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Saratoga Saturday LIVE!

July 31, 2010

6:05 PM – Well, my $96 Pick 4 is alive to #1 CHROMOSPHERE and #9 BRITISH BANKER.  It’d be a decent score to the former and about 4/5 on our investment with the favorite.  A Little Warm and Miner’s Reserve must have enjoyed that N2X they hooked up in at Delaware last month as they basically repeated that event in today’s Jim Dandy.  Here’s a tale of the tape on how they stack up vs. the other two 9 furlong races on the card:

Race 2 (MSW) – :23.76 / :48.31 / 1:12.61 / 1:36.99 / 1:49.76

Race 7 (N1X) – :23.64 / :47.80 / 1:12.05 / 1:36.12 / 1:49.43

Race 10 (Dandy) – :23 and 1 / :46 and 4 / 1: 10 and 4 / 1:35 / 1:47 and 4

Sorry for not having the time for the Jim Dandy down to hundredths.  The chart should be posted soon but what is clear is that the Jim Dandy was a fast race.  How will A Little Warm handle another furlong?  Who knows, but we’ve seen precious few serious performances this year from this 3YO crop and it was good to see one today.

3:41 PM -The steam that worked in race #2 did not quite hold up in the 6th as #3 ASTROLOGY was pounded from the first flash on the tote board.  Sent off at 8/5 he battled for the lead the entire way but was vanquished in the last furlong as #4 SETTLE FOR MEDAL ran by the two favorites inside the final sixteenth.  Who is going to be the best of these going forward?  I’ll take Astrology, whose sire, A.P. Indy, has still never had a debut winner at Saratoga at 6 panels or less.

Hope the day’s treating you well, only one race before the Pick 4 begins in Race 8!

1:21 PM – The card begins with an upset as jockey John Velazquez seized the initiative with #2 EXCLUSIVE SCHEME and held on gamely through the stretch to score by a nostril.  Tough to figure out what Rajiv Maragh was doing with #3 AKILINA as he let the winner get away on the backstretch despite being in front off the clubhouse turn.  It seemed as if Akilina didn’t have it anyway, so my gripe is much ado about nothing. Even more surprising than the upset winner of the first is the incredible tote action #8 ADMIRAL ALEX is receiving in Race 2.  He opened 1-1 and is currently 2-1 with 7 minutes to post.  Being a half to Woodlander is usually not enough to garner this kind of support at the windows, so this is shaping up an awfully interesting race.  I’ll play a $72 early Pick 4 that goes like this: 1,2,6,7 with 1,4,11 with 5,13 with 1,3,6.  Good luck!

11:51 AM –  We’re just over an hour to first post for Saturday’s 11 race card and the only scratch in either of the stakes races is #7 WINSLOW HOMER in the Jim Dandy.  Trainer Tony Dutrow is opting to run him in Sunday’s Curlin, which will now have a field of no more than seven with Miner’s Reserve running today.

Earlier on the card #5 WONDERBOY ROY is scratched in the 3rd, which is a huge change given that he looked to be around even money.  If you’re still planning to play the early Pick 4, take a hard look at #11 KING PRADA who gets in off the AE list for trainer Tim Ritvo.

The opener is the William B. Fasig with 7 older NY bred females going a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf course.  I’m inclined to think #3 AKILINA will be tough if taken to the front end by jockey Rajiv Maragh as there’s basically no speed in this group.  She nearly won a stakes race here last summer for trainer Christophe Clement and enters off of a good effort in the Mount Vernon.

Check back in as I’ll post my thoughts periodically throughout the afternoon.  Good luck!

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Friday feature honors Fleet Indian

July 30, 2010

The first of two Sunset Fridays is today at Saratoga with post time scheduled for 2:30 PM EDT.  The late start means only 9 races are carded, but if you feel short-changed, fear not, there are 11 races scheduled for Saturday. 

The featured event today is the Fleet Indian for older NY bred fillies and mares going 7 panels on the main track.  It honors the daughter of Indian Charlie owned by Paul Saylor, who won 13 of 19 starts in her career, including 5 graded stakes at 5 different tracks.  She began her career in the barn of trainer Jimmy Toner and showed immediate potential winning her first four starts.  That prompted an attempt at the big time as she started in the Alabama in 2004, but didn’t factor in the decision checking in a well-beaten fifth.  After struggling to stay healthy in 2005 she was turned over to Todd Pletcher for her 2006 campaign. 

