08/30/2008 9:33AM

Curlin Invades the Spa!

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Palomar:
We'll probably find out if Vacare has lost a step after this race.  She was one of the better filly and mare turf runners last year, but hasn't returned to form in two starts in 2008.  True, she was facing better horses in those races, and the drop in class may be just what the doctor ordered.  Plus, she'll received a fabulous pace scenario as the likely fast fractions should play into her hooves.  Kris's Sis didn't have an easy time of it from a tough outside post in her last race at Del Mar, but draws better here, and is another that should benefit from fast splits up front.  She gets a rider switch to Rafael Bejarano, and shouldn't be ignored.  America's Friend has blossomed at this meet, and should receive a similar pace setup as her most recent win 13 days ago.  She draws a tough post so Alex Solis may just take her to the hedge at the back of the pack, and hope everything works out for the best tripwise.  Gotta Have Her's best races have come off layoffs, and she hasn't started since the Beverly Hills at Hollywood.  She has tactical speed, and was compromised by a wide trip last time out.
Selections:  Vacare, Kris's Sis, America's Friend

Quick and Dirty Picks:

Kent: 
Luck Money, Wesley, Deal Making

Red Bank: 
Fagedaboutit Sal, Wheels Up At Noon, Giant Wrecker

Del Mar Derby:
Blue Chagall, Gio Ponti

Del Mar Debutante:
Trifecta King, Empressive Lady, Palacio de Amor

More importantly, who do you like this weekend?  I'd like to know

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Again, I want to thank everyone for bearing with my sporadic postings during the Saratoga meet.  Once, they return to Belmont, I can really concentrate the majority of my energy to the Blog, Disabled List, and all of your comments and questions.

Thanks again, and best of luck this weekend.

Dan