Saturday at the Races…Live!

MACHO AGAIN?  RAIL TRIP=OVERRATED

I will readily admit that I’m not a Macho Again fan.  In fact, I attempted to block most of the also-rans from the 3YO division last year out of my mind.  He proved me wrong today as he worked out a good trip, benefited from the 3rd and 4th place finishers having trip problems, and had just enough pace to set up his late run.

In the other major stake in the handicap division, Informed scored in the Californian from just off the pace.  The new strategy for 2-1 favorite Rail Trip didn’t make much of a difference as he looked good coming off the turn but tired late, proving clearly that he is not a 9 furlong animal.  It’d work best for trainer Ron Ellis to shorten him up and look at the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile rather than the Classic.  Of course, the progeny of Jump Start have done well on the turf as well…

I’ll be back in the morning to discuss the Belmont Pick 6 pending weather-related changes. 

PRESIOUS PASSION WON’T BE DENIED!

They don’t get much more game than Presious Passion.  He was headed around the far turn of the Monmouth Stakes but came back gamely to score.  What a race!

UGH…NON-STARTER AND NO ZIPSTER

Our Pick 4 was done before it started as #7 CALL TIGER was declared a non-starter, giving us an extra ticket on #6 BULLARA.  Of course, that runner finished a well-beaten third and we had no part of #11 THE ZIPSTER.  Looks like time to cover in a Pick 3.

 PICK 4; CHURCHILL STAKES BEGIN

The first of five stakes races at Churchill Downs just finished with jockey Alan Garcia taking them all the way on Florentino, who’s proven to be a very useful turfer.  The All-Stakes Pick 4 at Churchil is about to begin with the Northern Dancer.

In the $350,000 guaranteed Pick 4 at Belmont, here’s our ticket which is adjusted for scratches:

Race Seven: 2,6,7,8

Race Eight: 1,5,8

Race Nine: 3,6,8

Race Ten: 1,4

TOTAL: $72

Good luck!

RAIN ON THE WAY

We’re one race away from the Pick 4 starting and the rain is on the way.  Click here to view the current radar image.  Remember that if you play the Pick 4 and one race in the sequence is moved from turf to dirt then that leg plays ‘ALL.’

I’m constructing my ticket now and will be back after the 6th with musings from that event and my ticket.  Good luck!

WHAT WAS THAT?????

Javier Castellano ought to have some explaining to do.  What exactly prompted him to make that ridiculously premature move on Music Note?  He effectively forced his entrymate into a quicker 3rd quarter and softened her up for the final furlong when she was passed by Seattle Smooth.

Hats off to the winner but a big “what were you thinking?” to Castellano. (2:45 PM EDT)

DOMINGUEZ DIRECTS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

If indecision clouds your vision then Ramon Dominguez’s sight must be 20/10.  Part of the reason why I’m such a fan of the lanky, whip-flailing jockey is because he is incredibly decisive.  When Edgar Prado and Seattle Brew, the expected pacesetter, got out of the gate slowly (which is becoming the norm for Prado) Dominguez took the initiative and never looked back aboard Laureate Conductor to win Race 3. 

The turf looked fine and the slow splits had a lot more to do with a pitifully mundane tempo.  It’s very frustrating that the 7th and 10th were taken off the turf, not only because they’re part of the Pick 4 sequence but because the 5th was left on the weeds.  Let’s hope for a lot of sunshine in upstate NY in August because a Saratoga meet full of “the 5th is on but the 7th is off and the 1st was switched to the Mellon” sounds like no fun.

Good luck in the Ogden Phipps…the three-headed monster currently has better than 64k of the 67k in the place pool.  (2:10 PM EDT)

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