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Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, July 27, 2003
Meet Total ... 23-38

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7-10. The amazing hot-streak continues. And while Saturday was kind of "chalky", we threw in the day's longest price, a 7-1 shot in 5th. So, a $2 win bet on each of our top selections would have cost $20 for the ten races, and would have returned $46.20.

More specifically, seven winners on top (2nd, 4.90; 3rd, 3.10; 4th, 4.40; 5th, 17.60; 6th, 5.50; 7th, 3.20; 10th; 7.50). But the fun didn't stop there. We also had cold exactas in the 4th ($31.80/$2, and a $25.80 quinella), 7th ($20.00), and 10th ($27.40). A cold tri in the 7th ($77.50). In the 8th our top two flip-flopped for the $17.60 exacta. Our fourth choice competed the $67.00 tri. Similar scenario in the 9th but it was our third choice completing the tri (ex, $14.40; tri, $32.20). And besides that cold exacta in the nightcap our fourth choice completed the tri ($58.50), with our third choice rounding out the super ($215.50). And with seven top choices and two second choices accounting for the last nine races on the card, the picks also proved useful in mid-card and late doubles, Pick 3's, the Pick 4 and Pick 6.

We've said it every day -- it's virtually impossible to stay this hot for the entire meet but hopefully folks are riding the train while it's chugging along at full-speed.

On-track, over 28,000 enjoyed the best day so far weather-wise. Sunny throughout -- although the humidity was a little high. Todd Pletcher unveiled a nice 2YO in Value Plus. Tested through some fast early fractions, the colt ran off in the stretch to win by eight. And hey, stop the presses! Bobby Frankel didn't win the G1 Diana. His entry finished 2-3, with Heat Haze a neck behind winner Voodoo Dancer in an exciting finish (don't feel too bad for Bobby, his Megahertz won a virtually identical G1 stake at Del Mar Saturday). And the Test continued to enhance it's reputation as one of the Spa's top stakes. In this year's renewal Lady Tak, under Jerry Bailey, spurted away at the top of the lane with favored Bird Town in hot pursuit. But there was no catching the Lady as she motored to a new stake's record of 1:20.4 -- just a tick off the track record. And there were a couple of incidents at the gate... In the 1st Tennessee Turbin was still in the hands of the starter when the gates opened, and was declared a non-starter. And in the 7th, Savoy Special reared in the gate, delaying the start. An assistant starter was injured in the mishap and the horse was scratched.

Off-track, another fine crowd celebrated their wins and sulked over their losses at next-door watering hole Siro's. Spotted in the crowd, at least a couple of the Sackatoga group -- also, trainer John Ward. And, for the second night, downtown Saratoga was crowded with people of all ages enjoying the Hat's Off music festival, with bands offering free musical entertainment up and down Broadway. The kids went home when the music stopped at 11PM -- but the streets were still crowded with revelers into the wee hours.


The hideous Seabiscuit mug is the giveaway today. Free with paid admissions while supplies last. And probably cheap at garage sales for years to come...

You might see a few stars from your favorite soaps today as the Satins, Silks, and Stars luncheon takes place at the track. The annual event benefits New York Special Olympics. The "stars" are scheduled to be in the paddock area at 11AM for an autograph signing session.

Smoker...Showed huge improvement for Pletcher, winning second-time out. The question mark is the move from mdn clm top open clm, but even a slight digression could be good enough to take this.
Lake entry...Fines Creek was claimed out of a big win in latest and Lake is OK first off the claim. Really Tough, seldom holds on for the win but usually gets a piece.
Just My Bill...Should find this claiming level more to his liking.

Gata Be Patient...Most of this bunch seems kinda stuck -- but this gal has been showing improvement in each of three tries. Can get the job done today with switch to Bailey.
Puma's Pride...Gone well last three -- but, has she improved, or did she just take to the scenery at Belmont?
Aviatress...Pletcher is 27% "blinker off".
Liberty Miss.

Dutrow entry...Mahal is winless over last two season but has been close last three on dirt and move to Prado might be the spark. Y Two J need only repeat performance from two back to compete here.
Mark's Mane Man...Faltered last couple but drops back to level of best performances.
Tomahawk Lake...Just behind top pick in last.
Brightest Ice.

Foreign Secretary...Makes third start of year, stretching out after a couple of good races at Delaware.
Mike's Thunder...A solid winner here last year in a similar event.
Infiltrator...Capable of taking the whole thing on best. But last was kind of dull and didn't really seem to care for the track last year... Hmmm.
Contessa entry.

Menifeeque...Just have a sneaking suspicion Mott filly will show some improvement second-time out.
Forty Moves...Two tries, two seconds. Nice Beyer last time. The one to beat with Bailey onboard.
Sisti's Pride...Another that should improve with second start.
Foxy Friend.

Sir Walter Rahy...Solid debut last year. Off since faltering in second start. Attracts Bailey and will be tough if ready to offer a repeat of that first try.
Settle Up...Decent try when moved to the weeds.
Perfect And Regal...Very much like the angle here of stretching out after two sprints. Worth playing around with if the odds are juicy.
Counter Punch.
Hard Dance.
Dahlias Trempolino.

Kuanyan...Solid win last time. A repeat effort moves her through this condition fast.
Hidden Ransom...Drops back to six panels and reunites with Mr Bailey.
Brown Eyed Miss...Has been showing some steady improvement over last few.
Western Rush.

Zenda...Only question mark is fitness -- being off since October. But Frankel filly debuted in US last fall with a just miss effort in a G1 at Keeneland. This bunch isn't that tough.
Prima Green...Will be rolling late.
Magnificient Val...Returns to a better-suited distance.
Ellie's Quest.

Sightseek...It will be hard to deny Frankel a Saratoga G1 tow days in a row. This one lays over this field. 0-2 at the trip, but was second in both of those efforts and she's really meeting the second-string in this edition of the Go For Wand.
She's Got The Beat...Nice solid NY-bred hasn't missed a check this year including second behind Summer Colony in last stakes effort.
Nonsuch Bay...Capable on best effort -- but she didn't seem to care much for the track in lone try last year.
Call An Audible.

Dazzling Spirit...Third start since brief stint on bench. Last was best yet.
Atticus Star...Bond runner will be tough if gets in from AE list. Solid in both turf tries.
On Rye...Started '02 with a dull effort at Belmont. Followed with a nice spa win. Debuted this year on 7/2 with a dull Belmont effort. Hmmm...
Pogolitti Hill.
Gone To War.

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