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Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Meet Total ... 96-283

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>>> The tough side of the game: Trainer Bond sees his 2YO Dunnewood put down after first start... "I know I probably won't run a 2-year-old for awhile. When you're leading them over there, especially the young ones, it's like you are leading your children over there."
>>> Candy Ride receives a 123 Beyer for PC win... Highest recorded this year
>>> Transcript of internet forum Q&A with Toccet owner Dan Borislow
>>> Profile: Russell Baze -- He rides a $3,200 claiming race as hard as he does a $2 mil stakes. He won't quit on any race

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Yesterday

Dark day. No racing.


Today

FIRST RACE
Bonnie's Bag...We had him on top last time and he ran a remarkable, albeit losing, race. He was making a winning move when the front-runner faltered over the final fence and almost knocked this one over. But he gathered himself back up and managed to get second. A repeat effort -- without the trouble -- can account for a win.
Ethical Actions...Benefitted from the traffic problems and beat top pick in last.
Voss entry...Trainer has been solid over the jumps this season.
Rather Be.

SECOND RACE
Hurricane Hannah...A couple of solid efforts so far.
Bold Jubilation...Eligible to improve in second start -- and with a clean break.
Tough City Girl...Turf-to-dirt, route-to-sprint makes her interesting.
Office At Night.

THIRD RACE
Moloko...Scratched from minor stake at Delaware on Monday for this spot (exclude other half of entry from this selection if Moloko scratches).
Silver Sonnet...A decent third against slightly better last time. Cutback in trip should help.
Won Moro...8-18 at the distance. Nice comeback win last time. Moves up but fits.
Galluscio entry.

FOURTH RACE
Christy Brown...These NY-bred maidens can be a little unpredictable. This one gets a tepid nod off a decent 8/21 work and a trainer who does well with firsters.
Flagshipenterprise...Beaten fave in debut, ran decently that day. Looks like the one to beat.
Bubba Sparks...Has a good string of works for first start.
Lethimthinkhesboss.

FIFTH RACE
Crouching Tiger...Kind of a tough pick off of the declining Beyers since the claim. However, had trouble in latest and was a winner when last spotted at this level.
Electric Guitar...Pletcher/Velasquez 3YO showed some promise last summer then went south. Took a drop into $16K claimers to eke out a win. Followed with a decent Alw try. Maybe he fits here.
Strausberg...Beyers look a little light for the F'Lakes invader, but that might not tell the whole story. Decent record at the trip including minor stake two back.
Barbara's Jewel.

SIXTH RACE
Nevermore...Off since an OK effort in debut last November. Trainer is capable sending them out for first try at two-turns.
Yarico's Pond...Nice debut for Pletcher at Monmouth earlier this month. Should handle the stretch out.
Sapodilla...Picked this filly last time off of her very good effort in a training race on 7/20. Was a well-beaten third in the 7/28 race. Now stretching from 7F to 9F. Will need to improve, particularly with the trip -- but is capable of doing so.
Hard As Nails.

SEVENTH RACE
Blossum...In an interesting race we're going out on a limb a little with this Sheppard Special. The field has some serious contenders from high-profile trainers -- but this one might just be ready to jump up and run a big one in third try off of a layoff.
Where We Left Off...Clement filly looks capable coming out of nice score in second start.
Krasnaya...Should appreciate the return to turf.
Twining And Dining.
Miss Fortunate.

EIGHTH RACE
Strive...Probably needs a little more pace to shoot at than he got last time in the slop. But it should set up better today.
Thunder Blitz...One of those that should provide some pace up-front. Could be tough to catch however if allowed to get out there alone.
Quest...Should be just off the lead and will get first shot at the leaders coming into the lane.
Battler Bob.

NINTH RACE
Two Sharky Betty...Drops back to level of last win and we expect Bailey to have her strategically closer to the pace than she was last time.
Beautiful Spy...Also should appreciate the move down the claiming ladder and also will be rolling late.
Harmonist...Lightly raced turfer from Clement has license to improve.
Sonn D'Oro.
Constancy.
Thong.
Holy Liason.


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