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Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday News and Notes

- I can understand why NYRA blew off closing day in light of the electrical problems there; besides, why lose money for another day when there's 36 days of profitability ahead? I'm awaiting a wave of newspaper editorials telling us how this proves that NYRA is corrupt and incompetent. While they're at it, maybe they can also inquire as to why there was no internet wagering either! C'mon, how about the self-addicted fans, we're No. 1! It likely limited my losses to the $19.95 I had left in my OTB account. But still.

- A Smarty Party at Monmouth as Smarty Jones got his first stateside winner. Keefer, from Zayat/Asmussen, was well-bet at 3-2 in her his debut, and outdueled Pletcher's favored Matador Run. He might be considered an unlikely candidate to have gotten Smarty off the schneid, based at least on his sale price of $60,000, 40K less than the stallion's fee. He's out of an unraced Seattle Slew mare who's a half sister to Super Derby winner Fantasticat; his third dam is the de Kwiatkowski star and Acorn winner Lotka.

On the other coast, a terrific baby race in the 4th at Del Mar which is worth checking out on Cal Racing. Stardom Bound, a Tapit first-timer well supported at the windows at 4-1, was dead last after being left at the gate, and still far back and absurdly wide turning for home. Montana Fields, a 7-5 first-time hottie from the Hollendorfer barn had gained the lead in the stretch. But Turtle Creek Babe (Gone West) was bearing down on her, and Stardom Bound came from out of the clouds - a grey streak flying down the center of the track, just missing in a head bobbing finish to Turtle Creek Babe with the favorite close behind in third. Tapit, the Wood winner who I considered to be somewhat overhyped, is standing for $12,500 at Gainsway, and has two winners from his first crop thus far. Stardom Bound shouldn't be long in joining that group.

- I could honestly care less about Evening Attire, probably some deeply ingrained resentment over betting him in one or more of his 54 career losses. But bummer about Lava Man, who faded to last in the Eddie Reade - a disappointing setback after his close third in the Whittingham. "They just might be too tough for him right now," said Tyler Baze.

- And a couple of three-year old fillies well worth mentioning. That was an eye-popping performance by Music Note in the CCA Oaks, sweeping by the field in an impressive 2:01 3/5, and a final quarter of 24 1/5. We're just so damn happy to have another Godolphin star amongst us, just really warms the heart.

On a happier note, I Lost My Choo, Phil Serpe's modestly-pedigreed, always trying, NY-bred daughter of Western Expression, shipped down to Colonial to take the G3 Virginia Oaks with her usual electrifying late foot. It was her 5th win in eight starts, her first graded stakes win, and the first time she won by a little daylight too. Edgar Prado was aboard, and hey, he couldn't have gone down there to ride Rap Tale?


Anonymous said...

Keefer is a colt.

forego is my witness said...
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forego is my witness said...

I had a great time barely catching the 11:55 out of Penn Station to Belmont, getting all the way to the clubhouse, sitting in my seat, then being told 4 minutes to post that racing was canceled. Great! Of course no train scheduled back to Penn Station until 4:45. Took me a bus and three subways just to get back home, in 90 degree weather. That was a fun way to waste half my Sunday!

By the way, Alan--in your Evening Attire comments: it's "couldn't care less."

--The Avenging Copyeditor

Anonymous said...

Alan, how dare you attack Evening Attire? This horse is hickory. You have to dance a lot of dances to lose 54 races. He's also a Grade One winner and a millionaire. Go pick on The Green Monkey and leave alone this hard knocking, hard trying 10 year old Gelding. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I too admire Evening Attire.

Thankfully that transformer fire did not happen on Belmont Day.

NYRA should be criticized for this, nothing happened between the hours of 6am and 1pm, they should and could have made this decision earlier.

Thankfully, I got the cancellation notice before leaving my house, but would be very peeved had I made my way out there.

Even worse if I had shipped a horse in to run, admininstered legal race day medication, stood the animal in a detention barn for six hours in 95 degree heat, only to be cancelled.

Another preventable debacle.

Alan Mann said...

Forego (aka Avenging Copywriter) -

That really sucks, sorry. Now I feel bad for being flippant without considering the real world consequences! I didn't realize that they made the decision so late in the day. I imagine there could very well have been scenarios such as the one described by the Anon 2:19 commenter too.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hayward blames the jockeys for Sunday's cancellation. He says the purses were low on Sunday so the jocks bailed.

Bossert writes a solid rip job on NYRA.....

The Day at the Races

Sunday, July 20th 2008, 7:46 PM

The heat is on New York Racing Association management for lack of common sense that resulted in the cancellation of Sunday's Belmont racing card.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alan - badbusiness pracyice to cancel that late. NYRA is a monopoly - that is why they still exist.

Don't like Del Mar - "Where the Sun Melts the Plastic."

Bob Fropm NJliysgcqh

Alan Mann said...

Bob, jk, Forego, Anon, etc., -

Yeah, bad job by me in this case. I was at the Big M Saturday night, slept in Sunday, and, using "common sense," figured that the cancellation was a natural result of Saturday's problem and that it was announced well in advance. Should have gotten all the facts before I wrote the whole thing off as frivolous. Will post a mea culpa up on the main page when I have a chance later on.