08/14/2007 3:28PM

Dark Day #3


So, 18 days and 172 races down, 18 days and 172 races to go. Some midpoint fun with numbers:

*Beyers: 17 of the 172 races have earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures. The leaderboard(winners only):

116--Lawyer Ron (Whitney)
106--Diabolical (Vanderbilt), My Typhoon (Diana), Burmilla (Honorable Miss)
104--Grasshopper(N2x), City Attraction (N2x), Street Sense (Jim Dandy), Shakespeare (AC), Lord Snowdon (N2x), Ready's Image (Sanford), Silver Tree (Fourstardave), Grand Couturier (Sword Dancer)
103--Most Distinguished (Amsterdam)
102--Gold and Roses (Morrissey)
101--Dream Rush (Test)
100--Digger (3M C75), Posted (NYB N1x)

*Trainers: Bill Mott leads the standings with 13 winners, followed by Rick Dutrow and Todd Pletcher with 9 each and Tom Bush with 7. Of Mott's 13 winners, 11 have paid less than $10. So have 8 of Pletcher's 9, including 6 at 2-1 or less. Of Bush's 7, however, 4 have been 10-1 or better.

*Jockeys: This has been the most crowded and evenly-matched riders' race in recent memory, with six jockeys having won between 15 and 20 races: Cornelio Velasquez (20), Kent Desormeaux (18), Edgar Prado (17), Garrett Gomez (16), John Velazquez (16) and Javier Castellano (15). Add 'em up and you'll see that sextet has won 102 of the 172 races (59.3 percent).

Velasquez's achievement is all the more remarkable for the number of longshots he has ridden and the number of different trainers he has won with, none of them named Mott or Pletcher. Six of his winners have paid $29 or more, which constitutes a full third of the 18 biggest prices at the meeting. He has won his 20 races for 16 trainers: two each for Bush, Divitto, Penna and Rice, and one each for Albertrani, Arroyo, Dollase, Dutrow, Englehart, Hernandez, Jolley, Lauer, Miceli, Serpe, Tagg and Ward.

*2-year-olds: 28 of the 172 races have been for juveniles, 26 of them maiden races. The fastest on Beyers (winners only):
Colts--104-Ready's Image, 94-The Leopard, 92-Sargent Seattle, 89-Maimonides, 83-War Pass
Fillies--94-Irish Smoke, 88-J Z Warrior, 84-Predate, 82-Twisted Tale, 75-Subtle Aly

--Otherwise, I recovered from a dismal weekend with a buck of both Monday pick-fours, and we've got a little $59k carryover into Wednesday. More on yesterday and tomorrow later tonight.

Silver Charm More than 1 year ago
Colts--104-Ready's Image, 94-The Leopard, 92-Sargent Seattle, 89-Maimonides, 83-War Pass Still not so sure on the Beyer for Maimonides as compared to the others. And yet while Baffert does train'em hard there is usually more in the tank second and third out so we will see. Ready's Image ran fast and looks promising. But then again so did his dad who also had an early two year old start. Until he started getting sick and ran out of gas by the time the Champagne rolled around. Guess we will see on that one too. The Leopard made a ton of mistakes still won and cost $2.5M. Both I know, the figure well I guess we will find out about that one also. I love watching two year old Derby prospects racing on dirt. Its what Saratoga is all about and everything Smellmar these days isn't.
BombsAway Bob Grant More than 1 year ago
I'm taking $25 & putting together three tickets for Races 2-5 @ Saratoga Wednesday. I'm going to "Eat Chalk"in Races 3 & 5,& look for prices in the baby races! 2nd@SPA:$1Pick-4(ALL)(1)(7)(3)=$8 2nd@SPA:$1Pick-4(1,2,3)(1)(3,6,7)(3)=$9 2nd@SPA:$1Pick-3(2)(1)(ALL)=$8 I'm nervous about Alan Garcia riding #1,Will He Shine in the 3rd, but only Student Council looks capable of beating him. In the 5th, Keen Irish seems the only obstacle keeping #3,Typhoon Tycoon from graduating. Better to key heavy chalk in the last leg than the first in a Pick-Anything! ~Good Luck & Bombs Away!-Bob Grant
mikethedog More than 1 year ago
Been following the claiming action for the first half of the meet and here are some numbers: David Jacobson 9 claims for total of $320,000 (includes 35K on Massoud who was destroyed first day) (note: as our host SC announced earlier--it looks like Contessa and Jacobson do a lot of claiming of each others entries--could be fun to watch as they go back to Belmont) Anthony Dutrow 6 claims for $227,500 including 100k claim for Spirit of Gulch off of Contessa Gary Contessa 7 claims for $210,000 D. Galluscio 3 claims for $70,000 including one for 25K on Jules for A.J. on 8/6 which had been claimed by Contessa for 20K on 7/29 B.Levine 4 claims for $125,000
Alex More than 1 year ago
I concur with Floppydog's comments about Cornelio. Much like the spring of 2006 when I was convinced that Shaun Bridgmohan was due for a break-out year following his success at Arlington. He opened up Keeeneland with a flying victory on Chin High that paid $168 to win the opening stakes. Un fortunately Asmussen got suspended and he lost out on a bunch of top mounts at the Spa. Little by little, he's building it up and I am convinced that enough people don't like him so the opportunity for big prices is always possible with Shaun. Soon the war cry: "Shaun on the lawn!" will be heard across the Adirondacks.
D-Mac More than 1 year ago
Hey Steve -- Interesting note on Cornelio -- Monday was the only winning day I had yet with CV's win in the first and Kimmel's 2 YO entry coming in to pick up the $277 early double. Not exactly an $8800 Pick 4, but I'll take it. Will lightning strike twice? Why not? I'll take Cornholio in the first on a modestly talented sprinter and assume that Kimmel has Winning Punch ready to go with Kent D on board. We're heading to the Spa for the first time for Sunday and Monday. Can't wait!!
ml/nj More than 1 year ago
What about the great Thorn Song!?
frank the ponyman More than 1 year ago
HiSteve; Looking over Wed .card--R2-kind of like#3-Fairy Godmother. Last race she passed 5 horses and picked up 14 lenghts. At top of strech she ran approx 100.1 which got me wondering about that 6/3 w/o @ bel tr.t in my mind with L + it's approx 58hg. Taking a shot,that she is closer to the pace this time. Hope she stalks Kimmels horse and takes over @16th pole for WIN. Kent/2nd---#1or#5 for bottom of try.Good racing tommorrow--Ponyman
Floppydog More than 1 year ago
That Cornelio stat is incredible. He's been ripening since the Gulfstream meet---a career year.
AndyScoggin More than 1 year ago
Hey Steve, Nice scores on the pick fours!! The early one was huge!! Coming up to the Spa on Monday and Wednesday next week.