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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Gift Rapped

- 5-1 in the morning line, Rap Tale, who has tended to get a bit overbet of late in my opinion, paid a whopping $25 winning a second level allowance in the slop at Philly Park on Sunday. Not the most agile of fillies around the turn with her long loping stride, this time you could tell she was relishing the going as she closed in on the leader turning for home. She earned a Beyer of 77 for the mile in a tardy 1:40 1/5; the final quarter of 27 3/5 ain't quite Somebeachsomewhere material, but she got the job done to earn $28,800. Rap Tale has won three times, and earned over $95,000 since Kasey K claimed her for $25,000 in May. Trainer Bruce Brown will look for a NW3x allowance at the Pha, where she's won her last two. Mark Hennig and Pletcher also shipped down for the race, and while I imagine that NYRA frowns upon the practice, it's easy to understand given the purses.

NYRA could sure use that slots money to compete, don't you think? It's been another couple of weeks since the leaders meeting in Albany, in which Senator Skelos chided Governor Paterson over his failure to produce the MOU needed to seal the deal, and I do wonder what's going on at this point.

Speaking of Somebeachsomewhere, Pull the Pocket asked if I had any video of the race finish. I do have something, but he may be sorry he asked.

Well, zero winners for Contessa over the four day holiday weekend at the Big A.

Friday saw what has to be the horse racing equivalent of the Gordie Howe hat trick - a winner each for the Dutrow brothers - Rick, Anthony, and little brother Chip "Don't Call Me Sydney" Dutrow.

A Darley Double in the 6th and 7th races on Sunday. First time starter Flashing won the 6th for Tom Albertrani, having a fine meeting at 32-7-6-7. Or, I should say, he had a fine meeting. Since Wednesday is technically the beginning of the winter meet, all the stats are wiped clean in the Form, and ain't that special? This barn is 3-2-0 with its last six. Flashing is by AP Indy, out of a stakes winning Machiavellian mare.

Then McLaughlin took the 7th with the highly impressive three-year old filly Seventh Street (Street Cry), moving up seamlessly to crush winners in her third career start. It is worth noting however that her two wins have both come over wet, sealed tracks at Aqueduct; a little fodder with which to perhaps be oppositional when she undoubtedly steps up to stakes company, the track is fast, and the odds are short.


Anonymous said...

I thought I heard NYRA Racing Secretary Campo say earlier in the year "if you ship to Philly, don't come back?" P.J. must have given them some wriggle room for some reason? maybe the NY race of the same condition didn't go? The word going around is that Delaware North has lost its $370 million financing commitment putting the NYRA, and Governor Paterson for that matter, in a bind. Paterson can look like a real leader of commerce if he forgets the failed bidder and brings the other two parties in to see who can pay what to put the shovel in the ground first. Quite a saga!

Anonymous said...

And who conferred such power on a racing secretary? He is an employee, no?

Glimmerglass said...

I would dare say that the racing secretary holds some of the biggest sway at any track. Everyone has a boss, true, but that doesn't mean a traffic cop for example can't make your life difficult when pulling you over for a citation.

Alan, not sure if you're following Tin Cup Chalice in Japan for the Dirt Mile (12/7) but his jockey can't get to Japan so they've picked up Edgar Prado. Another entry in the race will be the shoulda/coulda/woulda Casino Drive - clearly without Prado up.

Anonymous said...

PJ has no pull on those two guys, but let a small time guy that actually has to beg for stalls ship to Philly to make some much needed cash and you can bet the stall we be filled by some ny bred maiden claimer by the time the van gets back.

Anonymous said...

Only way the VLT's get installed in this market is if NYS lends the operator the money, there is nomoneytobehadnohow, to put a Harness racing typr name to it.

The State has screwed this thing up royally since day one, but you can be sure none of the crooked politicians or their favorite lobbyists will be returning any of the fees or bribes to the bidders.

Anonymous said...

can you see the reaction within the state if paterson says,"Here you go delnorth, borrow the $370 million from us so that you can pay us, and by the way, we can't sell the muni bonds for the construction of the vlt parlor, so just take another $250 million form the state's reserve pot to build the project." This would amount to political suicide for Paterson and the close circle of Delaware North supporters. I wonder what assemblywoman Audrey Pfeffer and the Community group at Aqueduct are hearing about the fate of this deal?