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Friday, September 03, 2010

Rice Time

Todd Pletcher is a lock to win his 7th training title; the Toddster racked up his 31st winner of the meet on Thursday. Linda Rice is far behind in second with 19; but she's still having quite a meeting. It's an impressive follow up to last year when she won the training title, and with just one more winner, she'll match her 2009 winning total of 20.

If Thursday is any indication, Ms. Rice is poised to close out the meeting in high style. She started five horses, and they all ran in the money; two close seconds and thirds, and then finally a dominant winner in the finale with Theresmyeverything ($6.60), graduating in a route on the turf. We always hear how she thrives with those turf sprinters, but she actually has a better record at Saratoga over the last two years with grass routers (15 for 47, 32%) than with the sprinters (18 for 61, 30%). One of those winning distance horses from this meeting, City Sneakers, runs back in the 4th today.

A crowd of 18,800 at Saratoga....for Wednesday and Thursday combined. Gonna be some tough comparisons to last year for this weekend to be sure. Quality Road is 1-4 in the morning line for the Woodward; he faces six seemingly hapless foes, including Mine That Bird, whose past performance line look just awful nowadays. But should be a nice weekend to be up there. Have a safe and great holiday weekend, whatever you're doing. We're headed out west, speak to you from there.


DiscreetPicks said...

Thought you guys might be interested in this, it's something i wrote in my Horses to Watch thread back at the end of last year. This horse is entered in Race 3 @ Del Mar today. The reason i mention it is that Concord Point is now a multiple stakes winner.

Here's some info on an unraced Tale of the Cat colt named Inverness Cape. He worked heads-up three straight times (including twice from the gate) with Concorde Point, who came out of those drills to win his debut in 1:15 flat on opening day @ Santa Anita. So keep Inverness Cape in mind whenever he's entered. The bad news is, he hasn't recorded a workout since Dec 5th, which happens to be the last of those three drills with Concorde Point. Looks like he injured himself, or perhaps got sick.

DiscreetPicks said...

Inverness Cape wins gate-to-wire @ $6.20

Anonymous said...

Nice call. I like Warrior's Reward in the Forego today. -jp

Anonymous said...

Mine That Bird makes Dust Commander look like Man O'War.