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Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Meet Total ... 28-113

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Yesterday

Dark day. No racing.

The opening session of the Fasig-Tipton yearling sale was held Tuesday night. There was a brief rain shower around dinner time but things cleared up and it was a nice, warm summer evening by the time the sale started at 7:30pm. Sales topper for Tuesday was an AP Indy/Seebe filly. She went for $1.5 mil. Spotted in the pavilion and/or strolling through the backyard were trainers H James Bond, Kiaran McLaughlin, DW Lukas, Tonya Terranova, John Kimmel, Christophe Clement, Steve Asmussen, Patrick Biancone, Todd Pletcher, as well as the conditioners of the last two Kentucky Derby winners Barclay Tagg and John Servis. Also sighted were NYRA's Bill Nader and NTRA's Terry Meyocks, plus recently retired LPGA star Dottie Pepper and singer/actor/horse owner David Cassidy.

The sale continues Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7:30pm ET. The public is welcome to view the proceedings.


Today

If you arrive in town a little early you can head to the National Museum of Racing, right across the street from the track, for Guests in the Gallery. This week jockeys Pat Day, Pablo Fragoso, Richard Migliore and Shane Sellers share their unique insight into the world of thoroughbred racing. The program is from 11am-noon.

FIRST RACE
Doctor Attitude...Showed some good speed before fading in debut and that's often a sign that they'll give an improved effort in their second start.
Boston Raider...Has been firing bullets at F'Lakes since June.
Nimble Wit...A couple of good seconds since moving in against state-breds.
Go Fernando Go.

SECOND RACE
Lake entry...Polish Times - Lake brought Spooky Mulder back from flopp-ola at Canterbury to win here on Sunday. This one was beating better prior to out-of-town sojourn. Rize - Fared better in Claiming Crown. Won convincingly at this level three back
. Klesaris entry...Mr Amano has thrown in one clunker in six starts this year. all others solid, including a NW2 win at Delaware last time. Judge's Case was a good second at this level in latest.
Skip a Grade...Been racing well for around this tag all year.
Bo Bo's Vice/Decoder.

THIRD RACE
Pletcher entry...Arcturus was not bad looking in debut last time despite poor start in off-turf event. Ed Bowen also had trouble last time. Expect improvement from each second time out for Pletcher.
Belknap County...Also had a good first-time effort despite early trouble.
Builders Option...Closed big-time to just miss in debut.
Kfar Daneil.
On dirt: Scipion, Sheperdsville, Network, Arcturus.

FOURTH RACE
Arvada...Group-placed in Europe. Has had three starts since transferring to Frankel stateside and last two were near-misses.
Gijima...Lightly raced, but promising looking 3YO filly from Dickinson.
Theatrical Cat...Clement 4YO has only three starts and could be getting the hang of it.
Chic joy.

On dirt: Mambo Bell, Swinging, Arvada, Chic Joy.

FIFTH RACE
American comedy...Promising start to career this winter -- then perhaps a little overmatched. Winners of last three were -- Gotaghostofachance, Frisky Spider, and Forest Danger would lay over this field. Might get some value after dismal try last time but this guy is eligible to rebound with move into claimer.
Catch My Cat...Fits at this level and has a race over the track.
The Herc...Hmmm, solid stakes performer in Calif as a 2YO, not as good this year but another that might wake-up with move to this level.
Heroic Moment.

SIXTH RACE
Something Ventured...Last could signal that this one is returning to top form.
Personal Legend...From the Frankel/Bailey/Gann juggernaut. Just missed in a couple G2's this winter in Socal, now drops into a minor $65K stake. The one to beat.
Seven Moons...Good improving form in three starts this year. Tested today but looks capable.
Vespers.
On dirt: Personal Legend, Doc's doll, Beautiful America, Lady Linda.

SEVENTH RACE
Ardent Sister...Showing nice improvement in three starts so far. Might appreciate the two turns.
Anabeltaylor...Struggled a little since breaking maiden but goes turf-to-dirt and finds a fairly weak field here.
Daysman...Stretches out off of three decent sprint tries this summer.
Bundle of roses.

EIGHTH RACE
Snowdrops...Has matured nicely as a 4YO and sports a 3-3 record this year.
Fast Cookie...Turf debut three back was huge. Then perhaps overmatched against the likes of Intercontinental and Ocean Drive. Fits here.
High Court...S American import was just behind Fast Cookie last time. Huge jock switch.
Nannycam.

On dirt: Fast Cookie, Final Round, Mymich, Reason to Talk, Nannycam.

NINTH RACE
Summer Rainbow...Experience counts and this filly has already run a couple of nice looking second-place finishes.
Yellow Heat...Expect this daughter of Gold Fever to give a good account of herself first-time out.
Alize...Showed speed in debut which is a good sign and Asmussen is 26% with second starters.
Seattle Weekend.


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