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Some Surprising Outcomes

None of the big names seemed to have it in them for the Rebel or the Tampa Bay Derby, but the spectacular non-effort of War Pass suggests this questions: did he pull an Afleet Alex (who was clearly never himself during his last-place finish in the Rebel) or is he becoming something of an awkward adolescent?

I remained (indeed, I still remain) very much on Afleet Alex’s bandwagon after the Rebel; I recall being quite vocal on the day about how he was a different horse and that this race was a throwout, but in my defense, I was watching the race on the crappy little hospital television while I was in labor, so trying to explain the finer points of my opinion to the nurses was not really an option. In the case of War Pass, I’ve never been on his bandwagon for the Derby since I suspect he has distance limitations, but he still should have easily trounced this field (my respect for Barclay Tagg notwithstanding, I can’t imagine a champion named Big Truck). I was not surprised when the news came back that Afleex Alex was sick during his Rebel effort, and would not be to hear similar news about War Pass in this instance — a fever earlier in the week has already been mentioned. That great thing about horse racing is that the most predictable outcomes often fall to pieces — but that’s (one reason) why I don’t bet favorites!

Here’s something that is more surprising: Theobroma is quite a light-colored beer — really a deep gold. Given that it’s brewed with cocoa powder and to a recipe with its origins around 1200 BCE, I was expecting a darker color and heavier feel. It is very, very easy-drinking for something hovering around 10%.

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