3-9. We only had three winners on top but the picks filled the exacta and tri spots in most of the afternoon's races.
Three winners (2nd, 5.90; 4th, 5.30; 7th, 4.50). Top pick over third choice for exactas in the 4th ($19.60/$2, and $11.80 quin) and 7th ($13.00). Boxing our top four picks grabbed three tri's, although only the 3rd ($148.40) was really worthwhile. However -- although we don't usually tout our exacta results going down to the fourth pick -- when the odds warrant it, it can be worth using that fourth pick in the exacta. In the nightcap Friday our odds we 2-1, 7-1, 12-1, and 13-1. At that point it made sense to use them all -- and the two longest prices ran 1-2 for a $337.50 gimmick.
On-track, a solid crowd of 23,582 turned out and got lucky as the predicted rain showers never materialized. It turned out to be a nice, albeit humid, afternoon.
Spotted chowing down a hot-dog, former US Senator Al D'Amato. Also seen on-track Friday, former jockey Eddie Maple and WFAN host Mike Francesca.
And Todd Pletcher continues his amazing streak. The traditional 24-day training record is 24-wins. Pletcher now has 22-wins after fifteen days.
Another performer worth noting is jockey Pablo Fragoso. This 5-pound bugboy is putting together a decent meet and Saratoga isn't typically a place where apprentices do well. But the guy looked like a journeyman sneaking up the rail in Friday's 5th to outride Prado and Sellers to the wire. Don't be afraid to use him.
The Pletcher-watch: Needs two more wins to match the traditional 24-day record.
And every Saturday NYRA offers a $500K guaranteed P4.
Head Over Heels...First or second in last six. Fits at this level.
Peters Punkin...Put a couple of big wins together two and three back. Then claimed and now claimed again. If able to recapture that form she-ll be tough.
Klesaris entry...Prefer Tempting Choice coming off a decent try here opening day.
Elegant Touch...Just missed in debut at 50-1 despite some trouble. A repeat should be enough here.
Gimme Fever...Expect improvement from this Mott runner in second start.
Divine Bird...Has shown a couple of good works.
City Of Peace...Won nicely here on 7/25. Moves up -- but not enough for concern. Place horse in the 7/27 heat came back to win.
Cozy Man...Wouldn't be a suprise to see this one jump out to a lead and never look back.
Kendrick...Has done well at this level.
Path Of Thunder...Full sister to Spain from Tabor/Pletcher/Velasquez. 'Nuff said.
Deb's Charm...McPeek filly went well as beaten fave in first start.
Moonlight...Lukas/Overbrook runner is working well.
Fines Creek...Won big two back at this level.
Klesaris entry...Both have been going well lately.
Preacher Bob...Seldom misses the exacta.
Lady Stars...Put together a solid season in Florida last year. Faltered in tow stakes to begin '03 but will appreciate return to claiming ranks. Gets Bailey.
Brown Eyed Miss...Also should like this level of company.
Strike Rate...And yet another which should find this a comfort zone of competition.
Won Dozen Roses.
Meadaaar...McLaughlin turfer was nosed by the good Celtic Memories in US debut. Must get in off AE list.
Coincide...Seems to have gotten the hang of it last two.
Millennium Ghost...Been awhile since added a notch to the win column -- but is usually in the mix.
Five Eighty Four.
On dirt: Roses In May, Millennium Ghost, Black Mambo, Coincide.
McLaughlin entry...Albaaz was overmatched in last. Anasheed is preferred off of nice win in latest.
Chilly Rooster...Jerkens' trainee has yet to miss the board -- but apprentice jock from the rail is a question mark.
Newfoundland...Pletcher/Velasquez. You can't leave them out of the mix at this point.
Denon...Frankel turfer shoots consistently high Beyers and does it on firm or soft turf.
Lunar Sovereign...McLaughlin 4YO makes third start off of layoff and just missed last time in United Nations.
Mariensky...Clement filly probably moves up some if the going if less than firm.
On dirt: McLaughlin entry, Balto Star, Puerto Banus, Dr Brendler.
Cajun Kelly...Expecting a rebound with return to sprint and gaining Bailey in the saddle.
Winloc's Sunshine...Is on the improve and therefore eligible to be in the mix against this bunch.
Amaretto...Another that should like the cutback in trip.
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