Sunday, August 17, 2014

Superfecta Sunday Turf at Saratoga

What an exciting day of racing at Arlington International yesterday.  On this Sunday we take in the beauty and splendor of the "Spa" for a wonderful Turf race.

Saratoga Race 10 {Sword Dancer~G1~1 1/2 mile~inner TURF~3 year old Up~Graded Stakes}
A hearty field of seven will take to the green in this annual contest.  There is sufficient speed to keep the pace humming.  Every last one of these guys are coming off a brief freshening which should produce a high caliber race.  All have gone this distance and their speed numbers insure a very competitive race.  Our task is to knit a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket.

#4 Main Sequence (Maragh / Motion) could triumph with the highest (tie) last out speed number, a two race progression, and two strong workouts.  He holds an enviable in the money record of 73% from fifteen starts.  This lad is our Bronze Horseshoe runner.
$2 SHOW.

#7 Twilight Eclipse (Lezcano / Albertrani) should challenge sharing the highest last out speed number, holding a three race progression, and putting in three robust workouts. He also holds the highest speed number at the distance.  This guy has the tactical speed to fit into whatever pace develops.

#2 Perfect Timber (Castellano / Attfield) may be sitting on a great performance with a couple of good to decent last out speed numbers, a three race progression, and four super fine workouts.  He has managed this distance well and will be closing swiftly.

#6 War Dancer (A. Garcia / McPeek) has superb running capability and should contend.  He has a couple of very good last out speed numbers, holds the third highest speed number at the distance, and has put in three stout workouts for the cause. Expect him to sit right off the pace ready to strike in the stretch.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#4 Main Sequence  +  #7 Twilight Eclipse  +  #2 Perfect Timber  +  #6 War Dancer.



Stakes Saturday Results
Arlington International R8.  Secretariat--G1.  Our first pick, Adelaide [IRE], won (1st) for win money of $4.20 and show money of $3.30.  Our second pick, Tourist, placed 2nd for show money of $2.60.  Our third pick, Can'thelpbelieving, was scratched.
Our superfecta play was scuttled due to the scratch. Superfecta went 6-9-5-1.

Arlington International R10.  ARLINGTON MILLION--G1.  Our first pick, Magician [IRE], finished 2nd for show money of $4.50.  Our second pick, Real Solution, finished 7th (last). Our third pick, Smoking Sun, finished 6th.
Superfecta went 1-3-7-5.

Bankroll was supplemented by two Hamiltons for the days racing.  It gets a dramatic shave to $27.54.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

MILLION Day 2014

A great day for Stakes Saturday as we look at two of the best at the beautiful Arlington International Race Course.  World renowned trainers and some of the best jockey's in the world have converged upon the Northwest Chicago track to make it one of the most exciting days of racing this year.

Arlington International Race 8 {Secretariat~G1~1 1/4 mile~TURF~3 year old~Stakes}
An evenly matched crew of eight will go to the gate. It was learned one of the contenders, Belisarius [IRE], has come down with a cough and will not make the run. The race comes up a little light on speed, but still should get a sound pace.  Most in this one will be firing fresh coming off brief layoffs. It should be an incredibly competitive race.

#6 Adelaide [IRE] (Moore / O'Brien) should have the edge with the second highest last out speed number and a two race progression. A son of the legendary Turfer, Galileo [IRE] has done very well across the pond and last out placed second in the Belmont Derby. He comes into this one 100% in the money from five starts.
$2 WIN  / $3 SHOW.

#9 Tourist (Rosario / Mott) will challenge with the highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and two stout workouts. He will be stretching out to this longer distance, but as a son of Tiznow, it should not be a problem for him.  This lad has already secured three victories over Turf from three starts on the surface.
$2 SHOW.

