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Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Meet Total ... 13-57

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Yesterday

No racing. Dark day.

We spent part of the day taking in some of the seminars and exhibition booths at the Horse Technology 2004 show at the City Center. Some nice exhibits and the seminars were interesting with topics such as Handicapping for a 'Bettor' Future, How Technology Can Increase Fan Enjoyment, and The Future of Horse Technology. The focus of course was on racing and its' marriage with current and future technologies but the discussions were, for the most part, free of techno-speak and enjoyable to the average fan. Attendance seemed moderate -- but probably right in the ballpark for the first year of this type of event. Expect to see it grow in scope and popularity in future years. Among those spotted attending were owner Ken Ramsey and owner/singer David Cassidy.

The event continues Wednesday from 8am - 12:15pm.


Today

Week Two and while our win total is right in the mix with all the rest of the public handicappers we hope we can reverse our trend from Week One of landing so many top picks in the place spot (17)!

The weather Tuesday was gorgeous -- until evening. Around dinner time some t-storms rolled through the area. There was some heavy rain in spots but it didn't last too long and the forecast for Wednesday looks very nice. Thursday and Friday could be a different story however...

FIRST RACE
Sharp Face...Always like jumpers coming out of some decent flat tries. There are a few such candidates in this field but this one looks best, having just missed two back in his 2004 debut and then running seventh last time -- but by less than four lengths. Expect a good effort from 9-for-25 lifetime winner.
Original Cast...Prepped for this with a good flat win in a 'training race' here on Open House day.
Major Hero...Tough when he's in a running mood and trainer was king of the jumps last year.
Shahrahere.

SECOND RACE
Connie's Magic...We might get some value here off of the last three -- but the forms rounding back and this one was really solid in 2003. Sports an impressive Spa record as well.
Act of Reform...Was racing well against better earlier this year. Just missed at $17.5K last time. Clearly capable in here.
Gail's Drive...Seldom misses the board at this level. Trainer having a good 2004.
A'fire.

THIRD RACE
Ready to Flee...At this point in the meet you just have to respect Asmussen firsters. This son of More Than Ready comes in off two bullets.
Pletcher entry...Another solid first-out trainer. Upscaled goes out for Bob and Bev Lewis -- owners that like them precocious. Glasnost shows some nice works.
Newsprint...Gone West is a solid sire for 2YO debut runners.
Storied Cat.
Tani Maru.

FOURTH RACE
Moorebella...Just missed when last in NY and running for a tag. Jock that day was Prado, he's back. Looks in good form for this matchup.
Uma Norma...Seems to be getting the hang of it and would be no surprise.
Barn Dance...Last was best yet and might have gained a little maturity from 2-3YO seasons which has shown up last two on grass.
Western Doll.

FIFTH RACE
Cloakof Vagueness...Comes out of G2 Delaware H'cp which had a good field and a very sloppy track. Should find this field and surface easier to handle. Has shown an affinity for the Spa.
Holiday Lady...Third start of the year -- and now stretching to two turns after two one-turn tries. Nice angle at work.
Shadow Cast...Looked very promising after winning the G2 Silverbulletday earlier this year for the connections of 2003 HOTY Mineshaft. Expect a good effort with return to main track.
Daydreaming.

SIXTH RACE
High Speed Access...Looks ready to fire a big one.
Vicereine...US debut was very nice and expect at least a repeat or better today and that's enough to be in the hunt for a top spot.
Cozy Cay...Mott filly should be winging early but might have to contend with Plenty.
Plenty.
On dirt: Priceless Quality, Grey Traffic, Plenty, Cozy Cay, Positively Wild.

SEVENTH RACE
Wild Nature...Buckram Oak brought one up from Florida to win his second career start last year -- Silver Wagon, and that one went on to win the Hopeful. They also started Eurosilver here in 2003. We also might get some value with some of the other trainers and well-bred youngsters in this fun race.
Storm Surge...Stepped straight from debut win into a G3 stake and just missed.
Vicarage..They always have license to improve in their second start and if this one does he'll be tough.
Raise Ole Glory.

EIGHTH RACE - NY Stallion $250K
West Virginia...Has been pretty solid in state-bred company and even ran third against open stakes horse in 2003's G3 Remsen. Could be a bit better than these.
Chowder's First...Hmm, we'll toss the NY Derby as that one was won by a 50-1 longshot and none of the logical contenders ran well. Prior form -- excluding turf experiment -- was good enough for this bunch.
Absolutely Joe...Like the angle: Third start off a layoff and now stretches to two turns after a couple of sprints.
Pay Attention.

NINTH RACE
Be My Prince...Took to the turf last time. Must get in from AE list.
Confident Cat...Showed good form sprinting on dirt. Off since October but working well -- on turf -- and picks up Prado.
Shady Devil...Third start off layoff and stretches after two sprints.
Run Along Sonny.
Cannonball Rock.
On dirt: Same selections as above


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