She won her first six starts in 2006 and among those were the Next Move, Sixty Sails, Obeah, and Delaware Handicap.  Her first attempt in a Grade I since the Alabama came at Saratoga in the Personal Ensign and the demons who plagued her two years prior had clearly been exorcised.  She soundly defeated Balletto that afternoon and subsequently did so once again by a narrower margin in the Beldame.  After that event Fleet Indian was the leader in the clubhouse in the Older Female division and many considered the Breeders’ Cup Distaff a mere formality to finish her 2006 campaign.  Everything went wrong that day and she wound up being eased by jockey Jose Santos.  Her career was over but she’s already had two foals, one with Storm Cat who’s a 2YO in 2010 and the other with A.P. Indy in 2009.   Here’s to hoping her foals carry on her legacy.

In the Fleet Indian today, it seems as if #5 MEESE ROCKS will establish herself early as it appears as if she has a pace advantage in this field.  She’s coming in off of a win against N3X company at Monmouth where she battled early for the lead, pulled clear then hung on gamely late.  The biggest knocks on this gal are that she’s not the same horse when she can’t get the lead and the 7th furlong today could get awfully dicey. 

If Meese Rocks gets a little winded then #7 WICKED DIVA is certainly a lightly-raced filly who can jump up to win a race like this.  She enters off a win at a mile against N1X company but her high profile connections are going to garner a great amount of support from the public, as indicated by her morning line odds of 5/2.  If you’re thinking way outside the box, how about #2 EAGER EMMA?  She’s a winner over this surface and should get a good setup pace-wise.  She could kick off a very, very big weekend for trainer Nick Zito and jockey Jose Lezcano.

Here are the lifetime PPs for Fleet Indian, prior to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2

006 when she was pulled up and did not finish.

First Guaranteed Pick Six pool gets help

July 29, 2010

NYRA is debuting an aggressive new item on the wagering menu for this meet at Saratoga as $100,000 is guaranteed in the Pick 6 pool each and every Thursday.  A carryover of better than 38k will go a long way towards getting well over the 100k in the pool.  Let’s take a quick look at the sequence and highlight some potential singles along the way:

RACE 5

Certainly an event where you’re going to want to go as deep as your bankroll will allow.  The wide-open nature of this race led me to #3 MY ELUSIVE DREAM, who should have no problem with the added ground they’ll go today and comes off a bit of a tough trip on the inner turf at Belmont.  Many players are going to go two deep in here with #1 ERMINE SLIPPERS and #2 DYANI but I’ll avoid relying solely on those professional maidens.

RACE 6

#8 AWESOME PREACHER is a very interesting longshot in here as he changes surfaces for a barn that has long done well with this move.  He has been competitive on dirt against better and stands to get a great pace setup with two confirmed speedsters, #5 UNIQUE ALLY and #10 D’BIGCAT signed up in this field.  I’ll use this guy and #11 REDWOOD FEVER.

RACE 7

Wow, what do you do here?  #4 SYSTEM READY should handle the weeds without a problem and has the advantage of a race under her belt but is a filly facing males.  #7 PEB HUGHES has a good pedigree for turf being a half to Cherokee Artist (2nd in G3 this year, recent turf winner) and hails from a barn that has done well with 2YOs trying the weeds.  I’ll rely on those two to get me by this very tough event.

RACE 8

This is my lone single on the card, #6 BEAU CHOIX.  He’s been given some time since his James W. Murphy score on the Preakness undercard but has a full worktab and lands in a spot where things should work out well for him from a pace standpoint.  He retains the riding services of Javier Castellano, who’s off to a white-hot start at this meet and rides the weeds as well as anyone on this circuit.

RACE 9

Another difficult event for NY breds here and I’m going to land on Tagg and Castellano once again with #4 WILD AWAKE.  She has had a problem with showing the killer instinct it takes to win a race but ran well under Castellano on Memorial Day and should get a favorable setup.  She should be helped with #2 GREAT GRACIE DANE and #3 WHO IS LADY, who have both shown what it takes to get the job done in this spot. 

RACE 10

#1 DEVON ROCK was a handy winner in his turf debut and then tried much tougher stakes company at Monmouth Park.  He’s a great fit in this N1X and should be prominently placed from the start.  #5 CHEROKEE SPEED is another like Wild Awake who needs to figure out how to close the deal but merits consideration based on his recent form and strong turf effort here last year.

