- Scott Lake takes Saturday's fifth with Bubba Gum, another one dropping precipitously in class; this one from $22K to $10K. Lake claimed him for 25K at Philly in August. He won there for 20 next time out, earning $15,600, picked up another $3200 finishing third at the Meadowlands, and $11,200 for winning here. Plus, he was claimed by Bruce Brown, who, as the trainer for Kasey K, has vetoed many a claim prospect after inspecting it in the paddock That's a total return of $40,000, a gross profit of $15,000 in 3 1/2 months. Back to Formulator, and I see that Lake wins at 31% over the last five years with horses dropping at least 50% in claiming price.
The Toddster, facing 30 days for a positive test result involving Wait A While in the Breeders' Cup (the first BC positive, according to the Times' Bill Finley, since Lashkari in 1985), had two winners, including a first-timer in the 6th.
NAOS, within striking distance while off the inside, swung outward after turning for home, had a change of heart after a couple of strides, altering course back inward at the three-sixteenths, rallied in earnest when set down, reached even terms with the leader at the eighth pole, and edged away under a drive.After the race, the two-year old son of Lion Heart had another change of heart after a couple of strides walking back to the barn, altered course to the Long Island Railroad station, and was last seen striding indignantly up the West Side Highway after unsuccessfully negotiating for a table at Per Se.
No luck this time for Shadwell and Kiaran McLaughlin, far back in 8th at 5-2 in his debut.
Pletcher then won the 8th with Flint River; Tizbig was 6th by some 14 lengths at 6-1 for Allen Jerkens. This is one of those horses that I just don't understand the fascination with; that's three races since his pointless start in the Travers, once at 7-5 and twice at 6-1, beaten by 30 combined lengths.
Get Stormy won the 7th, on the grass, for Tom Bush and jockey Sheldon Russell. This two-year old is by Stormy Atlantic. Here's one stallion who has not seen his fee for 2009 reduced. That's what happens when you have 15 stakes winners for the year; he ranks #8 on the general sire earnings list even though his biggest money earner (My Princess Jess) has made only $340,000.