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Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 17, 2003
Meet Total ... 83-205

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Yesterday

3-10. Winners in the 1st (5.90), 5th (3.80), and 10th (7.90). In the 1st our top pick was followed home by our third and second choices for the exacta ($33.40/$2) and triple ($69.00). In the 4th our top two picks flip-flopped for the exacta ($11.00) and quinella ($5.30). In the 7th it was third choice over top pick for the $34.40 exacta and our fourth pick completed the $208.50 tri.

On-track a healthy 36,137 attended. The weather cooperated -- for the most part. There was a brief shower during the early part of the card but it wasn't enough to move the turf races -- or hamper the fun of the large crowd. Spotted at the races Saturday was St Johns basketball coach (and NYRA board member) Mike Jarvis. And former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani -- sitting in the Marylou Whitney box and rooting for Birdtown during the Alabama.

A wild day of racing as The Giant Killer, Allen Jerkens pulled off a mild upset with 6-1 Puzzlement in the Saratoga BC. And Barclay Tagg stopped Bobby Frankel and Spoken Fur's attempt at the Triple Tiara and a $2 million bonus in the Alabama. Birdtown faded to fifth. And, as the crowd filtered out after the nightcap, many turned their attention to the simulcast monitors and watched a freaky Arlington Million. Favored Storming Home had the race won when he shied from something just steps from the wire. He was subsequently DQ'd, moving Sulamani to the win spot. Storming Home's jock, Gary Stevens, was thrown in the incident and was taken to the hospital after being struck by some of the trailing runners.

Off-track, the usual large crowd enjoyed the post-race fun at neighboring watering hole Siro's. Spotted among the revelers, NYRA TV hostess with the mostest, Jan Rushton.

Today

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We're still flying a little blind today as there were again no Daily Racing Form's available for the Sunday program -- although they might be available today.

FIRST RACE
Polish Jewel...Looks like there might be a little speed to shot at. Comes out of a good second in a similar event.
Raise an Emblem...Finished just behind top pick last time.
Top Shoter...Blasted two big wins here last year to begin career. Wasn't able to follow-up on that early promise in next three starts. Off awhile. Might blast-off again when reunited with favorite track -- but i'd like to see one before jumping back on the bandwagon. Training well in the morning however.
Artistic Awareness.

SECOND RACE
Read the Footnotes...Expensive purchase for a NY-bred. Working well for debut and get Mr Bailey in the saddle.
Rodney Bay...Also working well for a trainer that does well with 2YOs.
Zelig...Should improve with a try under his belt.
Spatso.

THIRD RACE
Roses in May...Lightly raced and still has some room for improvement. Gets Bailey. The pace scenario is a question mark here.
Carrier...If there's a speed duel this one might pick up the pieces.
Silent Fred...Also can come from off the pace.
Al Saqaar.

FOURTH RACE
Pacific Island...Makes the significant drop from MSW to mdn clam and is coming off a decent effort.
She'sbubba'sdelite...Nice string of works for first try.
Dee Dee's Wildcat...Dropping in from MSW and going turf-to-dirt.
Freeroll.
Wild Mistress.

FIFTH RACE
Atticus Star...Has been solid in two turf tries thus far.
Rodeo Spirit...Really woke up when moved to the weeds.
Thanasi...Another that seemed to like the grass.
Sea Cloud.
I Wish I Slew.
On dirt: Atticus Star, King of the Mount, Elyon.

SIXTH RACE
Star Celebrity...Pletcher/Velasquez 2YO looks to lay over these state-breds off of near-miss debut.
Lightning Lyla...Improving in two starts.
Bobbie Use...Look for him to move forward off of debut.
High Peaks.

SEVENTH RACE
Speed of Light...Has looked good in three starts this year. Should appreciate the move into claimers.
Conserve...Also putting together a solid 2003 season.
Polish Times...Claimed out of a near-miss effort here on 7/26.
Simon entry.
On dirt: Infiltrator, Mail Call, Cold Blow Lane.

EIGHTH RACE
Dutrow entry..Speed Hunter is slightly preferred coming out of a nice closing effort win in a high-priced claimer.
Voodoo...Has done well on this course before.
Maybry's Boy...Can pick up the pieces if a duel percolates on the front-end.
Say Florida Sandy.

NINTH RACE
Film Maker...Gets the nod coming off of a nice win here in the Lake George on 7/28.
Sand Springs...Putting together a solid year. Will take them as far as she can -- and that might be all the way.
Broad Hopes...Sheppard should have her ready to turf.
Gal O Gal.
On dirt: Broad Hopes, Savedbythelight, Rhumb Line.

TENTH RACE
Highland hope...Has the look of one that is ready to improve.
Harvey Girl...Has placed in each of three turf tries so far.
Cozy Cay...Mott turfer is capable of getting it done.
Spring Season.
On dirt: Red Zinger, Kid Carrots, Spring Season.


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