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by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Meet Total ... 28-100

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1-11. Winner in the 5th [$3.20]. Frankly there wasn't much more to crow about as we struggled through a second-straight afternoon. It was the same for most of the public handicappers on Saturday with a parade of winners that weren't necessarily impossible to come up with -- but it would have been tough to string a few of them together. Bullsbay -- upset winner of the G1 Whitney -- put it together two races too late for us. We thought he was live in the G1 Foster at Churchill in June, but he ran fourth there and then flopped in SoCal, so we couldn't pull the trigger yesterday. It was a tough day.

39,568 packed the joint. It was still another beautiful day weather-wise, sunny with warm temps and no humidity.

Congrats to Graham Motion and Jeremy Rose on the aforementioned upset in the G1 Whitney -- and certainly we need to recognize Richard Migliore for picking up a G1 win in the co-featured Test. How is it that this guy has only had seven rides through the first ten days of the meet?!?

And, of course, with the gorgeous weather continuing into the evening, the post-race watering holes -- Siro's and The Horseshoe were rockin'. Spotted at Siro's: Billy Fuccillo of "It's HUGE!" fame [you have to live in upstate NY to get the reference -- but, if you live in upstate NY, you can't miss the reference!] and at The Horseshoe jockey Robby Albarado was enjoying the fun.


Let's see if we can turn the weekend around -- although the Sunday card doesn't offer any gimmees!

Celeb chef Bobby Flay will be calling the sixth race. He'll also be available for a book signing at the NYRA store from noon-2pm.

Munition...Has a decent closing kick and might be primed coming in off of two 7F sprints. AE lister.
Burnished Copper...Trouble last time but this is another one that should be rolling late.
Pegasus Tommy D...Certainly fits here -- but low-percentage trainer [not that a few of those haven't clicked here already!].
Karakorum Legend.
On dirt: Pegasian/Theartofcompromise, Jaystone, Papa Jerry, Conquer the Fear, Munition, Joey's Chance.

Minishaft...Had some trouble last time but a clean trip will make him tough today. Picks up Garcia.
West Court...Similar scenario to top selection.
Gold d'Oro...Should appreciate return to turf.
On dirt: Pardon, Joyous, Gold d'Oro, Sister Syer, Cruisin'nthebridle.

Charlott Humor...The maiden-breaker was impressive and looks like the kind that can produce a follow-up win.
Senor Fuego/Join in the Dance...Join in the Dance could be interesting finding some serious class relief in here.
Mag Shot...Perhaps the light bulb went on last time.
Speight of Hand.

FOURTH RACE - Geyser Spring $70K
Elusive Heat...If she's at her best she towers over these.
Simplify...Typically in the hunt -- although the dud on this track last year is a concern.
Luster...Stepping out of graded company for this.
Slam the Cat.

Bribon...A racing first? The G1 Met Mile winner comes back in an opt clm on turf? He's run well on grass. Should dominate.
Tam Lin...Likely the one to catch.
Inca King...Finally stringing a few together. Comes out of a good placing in the G2 Firecracker at Churchill.
Steve's Double.
On dirt: Bribon, Broadway Producer, Ready Set, Tend, Mint Lane.

Smart and Fancy...Third start of the season for a trainer going well at the meet. Should have some pace to shoot at.
Ahvee's Destiny...Speaking of trainers -- this one is Linda Rice sprinting on turf.
Karakorum Electra...Also Linda Rice.
Secret Gypsy.
Meriwether Jessica.
On dirt: Secret Gypsy, Cape Cod girl, Sly Storm, Tar Heel Mom, Are We Dreamin, Captivating Cathy.

Aikenite...In an intriguing and contentious baby race we tilt slightly this way. Pletcher firster by a win-early sire worked a blazing 20.2 prior to auction.
Captain Stone...This one worked in 9.4 prior to auction. bled in debut and adds lasix today. Very dangerous.
I've Got the Fever...Another that worked well [10.2] before sale.
Gun Rock.
Middle of the Nite.

That'srightofficer...A return to some of the Beyers fired last year puts him in the thick of this and he might be set in his fourth start of 2009.
Almighty Silver...Moving in against NY-breds.
Pretty Boy Freud...Lifetime best Beyer last time could signal he's in top form now.
Tall Poppi/Groomedforvictory.

NINTH RACE - Honorable Miss Hcp G2 $150K
Game Face...A repeat of the win in the G1 Princess Rooney H takes this.
Porte Bonheur...Likes this track.
Lady Chace...Going well since returned to dirt.
Keep the Peace.

TENTH RACE - Vanderbilt Hcp G2 $250K
Kodiak Kowboy...If the speed falters late this one could picks up the pieces -- but beware, that's a big "if".
Fabulous Strike...Might forget to stop.
Benny the Bull...Yet to win since the comeback -- but has run well.
Fatal Bullet.

Jabbar...We're going to roll the dice here. There's perhaps a little bit of breeding here. The first two races are interesting in that she went off at 1-5 in the second start despite a dud in the debut. Had trouble that day. Adds lasix. Working well and meeting NY-breds today. Hmmm. As we said, a roll of the dice.
Song for Pupcake...Has some win-early breeding and debut was OK.
Lateday Edition...Similar scenario to Pupcake.
Better THan Swiss.
On dirt: Same, plus Idle Gossip.

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