Dark day. No racing.
Off-track: An all-day forum was held examining the feasibility of synthetic surfaces in New York. Five panels addressed the New York Task Force on Retired Race Horses and the public in the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. [you can see local TV coverage of the event here.]
Later on, around the corner, the National Museum old Racing hosted the first of a four-part series on horse-health, focusing particularly on the hoof. The series continues over the next three Tuesdays [Learn more here.]
With the weather having taken a turn for the better, there were plenty of folks walking up and down the main street in town, Broadway, well after dark.
Again, with a couple of nice longshots during Week One, our return has been OK -- but only eleven winners?!? We're clearly shooting to juice up that numbers this week. Tough card today however, with a few races that have a handful of solid contenders.
Look at Him..Lightly-raced 6YO had a brief, but promising, flat career. Jump career has featured a big gap -- and a couple of nice tries. Let's toss the G1 -- perhaps over-matched -- which leaves us to discern the latest. Eased that day I guess we have to trust that 'Long Jon' has him fit and ready today.
Dynaski...Has looked good in two tries over the jumps.
CR's Deputy...Bouncing between jumps and flat. Was jumping well last year -- not so much so this year. But capable if able to rebound to that prior form.
Glory Gold...Just have to respect the trainer's stats for first-time starters.
Sneakin Up...With Hook and Ladder on top she should win sooner rather than later -- so a bounce back in her third start wouldn't be out of the question.
Dixie Time Thief.
Queenofalldiamonds...Nice improvement in her second start. Will contend off of that -- and will be tough if able to improve.
Kapanga...Edged to pick last time -- and had some trouble. Dangerous.
Onoitsmymotherinlaw...Just behind top pick last time -- and improvement in second start would not be surprising.
Unigold...Recently has been tossing better numbers on turf -- but has run solid Beyers on dirt in the past. Iffy, but could be interesting on the cutback and the class drop.
Storm Boot Gold...7YO is a former stakes-level competitor. Also dropping. Worked a bullet a week and a half back -- on the grass. Another that's capable but questionable in this event.
Brooker D...Has shown some life at the $16K level.
He's a Lumberjack.
Double Domino...Pletcher/Velasquez team not the invincible juggernaut on this track that they have been in the past -- but they have been capable with the first-time starters on turf at this meet in the past. Stormy Atlantic on top is a plus.
Dougie...$250K for a NY-bred is a solid purchase price. Elusive Quality is a win-early sire.
Ziptronic...Trainer seems to specialize in turf sprints.
Augustin entry...Sheppard off to a red-hot start at the meet. He conditions Recovering. Dynamont has been running well lately.
Summer Patriot...Should benefit from the education at this level last time.
Giant Storm...Should be rolling late.
Titan of Industry.
On dirt: Discreet Treasure, Building New Era, Summer Patriot, Borobudur.
Into the Wind...Shipped in from Delaware to fire a lifetime best Beyer on this track last year. Repeat performance?
Chobe...Has improved since moving to turf.
Veritable...Also stepped it up on grass.
All in No Outs.
On dirt: Great Emperor, All in No Outs, Sonofawitch, Giron, Will Never Bend.
EIGHTH RACE - De La Rose $80K
Long Approach...Augustin/Sheppard trainee will need some help getting in from the AE list -- but, as noted earlier, the trainer is red-hot early and this one showed some real promise as a 3YO last year. Will contend today if ready.
Jade Queen...Won on this course in 2006. Could be interesting if she's sent from the rail.
Stormy West...Mostly solid since winning here last year.
Ondirt: Carriage Trail, Solarana, Unforgotten, Stormy West.
NINTH RACE - Fleet Indian $80K
Talking Treasure...Came here last year to win off of a low-Beyer fig at F'Lakes. Similar scenario this season.
Ice Cool Kitty...Also fired an improved, best Beyer win here last summer.
Morning Gallop...Better than last.
Valiant Humor...Been competitive against better.
Tomlinson Hill...Also should be finding some class relief.
Messa Nera...Solid debut. Trouble in latest. Bullet work for this.
Up the Limit.
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