08/19/2010 1:50PM

CALDER: Good call!

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Surprised it took so long but the stewards made the right call by disquaifying Blackjacki Beauty and placing Lady S. first in the fourth race.  Blackjack Beauty ducked out a couple of times in the final 40 yards but the second time he jostled the runner-up enough to throw her off stride momentarily and with the final margin less than a head it certainly could have been enough to make the difference. At least the call is consistent with the recent string of decisions made the judges regarding similar incidents and whether they affected the outcome of the race. This time, the bumping certainly did appear to potentially affect the final order of finish.

 

Lady S. thus became the first favorite to win on the card following upsets by Aldomear, Ventania and the 20-1 For Carole in the first three races on the day.  Halfway home now with just four more to go on the usual eight race Thursday fare.