1-10. All we can do is grin and shake our head... We had one winner on top Saturday (2nd, $6.40) while our top pick ran second twice more and our second choice grabbed the win in four races. Doh! Those results did include a couple reverse exactas (8th, $22.20/$2; 9th, $7.30). And in that 9th our top two were followed-up by our fourth and third choices for tri ($24.00) and super ($73.00). And in the nightcap our top three boxed for a decent tri ($140.00). We just have to nudge some of those top picks into the winner's circle...
On-track, 28,596 made the most of another nice day at the races. Temps were warm and humidity was awfully high -- but no rain. Pomeroy impressed in the G2 Vanderbilt -- running his Saratoga record to 4-2-2-0 (with yesterday's effort said to be worth a 114 Beyer). In the G1 Sword Dancer it was King's Drama performing as promised, setting most of the pace and then having enough to hold off Relaxed Gesture in the lane. We say, "setting most of the pace" because he had to vie early with Relaxed Gesture who was being notably restrained. Also worth recognizing, in the 9th The Daddy validated his big debut win at Hollywood by stepping into state-bred company -- and stepping up to NW1 -- and running off to win by a dozen. could by another NY-bred to keep an eye on...
And, as usual, with the warm weather continuing into the evening, downtown was crowded and rockin' until late into the night -- actually early into the morning.
A stadium blanket will be given away with each paid admission until supplies last.
Also, Fasig-Tipton is holding a NY-bred sale tonight at the sales pavilion on East Avenue. The public can stop by and enjoy the action. If you can't make it out for that you will be able to watch the auction on TV Sunday night. Tune into Time-Warner channel 3.
Nose The Trade...This horse was a stakes-level performer in SoCal last year. Does the drop mean he's done -- or will Frankel wake him up against the lesser company?
Make My Day Jur...Claimed out of big win here on 8/8. Might be dangerous coming back quick.
Defrere's Vixen...Showed speed and faded against a little better last time. Might hold on longer today.
Metro Meteor...Really nice improvement shown from start one to start two. Experience counts.
Remorse...Similar set-up to top pick -- although the numbers aren't quite as good.
Galluscio entry...Ready Enough had a just-miss debut. Key Avenger first-timer.
Summer Service...Solid turf record. Shows early foot. And 8/8 work seems to indicate readiness.
With Distinction...Still a question mark on the grass -- but take a look at the class. Ben facing the likes of Woke Up Dreamin, Limehouse, and Rock Hard Ten.
Scattering Breezes...These turf sprints are somewhat of a specialty and this guy has the resume.
On dirt: Spooky Mulder, Exciting Metro, With Distinction, Introspect.
Chili Cat...Solid third in good-Beyer debut. Winner that day came back to win again. This one will be very tough if able to repeat that effort.
Quail Run...Nice works for this.
Coupe Aux Marrons...Trainer's a little cool at the meet but this one could fire first-time out.
Solewisher...These youngsters always have room to improve second-time out and with Dynaformer on top I expect this guy to do just that. Also, the jock switch should help.
Americanism...Same idea -- jock switch, blinkers on, second start.
Gold Warrior...Trainer is solid with firsters.
Smoke Em Again.
On dirt: Americanism, Out of Rock, Market Turbulence, Gold Warrior.
Life Savior...The proverbial horse-for-course angle at work. Claimed out of big win here on 8/1.
Punchin' Gal...Another first-off the claim -- and another trainer good with that angle. Plenty of early foot.
Factual Contender...Drops in for a tag and that might wake her up a little.
Fighting Speedy...Three solid tries at this level since returning from break. Jock switch only adds to appeal.
Contessa entry...Precise Strike is preferred and seems to have gotten the hang of it lately. One More Queen is not as appealing but looks capable on best and has some nice works leading into this.
Champagne Ending...We'll toss last and hope it didn't indicate a dislike of the track. Seems more like she might not be a 5.5F sprinter. Should appreciate the extra furlong.
Smokey Glacken...Has not quite been as impressive since moving in against older -- but might wake-up with return to favored track showing a couple of nice recent works.
Pleasant Home...This gal was our top pick until we really started to scrutinize that 8/11 work. Boy that was slow...
Lilah...Vary talented 8YO mare was actually claimed for $100K out of a win last time.
NINTH RACE -- West Point Hcp $100K
Sicilian Boy...Has been running well since spring.
Blue Highway...Third start of season off of two improving starts so far.
Certifiably Crazy...Will be the one to catch.
On dirt: West Virginia, Chowder's First, Rogue Agent, Dont Knock America.
Air Race...If able to repeat debut effort -- much less improve -- he looks tops in this field.
Doctor Attitude...Took a little break and then went OK last time and expect a good follow-up with move back to dirt.
Seven Bellsforbaba...This one seems to be improving little-by-little.
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