playoffs, which means it's time for everyone to start second-guessing Willie Desjardins. The number one topic is his use of the Sedins, who are averaging less ice time than they had in the regular season, apparently to keep them "fresh". […]
The Canucks are back in the playoffs and facing an old rival in the Calgary Flames. This year, the playoffs feel wide open, with no prohibitive favourite to win the Stanley Cup, giving Canucks fans hope that they can defy the odds and go on a long playoff run. […]
The Canucks defeated the Kings in a crucial game on Monday night, potentially leaving the defending Stanley Cup Champions outside of the playoffs. It was close and hard-fought, proving that the Canucks can compete with the Kings if they do end up meeting in the first round. […]