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Saratoga Race Course
Monday, August 11, 2003
Meet Total ... 65-159

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1-9. Whata day! The weather wreaked havoc on the day and the fans -- and made a mess of the handicapping. We started the day with a solid score and a cold exacta -- and then the deluge hit. After that things got hinky.

Winner in the 1st (3.30) and a cold exacta in that race ($16.00/$2). Our third choice topped our second pick for exactas in the 7th ($40.20) and 9th ($127.00). And boxing our top four in the 8th would have return a nice tri ($246.50).

But it was mostly a frustrating afternoon. We missed picking up the double with our second pick in the 2nd (a play we made on the Bankroll Challenge page) by a head in the final strides. Our top pick lost the 5th, in the final strides. Our top pick looked good coming into the stretch in the 6th at 9-2 -- but could only manage a second-place finish behind the 17-1 winner. So we were alive in a few races at about the eighth pole -- only to lose late. Frustrating.

On-track, a hardy crowd of 58,770 turned out -- well, it was a big crowd but the numbers were "spinner"-inflated on baseball cap giveaway day. The weather was again freaky -- but this time was the freakiest yet. A huge downpour hit the track during the running of the 2nd race. Later, as the maintenance crew worked to remove some standing water on the track prior to the third race, the horses were eventually sent back to the paddock. After a lengthy delay the third race was finally cancelled -- the horses simply were too far past their "ripeness" to race to call them back out and start all over. Race 2 went off at 1:30pm, race 4 finally got off at 3:30pm. But the fans -- with the new caps -- all stayed in pretty good spirits throughout, including the two other downpours that hit during the day. To top it off, the sun ultimately poked through and a huge rainbow appeared over the far turn...

Todd Pletcher didn't have any wins on Sunday -- and at this point that's news. And the parade of favorites that highlighted the first two weeks of racing has officially been declared over -- eight of Sunday's nine winners paid $10 or more.

And the graveyard buried another favorite as Shake You Down finished off the board at 1-2 in the G2 Vanderbilt.


There is a P6 carryover of $435K+.

Off-turf. Announcement was made during Sunday's card that all turf races were moved to the main track for Monday.

We have a winner! The worst race of the meet (so far)...

On The Bus...In a field full of rotten looking state-breds this guy stands out. Had a decent looking debut against open company in Kentucky. Picks up Bailey. Tough post but looks like the one to beat if he stays in now that they're off-turf.
Bird Key...Sheesh, I can't believe I'm putting this one in the place spot. Bombed out in an off-turfer last time by 27 lengths. But has shown some speed in the past and might be able to milk that quality for something on a wet track.
Dancethebluesaway...Oy! Never in them money in 24 tries -- but his best finish was on an off-track.
Dr Boo Boo Better.
Above The Roar.

Takeiteasyedye...Should appreciate the drop in for a tag and the cutback in distance.
School For Scandal...Pletcher/Velasquez. Has been competitive last two with slightly cheaper. Expect more of the same today.
Hawley Lake...SoCal shipper has license to better this rating in east coast debut.
ET Phone Laura.

Tatum Springs...Drops in for a tag off of an OK debut effort in MSW at Ellis.
My Snookie's Boy...Trainer's putting together a good meet and expect a better effort from this one in second try.
Potomac Chase...Gotta feeling this one is better than last.
Cozy Dreams.

Everyday Angel...A wet track is a question mark -- otherwise this guy looks solid off of a very good just-miss debut at Churchill.
Marching...McGaughey's having a good meet thus far and this lady probably needed her first and will improve today.
Ravishly...Very solid works leading into this debut effort.
Simply Perfect.

Love Less...Solid win here last time in first start after claim. Stays at same claiming level. Should handle the trip. Goes well on wet tracks. Adds up.
Y Two J...Also won here recently. However, claimed out of that event and new trainer not strong with first-out stats.
CL Rib...Ok on off-tracks. Ok at the trip. Third to top pick in latest.
Deputy Champ.

Boston Fox...Frankly I don't think the Suffolk shippers are bringing a lot of quality this season -- but this one was competitive in Florida earlier this year. Maybe.
Strike 'n Go...If you like the top pick you've got to like this one too. Nosed top choice in a stake last time.
Conservation...Might offer some value as Beyers lately are a little light. But makes third start off layoff and has shown more in the past so drop into claimers might wake-up.
Open Vault.

Silver Lace...Moves into the barn of the red-hot Pletcher and is sure to appreciate move back into alw company.
She's Zealous...Hmmm, two daylight wins bookend a dull effort -- on an off-track. Was it an aberration -- or does she dislike the mud? We'll find out more today.
Tina Bull...A similar last three to She's Zealous so an off-track would be a question mark.
Jenny's Princess.

Lokoya...Solid winning debut for Pletcher/Velasquez. And they all have the right to improve second time out.
Unbridled Beauty...Experience counts and this filly has some nice stakes experience -- finishing second to the nice Feline Story.
Whoopi Cat...Debut was excellent. Concern here is how she'll handle off-going if that's the surface condition.
Eye Dazzler.

Zukinikiki...Showing nice steady improvement with each start. Another move forward today could get the job done.
Kooka Munga...Also improving recently and nosed top pick in last.
Irish Princess...Nice tries on turf -- and some good works on dirt. Can contend if she goes.
Miss Baba.
Jules At Four.

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