05/30/2008 11:15PM

Coffee, Milk, Midnight Oil



Get to work: There's a $166k double-carryover into Saturday's pick-six at Belmont. The first five legs are on the grass, the first three of those at six furlongs. Lucky me.

The lineup:

Race 5: 3+ NYB Msw - 6f-IT
Race 6: 3+ NYB Pebos Guy S. - 6f-WT
Race 7: 3+ Clm35k - 6f-IT
Race 8: 3+ NYB AlwN1x - 1 1/16-WT
Race 9: 3F G2 Sands Point S. 1 1/8-IT
Race 10 3+ Clm25k N3L - 1m

A one-day $46k carry attracted $217k in Friday action. The sequence seemed likely to be nailed after starting with 3-5, 7-5, 5-2 and 3-1 winners, but Stud Muffin's 19-1 victory in the featured Noble Nashua Stakes upset most applecarts.

The $150k Sands Point is one of six graded stakes around the country Saturday, the richest of which is the G2 $300k Ohio Derby at Thistledown. Hollywood has the G2 Californian and G2 Milady, while Churchill has a paid of G3's, the Aristides and Dogwood.

Might want to keep an eye on the New York weather if you're getting involved at Belmont. The overnight forecast calls for "isolated T-storms" beginning at 7 am, "Scattered T-storms" at 10, "strong storms" beginning at 1, and "isolated strong storms" at 4.

ken mcginnis More than 1 year ago
I know more than enough about Brown. Can you influence DRF to cover the other horses serving all subscribers??
Pozac Jack More than 1 year ago
Mike the novice, the all mighty Secretariat, was beaten TWICE by former CLAIMING horses if your looking for a true hero of a horse, take a look at Seattle Slews race at a mile and a half . after battling the first mile he put away affirmed than lost by a scant nose to EXCELLER.That's the best horse race you'll ever witness...............
Tim More than 1 year ago
Bochalls said: "Can Raw Silk last all the way today at Belmont" Good call Bochalls. Just got home from a weekend away and saw the replays from yesterday. Hope you and Steve made a score on this horse.
aparagon4u More than 1 year ago
Steve, Rain is in the forecast for New York tomorrow so those turf races may end up on the main track. I decided not to look at Belmont tomorrow because who knows how many scratches will occur if the races come off the turf. Lenny
bochalls More than 1 year ago
Hey Steve- call me crazy but if anyone is going to steal the Triple Crown form Big Brown it's got to be Denis Of Cork...not Casino Drive. The scenario is this: BB and Casino race each other instead of the field (hopefully setting or stalking a fast pace) and the others are forgotten about. Denis was running on well late in the Derby and now has had 5 weeks to get right and hopefully avoid regression...Calvin sneaks up the rail? It's the only way I see BB losing. To those who will bet against BB, my advice is to try to beat him in P3/P4/Double as the payoffs would dwarf any win bet. I missed a HUGE P4 when my foolish self couldn't find Birdstone over Smarty (I tried with 2 other horses to beat him) and the lesson was burned into my soul. Yeah, I love BB, but I am a player first and foremost and this is an opportunity to make a score...good luck! Can Raw Silk last all the way today at Belmont? Easy lead...
Dave More than 1 year ago
Steve-just read your article:'History says BB a bad bet.' You made alot of good points from a parimutuel perspective. I'd like to add another dimension to the argument against betting on BB. As a student of literature, I'm sure you're aware of an element in Greek tragedy called hubris--excessive pride or self-confidence. Dick Dutrow has been the embodiment of hubris in his audacious and bold statements to the press in the last month regarding his horse. So far he has proven correct. But antagonizing and defying the Racing Gods will ultimately lead to punishment and disaster. That, and a wonky left front hoof, may ultimately lead to BB's undoing in the Test of a Champion. As the old adage states:pride before a fall.
Flipper Dawson More than 1 year ago
If the grass races are cancelled to a main track, check the PP of all MTO horses. You should find one who will be wearing mud caulks if the track is sloppy. If track is fast, but off the turf, best to pass, as the form of each horse goes out the window. You end up with trainers who leave their turf horses on the main track (fast) and it's hard to know what a grass horse will do on a fast dirt track. Speaking of changing track, I see Santa Anita is going to go back to the dirt.What a mess out there. When the flat Campbell Soup can track and the glue won't stick to the soup cans, they are going to ask the seller of the crap to remedy the mess, or perhaps give a refund, etc. To see that track with all the faded stars-(Bald Eagle, Hartack, the Shoe) in this mess is very troubling. Past movie stars also attended, and I can't help but think that they would never attend now, due to the Heinz 57 variety of crap currently taking the horses hooves.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Pozac_Jack: "Forget trying to beat Big Brown I've been playing horses for 50 years, and NEVER did I witness a horse accelerate after the first mile , like Big Brown..." See Secretariat 1973. While BB may win the Triple Crown, it's absurd to suggest BB has the same ability to accelerate after a mile as Big Red. And that's what you implied.
Pozac Jack More than 1 year ago
Forget trying to beat Big Brown I've been playing horses for 50 years, and NEVER did I witness a horse accelerate after the first mile , like Big Brown...
Mike More than 1 year ago
Does Rick Dutrow have even an ounce of class? After his latest comments about John Servis, the answer is clearly no. Of course the extremely classy Servis didn't even react to Dutrow's comments, attributing Dutrow's comments to the pressures of the Triple Crown pursuit. While I wish BB a safe trip in the Belmont, I hope he finishes dead last. It would be poetic justice. Bombs away in race 10 at BEL, I hope, looking for a huge carryover--I'm assuming there's some opens.