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Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Meet Total ... 94-264

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Yesterday

1-12. The frustration continues as four of our top picks ran second (at 5-1, 2-1, 7-2, 7-1).

Winner in the 9th (7.80). Top two picks flip-flopped in the 3rd for a $9.00/$2 exacta. Third pick completed the $30.00 tri. Third pick bested top pick for the exacta in the 6th ($17.60/$2) and 7th ($219.50).

On-track, it was a record crowd of 66,122 squeezed into the old Spa. We noted that prior to the 9th race -- late in the day, but four races to go -- the gate by the Big Red Spring was open, letting folks in who obviously weren't counted at one of the admission gates, so the number could have been higher. It was a gorgeous day weather-wise.

People funneled out of the track at a leisurely pace -- with plenty of folks still on the grounds at 8pm. Next door there was an overflow crowd at Siro's with parties going on in the parking lot. Things continued to jump there until late-night. As did the celebration downtown -- which was still rolling at closing time, 4am...


Today

On celebration of the 150th anniversary of the potato chip -- purporting created in Saratoga Springs -- the first 40,000 paid admissions will receive a bag of chips.

And Marylou Whitney will have a benefit book-signing of a potato chip cookbook near the racecourse post office at 1pm.

FIRST RACE
Cimarron Rain...In these NY-bred events you've got to give the nod to one coming out of a ten-length win debut. Steps into next condition, but doesn't meet much.
Charm Appeal...Speed was holding on Saturday -- so this guy might offer some interest on the front-end.
Fly with Karakorum...Ran best race so far last time. Might be horse-for-course -- but we won't know for sure until after this race.
Ruby Essence.

SECOND RACE
Fifth Edition...Godolphin runners typically are well-meant early.
Mithaal...Bred to be speedy.
Apple Krisp...Looked Ok in three tries so far -- and the cutback might help.
The Cliff's Edge.

THIRD RACE
Spanish Spur...We'll give the Sheppard/Augustin connections one more chance to surprise after disappointing in the nightcap Saturday.
Stage Show...Looks like the logical choice.
Fisher Pond...Still has to prove himself on turf, but this is a good spot to take a shot.
Art Variety.

FOURTH RACE
Unbuckle...Moved forward last time in second start and would be tough today with a repeat effort.
Dunnewood...Outside post is no bonus -- but trainer is going well.
Call The Lark...Expect Pletcher 2YO to improve with one under belt.
Friends Lake.

FIFTH RACE
Marsh...Should go well with drop into claiming ranks.
Supervisor...Comes out of a couple of graded stakes tries and should find this company more to his liking.
Kid Kaelin...Nice win here last time.
Morning Watch.

SIXTH RACE
Possibility...Regally bred filly from McGaughey/Phipps could be any kind. Questions raised though by late debut.
Gone For Christmas...Has put in a couple of nice tries so far.
Audrey Hep...Solid debut -- and eligible to improve.
Elusive Princess.
Nannycam.

SEVENTH RACE
Foster's Landing...Distance is a question mark -- he faded at the trip last time, albeit in a stake. But he gets tepid nod as he's going fairly well lately.
Monkey Puzzle...Expect a decent try with return to grass.
Crete...Might try to surprise them on the front-end. Velasquez rides.
Cap.

EIGHTH RACE
A Great Team...3YO from McGaughey is improving with each start and looks to be a good one on the rise.
Volkonsky...A little trouble in 2003 debut. Expect better today with return to dirt.
Saint Liam...Also should appreciate return to main track. Nice second in Iowa Derby two back.
Inamorato.
Compelling World.

NINTH RACE
Shine Again...The winner of this race in '01 and '02 comes into it in fine form again. Just missed in the Honorable Miss.
Willa On The Move...Edged top pick last time and rolled to a big win in only try at the trip.
Smok'n Frolic...Might be able to stalk a hot pace and roll late.
Gold Mover.

TENTH RACE
Born To Pic...A couple of good tries since coming off a brief vacation.
Royalton...Trainer hasn't done anything at the meet -- but might wake this one up with a drop down the claiming ladder.
See You At Siro's...Might be dangerous if able to shake loose early.
Nurey's Thunder.
Thunders Luck.


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