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Saratoga Race Course
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Meet Total ... 28-113

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3-9. Three winners on top (1st, $3.30; 7th, $2.80; 8th, $4.00). Besides the winners we had a few modest gimmicks using the picks. What will probably turn out to be one of our most disappointing beats of the meet came in Monday's 6th. Our top pick, Capital Peak, went off at a juicy 11-1. The horse seemed to be sitting in a good position through the first two-thirds of the race and was saving ground into the lane and looking to get first jump on the rest if able to find room and make a run. Unfortunately things didn't work out from there... The race chart reads, "CAPITAL PEAK was under a snug hold in the early stages, checked along the inside on the clubhouse turn, remained in hand while saving ground along the backstretch, raced behind the leaders on the turn, steadied while lacking room at the top of the stretch and again sharply outside the eighth pole then finished well after altering course to the outside to gain a share." Ugh. If able to get a clean trip in the stretch Capital Peak was going to get first jump on the winner, and when that happens there's no telling how things will shake out. But at worse, Capital Peak should have finished second. Oh well, time to move on...

Attendance Monday was 19,688. They enjoyed what was probably the best day weather-wise so far. Sunny, warm and no humidity. Very nice.

Early in the day the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inducted new members: McGaughey, Desormeaux, Skip Away, Flawlessly, also, Winkfield and Bowl of Flowers. There was an autograph session at the track in mid-afternoon featuring some of the new and some of the past inductees. Giving out their 'John Hancocks' were 'Shug' McGaughey, Ron Turcotte, Braulio Baeza, Walter Blum, Jonathon Sheppard, and Pat Day.

Patrick Biancone unveiled a nice 2YO filly by the name of Should Be Royalty. The 4-5 fave won off by almost three in a good -looking performance. And in the featured G2 $150K Hall of Fame it was Artie Schiller proving that the 3YO turf class this year is very contentious as this one finished second to the good Kittens Joy last time but won on Monday by over four as the even-money favorite.

Traffic on the way out of town was a little congested as folks headed to SPAC for the Rush concert.


Dark day. No racing.

The Fasig-Tipton yearling sale kicks off at 7:30pm ET Tuesday night. As always the public is welcome to come watch the spectacle as well-heeled buyers shell out six- and seven-figure sums for untried thoroughbreds. The sales pavilion is located on East Avenue, just up the street from the racetrack.


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