#8 Can'thelpbelieving (Graham / Motion) should contend with a couple of good last out speed numbers and one robust workout. This son of Duke of Marmalade [IRE] is coming off a longer route and relishes this surface. Expect him to track and close into stretch.
$2 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#7 Divine Oath (Geroux / Pletcher) should contest these fellas gallantly with the second highest (tie) speed number at the distance which happened to be his last outing. He holds a three race progression and has put in three diligent workouts.  This son of Broken Vow should track the pace favorably.

10 CENT Superfecta

#6 Adelaide [IRE]  /  #9 Tourist  /  #8 Can'thelpbelieving  /  #7 Divine Oath.



Arlington International Race 10 {ARLINGTON MILLION~G1~1 1/4 mile~TURF~3 year old Up~Stakes}
An extremely competitive pack of seven will take to the Arlington green.  There is an absence of speed in this one.  Count on a aggressive quickening rounding for home.  All of these fellas are capable of landing in the winners circle.  It should be a nail biter.

#3 Magician [IRE] (J. O'Brien / A. O'Brien) will be the favorite with  a strong racing record on the European circuit.  He is 100% in the money from four starts at this, his favored distance. A son of Galileo [IRE], he should be tracking the pace closely, ready to shoot through the stretch.
$2 WIN  /  $3 SHOW.

#6 Real Solution (Castellano / C. Brown) will challenge with the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and four explosive workouts. As a son of the great Kitten's Joy, he has a strong affinity for the Turf. He is another that will be in the track pack.
$2 PLACE  / $3 SHOW.

#2 Smoking Sun (Pasquier / Bary) is another Euro invader looking for the thrill of victory in the states. He was last seen taking a second in Singapore after spending his career on the European continent.  This lad is a son of Smart Strike.  Expect him to show a furious closing kick.
$2 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#7 Side Glance [GB] (Spencer / Balding) may be in the lead by default.  Should he be sent, it is possible that he dons a ski mask and takes the race.  He holds the second best last out speed number and a two race progression. This son of Passing Glance [GB]  looks to improve on his last in the money appearance at Arlington.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)
Hey it's Million Day.  We are going to box this one.

#3 Magician [IRE]  +  #6 Real Solution  +  #2 Smoking Sun  +  #7 Side Glance [GB].



Friday's Results
Arlington International R3.  Allowance.  Our first pick, Royal Alluvial, won (1st) for show money of $2.20.  Our second pick, Paschendale, finished 3rd for show money of $2.40.
Superfecta went 3-7-1-5.
Bankroll rises to $14.34.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tune Up before the MILLION

It is the Friday before MILLION day.

The Arlington Million will be run, tomorrow, Saturday (8/16). Looking at the undercard it will be a phenomenal day of handicapping, wagering, and racing.

Today we make a little tune-up by examining a nice Turf mile.

Arlington International Race 3 {1 mile~TURF~3 year old Up~fillies/mares~Allowance}
A good line-up of seven will go to the grass in this early afternoon feature. There is a great deal of speed and forwardly placed types that could create a barn burner of a race. These gals are closely aligned in their speed numbers.  It could be an unpredictable race.

#3 Royal Alluvial (Baird / Catalano) could run off with the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and two robust workouts. She should be part of the front running pack ready to breakaway going into the stretch.
$2 SHOW.

#1 Paschendale (Homeister / Domenosky) should challenge with the third highest last out speed number at a longer route. She holds a good in the money record of 63% over the surface from eleven starts. This gal will also be part of the front running pack.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#7 Suspended Moon (Thornton / Reavis) should be in the hunt with a couple of decent last out speed numbers and one endurance producing workout.  She holds the second highest (tie) speed number at the distance. This gal will be closing swiftly.

#5 Dani Nikki (Sanjur / Poulos) will be in the mix with the second highest last out speed number at a longer route and a two race progression.  She has the tactical speed to allow the race to develop and take every advantage of it.

10 CENT Superfecta

#3 Royal Alluvial  /  #1 Paschendale  /  #7 Suspended Moon  /  #5 Dani Nikki.



