1-10. Week Three continues to confound somewhat. It's not just us -- none of the public handicappers is scoring with any consistency. Again, the picks combined for a number of gimmicks on the day -- but it was often hard to put the winner on top.
Winner in the 3rd (3.60). Boxing the top four grabbed tri's in the 2nd ($154.00/$2), 5th ($253.00), and 8th ($186.00).
On-track, 31,153 turned out. Weather-wise it was again sticky humid all afternoon. The forecasters again predicted storms possible -- and, sure enough, just after the featured Sword Dancer, a brief shower hit the race course. However, it was over by the nightcap.
In the 1st race Sliver Magic appeared to still be in the hands of the asst starter when the gates opened -- hence he got off to a very tardy start and probably should have been declared a non-starter by the stewards.
Todd Pletcher moved one-win closer to the Syl Veitch record for winners in the traditional 24-day time period when his 8-1 Newfoundland was moved up on a DQ in the 8th. It's near impossible to stop the juggernaut.
Spotted on track Saturday, A fave from the past, retired jock Eddie Maple.
There's a P6 carryover of over $100K.
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Early word is that the 5th is off-turf -- but check for the official conditions.
Attainable...Should like the drop -- won when last spotted at this level.
Make My Day Jur...Here's a private purchase by Gann/Frankel that didn't pan out. Might wake up with the drop.
Heavenly Kevin...Another dropping down the claiming ladder.
Watral Dixie Ridge...The rail and jock are question marks but the debut was too good to ignore against this bunch.
Sovereign Salute...Improved last time and looks like the one to beat -- but was the improvement due to surface switch or is he just better? We'll see...
My Man Alex...A couple of nice works for debut.
Pletcher entry...It's tough to ignore this freight train combo, especially with 2YOs.
Academy...$900K yearling from Padua/Asmussen.
Storm Forward...Might go well in debut.
Deeliteful Guy...Turf-to-dirt. Drops in for a tag. A win over the course. Some things to like.
Hyder...Has been sprinting in SoCal as far back as we can see -- so the trip is a question mark. But will take them as far as he can, and that might be all the way.
Dutrow entry...Big Sid's Party Fits better at this level than where he was last time. Farmer Jake should like this bunch too.
Nurey's Thunder...A solid winner at the trip last time.
Barnard Man...Has been going well since last fall.
America's Guy...Second to top pick in latest.
On dirt: Durimente, Aprizedslew, Monkey Puzzle, Turf Surfer.
Frost Warning...Improved nicely when sent to turf. Has some speed and might take them all the way.
Private Scandal...Turf tries have been his best -- and he's been close in all three.
Perfect And Regal...Improving since moved to turf -- but buried deep on the AE list.
On dirt: Falconer, Frost Warning, Private Scandal, Best Play, Novello, Interpelador.
Strive...Mott runner just missed in similar event last time. Has gone well over this track.
Quest...Hasn't won in six tries this year -- but in the money five of them.
Cat Tracker...Trainer is solid with the turf-to-dirt move.
McLaughlin entry...Aslaaf Has gone well over this course and should be prepped now with a tightener last time. Millenium Dragon might try to lead gate-to-wire.
War Zone...Frankel/Juddmonte turfer was solid winning the always tough Poker last time.
Crafty Shaw...Graded stakes winner is a question mark on turf -- but has some bang-up tries against very good ones.
Request For Parole.
On dirt: Crafty Shaw, Free Of Love, American Style, Even The Score.
Shake You Down...His performances since moving into Lake barn have just been too good to go anywhere else in here.
Mountain General...If there's a chance to upset we'll give it to this guy. He'll be closing and a speed duel up front might be the only thing to stop the top choice.
Private Horse...Hasn't missed an exacta finish in six tries this year.
Lydgate...A nice looking debut. He'll be tough with any improvement in second start.
Salamaat...Mott/Bailey runner digressed a little in second start -- but we'll look for a rebound with blinkers and a try over the track.
Makarumba...Popped a very big Beyer last time. A repeat makes him tough -- but move out of claimers makes a repeat iffy.
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