Sunday, August 31, 2014

Superfecta Sunday with Youngsters

A fine Superfecta Sunday as we look at a terrific grade one for the youngsters.

Saratoga Race 10 {Spinaway~G1~7 furlongs~2 year old~fillies~Graded Stakes}
A fine group of nine fillies will take to the dirt in this annual grade one.  There is a pack of forwardly placed types which should ensure a hot pace. All of these gals have just started their racing career.  Anyone of them could come away with the victory.  Our task is to come up with four to make our 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket. It should be a very exciting race.

#2 Angela Renee (J. Velazquez / Pletcher) might have the edge with the second highest (tie) last out speed number, a two race progression, and two superb workouts. She should be forwardly placed with plenty of run.

#4 By The Moon (J. Ortiz / Nevin) should challenge with the third highest (tie) last out speed number in her only start and five superior peaking workouts. In that start she notched a win over the Saratoga course.  She too should be forwardly placed ready for battle. This gal is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#5 Darling Sky (C. Velasquez / Reid) should contend with the fourth highest last out speed number in her only start and two solid workouts. She is another that should be forwardly placed looking for an opening.

#6 Winter Dawn (Bridgmohan / Catalano) should be in the mix sharing the third highest last out speed number and putting in two robust workouts. Still another that will be part of the forwardly placed pack. This gal has also scored a victory in her only start at Saratoga.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#2 Angela Renee  +  #4 By The Moon  +  #5 Darling Sky  +  #6 Winter Dawn.



Stakes Saturday Results
Saratoga R11.  Woodward--G1.  Our first pick, Itsmyluckyday, won (1st) for win money of $3.85, place money of $3.70, and show money of $4.50.  Our second pick, Moreno, finished 2nd for place money of $2.10 and show money of $3.00.  Our third pick, Norumbega, finished 9th (last).
There was NO 10 CENT Superfecta offered for this race.
Bankroll gets a nice boost to $34.84.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stakes Saturday at Spectacular Saratoga

A great Stakes Saturday on this Labor Day weekend.  Today we take in a graded one at the Spa.

Saratoga Race 11 {Woodward~G1~1 1/8 mile~3 year old Up~Graded Stakes}
A great crew of ten will take to the Saratoga dirt in this annual affair. There is one great speedster and a few that should be forwardly placed.  Consequently, there should be sufficient pace. Four millionaires are in the field and should have every chance of strutting in the winners circle again.  It should be a great race.

#2 Itsmyluckyday (Lopez / Plesa) could turn the tables on the Whitney winner in his last out which he shows the second highest last out speed number. This lad is working a three race progression and has put in two good workouts.  A son of Lawyer Ron, he should be close to the pace ready to strike in the stretch.
$1 WIN  / $2 PLACE  /  $3 SHOW.

#4 Moreno (Alvarado / Guillot) could dictate terms of the race on the front end.  He holds the highest last out speed number for which he won the Whitney. This speedster also has a three race progression and one serious bullet workout. This son of Ghostzapper loves the Saratoga course.
$1 PLACE  /  $2 SHOW.

#7 Norumbega (Castellano / McGaughey) could surprise with a couple of solid last out speed numbers and three fantastic workouts.  He is coming off a longer route and is 83% in the money at this distance from six starts.  This son of Tiznow should close swiftly into a strong pace.
$1 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#3 Micromanage (Maragh / Pletcher) will be in contention with the third highest last out speed number at a longer route, a two race progression, and three robust workouts. This son of Medaglia d'Oro should be able to track and close in a vigorous manner. He has already notched two wins over the Saratoga course in two starts.

10 CENT Superfecta
According to the entries on the Saratoga website and the past performances, none is offered.  Should that change, our 10 CENT Superfecta play will be as follows:

#2 Itsmyluckyday  /  #4 Moreno  /  #7 Norumbega  /  #3 Micromanage.



Friday's Results
Del Mar R6.  El Cajon Stakes.  Our first pick, Conquest Two Step, finished 3rd for show money of $3.00.  Our second pick, Red Outlaw, won (1st) for show money of $3.40.
Superfecta went 10-3-8-6.
Bankroll gets a two buck bump to settle at $27.69.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Mile at Del Mar

On this fantastic Friday we view a spectacular mile race at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Del Mar Race 6 {El Cajon~1 mile~3 year old~Stakes}
A great group of eight will go to the gate in this feature race. There is enough speed to keep a snappy pace. This competitive group have closely matched speed figs. It should be a good race.

