Listen, we’re going to get your Yankee calls in at 3, OK, so hold on to the Yankee calls. Now we’ve got Brad up in Saratoga and he’s going to talk about the race…
Mike Francesa is probably the only mainstream radio host in America that assumes his listener is a regular reader of the Daily Racing Form. Francesa doesn’t just pay lip service to the Triple Crown races or the Breeder’s Cup, he goes all out to dissect the field every week at Saratoga.
Now you might be thinking this is a little strange a) in 2014 and b) during the heat of baseball season. But where else would you hear a great exchange like this with horse racing expert Brad Thomas from last week:
Francesa: “Alright, the folks who are horse racing enthusiasts know that Bayern is a horse that I had a relationship with, that I targeted as a 2-year-old, you I know felt that his breeding on the dam side was very strong. Do you think, from what you know, as an expert on that, do you think there is enough on the dam side for him to carry his speed a Travers distance?”
Thomas: “No I don’t, because it’s a very very good middle distance, even nine furlong pedigree, it’s a pedigree that even slants toward deBrilliant with a lot of help from the Sanders side, from the sire maybe could go longer, but Offlee Wild to me is just a reaffirmation of guff on the dam side. I think nine furlongs is really the limit for him.”