Day One. As always confidence is high.
Our three-year streak of "beating the meet" was broken last season. We made a mad dash through the last four or five days but it wasn't enough. So we'll hope to get off to a bigger start early this season.
(You can review each of the previous seasons' totals here: 2006... 2005... 2004 ... 2003.)
Can we keep the ball rolling for a fourth consecutive season? Stay tuned -- it should be fun!
Si O No...Hasn't won in a while, which is a concern, but connections might be taking the drop here to get a "W" at the Spa. Looks like the one to catch.
Taming the Tiger...Will be tough if able to sneak in from the AE list.
Noah A...Has looked pretty good in three starts this season. Trainer jock have been teaming for some scores lately.
Hi Chirs...Zito changed patterns last year at the Spa winning with a number of firsters -- let's see if the trend continues. Must overcome the post though.
Immortal Eyes...Looks like the one to beat off of a good debut and a nice workout just four days ago.
Forest Prince...2YO from Pletcher/Velazquez. 'Nuff said.
Scorpius...4YO is lightly-raced but could be something special. Undefeated on dirt -- flopped on the KEE Poly. Well-bred and attracted a nice yearling price for high profile connections.
Grand Champion...Another lightly-raced 4YO. This guy is always in the hunt and will be dangerous if able to duplicate his latest.
Deadly Dealer...Hard to gauge. Has shown some promise -- but tossed in a real clunker last time.
Rice entry...Trainer Rice was very good in the turf sprints last year -- so we'll tab Dressed to Win as the pick -- and we'll get Motor City Mama as a bonus.
Contessa entry...Sister Desiree preferred. Caught late in small stake last time. Holy Trouble might wake-up with move back to turf.
Sarah's Smiler...Been competitive in turf sprints. And goes first-off the claim for trainer with a high percentage in that area.
Virginaia Minstrel...Third start of season. Improved strat #1 to start #2. Could be set for a good one.
All Verses...Have a feeling this one will improve in his second start.
Borobudur...Showed some life in France and would be no surprise -- even off the layoff.
Task Force/Brave Emperor.
Explosive Count...Comes in off of two out-of-town wins against lesser for trainer Lake. Looks tough in an iffy feel -- but must repeat efforts shown recently.
Calculator...Might find some much needed class relief with this bunch.
Melodee Man...Should be interesting to see how Contessa/Winning move do at this meet.
Hangingbyathread...Big win in only start against state-breds.
Dantastic...Clearly improved since moving to turf.
Kill Devil Rum...Interesting. A couple of nice tries at Colonial. Then gutted out a win when pitted against NY-breds.
Incriminate/Blue Sky God...Incriminate attracted $1.5 mil as a yearling. This is a full-sib to both Value Plus and Werblin. Debut here last year indicated potential -- then was ambitiously placed in next two. Drops into first-level condition for 2007 return. Blue Sky God tossed a big number in maiden-breaker last year.
Garifine...$1.8 mil as a 2YO in training in 2006 -- but didn't debut until 2007. Faded in debut on muddy track then followed-up with a convincing win. Could be any kind.
Executive Fleet...Beyers are improving with each start.
NINTH RACE - Schuylerville G3 $100K
Pletcher entry...Pletcher brought in Cotton Blossom from Monmouth off a 75-Beyer on June 16 at 2-5 and won this race last year at 8-1. New York City Girl won at Monmouth on June 14 at 1-2 with a 79-Beyer. Will we get a price again? Lady Chace also in off of a NJ win.
According to Plan...Big debut win makes her the one to beat.
Subtle Aly...Won nicely in debut at Churchill for Asmussen. Now moves to Dutrow barn.
Papa's Kara...Seemed to benefit from the bench time. Nice works for this four days ago.
Court and Spark...Last might indicate she's in good form right now.
Turning Leaves...Gives up a lot in experience to these -- but maybe that's a plus.
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