#8 Conquest Two Step (Talamo / Casse) will be stretching out to a route with the highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and two solid workouts. he should be able to track and close mightily.
$2 SHOW.

#10 Red Outlaw (Maldonado / Miller) will challenge with the second highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and three superb peaking workouts. He should be forwardly placed seeking his fifth victory in a row.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#9 Big Tire (Bejarano / Glatt) should contend with the fourth highest last out speed number at a longer route and one fluid workout. This fella should be tracking and closing well into a swift pace.

#6 Home School [IRE] (Trujillo / O'Neill) should be in the mix with the third highest last out speed number over turf and one robust workout. This guy has a 76% in the money record from thirteen starts.

10 CENT Superfecta

#8 Conquest Two Step  /  #10 Red Outlaw  /  #9 Big Tire  /  #6 Home School [IRE].



Thursday's Results
Saratoga R5.  With Anticipation--G2.  Our first pick, Startup Nation, won (1st) for show money of $1.55.  Our second pick, International Star, finished 2nd for show money of $2.00.  Our third pick, Nutty Futty, finished 3rd for show money of $2.40.
Superfecta went 1-8-5-9.
Bankroll gains a few bucks settling at $25.39.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Saratoga Horse Racing Weekend

For the start of our horse racing weekend we take in a race for the youngsters, at the Spa.

Saratoga Race 5 {With Anticipation~G2~1 1/16 mile~TURF~2 year old~Graded Stakes}
A great crop of nine youngsters will go to the grass in this mid-card feature.  Many are making their second career start after a stellar first win. There are enough speedy types to keep the pace moving. Only three have gone this distance and have notched wins at it. This should be a fascinating race.

#1 Startup Nation (Rosario / C. Brown) could follow up his first start at this distance with another win. He holds the second highest last out speed number and has put in two superb peaking workouts. This lad sports the highest speed number at the distance. He should be tracking the pace ready to strike.
$1 SHOW.

#8 International Star (Napravnik / Maker) appears primed and ready to take another step forward with the fourth highest (tie) last out speed number and three athletic workouts. He should be forwardly placed geared towards victory.
$1 SHOW.

#5 Nutty Futty (Valdivia / Van Culin) could surprise following the pace closely with the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and one solid workout. He could be sitting on a fine performance.
$1 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#6 Designed for War (Castellano / Pletcher) should compete vigorously as the speed demon in the race.  He holds the third highest last out speed number at this distance and has put in three robust workouts.

10 CENT Superfecta

#1 Startup Nation  /  #8 International Star  /  #5 Nutty Futty  /  #6 Designed for War.



Last Superfecta Sunday (8/24) Results
Del Mar R10.  Pacific Classic.  Our 10 CENT Superfecta box effort fell one short.  Superfecta went 11-8-3-5.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Toast of New York, finished 2nd for show money of $4.60,
Bankroll gains a couple dimes to settle at $22.54.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Superfecta Sunday in the Sunshine

We go out West to where the sunshine glistens off the Pacific Coast.

Del Mar Race 10 {Pacific Classic~G1~1 1/4 mile~3 year old Up~Graded Stakes}
A top-notch crew of eleven will take to the poly in this great race.  There is enough speed and forwardly placed types in the race to keep the pace on track. There are a half dozen standouts and the balance continue to improve.  Our task is to sew together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket.

#5 Game On Dude (M. Garcia / Baffert) is the proverbial horse to beat.  He holds the fourth highest (tie) last out speed number and has put in four sensational peaking workouts. This dude also holds the highest speed fig at the distance. He should be sitting on or near the lead.

#11 Shared Belief (Smith / Hollendorfer) will challenge with the second highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and four superb peaking workouts. This guy is undefeated in five starts. He should be forwardly placed as he stretches out for this one.

#8 Toast of New York (Espinoza / Osborne) will be making his second North American start. He is a synthetic specialist with a 100% in the money record from four starts over it.  This lad has also notched a win at this distance in the UAE Derby earlier this year. He should be close to the pace ready to rumble. Our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#9 Clubhouse Ride (Talamo / Lewis) should also contend with the third highest last out speed number and three endurance producing workouts. This guy also holds the third highest speed number at the distance. With a solid pace, he should be closing hard.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#5 Game On Dude  +  #11 Shared Belief  +  #8 Toast of New York  +  #9 Clubhouse Ride.