Thursday's Results
Saratoga R4.  Saratoga Dew Stakes.  Our first pick, Tahoe Tigress, finished 7th (last).  Our second pick, Get Gorgeous, finished 3rd for show money of $2.80.  Our third pick, Easy Living, finished 5th.
There was No 10 CENT Superfecta play in this race.
Bankroll gets sliced to $13.84.

Horse Racing Weekend begins at the Spa

Its MILLION week.  Today, for the start of our horse racing weekend we take in a nice little stakes race at that great upstate New York horse racing paradise.

Saratoga Race 4 {Saratoga Dew Stakes~1 1/8 mile~3 year old Up~fillies/mares~Stakes}
A satisfying group of seven gals will hit the dirt in this early carded feature. There is sufficient speed to carry the pack through quick fractions. These ladies are closely matched in terms of speed numbers, but only two have gone this distance.  It should be a tremendous race.

#3 Tahoe Tigress (J. Ortiz / Englehart) has the talent to get the job done. She holds the highest last out speed number, a six race progression, and three solid peaking workouts.  This gal is one of the two that have gone this distance.  Expect her to close smoothly into a decent pace.
$1 WIN  /  $1 SHOW.

#6 Get Gorgeous (I. Ortiz / Donk) should challenge with the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and three sound workouts. She has the tactical speed to stay close to the pace and pounce in the stretch.
$1 SHOW.

#5 Easy Living (Rosario / Clement) will contend holding the third highest (tie) last out speed number, a three race progression, and two superb peaking workouts.  This gal has the speed to wire the field.
$1 SHOW.

10 CENT Superfecta

NO 10 CENT Superfecta play due to the short field.



Last Superfecta Sunday (8/10) Results
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club R8.  John C. Mabee--G2.  We failed to hit on our 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket capturing only two wagering interests.  Superfecta went 5-3-9-8.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Every Way, finished 5th.
Bankroll dips to $15.04.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Superfecta Sunday in Sunny Southern California

On to sunny Southern California for this superb Superfecta Sunday.

Del Mar Race 8 {John C. Mabee~G2~1 1/8 mile~TURF~3 year old Up~fillies/mares~Graded Stakes}
A sound group of seven gals will go to the grass in this Sunday afternoon feature.  There is a bit of forwardly placed types to keep the pace steady.  These gals speed figures compare favorably. Most in here are coming off a brief freshening.  Our task with this competitive field is to fasten together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket.

#6 Miss Serendipity [ARG] (Bejarano / McAnally) looks the best with by far the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and four excellent peaking workouts.  She has the tactical speed to control the pace and stride away from this field.

#2 Every Way (Talamo / Stidham) should challenge with the second highest last out speed number at a longer route and two robust workouts. This will be her first race over the Del Mar Turf, but she appears to ship well.  She is our Bronze Horseshoe runner.
$2 SHOW.

#5 Moulin d Mougin (Smith / Mandella) will contend with a couple of very good last out speed numbers and four strong peaking workouts.  She has the ability to track closely in a forwardly placed position and jump into the stretch.

#8 Stormy Lucy (Nakatani / Moger) should be in the hunt with a couple of decent last out speed numbers and three diligent workouts. This gal sports the second highest speed number at the distance.  She should be tracking and closing ably.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#6 Miss Serendipity [ARG]  +  #2 Every Way  +  #5 Moulin d Mougin  +  #8 Stormy Lucy.



Stakes Saturday Results
Monmouth Park R11.  Monmouth Oaks--G3.  Our first pick, Cassatt, won (1st) for win money of $5.40 and show money of $6.00.  Our second pick, Size, was scratched.  Our third pick, Ria Antonia, finished 4th.
We scuttled our superfecta due to two key scratches within our selections.  Superfecta went 5-2-4-1.
Bankroll gets a nice bump to $19.44.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Magnificent Stakes Saturday along the Jersey Shore

On to the Jersey Shore for Stakes Saturday where we take in a highly competitive route for the gals.

