Dark day. No racing.
The action was focused on the future Tuesday as the buyers filled the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion on East Avenue to bid mega-dollars on untested yearlings. A huge downpour wasn't enough to discourage the many onlookers who peered into the glass-enclosed sales area, or mingled in the paddock out back. Top price of the night was $1.1 mil for a Storm Cat filly.
Spotted in the pavilion and on the grounds were Saratoga socialite Marylou Whitney, sitting with trainer Nick Zito, also trainers Bob Baffert, DW Lukas, Mark Hennig, Bob Barbara, John Ward, Patrick Biancone, and John Kimmel.
A huge downpour hit the area Tuesday evening, leaving the streets deep in water and the outlook for turf racing sketchy.
Check out the paddock before the 2nd race. Zelig, the #5, is owned by David "Keith Partridge" Cassidy, and it's likely he'll be on-track to witness the race.
The Fasig-Tipton yearling sales continue tonight. Things kick-off at 7:30pm EDT and the public is invited to watch the proceedings. The sales pavilion is located on East Avenue right across from the Oklahoma training track.
Little Buttercup...Lightly raced runners always have room to improve and this one wouldn't even have to improve to beat this bunch. And the connections are a bonus.
Lady Bi Bi...If last was a real sign of improvement -- and not a fluke -- this one can contend.
My Lady Roanne...Best bet on turf of a three-pronged entry. Tossed in a couple of decent grass tries this year.
Oatka Idas Destiny.
On dirt: Little Buttercup, Galluscio entry, Archers Gal, Autistic Girl.
Call The Lark...Like the sire when it comes to 2YO sprinters -- and we'll go with the connections in a weak state-bred MSW.
Runningwithfire...Shows a bullet work two months back -- and that's more than most of these.
Quick Look...Also has a bullet in the holster, albeit at F'Lakes.
Run Mikey Run.
Bishop Court Hill...Should appreciate the return to alw company.
Seventh Inning...Undefeated 3YO look like the one to beat. Rail post and trainer on oh-fer add some question marks though.
Mr Whitestone...Solid tries since spring -- but hasn't won in that period.
Oz...Like the 2nd race there's not much to go on here -- so we'll target the trainer who has good percentage with firsters.
Fiddlers Cat...Some nice looking works -- but we'd like to see more in the trainer's win column at the meet.
Charm Cat...Showed good speed last time. Might last longer over this strip.
Feather Boa...Turf-to-dirt angle -- and his best race so far was a win over a muddy Saratoga strip last summer.
Nautical But Nice...Has been in the exacta seven out of eight this year.
Imablazinbeauty...Has won twice in three tries since Lake claim. Should be gunning from the gate.
Music Way...Debut was very good. Expect better this time.
Krasnaya...Also put in a good try first-time out.
Spellmaker...Sheppard/Augustin connections have scored for us big-time in the past -- although not in the last two seasons here.
On dirt: Music Way, Spellmaker, Crystal Cove, Preaching.
Right Too Refuse...Trainer is off to a nice start at the meet. Solid stats first off the claim. This one has the speed to be well-placed throughout.
Whisk...Going well lately but it looks like it might be a case of really taking a liking to Suffolk strip as opposed to a turnaround.
Gail's Drive...Usually does well at this level.
Something Ventured...Likes the track and the trip. A head and a neck away from bringing a three-race streak into this.
Beyond The Waves...Again, we used to count on a Sheppard/Augustin bomb every summer -- but that angle has faltered lately. This one should contend though, but it won't be a bomb.
Spice Island...Will be rolling late.
On dirt: Spice Island, May Gator, Ellie's Quest, Suave Queen.
Shamrock Blues...Could become the first repeater of the meet. Drops off a nice win here opening day at the same distance.
Avalos...Has run well against better but conditioning is a little bit of a question mark.
Head Over Heels...Clearly the stronger half of the Lake entry. Always seems to be in the hunt.
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