Best of luck wherever you land in the Pick 6!  I’ll see you back for a look at Friday’s sunset racing program!

Sanford the spotlight on Spa Sunday #1

July 25, 2010

It’s the first Sunday of the meet at Saratoga and overnight rains have led to three more races being taken off the turf.  They are Races 5,7, and 10, all of which were scheduled for 5 1/2 furlongs on the Mellon Turf Course.  Race 8 remains on the lawn and will go at a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf course.

Race 9 is the Sanford and it will be the 3rd leg of the late Pick 4.  My top pick is #6 CHIPSHOT, a Steve Asmussen trainee who broke his maiden last time out at Monmouth Park after two defeats in Kentucky.  His debut didn’t go as planned as Asmussen recently said he expected big things from the son of Peace Rules out of the stakes-winning mare Chispiski.  In career start #2 he ran into trouble around the far turn as he was steadied but stayed on well to grab the place dough.  It appears as if he has plenty of speed but can be effective from just off the pace, which gives jockey Shaun Bridgmohan plenty of options.

#4 BAIL OUT THE CAT is certain to receive plenty of support at the windows as he scored a handy maiden win in his debut at Belmont Park.  The colt who finished second to him, Soldat, came back to finish a distant second to the Asmussen-trained Wine Police, who was an extremely impressive debut winner.  The biggest negative with this son of Tale of the Cat is that trainer Rick Violette is only 1-22 with 2YOs in graded stakes races over the last five years and he has had a number of juvenile winners in the maiden ranks during that time period.

#1 LOU BRISSIE won the first 2YO stake race of the year in April as he stormed home to grab the top prize in the Kentucky Juvenile at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.  He ran into a monster last time out in the Bashford Manor but clearly belongs in the conversation here, with a bounce back expected.

For those of you looking to shop around for some prices, #7 COMMONWEALTH RUSH might be the type of horse you desire as he was a sharp maiden winner at first asking at Belmont last month.  A son of Afleet Alex, he was quick out of the gate in a Maiden Special Weight race at Big Sandy and stayed on well to the wire.  You’d think more ground will be no issue and Afleet Alex is gradually becoming a very nice sire.

Good luck with the Sanford and the rest of Sunday’s program.  Click here for my full card analysis, available every NYRA racing day at http://www.capitalotb.com!

Rachel’s away but its Saratoga we’ll play

July 24, 2010

Even with Rachel Alexandra 200+ miles away from her summer home, the show will go on at old Saratoga and her ability to handle the heat will certainly be tested today.  The temperature at Monmouth Park at post time for the Lady’s Secret is forecast to be 93 degrees by The Weather Channel.  Here’s to hoping there’s plenty of water to be had on the Jersey Shore.

At Saratoga a 10 race card is on tap and two of the four races early on in the card have been transferred to the main track.  Races 1 and 3 will be on the main, with the opener going seven panels and the third at a mile and a furlong.  Here are a few I’ll keep my eye on throughout the day:

RACE 2 – The first 2YO NY bred race of the meet offers little on which you can base a strong opinion.  Generally, 2YO races early in the meet favor horses with experience, but it’s a gross understatement to say that the two experienced horses in this field were unimpressive first time out.  However, the debut of #4 D’SAUVAGE is worth watching as he was completely eliminated at the start and wound up racing very wide on a track that usually favors frontrunners.  He should move forward in here as trainer Tom Amoss has better numbers with 2nd timers than firsters.

RACE 5#9 LINDSAY’S POINT was supposed to win last time out but an overly confident ride that resulted in a tough trip ruined her chances.  She’s now back off a brief freshening with a new jockey, the double bug Jaime Rodriguez.  She is cutting back to six panels today and that’s a positive sign given that she’s shown in the past that making one run sprinting could be her preferred style.  There should be some value to be had with her in the midday multi-race plays.

RACE 6 – #11 MIDNIGHT BILLY is coming off a 4th place finish against similar company at Belmont and while it seemed like the race unfolded perfectly for him last time out, jockey Victor Santiago made the mistake of trying to stay inside rather than make the big, wide move that had worked well for this guy in a win on June 11.  There’s definitely some pace in this bulky field and it’s worth noting that trainer Juan Ortiz had two longshot winners at this meet a year ago.

