Sunday, July 27, 2014

Superfecta Sunday along the Jersey Shore

On this Superfecta Sunday, we enjoy an exciting grade one stakes race along the Jersey shore.

Monmouth Park Race 12 {William Hill Haskell Invitational~G1~1 1/8 mile~3 year old~Stakes}
A top flight group of nine will make their start in this annual summer grade one.  There is significant parity among this group that any horse in the field could win.  The race is filled with speed so a ferocious pace is assured. It may come down to the readiness of those that sit right off the pace to achieve victory.  Our challenge is to put together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket.

#3 Albano (Clark / L. Jones) may have a minuscule edge with the second highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and three superb workouts.  This lad has the ability to stay close to the speed and launch into the stretch.  He is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#7 Untappable (Napravnik / Asmussen) is the only filly to give challenge to these lads. She enters this competition with a four race win streak, a couple of excellent last out speed numbers, including the highest one at the distance, and two strong peaking workouts. This filly could topple this group with a fiery run from off the pace.

#9 Medal Count (Albarado / Romans) comes into this off a brief freshening after a stunning performance in the Belmont Stakes.  He holds the third highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and four superior workouts.  This lad will be closing into what should be a very hot pace.

#2 Bayern (Garcia / Baffert) should be the speed of the speed with the highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and four seriously stellar workouts. He has traveled this distance well and may wire this field.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#3 Albano  +  #7 Untappable  +  #9 Medal Count  +  #2 Bayern.



Stakes Saturday Results
Saratoga R10.  Jim Dandy--G2.  Our first pick, Tonalist, finished 2nd for show money of $2.10.  Our second pick, Kid Cruz, finished 3rd for show money of $1.25.  Our third pick, Wicked Strong, won (1st) for show money of $1.20.
Superfecta went 7-4-5-6.
Bankroll dips a buck and change to $6.39.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Dandy Stakes Saturday at Saratoga

An exciting Stakes Saturday as we peer in on a superb grade one at the "Spa".

Saratoga Race 10 {Jim Dandy~G2~1 1/8 mile~3 year old~Stakes}
A great crop of six will go to the gate in this graded feature. Originally set with seven, one entrant, Cousin Stephen, ran yesterday in the Curlin Stakes.  There is no speed in this one. Consequently the front running duties will fall to possibly one or two lads.  Most of the field have a supreme closing style which should make for a very interesting race.

#4 Tonalist (Rosario / Clement) is the overwhelming favorite who last out won the Belmont Stakes securing the highest last out speed number of this crew.  He is coming off a brief freshening with four robust workouts. This son of Tapit is in fine position to get the job done.
$1 WIN  / $2 SHOW.

#5 Kid Cruz (I. Ortiz / L. Rice) should challenge with the third highest last out speed number and two excellent peaking workouts.  He should be among the closers battling in the stretch. This son of Lemon Drop Kid has already notched a victory at this distance.
$1 PLACE /  $1 SHOW.

#7 Wicked Strong (Maragh / Jerkens) appears ready to contend after a fourth place finish in the Belmont Stakes, last out.  He is 100% in the money at this distance posting the highest speed number at same. This son of Hard Spun has put in four outstanding workouts during his brief freshening.  He could track closely and close well.
$1 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#2 Legend (Saez / Bond) could be in the mix, particularly if the lead defaults to him. He holds two good last out speed numbers finishing in the money in both.  This lad has put in four very strong peaking workouts during a brief layoff.  A son of Tiznow, he stretches out to this distance for the first time.

#6 Commanding Curve (Bridgmohan / Stewart) should have a strong go at it coming off two of the Triple Crown races where he performed admirably. This son of Master Command has put in four robust workouts during a brief freshening.  His closing kick is outstanding.

10 CENT Superfecta

#4 Tonalist  /  #5 Kid Cruz  /  #7 Wicked Strong  /  #2 Legend, #6 Commanding Curve.



Friday's Results
Arlington International R2.  Our first pick, Noeli Berlyn, finished 3rd for show money of $2.20.  Our second pick, Sacred Canyon, was scratched.
Superfecta went 6-2-1-4.  We scuttled our superfecta play due to the scratch.
Bankroll picks up a couple of dimes, rising to $8.04.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Furlong Friday at Arlington

Thank goodness it's Furlong Friday. We take a peek at a nice sprint over the polytrack.

