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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday Morning Notes

Last Desire ($6.80) won the first on Friday at Aqueduct off five days rest for Contessa. That's a good move for this barn of late - 5-2-3 with his last 13 in the 1-7 day category.

Hatfield was all out at 1-4 to hold off Early Response in a final quarter in 27 seconds, yuck. Meetmeatthechapel set the pace, held gamely past the eighth pole, faded late to 4th (settling for a purse share of $2200), and was found to have bled.

Charming Officer ($7) won the 4th for Joe Imperio, on a pretty good streak these days with two in a row, and a record of 3-2-2 with his last eight.

Smooth ride by Rosie Napravnik on Awesome Ashley ($9.80), lagging behind a contested pace, saving ground on the rail, biding her time waiting for room before slipping out to the three path midstretch, and rallying home past uncoupled Pletcher stablemate Distorted Passion to win the Feel the Beat Stakes. 4-5 favorite A Rose For You was last.

- Eight claiming races out of nine on the card, three of the maiden variety, a 35K claiming affair in the feature race slot. Another February day at the Big A? No, Friday at Gulfstream Park. You might guess that they were saving the good stuff for Fountain of Youth day, but there are two maiden sellers smack dab in the middle of today's card too.