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2-9. Another day like a couple from early last week... The winners weren't necessarily unpredictable, it was just tough to pick some of them on top.
Winners in the 4th (7.80) and 9th (7.30). And we could, shoulda, woulda had two more: 7-2 Bonnie's Bag was making a winning late move in the steeplechase race when the tiring frontrunner faltered over the last fence and virtually wiped out our pick. Bonnie was lucky to stay on her feet -- and still managed to gather herself back up and get the place spot. A tough beat. And then in the 5th our top pick 3-1 Drawing a Blank lost a bobbing-head photo finish by the slimmest of whiskers. But, some days you get the bumps and photo's, some days you don't...
On-track, a crowd of 21,670 enjoyed another freaky Saratoga 2003 afternoon. The weather was nice but just before the 7th race the Blackout of 2003 hit the track. The horses were at the gate -- but the riders dismounted and a delay of ten minutes or so ensued. Eventually it was decided that the race would go on -- and just as the horses started to load the power came back. NYRA generators provided enough power to the racecourse to run the last three races -- although much of upstate NY remained without power well into the evening.
Predictions are for scorching hot temps -- but no rain. And a super-contentious card is on tap.
Riotous Miss...Has put in some nice tries at this level. On the other hand, she hasn't shown a real liking for the course. Tepid pick.
Spectaculaireontap...The "come from the clouds" style hasn't lead to many W's over last two seasons. But expect to see her rolling late.
Mom's Dream...Front-running style from two back might be a winning strategy again today.
On dirt: Legitimada, Micmaceuse, Blushing Rainbow, Effervescent, Mom's Dream.
Rhino Chaser...Trainer's putting together a sneaky-good meet with limited starts. This one ships in from SoCal and drops from MSW. Adds blinkers.
Undisclosed...Lukas runner has been somewhat competitive in four MSW tries -- and makes one of the most potent-angle drops in racing.
Brahma...Could come out running.
Jo Jo's Time.
Brightest Ice...Another angle play: Stretching from two sprints off a layoff. Positive jock switch. Might surprise and offer some value.
Yaeger...Has put together a nice season in Boston -- but has also done well at other venues. Fits here at this level.
Gram's Folly...Picked up last time by a crafty claiming trainer. Wouldn't be a surprise.
Harmonist...Clement can have them ready off a layoff and like the way this one has raced and improved in first two tries.
Radiantly...Just missed in similar event last time.
Candybedandy...Pletcher/Velasquez filly looked good in turf debut two back, then faltered in first try against winners. Expect a rebound to the 5/4 form.
On dirt: Danceinthestreets, Black Heart, Forever Diligent, Radiantly.
Dynamic Lisa...First two this year were nice. Picks up Mr Day. A win over the track. Adds up.
I Met Somebody...Will appreciate return to turf.
Beautiful America...Has taken on open company in last two and should go well back in against state-breds.
Near And Dear.
On dirt: Along Came Mary, Beautiful America, Hanselina, Board Eligible.
Lady Struck Gold...Solid works down in Maryland for debut.
Home Court...$650K purchase could come out running.
Silent Storm...Not a bad first effort and would be no surprise to see Lukas runner improve second time out.
What a crazy race. Written for non-winners on the turf in '02-'03, this one features a bunch that have virtually no turf experience... And many coming in off long layoffs. Here's one I wish would get washed off the turf.
Northern Rock...Has some decent Euro grass tries far in the past. Comes out of a couple of graded stakes tries including a not too bad finish last time behind M d'Oro and Volponi. Should be the one to beat if able to reacquaint self with grass.
This Fleet Is Due...Mott's good off the layoff -- but gee, over a year? Still, this one has some back class. Mr Bailey rides.
Loving...The only entrant besides the top pick with any real grass experience. Some nice tries in SoCal -- but on the bench a loooong time.
On dirt: Voodoo, Northern Rock, R Dutrow entry, Harley Quinn, This Fleet Is Due.
Wake Up Kiss...Solid win at Woodbine in first start of '03. Has a win over the course. Looks good.
Longingtobeme...Has rounded to form nicely this summer.
Marc's Rainbow...Pletcher filly has gotten back on track last two -- grass credentials are still a little bit in question however. Might answer that today.
On dirt: Marc's Rainbow, Princess Dixie, Serenity's Smile, Sparkling Ava.
Ugh. This is one scary looking MSW for NY-breds.
Clever Cowboy... Trainer has a nice 2YO filly by Rodeo that won an open stake this year. This guy wouldn't have to be much to beat this weak bunch first time out of the box.
Real Golden...We'll go with another firster -- because the one's with experience in here, well, they stink.
Deputy Thief...Also showing some modest potential in the morning.
Dreaming The Blues.
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