0-9. We said on Tuesday that we needed a big last two weeks -- with a few breakout days and no bumps along the road... Oh well. An oh-fer's not going to get it done. We'd be more discouraged if the handicapping was just plain awful -- but it's really only winners-on-top where we're struggling. Although we were blanked in that category our top three boxed for tri's in three races Wednesday afternoon [1st, $58.00/$2; 3rd, $55.50; 8th, $71.50].
18,888 turned out. The day was a little cool and overcast but a nice afternoon at the races.
Baby League...Used this one on top last time and the move through the stretch had us excited -- but he could only get up for second. Maybe the added distance will help today.
Rum Squall...The win last time was convincing. Dangerous.
Dr Bloomer...Favored in the same race last time as the top two but faded to fourth. With only three jump starts might be eligible to improve with experience.
Post Exchange...Tossed in a little bit of a dud in the debut, but had some trouble. Trainer is high-percentage second-time out.
Good Law...Working well for a good first-out trainer.
Barossa...Working well and shooting some bullets at F'Lakes.
Awakino Cat...Bred well for the grass. Working well. Trainer is solid with these turf sprints. Adds up.
At Attention...Would be no surprise to see Mott trainee move forward in second try.
Footloose Man...Should be ready to go.
On dirt: At Attention, Mr Shortcake, Saratoga Seven, Awakino Cat.
Pizza...Could get the wake-up call dropping form MSW.
Hit the Point...Also making the potent move from MSW to mdn clm'r.
Astoria Sweetheart...Done well for a tag before -- but those were vs NY-breds.
Ninth of July...Gotta give this gal another chance. She was running well in open turf sprints in Florida -- and those are typically some slaty races. Moved in to face state-breds last time and flopped but had a bad break. Should move way up with a clean trip.
Sultry Sue...On the improve.
Vitruvius...First two were very promising.
Deputy Indy...Hasn't hit the winner's circle in awhile but is always plugging away.
Extreme Supreme...Lightly-raced this year. Tossed in a dud here last time but think he's better than that.
Metro Meteor...Likes the track and the trip.
Storm N Lightning...Has run well here in turf sprints.
Monster Drive...Tries the grass but has gone well sprinting on dirt and will be tough.
On dirt: Stonewood, Monster Drive, Citifest, Bazooka Bob.
EIGHTH RACE - Ballston Spa Hcp G2
My Typhoon...Solid win in the G1 Diana and now cuts back to her favorite distance.
Pommes Frites...Could be interesting for the two Mott horses -- they both like the front-end. Hopefully they're conservative and don't knock each other out.
Vacare...Was undefeated until SoCal trip.
Wait a While.
On dirt: Wait a While, Dance Away Capote, My Typhoon.
Too Much Zip...Looks to have some early zip and might be the one to catch form the rail.
Fanfire...New shooter finds a weak crowd to face in debut.
Aunt Teree...The light bulb seemed to click on last time.
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