RACE 8 – If #4 ASH ZEE loses then me and many others are going to be knocked out of the Pick 4.  With competitive races surrounding this N1X allowance you have to take a stand somewhere and this seems like a very good spot.  She was a handy maiden winner last time out under the Twin Spires and has been given a bit of time by trainer Steve Asmussen.  With Happy Week scratching this gal is going to get the early lead and should be awfully tough to catch.

RACE 9 – Perhaps it’s a reach, but I’m taking a big chance with #1 BAHAMA BOUND in the Coaching Club American Oaks.  She is a rapidly improving daughter of Empire Maker and it appears as if the extra furlong she’ll go today will be right up her alley.  The expected race flow in here also works in this gal’s favor as the pace appears as if it’ll be solid.  You’re going to have a heavy favorite in here, #7 DEVIL MAY CARE, who has used beneficial circumstances to win in her last two victories and I’m not interested in her at 3/5.

RACE 10 – No matter what happens in the prior 9 races I can tell you I’m betting #4 EQUESTRIO in the nightcap.  Trainer Nick Zito scored three times at Belmont with 2nd time starts in maiden special weight races and this guy did not have a clean trip in his debut at all.  After breaking poorly he was rushed up along the inside to join the leaders only to be stuck there until he faltered in the stretch.  His pedigree is very strong and they thought something of him early as he was a Triple Crown nominee.  The lack of speed in this bunch and his fast workout on Monday lead you to believe he’s going to be on the engine today.

Best of luck to all of you today!  My selections and analysis for the full card at Saratoga are available by clicking here. I’ll be back to recap the first two days later today and one of my new features on this blog will be Saratoga notes for each card.  Check back frequently and most importantly, good luck!

10 reasons to be excited 10 days out…

July 13, 2010

We’re now only ten days away from the start of America’s greatest race meet, augmented by an extra 4 days.  That’s right, this time next week we’ll be getting our first glimpse at the opening day card, which will take place next Friday, July 23, with a first post of 1:00 PM EDT.  With just ten days remaining before the start, let’s go over ten reasons why you should be excited about the 2010 meet at Saratoga.

10. THE EXTRA FOUR DAYS

Contrary to what some may think, I am positive the extra four days at Saratoga will not water down the quality of the meet.  Of course, the racing office at Saratoga will likely not be able to card the races they’d like to each and every day.  However, the racing product is still going to be very strong with a stakes program that’s well beyond that of any other racetrack in this country.

9. THE BABIES

Though we’ve seen fewer 2YO races nationwide than in recent years, the season for “babies” begins when Saratoga opens its doors.  Expect trainers Todd Pletcher, Bill Mott, Steve Asmussen, Kiaran McLaughlin, Dale Romans, and many more unleash a smattering of fleet-footed youngsters.

8. THE PEOPLE

The environment at the racetrack itself and all over the city in Saratoga Springs is intoxicating.  Racing is an event and little municipalities where this is the case make for enjoyable experiences.  It’s tough to be in a bad mood at Saratoga, even if the horse is not with you.

7. QUALITY ROAD

The leading older male in the country may have a new shooter to deal with as Rail Trip is relocating to NY, but the behemoth son of Elusive Quality is the boss until proven otherwise.  He is on track for the Whitney on August 7 and the Woodward on September 4, looking to duplicate a double that trainer Todd Pletcher pulled off with Lawyer Ron in 2007.

6. SIXTEEN

Sixteen?  That’s the number of Grade I races set to take place (on the flat) at Saratoga between the first Saturday of the meet and the final day.  There’s one each Saturday starting with the Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24 and culminating with the Hopeful.  All of the staples are back, with the Ruffian replacing the Go For Wand on the 2nd Sunday of the meet.  The Travers headlines the entire meet, but we’ll get into that later.  Included are the Diana, Sword Dancer, Test, Alabama, King’s Bishop, Ballerina, and Forego.  At no other time in America are so many top level races run in such a short period of time.

5. BEING THERE (If you’re going)

If you’re reading this and have never made a trip to Saratoga, there’s still time for 2010.  Finish reading of course, then proceed to travelocity.com, expedia.com, orbitz.com, or any of the like and work on making a trip to “the Spa.”  Nothing in racing will compare and yes, I’ve been to Del Mar.

