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Sunday, August 06, 2006


- Pletcher couldn't win any stakes in New York, so he went to New Jersey and won two. Some guy at the track was watching the race, and thought it was the 8. He was pretty excited, thinking he had the winner at 27-1, oh man! There doesn't seem to be any good reason why they eschew the saddle cloth colors in stakes race in New Jersey like that.

As far as Deputy Glitters, have you ever seen a horse so obviously dead on the board as this one? A familiar name from the Derby trail, 4-1 in the morning line from a high-profile trainer; and he goes off the 9.80 to 1 4th choice, and finishes an extremely distant 8th. Even as I was picking him, I noted his sparse workout schedule, and Bank Check chimed in that he smelled BOUNCE!

For Bluegrass Cat, it's his first graded stakes win as a three-year old, and wouldn't it be nice to see a showdown with Bernardini in the Travers. It's less than three weeks hence, and Pletcher has expressed a preference for longer rest than that. However Pletcher told that he "could next run" in the Travers. "It was a real breakthrough performance for him....We're delighted with his effort. He's as good a 3-year-old as we've ever had."

It's the first Grade 1 winner of the year for sire Storm Cat.


Jason Sonenshein said...

"There doesn't seem to be any good reason why they eschew the saddle cloth colors in stakes race in New Jersey like that."

I've seen that here in Ohio, too. I've always wondered why they do that.

Anonymous said...

I believe the tradition is to create special "keeper" saddle cloths for the big races. If this remains the reason, it is one tradition I can do without.

AS for John Ward, it would be best if he would keep his thoughts to himself. It is embarassing. His endless hype is tiresome, you fall for it a your own risk in the future. He makes Contessa seem like a monk.

Michael said...

They also put those one-color cloths on the big stakes races at Keeneland... I don't like it. At least at Keeneland the cloth is blue with a white number... those colors yesterday were hard to read.

Anonymous said...

The Green Monkey injured.

As Perry White would say....get over there Kent....and take Olsen with you.

Bank Check

Anonymous said...

On Sunday all you need to know what what horse "Jersey" Joe Bravo was on! While perhaps unfair and premature I suspect the Green Monkey will be not unlike Seattle Dancer and his career. For the record SD did win a couple of graded races in Europe.