Arlington International Race 2 {6 furlongs~3 year old Up~fillies/mares~IL~Maiden Claiming}
A sincere group of seven will take a shot at winning their first race in this early race.  There are a couple in here that should be forwardly placed to try to get some pace on.  It should be an interesting race with any one of these gals capable of striding into the winners circle.

#1 Noeli Berlyn (Aragon / Miller) is the deserved favorite with the highest last out speed number.  She has posted a couple of seconds in a row which indicates she is knocking on the door.  This gal holds the second highest speed number over the Arlington poly.
$2 SHOW.

#3 Sacred Canyon (Esquivel / Kirby) is the only first time starter among the group.  She has put in three solid workouts in preparation for her first start.  Her connections are experienced at getting horses prepped for maiden contests.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#6 Shes a Bullseye (Cosme / Gore) is coming off an extended layoff and appears ready to challenge.  Her last two races, in the fall of last year compare well with the efforts of the others in the field.  She has put in four top notch workouts prepping for her first start this year.

#5 Star of Zanilla (Graham / Werner) should be forwardly placed ready to strike in the stretch.  Her last out effort was o.k. at a higher value maiden claiming race and a longer sprint.  She drops into this one with one healthy workout.

10 CENT Superfecta

#1 Noeli Berlyn  /  #3 Sacred Canyon  /  #6 Shes a Bullseye  /  #5 Star of Zanilla.



Thursday's Results
Saratoga R9.  Quick Call Stakes.  Our first pick, Pure Sensation, won (1st) for show money of $1.95.  Our second pick, Choctaw Chuck, finished 2nd for show money of $3.10.  Our third pick, Escapist, finished 6th. Superfecta went 1-7-5-6.
Bankroll gets a lift to $7.84.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Horse Racing Weekend begins at the "Spa"

Thursday, the start of our horse racing weekend, we look in on a sharp race at the "Spa".

Saratoga Race 9 {Quick Call Stakes~5 1/2 furlongs~TURF~3 year old~Stakes}
A solid group of seven will take to the grass in this featured event.  There is a great deal of speed which could boil over into explosive fractions.  Nearly half the field will be making their first start over the Turf.  The speed numbers are fairly close which should make it a very competitive event.

#1 Pure Sensation (Lezcano / Clement) could have an advantage with the third highest last out speed number at a longer sprint and three sensational workouts.  He will be making his first start over the green and should be forwardly placed.
$1 SHOW.

#7 Chocktaw Chuck (T. Rice / K. Rice) should challenge with the second highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and two speedy workouts. He too should be forwardly placed looming large in the stretch.
$1 SHOW.

#3 Escapist (DeCarlo / Pugh) will contend with a couple of strong last out speed numbers, a two race progression, and four superb, peaking workouts.  He will take up speed duties with at least a couple of others hoping to hold on for a victory. This lad is the only one with a victory at this distance.
$1 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#5 Favorite Tale (Napravnik / Preciado) should be in the mix with the highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and two robust workouts. He is another that could be motoring on the front.  This will be his first start over Turf.

10 CENT Superfecta

#1 Pure Sensation  /  #7 Choctaw Chuck  /  #3 Escapist  /  #5 Favorite Tale.




Last Superfecta Sunday (7/20) Results
Saratoga R9.  Allowance.  We failed to land the 10 CENT Superfecta box, hitting only two four wagering interests.  Superfecta went to 11-6-12-10.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Fizzy Pink [GB], finished 3rd for $4.40 in show money.
Bankroll remains unchanged at $5.89.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Superfecta Sunday at Saratoga

Summer racing is where its at.  Saratoga brings some of the best and brightest onto the Thoroughbred racing scene.

Saratoga Race 9 {1 3/16 mile~TURF~3 year old Up~fillies/mares~Allowance}
A superb group of thirteen gals will strut onto the Turf in this allowance feature.  There is enough speed to keep the pace sharp.  This group has parity in terms of the speed figs.  It is a great challenge to try to stitch together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket.

#12 Fizzy Pink [GB] (I. Ortiz / C. Brown) looks to be in top form to stretch out at this distance with the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and four stellar peaking workouts.  She has run over the Saratoga green in an in the money effort.  This gal is our Bronze Horseshoe runner.
$2 SHOW.

#9 Princess Mara (Alvarado / Quick) will challenge with the third highest (tie) last out speed number at a longer Turf route, a two race progression, and one blazing workout.  She should be on the lead or forwardly placed ready to score.

