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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday Morning Notes - Jan 24

- There's rain in LA, and the forecast is for it to persist through the weekend. There had been talk at one point of perhaps moving Saturday's Sunshine Millions event to Golden Gate, but track president Ron Charles declined to comment on that.

Moving Saturday's races, particularly at this stage, would seem to be unlikely because of the logistical problems it would create. [LA Times]
- Dr. Pleasure is entered in the second at Gulfstream today. Remember his maiden win at Saratoga in 2005 that created such a stir? The son of Thunder Gulch hasn't won since for trainer John Ward, whether in graded stakes or in entry level allowances such as today's. He's 9-5 morning line, and well worth a stand against I'd think; unfortunately I can't find anyone else too inspiring here. Giant Chieftain also caused a stir at Saratoga, in 2006, when he bolted himself out of a sure victory in his first race, and then ran third in a restricted stakes. But he too has been a disappointment, for Stanley Hough, and switches to dirt here.

But let's try to catch one of those key races beforehand this time. In the 8th, Ling Ling Qi makes his first start since running second in a Remington Park stakes in September. Trainer Ken McPeek is hot, with two winners on Wednesday, three out of his last four, and six for 21 at the meeting. Six horses from that Remington race have run back - three have won, one ran second in a Texas-bred stakes, and another ran third. Winner Dill Or No Dill was up the track in the subsequent G1 Frizette, but has since gone on to take the Ruthless stakes at Aqueduct.