3-9. Things have cooled off since opening week -- but that's to be expected, it would have been impossible to keep up that torrid pace. However, we're still leading al public handicappers and Week Two hasn't been bad. For example, yesterday's rain left the track a mess and made the handicapping difficult and yet we managed three winners on top -- and scored a positive ROI with those winners. A $2 win bet on each pick Friday would have cost $18 and would have returned $25.20.
Winners on top in the 4th (5.00), 6th (5.20), and 9th (15.00). In both the 4th and 6th we scratched into the winner when all of our picks in those races opted out except for the winner. That made hitting the gimmicks impossible -- but we'll take the win. In the 1st our third choice bested our second choice for the exacta ($42.80/$2). In a couple of races our third pick topped our first choice for the exacta (5th,$31.80; 8th, $18.40). And if players hung around and remained confident in the picks for the nightcap they were rewards as our top choice won at 6-1 -- followed by our fourth choice, which just nipped our second pick for the exacta ($73.50) and tri ($447.50).
On-track, it was a miserable day with a constant rain throughout -- varying from a drizzle to a downpour. Still, 15,350 showed up.
It rained again overnight here, so there will be no turf racing Saturday. However, the weather forecast for the day isn't too bad. We should see some sun. Temp's are expected in the mid-80's. However, there might be some intermittent showers.
On-track today, it's NHL Day. There will be an autograph session with NHL stars by the jock's room from 11:30-2pm ET.
And don't forget -- every Saturday NYRA is offering a $500K guaranteed P4.
All selections Saturday are for the main track.
Perfectly Stunning...Appreciated the move in against state-breds last time -- and that was on an off-track. Can repeat.
Behrnik...Also coming off a nice win. Ran well here last summer.
Cologny...Her best race so far was over a wet track.
Arturo...Unlucky to still be a maiden as jock had trouble with whip in just-miss debut effort. A repeat of that effort makes him tough.
Zito entry...Discover The Glory is preferred off of some good wet track tries.
American Quest...Lightly raced and plenty of room to improve.
Alluring...Has gone well on the wet main track so surface switch isn't a negative. Might need to bump up those Beyers slightly -- but that's a possibility in third start of season.
Betty's Wish...Frankel/Bailey runner might try to take them gate-to-wire. And is capable of doing so.
Sweet Screamer...MTO entrant won debut nicely and could be any kind.
Bold Love...Experience counts and these youngsters always have license to improve greatly in second start. And the connections are a bonus.
Hornshope...Another that could go well in second try.
Zito entry...Birdstone is a half-bro to G1 winner Bird Town.
Draw Fire...Check the nice wire job at this trip three back. Capable if able to repeat that effort.
Special Rate...Frankel/Bailey 3YO looked to have some classic potential earlier in year -- then faltered badly in Bay Shore. Expect a rebound to prior form -- but layoff is a question mark.
Admiralty Arch...Looks to be improving.
Doctor Jalili...Hard to look past this one after the explosive 103 Beyer win in last.
Polish Jewel...Seldom misses a check.
Presence...Had gone well in first three starts -- including a placing in a G3. But question mark is the dull effort last time on off-track.
Whywhywhy...Looks like he might be ready to round back into top form -- but certainly not a lock in a very tough race.
Way To The Top...Been solid sprinting on the left coast. Should go well with Bailey onboard.
Don Six...Has put together a nice season so far and would rate higher except seems to have tailed off a little over last two.
Posse...Has turned into a top quality sprinter and is 3-3 on wet tracks.
Zavata...Makes third start of season. Likes the track. Gets Bailey.
Trust N Luck...Speedster is stepping back off two-turn efforts.
NINTH RACE - THE WHITNEY
Medaglia d'Oro...Yeah, the layoff is a concern but the Frankel/Bailey team takes some of the steam out of that argument. Likes the track. Likes the trip. Does well on wet tracks.
Volponi...Hasn't missed an exacta in last nine starts.
Saarland...Has yet to really live up to potential -- but hasn't missed the board this year and is due for a big effort.
Poppy's Image...Yet to win this year but has been improving and expect a good try with drop in for a tag.
Trustee Man...Look for a good run in this first race against claimers.
Four Majors...Might rate higher but current trainer is on an extended oh-fer.
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