#6 Kitten's Queen (Castellano / Maker) should contend with a couple of decent last out speed numbers and two hearty peaking workouts.  This gal will be stretching out, but should be able to grab this distance with a nice tracking attack.

#5 Silky [IRE] (Lezcano / Goldberg) should be in the mix with a couple of decent last out speed numbers and one robust workout.  She is coming off a longer route where she placed fourth.  This gal has posted a victory at this distance across the pond.  She should get the pace to close into swiftly.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#12 Fizzy Pink [GB]  +  #9 Princess Mara  +  #6 Kitten's Queen  +  #5 Silky [IRE].



Stakes Saturday Results
Saratoga R10.  Diana--G1.  Our first pick, Abaco, finished 4th.  Our second pick, Alterite [FR], finshed 8th.  Our third pick, Strathnaver [GB], finished 6th.
Superfecta went 3-6-9-2.
Bankroll implodes to $0.89.  We will supplement with a fin for this Superfecta Sunday.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stakes Saturday at the Spa

A beautiful weekend for Stakes races.  We look in on one at the fabulous "Spa".

Saratoga Race 10 {Diana~G1~1 1/8 mile~inner TURF~3 year old Up~fillies/mares~Stakes}
A great group of exceptionally talented gals line up for this annual grade one.  There is sufficient speed to keep the pace hot.  These ladies speed numbers over the surface and at the distance closely resemble one another.  This race is a handicappers dream.

#2 Abaco (J. Ortiz / McGaughey) could be the one that shines with the fourth highest (4-way tie) last out speed number, a three race progression, and four sensational workouts. She is coming off a brief rest so should be fresh.  This daughter of Giant's Causeway should be tracking and closing speedily.
$1 WIN  /  $2 SHOW.

#8 Atterite [FR} (Castellano / C. Brown) should challenge upon her return to the races after a long layoff. She fits in well with these sporting the third highest speed number at the distance.  This daughter of Literato [FR] has put in four excellent workouts.  She should track the pace closely.
$1 PLACE  /  $1 SHOW.

#5 Strathnaver [GB] (J. Velazquez / Motion) will contend with the second highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and three robust workouts.  She close well into a contested pace.  This daughter of Oasis Dream [GB] is highly competitive at this distance.
$1 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#10 Tannery [IRE] (Lezcano / Goldberg) will compete well sharing the fourth highest last out speed number a longer route, holding a two race progression, and two formidable workouts.  She is a daughter of Dylan Thomas [IRE] that will be closing swiftly.

10 CENT Superfecta

#2 Abaco  /  #8 Atterite [FR]   /  #Stathnaver [GB]  /  #10 Tannery [IRE]



Friday's Results
Saratoga R3.  Schuylerville--G3.  Our first pick, Fashion Alert, won (1st) for show money of $1.05.  Our second pick, Tulira's Star, finished 3rd for show money of $1.20.  Our third pcik, Take Charge Brandi, took 2nd for show money of $1.10.
There was No 10 CENT Superfecta offered in this race.
Bankroll gets a few dimes lift to settle at $6.99.




Thursday, July 17, 2014

Younster's at Saratoga

The splendor of Saratoga awaits.

Saratoga Race 3 {Schuylerville~G3~6 furlongs~2 year old~fillies~Stakes}
A small, but talented group of five will make their start in this annual affair.  These gals all have won their last start.  There is plenty of speed which should make for a quick race. It should be a fabulous race on the first card of the Saratoga season.

#4 Fashion Alert (J. Velazquez / Pletcher) looks like the young gal to beat.  She posted the highest (tie) last out speed number in her only race and has put in three strong workouts.  This gal should be part of the speed in this event.
$1 SHOW.

#2 Tulira's Star (Bravo / Mettee) should challenge sharing the highest last out speed number in her first start over the Arlington poly.  Her three stout workouts aid her cause. She should be sitting right off the pace.
$1 SHOW

#5 Take Charge Brandi (Lanerie / Lukas) will be in the mix with the second highest last out speed number in her only start and three superb peaking workouts.  She should be part of the speed team on the front end.
$1 SHOW.

10 CENT Superfecta
None offered due to the small field.



Thursday's Results
OOPs. No race selected on this date.

Superfecta Sunday (7/13) Results
Arlington International R5.  Maiden Claiming.  We were off by two in our 10 CENT Superfecta box play.  Superfecta went 9-4-3-2.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Gumdrop, won (1st) for show money of $2.60.
Bankroll takes a dip to $6.64.