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Saratoga Race Course
Monday, August 25, 2003
Meet Total ... 95-274

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Yesterday

1-10. For all those folks who complained about the parade of favorites early in the meet -- hope you're happy! Yikes. First race, 50-1 Lapis wins. In the 4th, underneath a 6-1 winner the exacta and tri were completed by a 40-1 and 42-1 shot. Fifth race went to the 18-1 rank outsider. The 77-1 rank outsider completes the exacta in the 7th. In the featured Ballerina, Pletcher's Harmony Lodge was the rank outsider at 12-1, and, naturally, won. And things continued right into the nightcap when the 38-1 rank outsider completed the exacta. As such, we struggled a little bit -- but did better than most of the public handicappers we monitor. Most shot an oh-fer Sunday. Some had one winner. We managed one -- but at a good enough price that it helped boost the spirits a bit.

Winner in the 3rd (19.20). We also had a cold exacta ($38.60/$2) in that race. And our fourth pick completed the $118.00 tri. Typically we don't go four deep when reviewing our exactas -- unless there are some prices involved. In yesterday's 8th our top choice, McGaughey's A Great Team was the even-money fave. Our other three were all decent prices and it might have been worth playing around a little bit. In the end our fourth pick (8-1) edged our second choice (14-1) for a nice $222.50 exacta.

On-track, 27,205 attended what seemed like a nice leisurely day at the races when compared to the hectic scene with the record crowd on Saturday. It was a beautiful afternoon. One suggestion for the NYRA gang -- when one of the nation's big races is being run at a simulcast track, alert the crowd, and maybe even put the show on the large infield TVs. Yesterday, while many astute players gathered around track monitors to watch Sunday's Pacific Classic from Del Mar, many more unsuspecting players had no idea it was being shown. And it's happened on prior weekend with other big stakes.

The post-track crowd was a little thin at Siro's Sunday evening. But one group looked to be having a lot of fun. Local owner Roddy Valente was celebrating his victory in the nightcap. The name of his horse See You At Siro's. Also among the group, winning jock Aaron Gryder. A couple other NYRA regulars were enjoying the Siro's scene yesterday: Track announcer Tom Durkin and Sam The Bugler.


Today

There's a P6 carryover of $67K.

FIRST RACE
One Last Chance...Two nice seconds in two tries. If he's ready to improve a little with the experience he should prove best.
For The Fdny Heroes...Has shown best since moving in against NY-breds.
Trading Hours...Expect improvement in second start.
Sovereign Salute.
Safari.

SECOND RACE
Mr Stone...In a little bit of a crapshoot with these state-breds we'll forgive the last by this one and hope he'll return to good form.
Cometary...Seems like maybe he's getting the hang of it -- but last two were against cheap ones.
Zignal...Maybe an x-factor -- he's facing NY-breds for first time and won last when moved to dirt for first try.
Back To Work.

THIRD RACE
Soloing...Sheppard/Augustin team scored for us yesterday and we'll continue to ride their train while they're on a little bit of a roll.
Music Way...Clement filly looks formidable off of just-miss debut.
In Accord...Has yet to hit the board in eight tries -- but looks like he'll be rolling late and might like the added distance.
Ski Breeze.
Nice Canter.

FOURTH RACE
Mystified...$1 mil baby from Lukas/Overbrook has been training well for debut.
Highgate Park...Pletcher/Velasquez. 'Nuff said.
Storm Fleet...Closed well in debut and is eligible to improve off of that effort.
Boot Strap.

FIFTH RACE
Star Over The Bay...Looks to be rounding to form nicely over last couple. Won well at this level two back.
Nurey's Thunder...Will be tough if able to duplicate winning form from last.
Sunshine Messenger...Might prove tough on the front end with the drop. On AE list.
Simon's Burch.
Treasured Gift.

SIXTH RACE
Beyond The Waves...Another from Sheppard/Augustin --but won't get a price here. This one looks logical in this field.
Cyclorama...Seemed to fit with stakes company last year. Faltered in '03 debut. Let's forgive that one and hope Bond has her ready for better effort.
Dame Sylvieguilhem...Another that we expect to go better in second start of year.
Miss Hellie.

SEVENTH RACE
Evening Attire...Two lengths behind M d'Oro in last -- and there ain't no such competition in here.
El Gran Papa...Team Frankel has been a little cold lately -- but this one is capable.
Crafty Shaw...Might try to surprise these on the front-end -- but will have to clear Onthedeanslist.
Hero's Tribute.

EIGHTH RACE
Mariensky...Inexplicably dull in latest but this Clement filly is just too good to not give another chance.
Dynamic Lisa...NY-bred scored nicely ten days ago in the Yaddo. Might have a horse-for-course angle brewing.
Lady Of The Future...Will be rolling late.
Sixty Seconds.

NINTH RACE
Devils Peak...Just missed graduating last time despite some trouble. Will be tough if able to duplicate that effort.
Andy boy...Also just missed last time. That was his debut and he's eligible to move forward off of that.
Settle Up...And yet another one that was only a neck away from a diploma last time.
Fortune Writers.
Novello.
Best Play.


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