Stakes Saturday Results
Saratoga R12.  Travers--G1.  Our first pick, Wicked Strong, finished 2nd for place money of $4.40 and show money of $4.05.  Our second pick, Tonalist, finished 3rd for show money of $3.40.  Our third pick, Kid Cruz, finished 4th.
Superfecta went 4-7-6-8.
Bankroll gets a little lift to $22.34.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Travers 2014

A blessed Stakes Saturday and we look toward New York for the premiere race of the summer at the glorious "Spa".

Saratoga Race 12 {The Travers~G1~1 1/4 mile~3 year old~Graded Stakes}
A "Best in Class" field of ten steps out for this traditional mid-summer "Derby". There is a bit of speed in here which should make the pace honest. All of these lads have earned their stripes and deserve to be in this historic race. Most are on the improve where anything could happen. Conversely, it could be a Jim Dandy deja vu all over again.  It should be a spectacular race.

#7 Wicked Strong (Maragh / Jerkens) might have a tiny edge with the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and three mighty peaking workouts. This son of Hard Spun should track the pace closely and go full throttle in the stretch. He is one of only four that have gone this distance.
$1 WIN  /  $2 PLACE  /  $3 SHOW.

#6 Tonalist (Rosario / Clement) will challenge with the third highest last out speed number and two robust workouts. As a son of Tapit he could be sitting right off the pace and get first jump on the leader. He will be stretching out for this one.  His in the money record of 83% from six starts should be secure.
$1 PLACE  /  $2 SHOW.

#8 Kid Cruz (I. Ortiz / L. Rice) should be in pursuit with a couple of excellent last out speed numbers and two wholesome peaking workouts.  This son of Lemon Drop Kid has the talent to track and close magnificently. He is one of five in this contest that have already hit the board at Saratoga.
$1 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#2 Bayern (M. Garcia / Baffert) should be the speed leader and could very well wire this field if left alone.  He shows the highest last out speed number and has put in three aggressively sound peaking workouts.  This millionaire son of Offlee Wild holds an enviable in the money record of 85% from seven starts.

#10 Mr. Speaker (Lezcano / McGaughey) could hammer the gavel down for a piece of the purse.  He holds the fourth highest last out speed number covering this distance over the Turf. Also, this son of Pulpit, is working a two race progression, and has put in four superb peaking workouts. He has extreme versatility in his running style which should benefit greatly in this race.

10 CENT Superfecta

#7 Wicked Strong  /  #6 Tonalist  /  #8 Kd Cruz  /  #2 Bayern, #10 Mr. Speaker.



Friday's Results
Saratoga R9.  Personal Ensign--G1.  Our first pick, Princess of Sylmar, finished 5th.  Our second pick, Antipathy, finished 4th.  Our third pick, Belle Gallantey, finished 6th.
Superfecta went 6-4-2-1.
Bankroll gets smoked and dips to $20.69.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Saratoga Friday

We take another look at Saratoga for some racing happiness.

Saratoga Race 9 {Personal Ensign~G1~1 1/8 mile~3 year old Up~Fillies/mares~Graded Stakes}
A top-flight field of seven will go to the gate in this annual race.  There is plenty of speed to keep the pace flowing.  These competitive gals are all fairly close in terms of speed figures.  It should be a terrific race.

#7 Princess of Sylmar (Castellano / Pletcher) is coming off a brief freshening ready to tackle this talented field. She holds the fourth highest last out speed number at a longer route, the top speed fig for the distance, and has put in three robust workouts. This gal should track the field closely ready to jump into the stretch.
$1 SHOW.

#1 Antipathy (I. Ortiz / McLaughlin) should challenge with the second highest last out speed number and one sound workout.  She holds the second best speed number at the distance which earned a win at same. This lass should be motoring on the front end seeking to wire the field.
$1 SHOW.

#5 Belle Gallantey (J. Ortiz / Rodriguez) is also coming off a brief freshening with the third highest last out speed number at a longer route and three strong peaking workouts. She has the tactical speed to see how the pace forms and then make her move.
$1 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#6 Close Hatches (Rosario / Mott) will be in the mix with the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and four solid peaking workouts. This gal also has the tactical speed to see how the pace develops and then pursue the leaders.

10 CENT Superfecta

#7 Princess of Sylmar  /  #1 Antipathy  /  #5 Belle Gallantey  /  #6 Close Hatches.



Thursday's Results
Saratoga R6.  Union Avenue Stakes.  Our first pick, Risky Rachel, finished off the board. Our second pick, Vicki's Dancer, also finished off the board. Our third pick, Sunny Desert, finished 3rd for show money of $1.15.
We dumped our superfecta as none was offered due to a scratch.
Bankroll tumbles to $23.79.