4. THE BETTING

If you’re a horseplayer, the larger, competitive fields made up of horses from NY and shippers and the influx of “uninformed” money makes wagering on the races at Saratoga extremely appealing.  Horses that would be found with great ease at any other time of year at Aqueduct and Belmont can easily slip under the radar at Saratoga and your 3-1 second choice could be 6-1.  That can easily happen five or six times on a card.

3. THE TRAVERS

The Mid-Summer Derby has the makings of a vitally important race this year as the 3YO division is still wide-open.  If we get Lookin at Lucky, Super Saver, Ice Box, First Dude, Fly Down, Afleet Express, Trappe Shot, A Little Warm and a few others in the gate, might a champion be crowned?  There’s certainly a very good chance.

2. THE PICK 4

Sure, this could have fallen under #4 but a 500k guaranteed Pick 4 each Saturday and the newly added 100k guaranteed Pick 6 will ensure there will be big money pools to jump into each and every week at Saratoga. 

1. THE WAITING

That’s the hardest part.  Thankfully, it’s almost over…

I’ll be back this weekend to take a look at some of the graded stakes races nationwide.  Once the Saratoga opening day card is drawn I’ll be back with some initial observations and then of course with something more substantial a bit later.  My selections and analysis for each and every NYRA card are available at www.capitalotb.com.  Best of luck!

Independence Day fit for a Queen

July 4, 2010

Independence Day is one of the great American holidays and in the racing world it delivers a full slate all over the entire continent.  July 4 carries extra significance to our friends north of the border this year as it is also Queen’s Plate day.  And what way better for a race called the Queen’s Plate to be celebrated than with the Queen herself in attendance?  That’s right, Queen Elizabeth II will be at Woodbine today and she just might plunk a few toonies on Mobilizer, who is by Motivator, a horse she owned.  The field for the Queen’s Plate, as usual, is bulky and competitive with Hotep a moderate 3-1 morning line favorite.  Mobilizer will also receive plenty of support as he exits a 2nd place finish behind Big Red Mike in the Plate Trial.  I’ll take Mobilizer, who’s adding blinkers for Roger Attfield, as a 9th Queen’s Plate would be his if this Adena Springs homebred can get the job done.  No matter where you land, the Queen’s Plate offers a golden opportunity to make serious money as a large and contentious field goes to the post.  Perhaps you’ll back either of the two fillies, Roan Inish and Moment of Majesty, as this race seems fit for a queen.

Back on the homefront, the biggest story of the day is the 2010 debut of Mine That Bird, the upset winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby.  He was originally supposed to go yesterday in an allowance race at Churchill Downs but it failed to fill and he’s instead pointed here, just to get a race in before an appearance in the Whitney at Saratoga.  What does Mine That Bird’s turf start mean to a gambler?  It means this race will be a tremendous opportunity to make money as he’s in it solely for exercise, is not a miler, and hails from a barn that is horrible with turf starters.  There is a ton of speed in this bulky 14 horse field and that really opens things up for a late runner.  I’ll take #13 WISE RIVER, who is a totally different animal on firm turf and exits a very impressive win in the Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star on Memorial Day.  He should get a nice trip behind the lead and move when ready.

At Belmont, the GI Prioress is the headliner as Franny Freud seeks her first Grade I win and her 8th victory from 11 starts.  She will be a relatively heavy favorite but might meet a stern challenge from #1 BONNIE BLUE FLAG, who won the Cinemine last out at Lone Star Park.  That was her first start on dirt and she took to it with aplomb.  Her chances will improve if the pace is exceptionally fast in here and that’s a strong possibility.

Best of luck wherever you plunk your money down today.  Happy 4th of July!

Big Saturday will provide its own fireworks

July 3, 2010

Independence Day weekend always provides a number of terrific wagering opportunities and Saturday’s racing nationwide does just that.  In addition to the Suburban Handicap, which marks the return of I Want Revenge and Regal Ransom, we have the $300,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 at Belmont.  The United Nations and Salvator Mile headline the action at Monmouth Park today and Churchill’s penultimate program features the Bashford Manor and Locust Grove.