Monmouth Park Race 11 {Monmouth Oaks~G3~1 1/16 mile~3 year old~Fillies~Stakes}
A group of ten beautiful fillies will go to the gate in this graded stakes feature.  There is enough speed to keep an honest pace.  All of these gals speed figs are very close. Most have positive in the money records.  It should be a very exciting race.

#5 Cassatt (Clark / L. Jones) might have a slight edge with the fourth highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and three supreme workouts.  This lightly raced daughter of Tapit is 100% in the money from three career starts.  She comes into this race off a win at Delaware Park.  This gal should be tracking the pace ready to make her move.
$2 WIN  /  $3 SHOW.

#7 Size (Alvarado / Mott) should challenge with the highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and two stout workouts.  This daughter of First Samurai may be hoping to control the pace or sit right off it. She holds the highest speed number at the distance, albeit over a muddy track. 
$2 PLACE / $2 SHOW.

#1 Ria Antonia (Radosevich / Amoss) will contend with the second highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and three superb workouts.  This daughter of Rockport Harbor should track and close diligently.  She has the second highest speed number at the distance that sports a 75% in the money record from four tries.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#9 Joint Return (Carmouche / Servis) will be in the mix with a couple of decent last out speed numbers, a two race progression, and two strong peaking workouts. This daughter of Include will be closing fast into a wicked pace. She shows solid in the money records at the distance and overall.

#8 Offlee Golden (Bisono / DeMasi) could be the big surprise with the third highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and one confident workout.  This daughter of Offlee Wild will be stretching out to a route for the first time.  She has significant closing capability which could make her dangerous.

10 CENT Superfecta

#5 Cassatt  /  #7 Size  /  #1 Ria Antonia  /  #9 Joint Return, #8 Offlee Golden.



Friday's Results
Arlington International R6.  Claiming.  Our first pick, Scorpian Aly, finished 2nd for show money of $4.00.  Our second pick, Penelope Perfect, won (1st) for show money of $5.60.
Superfecta went 8-2-6-1.
Bankroll gets a pop to $15.04

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Little Arlington Turf for Friday

We once again take in a little Turf action at that great race track in the Chicago area.

Arlington International Race 6 {1 1/16 mile~TURF~3 year old Up~fillies/mares~Claiming}
A competitive crew of nine will go to the green in this feature Turf race.  Speed is almost non-existent in this one with only two that like to be forwardly placed.  The speed numbers, however, are relatively comparable.

#2 Scorpian Aly (Hill / Proctor) could wire this field if left loose on the lead.  She holds the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and three superb workouts.  This gal also has the third highest speed number at the distance.
$2 SHOW.

#8 Penelope Perfect (Homeister / Boyce) looks to pose a mighty challenge with the third highest (tie) last out speed number, a two race progression, and two robust workouts. She should be tracking and closing gamely.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#6 Compelling Case (Esquivel / Block) should challenge sharing the third highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and two speedy peaking workouts.  This gal is 90% in the money from eleven starts.  She should be tracking the pace nicely.

#1 Kitchen Boss (Graham / Roussel) should be in the mix with the fourth highest (tie) last out speed number, a three race progression, and one swift workout.  She should close engagingly into a pace that could quicken coming into the stretch.

#5 Include the Aussie (Geroux / Proctor) will be in the hunt sharing the fourth highest last out speed number and putting in two excellent peaking workouts.  She holds the highest speed number at the distance and is 100% in the money from two tries at same.

10 CENT Superfecta

#2 Scorpian Aly  /  #8 Penelope Perfect  /  #6 Compelling Case  /  #1 Kitchen Boss, #5 Include the Aussie.



Thursday's Results
Arlington International R4.  Claiming.  Our first pick, Dance With Kitten, won (1st) for show money of $2.40.  Our second pick, Cypress Pond, finished 3rd for show money of $3.80.
Superfecta went 3-6-1-2.
Bankroll gets a lift to $9.64.