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Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 13, 2004
Meet Total ... 33-131

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Yesterday

4-9. Four winners on top (1st, $3.90; 3rd, $7.60; 4th, $4.40; 6th, $5.90). Our second pick won four other races and there was a mix of gimmicks using the picks.

Attendance was 19,232. They endured an afternoon of on-again, off-again showers but enough precip fell during the day that the track condition was dowgraded from fast to sloppy by the finale.

Rain continued off and on during the evening but the show went on as planned down the street from the track on East Avenue as the real gamblers gathered for the final night of the Fasig-Tipton yearling sales. The sales topper Thursday night was a brown filly by Storm Cat out of Jewel Princess for $1.4 million. It was purchased by King of King World television productions, the folks who produce shows like Oprah and Wheel of Fortune.


Today

Rain hit the area last night and all turf races today have been switched to the main track.

FIRST RACE
Blue Sunday...Don't see a lot of $350K purchases from Darley going in NY-bred maiden events. Automatically makes this one scary.
Aspen Edge...Last two works seem to indicate this one should be ready.
Lucky S Lorenti...Nice long string of works for debut.
Bayswater.

SECOND RACE
Shots...Might be tough if able to get out and take them all the way over the off going.
Liverpool Lad...Lightly raced but has shown some talent so far. Turf-to-dirt today but a wet track is a question mark.
Bornwithit...Private purchase and moved into the Baffert barn with high hopes after a huge win at Keeneland last fall. Somewhat disappointing but liable to get job done with drop in for a tag today.
Irish Laddie.

THIRD RACE
Gallant Princess...Speed could be tough today and drop in from MSW for Asmussen is a solid angle.
Guiding Star...Mott trainees always eligible to move forward in their second start. Also drops in from MSW ranks.
Just a Little Jet...Could go well in first try.
Trickle of Gold.

FOURTH RACE
Tiffany Touch...Beaten fave from Pletcher in debut. Expect improvement.
Swither...Showed some speed and then faded to third in debut. These youngsters always have license to improve off such efforts.
Hoosick Falls...Just missed as fave in first try. Big, big jock switch today.
Earhart.

FIFTH RACE
Elegant Mercedes...Will appreciate the drop in for a tag after facing stakes company last three.
Raise Devil...First start off the claiming for trainer that is 23% in that area.
Gill/Shuman entry...Both Ask Not and Read Me My Rights look capable of getting to the front.
Stacy's Squaw.

SIXTH RACE
New York Dream...Made the typical Pletcher second-start improvement last time but wound up second after a troubled start. Sire General Meeting is not a name you see in NY-bred races -- he is a top California sire. Known for being the daddy of some very good cal-bred stakes runners.
Red Boa...Trainer's 2YOs usually well-meant first-out.
Sister Concern...Gained some valuable experience last time.
Fighting Speedy.

SEVENTH RACE
Philadelphia Jim...Good try over the track last time and is 2-2 over wet tracks.
Badge of Silver...Lightly raced 4YO has shown plenty of potential when right. Capable of running away with this but might need one coming back from layoff since Feb.
Pretty Wild...Going well this year. Likes the track.
Alke.

EIGHTH RACE
Off turf.
Bounding Charm...Stands out as lone MTO entrant.
Alchemist...Actually could be better off with move to main track.
Bluffie Slew...Comes out of dull turf effort -- but won two off-the-turfers prior.
Savedbythelight.

NINTH RACE
Cozy Man...Has some decent wet track experience.
Shuman/Gill entry...Cool Luke/Alarm the CEO both look capable at this level.
Stong...Nice third here on 7/31. Huge mud win back in April.
Late Carson.


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