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Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Meet Total ... 29-122

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1-9. Winner in the 4th ($4.70) -- and yet another trubled trip that cost us... Monday of course we had that exasperating trip that put the ki-bosh on our 11-1 top pick Capital Peak, Wednesday it was an equally disappointing stretch run by our 10-1 top choice in the 1st, Doctor Attitude. This one was sitting in a great position to make a real live run in the drive but, like Capital Peak, was never given the chance to find the room to do the job. The trip was troubled enough that even track announcer Tom Durkin commented on it. Of course it became obvious we were snake-bit when half of our top pick entry scratched late in the 3rd -- this meant that the remaining half of the entry ran for purse only. You guessed it, our top pick Arcturus, running for purse only, won while our move-up top choice ran third. Doh!

Otherwise the picks provided a mixed bag of gimmicks, the highlight of which was probably a decent $45.20/$2 exacta with our top two flip-flopped in the feature.

On-track 21,368 turned out for a wet day as showers plagued the area for most of the afternoon.

At night the Fasig-Tipton yearling sales continued. Spotte on the grounds Wednesday night were trainers Leroy Jolley, Christophe Clement, Dale Romans, Bobby Barbara, Patrick Biancone, Bill Mott, DW Lukas, John Kimmel, Ken McPeek and Angel Penna Jr. The sales topper was Hip #84, a bay colt by Giant's Causeway out of Alaska Queen. It sold for $1.8 million to Team Valor.


Fasig-Tipton yearling sales continues this evening at 7:30pm. As always the public in invited. Watch some expensive 1YOs go through the ring at the Finney Pavilion on East Avenue just up the street from the track.

FIRST RACE - AP Smithwick G2 $75K
Praise the Prince...Off since winning the G1 NY Turf Writers here last summer -- but set up nicely for this by winning flat race on Open House day.
Tallow...Having a solid 8YO season.
Party Airs...Euro-jumper goes out for tough steeplechase trainer.
Tres Touche.

Crazyluck...Shown nice improvement since moving to turf.
Puzzle...Good looking debut effort.
My Nina Rose...Getting closer.
Classic Marilyn.
On dirt: Kevin's Decision, Little Miss Amanda, Renamed, Dr Boo Boo Better.

Northern Concorde...Experience counts -- although with three tries this one is getting a little dicey. But the move from MSW to mdn clm attracts attention.
Mago...Hmmm. Pletcher 2YO making second start -- and that's always a potent angle. But you don't see too many of his dropping from MSW to mdn clm'r -- with the tag being some $35K less than the yearling price! That raises questions.
December Fire...Another dropping in from MSW and showed some good speed last time.
Sir Pyy.

Baymont...Has been showing improvement on the lawn and picks up top jock.
Whatsmineisyours...Has won two of last three. In good form now.
Miss D Flawless...Improved since moving into new barn.
Tuesday Prayer.
On dirt: Amazem Grace, Take Me There, Many Many Bows, Baymont, Average Forum.

Fabulosity...Seems to be getting the hang of it -- and also getting... Prado.
Leedle Dee...Another one that looks to be getting better as 3YO season progresses.
Shady Lane...Lightly raced but is coming out of two winning efforts.

Dark Equation...Been going well and has finished behind some next-out winners last two. Picks up Bailey.
Restigouche...AE lister. Was going well this spring.
Sign of Love...Sheppard/Augustin. Don't leave out of the mix if able to get in from AE list.
French Horn.
Gemmie a Satellite.
On dirt: Dark Equation, Titanium, Itsawonderfulife, In Rare Form, Candlelight Prince.

Primary Suspect...Debut effort was just too good to ignore.
Love of Money...Also had a super first effort then followed with an OK second-place finish. Expect another good try.
Entry...Both Storm Legacy and Swift Attraction look capable.
Tango Tales.

Childress...Claimed out of poor effort last time -- but had a troubled start that day. Prior form very good and trainer solid going first-out after claim.
Board Elligible..Toss turf efforts. This one seems better on dirt.
Doc's Doll...Solid 6-3-1-1 at Spa.
Devotion Unbridled.

Jetmeg...Has shown good improvement from start one to start two and now picks up Johnny V.
Innseattle...Improved on the green.
Devil's Last Dance...Also threw in best race when on grass.
Lady Deanna.
She Commands.
On dirt: Jetmeg, Kiss the Lips, She Commands, Hidden Curves.

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