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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Bad Start, Karma [Updates]

- I'll preface this by saying that the most important thing is that jockey Rajiv Maragh is OK; he didn't appear to be struck by any of the trailing horses in the first at Belmont. This was my first bet of the day, and I was on my to nailing a $46 exacta when Al Basha swerved in after being hit by the whip, and threw the rider. Oh man. Do you think this is telling me something?

- Saint Anddan was Frankel's second winner of the day, and the fact that Ah Day didn't win perhaps signals that the track is drying out, as it appears to be. After the race, one of the jocks, I think Garrett Gomez, told Jerry Bailey on ESPN that the track is biased towards the inside, that it seems to be tighter there. I'm sure Calvin Borel is paying attention to that.

- Tom Amoss just touted Any Given Saturday on ESPN; and he's now 14-1. He said that he think that Street Sense has had things his own way in the past, and feels he won't get that today. Bailey said that Borel will have a "target on his back," and that the other riders are very well aware of his affinity for the rail.

Rafael Bejarano told Jeanine Edwards after the 5th that he'd seen in the Racing Form that there were a couple of horses inside of him with speed, and that he wanted to have someone inside to rate behind; which is what he did, behind Cougar Cat. That was something that Bailey talks about on his DVD. He said that some riders read the Form and others don't. If you know which ones do, you can try and put yourself in his place and figure out what he (or she) is going to do. The only one he mentioned specifically is John Velazquez, who he said studies the Form pretty intently. I guess that Bejarano does as well.

- Here's another Pletcher horse coming back to run in a graded stakes after a long layoff. Magnificent Song hasn't run since running sixth in the QEII Cup in October, and she's 7-5 in her four-year old debut.

- No go for Magnificent Song, and wow, that's two winners for Wally Dollase, and I think he's three-for-three at the meeting now. And three winners for Bejarano, who will ride Dominican later on today.

- Glad that I went for a walk and missed the 65-1 first-timer that took the 4th at Belmont. Bailey said that the inside speed bias should disappear due to the way the track was being harrowed now as opposed to the way it was squeezed earlier in the day.

- Oh boy, Borel up the rail again, this time with Silverinyourpocket in the 7th, the La Troienne. Speed didn't hold up this time, as Appealing Zophie faded, and Borel came up the rail and held off the outside closer. He then gave conflicting signals to Jerry Bailey. First he said there was not an inside bias...but when Bailey asked him if the track is the same as it was on Breeders Cup, Borel said yes, absolutely.


Brett said...

This track is going to be fast come race time, guarantee it. And is Tessitore pissed he isn't in Vegas for the fight. I thought he was a bigger boxing fan then racing fan.

Brett said...

By the way Larry Birkhead is at Churchill I wonder if he will be putting ANS's fortunes on some horse.

Brett said...

Sorry for whoring the comment section, but what if the Red Wings game goes into 14 OT's does the Derby get moved to Friday on CNBC?

Alan Mann said...

That's cool, I figure I'm talking to virtually no one anyway. I heard that NBC has a "contingency plan" if that happens. Whatever it is, one of either Red Wings or racing fans in Detroit are not going to be very happy. Great programming.