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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Notes: Sat Aft at Home (with occasional updates)

- Does anyone else think that this guy calling the NYRA races sounds a lot like Durkin?

- It seems weird that HRTV doesn't give Gulfstream any priority whatsoever. It’s considered by many to be the top winter meet in the country, so I would think that its races would be highlighted, yet it seems sometimes as if it’s almost an afterthought. There’s two minutes to go until a nice maiden race, the 6th, and after televising a race from Tampa Bay, they’ve switched to a post parade at Santa Anita, and now they just pick up Gulfstream with a minute to go. Seems weird to me.

- It’s the Sabin Handicap at Gulfstream but you didn’t find it live on HRTV! It’s a Grade 3 stakes race at what will be their signature track once it’s rebuilt, I don’t get it! Isola Piu Bella avenged her even money loss last month to gt the money for Pletcher. Daydreaming proved to be a bad 4-5....but that seemed so obvious. What an easy game.

- When Hal’s Image started to fade around the turn in the 10th at Gulfstream today with Sun King, Survivalist, and Monarch Lane all within striking distance at one point, track announcer Vic Stauffer got carried away and said “Hal’s Image is confronted by three potential Derby horses.” Well, would you Sun King earned a “Wow” from Stauffer as he cruised uner the wire after a single flick of the whip by Edgar Prado for an easy 5 length win in a final time of 1:36.03, getting the last furlong in around 12 1/2 seconds. Zito has said he prefers a more traditional approach to the Derby, and will likely race Sun King twice more, if things go well, before the Derby