My entire Saturday analysis for Belmont’s 11 race card can be found here.  The final four races, including a modest Pick 4 ticket are posted below:

Race 8 –
#5 MIDNIGHT BILLY
has become a totally different horse since being moved to the weeds as he’s picked up two wins, a 2nd place finish and a 3rd place finish from four tries.  A slow break and wide trip could not keep him from tracking down the leaders last time out as he rolled past the entire field in the final three furlongs.  The pace in this event appears as if it’s going to be solid and that works in this guy’s favor.  It also seems like he’ll offer some value once again.  #3 FLOWERSONYOURBACK scored two back against N1X allowance runners then failed against tougher last time out.  He did run into some trouble in his most recent outing as he steadied briefly around the far turn and that race was dominated by the frontrunners to a great extent.  A solid workout on Monday signals his readiness and like the top pick, the race flow in here favors a horse with his off the pace style.  #4 MR. VEGAS was sitting neatly behind the leaders last time out but never got a spot to run through in the final quarter-mile.  He basically raced in neutral through the stretch drive and could never post a true run.  Expect him to be near the lead today on the stretchout, so hopefully he can stalk and pounce.

Race 9   –
The biggest story in this year’s running of the Suburban is the return of both #1A I WANT REVENGE and #5 REGAL RANSOM.  Each were multiple graded stakes winners in 2009 and showed flashes of brilliance but both also possess a number of negatives today.  That’s enough for you to give #6 HAYNESFIELD serious consideration in this spot as he goes 2nd off a six month layoff for trainer Steve Asmussen.  The Asmussen stable wins with horses coming off wins in NY at a rate of 24% with a positive ROI, something you rarely see for them.  He was also a graded stakes winner in 2009 and he’s all but erased the memory of a drubbing at the hands of the morning line favorite in March of last year.  This chestnut son of Speightstown is very handy and can race from any position early.  That’s what makes him dangerous, particularly if he can stalk just behind the rabbit and Regal Ransom and move in time to get the jump.  The aforementioned I Want Revenge is returning from a lengthy layoff and will make his first start for Rick Dutrow, Jr.  If you remember back to 14 months ago, this guy was set to be favored in the Kentucky Derby before his injury was noticed.  It was not the type of injury horses generally return from and that’s a negative, especially given much support he’ll get from the public.  Regal Ransom won the Super Derby off a long layoff, so there’s no concern that he’ll be a bit short off the bench today.  He was able to get away with soft fractions in the Super Derby and that’s not going to happen today given the presence of the rabbit, #1 PICTURAL.  If he’s forced to rate, who knows how much money he stands to lose.

Race 10 –
#9 MR. VANTASTIC
looms a longshot with a chance in an extremely competitive N1X allowance event for NY breds.  This son of King Cugat has gotten better of late on the turf and that’s no surprise given the pedigree.  He made a big late move to get up last time out against 20k beaten claimers and he’s due to get a big time pace setup once again this afternoon.  #3 JOEY’S CHANCE is coming off a solid 2nd place finish against similar horses as he made multiple moves at the lead over the course of the seven furlongs that day.  His inside post should afford him an opportunity to lay back, save ground and make one run and his jockey today, Jose Espinoza, is one of the most underrated riders on this circuit.  #4 ABILIO broke his maiden in his last start way back in early April on the Wood Memorial undercard.  This will be his first try against winners and given that he needed a tag to break his maiden, this is clearly a serious jump in class.  There’s some pedigree with this colt and the race flow will be in his favor, so look for him in the waning stages.

Race 11 –
#3 BISHOP OF NOLA
started in a couple of tough N1X events after breaking his maiden against MSW runners at Aqueduct in April.  Trainer Dominick Schettino is now dropping this son of Devil His Due in for a tag and over the last five years he’s 31% good for a $5.85 ROI with horses going from allowance races to claimers on the grass.  The inside post will enable jockey Jose Espinoza to save ground just behind the pace, which looks like it should be solid.  #4 WISHINGONADREAM is another who would benefit from a hot pace as he does his best running from deep in the pack.  He came up just over a length short last time out against 25k N2L claimers and it’s arguable that this race is easier than the one he exits.  Look for him late under the double bug.  #7 CHROMOSPHERE surged late last time out but was outfinished and had to settle for second.  Jockey Ramon Dominguez, the rider who piloted this guy to victory three back at Aqueduct, is back on board today, so there are numerous positive signs for this Rudy Rodriguez trainee.

In the Pick 4, let’s play: 3,4,5 with 6 with 3,4,5,6,9,10,12 with 3,4,7,9 TOTAL: 84

Good luck on Saturday and I’ll be back to recap today’s action and provide some thoughts on North America’s oldest stakes race, the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine!  Have a safe and happy 4th of July!