3-9. A quirky day with the weather. The first two turf races were moved off early -- but the feature wasn't moved until later in the day. Once that happened and the field scratched down to only four -- and Baily replaced Sellers on May Gator, we knew our top dirt pick in that race was in trouble. And sure enough, May Gator went to the front and never looked back, as our second pick. In the 6th, also an off-turfer, Pletcher's Krasnaya won (on DQ). Had we known she would go we probably would have included her in our picks -- but sometimes the clairvoyance of guessing who will stay and who will go in a off-turf race just doesn't work. And 45-1 Heir D'Twine just wasn't foreseeable in the 7th. So, we probably could have done a little better but conditions worked against us Wednesday.
Winners in the 3rd (5.00); 4th (4.20); and 5th (6.30). Also, boxing our top three in the 1st would have brought back the exacta ($25.80/$2) and tri ($96.50). Our top pick bested our third choice for exactas in the 3rd ($15.40) and 4th ($27.80, exacta; $17.60, quinella).
On-track, 18,116 braved intermittent showers -- and some sun.
By evening the showers had subsided and a big crowd of on-lookers were on the grounds at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. They saw a son of Unbridled top the evening at $2.7 mil. Spotted Wednesday night, trainers Pletcher, Ward, Hennig, Biancone and McPeek, as well as owners Cot Campbell and Jack Knowlton.
Still on turf as of this writing but check that. Plenty of rain over the past couple of days doesn't bode well for the grass events.
A tough card today exemplified by the 7th which, if it stays on turf, could be won by virtually any of the dozen entrants.
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.
Mulahen...Might find a little value here. This one comes back a week after a nice eight-length score this track and trip. Steps up but looks capable.
Trebizond...Should be tough coming out of two stakes wins.
Tres Touche...Has been competitive when jumping. Ran second in this event last year.
Invest West/Praise the Prince entry.
Above The Devil...Really shooting in the dark with this bunch but we'll go with this Philly shipper from a trainer that does well with youngsters.
Maidez...Another that gets a look because of the connections.
Yolandas A Token...Showed some speed in debut and is eligible to improve.
Milky Bar...Proved his affinity for the strip again by winning here opening week. Can repeat in third start of season.
Mi J...Tough post position but likes the trip and probably fits for this tag.
Classy ET...Hasn't won in past two seasons but certainly looks capable of competing here.
Earned Run...Showed a lot of speed in nice debut. That was on turf so will have to transfer talent to dirt -- but will be tough if able to do that.
Cat's Roar...Trainer does OK with firsters and 2YO's.
Capeside Lady...Pletcher/Velasquez. 'Nuff said.
Lucky My Way.
Harmonist...Clement filly is lightly raced and improving.
Sonn D'Oro...Brings a three-race streak in here, including last at this level.
My Vengenance...Should be rolling late.
On dirt: My Vengenance, Quickly Now, Slewgiana, Show Bug.
Nicole Kathryn...Has been going well since springtime including wins in last two.
Joy Of Millbrook...Horse-for-course angle as this one scored here last year in a somewhat similar event.
Distinctive Kitten...Showing some improvement lately.
Dixie Run...Gets the call making third start of the season off of a couple of good tries at Delaware.
Ravaro...Usually competes when in at this level.
Love That Man...Had trouble in comeback from brief freshening. Expect better today.
On dirt: Foreign Secretary, Tyler Rex, Elbader, Ride With Rhythm.
Slews Final Answer...Won this track and trip last year. Faltered this year in graded company but does better in alw conditions.
Dutrow entry...Annatoga comes out of Monmouth stakes win. Drawing a Blank won at the trip here 7/30.
Alchemilla...Wouldn't be surprised if she does well at seven panels.
Gone For Christmas...Hennig/Bailey filly looked good running second in debut.
Flawless Diamond...Pletcher/Velasquez firster shows some OK works.
Duck Down Under...Showed good speed in a near-miss debut. Trainer is good in a couple of pertinent stat areas.
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