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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Opening Day (1)

In the 9th at Del Mar, the second division of the opening day Oceanside Stakes, Stoney Fleece (4-1) comes off two sharp efforts at Golden Gate.  Rugged three-year old son of Decarchy (Distant View) has just one layoff line to show for his 13 career starts dating back to last August, but seems to be getting better with racing.   Tough loss last out when he couldn't quite catch a sharp Hollendorfer front-runner despite coming home determinedly in 23 2/5 seconds for the final quarter.  He's never run poorly on the grass and has stepped up his Beyers in his last three starts to a level good enough to win this.  Been closer to the pace last two with jockey Kevin Krigger; don't want him too close to expected action up front here.  Think one could do far worse than back this one at his 4-1 morning line for the red-hot John Sadler barn, 8-2-1 with his last 14 starters at the Betfair Hollywood Park meet  My Best Brother (5-1) handled the stretch out to this mile distance seamlessly with a front-running allowance win.  Full brother to Stormello figures to have some company from the inside in this spot, but appears to be the one to catch in his current form.  Holy Candy is the 7-5 morning line favorite off a couple of OK tries to get a piece of the purse in graded stakes on synthetic surfaces; obvious bet-against in first try on grass at that price.


Anonymous said...

We waited three plus weeks for a blog and this is what you give us????

Dude, your fans deserve MUCH better. In fact, even the haters deserve more.

steve in nc said...

Ah, I'm just glad to see you're alive!

But I'm playing 'toga, not DM. Watch out for Fully Living in Friday's ninth at the spa. She was hemmed inside with the 2-path speed a half length ahead in her debut, but she wasn't intimidated and came through drawing away with Rosie motionless. The filly she beat came back to romp. Fully Living has instead had some time off to get ready for this and likely won't be chalk.

But that's Friday. Right now, I'm mourning about not being a Knick fan anymore after 46 years. And wondering what it will feel like to root for Houston with Lin and Western Carolina's Kevin Martin. I know it will be fun to root against Melo.

Let us just hope that Dolan isn't a Cuomo crony and doesn't end up with a role in NYRA. Yech.

Anonymous said...

The trainer of My Best Brother doesn't run many horses,but is winning with 27% of them. Good point
in that Holy Land had never seen the turf, but the "bandwagon" seems to have not noticed.