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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Back in Session

- A couple of anxious moments for Lawyer Ron, and those who backed him at 2-5, in his return on Sunday. The trouble started at the break, when he came out a bit awkwardly, and bore into the rail horse, Istan. He was second to last, and looking a bit lathered about the neck as he started to move up towards the leaders. The son of Langfuhr was steadied slightly a couple of times on the backstretch, and also showed his usual reluctance at being rated. John Velazquez had his hands full during the second quarter, and that was despite the fact that it was run in 22.44 seconds; that after a dawdling opening quarter of 23.92.

Track announcer Larry Collmus seemed more concerned than I was when, as they rounded the final turn, he noted with alarm that "Lawyer Ron is under a ride by John Velazquez. He'll have to come three wide!" In fact, he was strung out a good five wide, but he was moving fluidly, and held a huge class edge over the field as a legit 2-5 favorite. He accelerated away from Istan inside the eighth pole for a 3 1/4 length win, and I it seem as if he's ready for much bigger and better things, especially if they can ever get him to relax.

- "I don't know what to tell you," jockey Edgar Prado said of his trip aboard Lawrence the Roman. [BRIS] The folks at IEAH, who purchased a majority share in the colt this week, can't be very pleased.


Jim L said...

The Mad Chemist, Richard Dutrow, has been nailed............again.

This time he gets 2 weeks for having contact with his barn staff while suspended back in 2005.

This helps to bolster the stance on the Eclipse awards. In this case, Dutrow's apparent violation should require any connection of Saint Liam to deny that horse, its connections, etc. to be disallowed consideration for an Eclipse. In fact, Saint Liam's Eclipse for HOTY should be returned with the runner-up being awarded the prize.

I'm a bit confused. Team Valor pulls their stock from Ralph Nicks for medication positives, but they place King Of The Roxy with Pletcher.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine the bridge jumpers were that pleased with Lawerence the Roman either ( I am assuming most of the show money was on him and not Pink Viper). Of course I had a win place on Sports Town so I did not get any benifit from the show pool bonanza.

Anonymous said...

The last flash I saw, there was $89K bet to show on LTR. I had the #5 across the board so the big show payoff bailed me out.

On another front, local TV news is reporting that a rumored deal is close at hand for NY to extend the NYRA franchise in exchange for their dropping the land claim. So much for the Ad Hoc process much like the Comptroller panel.

Anonymous said...

yes late scratch is right, there were no bridge jumpers as the mutuel pool was only 500 grand. It was just a 2-5 fav that finished out of the money but don't the show payofffs seem excessively high?

Anonymous said...

30for60: The show payoffs were high because there was only about $8-10K bet to show on the other 4 or 5 horses. So when it came time to divvy up the pool, there was about $100K to split up among 3 horses that had about $6K bet on them total. But I do believe we're talking about some serious bridge-jumpers here due to the disparate amount bet on LTR.

Anonymous said...

1st time front bandages on a 3yo?

They deserve what they got.

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