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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Pre-Game Post

I don't even have to look at NYRA's Turf Update section to know that they're sloppy and off the turf today; man, it's been absolutely pouring here since the wee hours of the morning. But racing goes will the Jets-Titans game, though the latter will remain on the turf.

On Saturday, Linda Rice broke her 0-fer streak at 32 with Power Blast ($12.60) in a turf sprint. Those races are considered to be her specialty, though a look at Formulator shows that, over the last two years, she's actually remarkably consistent across the board, winning at the same 19% at any combination or permutation of dirt/grass/sprint/route. So I guess that's one of those statistical misconceptions.

Turf did the trick for Strong Commitment ($9.80) in the 4th after two money-burning losses on the dirt for Shug; this is a full brother to last year's Dwyer winner Mint Lane.

In the 5th, Buddy's Saint put the squeeze on Global Force ($4.60) throughout the stretch and got taken down, thus bailing out the chalk players. It was more the persistence of the bumping rather than any one blatant incident that precipitated the takedown in my view. This two-year old son of Giant's Causeway was a $1.2 million purchase for Winstar last September at Keeneland. Shadwell first-timer Mawaaqef was dead on the board at 11-1 and checked in a mere 25 lengths behind.....the second to last finisher! Another awful first-timer for the McLaughlin barn (though the owner/trainer combo got the money in a thriller with Rock in Bage ($18.20) in the following race).

Rapid Mon ($23.40) was another winner for Kimmel, now four for ten at the meeting after a slow Saratoga (and a mention on this blog).

And of course if you missed it, the Gallant Bloom was a great race with Indian Blessing holding on....but I gotta get ready to leave for the Jets game, and besides, I wanna save that for my Breeders Cup Sprint blog entry (even though they're fillies and neither of them will run in it. What the hell am I supposed to write about, the Kentucky Cup Sprint?) Good luck and have a great day.


ballyfager said...

Linda Rice was at Philly Park yesterday. She won a $200,000 race there, so the Belmont win is an afterthought.

Philly Park will never be confused with Chantilly but in fairness, their purse structure surpasses a lot of tracks with bigger reps.

I think they just bumped their purses up slightly yet again.

Anonymous said...

State racing subsidies in PA via the slots will soon be curbed. it's a sure bet as both the Senate and the House are looking for free cash to plug budget holes.

jk said...

As for the more immediate question of which company will win the right to build and operate the Aqueduct racino, the smart money is on SL Green, which has the operators of the Hard Rock Casino as part of their team, and Steve Wynn.

Among the six bidding teams, those two outfits have reportedly risen high in the estimation of the Paterson administration. The governor may announce a decision as soon as this week

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Anonymous said...

Is this an offical 'final" list of two bidders as announced by the Governor or the Lottery Commission? Where is Alan's post time favorite Aqueduct Entertainment Group?

Anonymous said...

Obama is going to Denmark to make a sales pitch for the Olympics. Soldiers are beingkilled in Afghanistan. He can't make a decision about what to do. This clown is in way over his head.