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Saratoga Race Course
Monday, July 28, 2003
Meet Total ... 28-48

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Yesterday

5-10. We rolled along at a decent 50% hit rate -- but it was a chalky afternoon. To illustrate: The conso P6, for picking five of six winners correctly, paid $9.60/$2.

Winners in the 3rd, 3.70; 6th, 4.50; 8th, 2.80; 9th, 2.30; and 10th, 7.50. So, a small profit was eeked out on the day, per straight win bets, despite the flying chalk dust.

Also, our top three selections filled the top three spots in three races...The 6th, 7th, and 9th. In the 6th our top pick bested our third choice for the $27.60/$2 exacta, and our second pick completed the $61.50 tri. It was second choice over third in the 7th for the $18.20 exacta -- our top pick ran third but there was no tri offered. In the 9th ours ran 1-2-3 cold for the exacta ($15.20) and tri ($29.40).

On-track attendance was officially announced at 57,235 -- but of course that figure was inflated by the Seabiscuit mug "spinners". The actual crowd didn't seem appreciably bigger than opening day or Saturday, both of which were around 28,000. They enjoyed good weather -- cloudy, but warm -- through the feature race, shortly after which a steady drizzle hit the facility and continued until the nightcap was run.

Trainer Bobby Frankel made two serious contributions to the value-less afternoon by sending out Euro G1 winner Zenda to an alw win in her seasonal debut ($2.80 W). And then came right back to score with Sightseek ($2.30 W), an easy 11-length winner in the G1 Go For Wand against four out-classed opponents. Those two wins capped a four-fer afternoon for jockey Jerry Bailey. Spotted in the paddock chatting up Mr Bailey prior to the Go For Wand -- David "Keith Partridge" Cassidy, now a Saratoga homeowner according to published reports.

Off-track, the Hat's Off music festival of Fri-Sat gave way to a more laid back musical endeavor Sunday evening as the bag-chair crowd (what did we do before chairs came in bags?) piled into Congress Park for a pops concert. The summertime evening weather was perfect and the crowd seemed to enjoy the performance greatly.

Today

Another tricky card -- but truthfully, we also thought Sat-Sun cards were hard reads, and the chalk flew fast and furious. So we'll see about today...

FIRST RACE
Golden Commander...Stepped up last time when put back on turf in third start of season. Should go well again especially with Mr Prado riding today.
Immunity Idol...Making third start off of layoff. Was favored last time in turf debut -- but we'll excuse the poor effort due to severe traffic problems.
Old Crow...AE lister showed marked improvement in first '03 start.
Topsoil King.
Nick The Vest.

SECOND RACE
Tudor Court...Has tossed in a couple of clunkers in last two but might wake up with the drop. Not excited about the bugboy jock however.
Cupid's Comet...Not thrilled with other half of entry -- but this one looks tough, in fact she would be top pick except for trainer. Lake just hasn't been strong at the Spa.
Raised Eyebrows...Typically is in the hunt and is comfortable at this level.
Silver Magic.

THIRD RACE
Gaming...Another high-profile trainer that, like Lake, just doesn't score with regularity at the Spa regardless of the runner. However, he got off the schneid Sat with Lady Tak. This one had a decent debut and can go well here with modest improvement.
Cozy Dreams...A super-string handicapping angle is the drop from MSW to mdn clm. We'll bite here -- but beware of those low Beyers.
Potomac Chase...Firster comes in from Maryland. Like the sire.
My Snookie's Boy.

FOURTH RACE
Eavesdropper...Two solid dirt sprints leading into this 1M turf debut. Mott 3YO will be formidable if able to get in from AE list.
Snorter...It's Bailey/Frankel. First two '03 starts were very good. Faltered last time but had an excuse.
Ptah...Last could be a sign this one has come to hand.
Es Special.
Stone Canyon.

FIFTH RACE
Sapodilla...Tabor/Biancone filly cruised to an impressive looking win in training race at the open house here last Sunday. Stretches to 7F but she looked like a good one.
Pletcher entry...Fantastic City -- we'll excuse the last for now and hope for return to form displayed in debut. Desert Girl, OK first start. Room to improve.
Fiaafy...Hard to ignore anything the trainer enters.
Lake West.

SIXTH RACE
Lake Entry...OK, we're going against our better judgement and putting Lake on top here -- but Shake The dice really looks capable of sitting behind a fast pace and cruising through the lane. But caveat bettor because of the trainer.
Straight A...Ships in from Florida after running competitively in stakes there. Picks up Bailey.
Source...On a two-race streak and likely to be motoring from the get-go.
Final Table.

SEVENTH RACE
Spotted Owl...Mott/Bailey turfer put in a decent effort last time and will be tough if able to improve any in second start of season.
Dawn Of The Condor...Might add some value off of dull tries in first two of '03 -- but expect better with drop in for a tag and firm footing.
Full Flow...Another that looks set up for an improved effort.
Quiet Ruler.

EIGHTH RACE
Ocean Drive...Four-time stakes winner from Pletcher is 6-5-0-0 lifetime. Lone defeat was when shipped to SoCal as a 2YO. Should prove tough with Bailey onboard despite the outside post.
Snowdrops...That alw win at Keeneland could be a signal that this one is ready to play in this league as a 3YO.
Broadway Lady...Improved when introduced to turf running a nice third behind top choice.
Gal O Gal.

NINTH RACE
Mischieviously...NY-bred looks a little stronger than these off of decent tries against open company. Has a win over the track and Mr Bailey in the saddle.
Lady Libby...Deep on the A list, this one seems to have turned the corner lately.
Ton'ys Girl...Improving sort might add some value to the gimmicks if able to take another step forward today.
She's A Sweetheart.
Go Going Gone.


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