08/06/2010 11:57AM

Day 13: 8/6/10


Fast, good and clear for Day 13, where extra-long grass races are in the spotlight in the form of a 12-furlong N1x allowance in the 7th, followed by the 13-furlong John's Call Stakes.

It feels like Something Eve today with Quality Road and Zenyatta running tomorrow -- not against each other alas, but on opposite coasts as 2-5 favorites in the Whitney and the Hirsch. They're hardly enticing betting events unless you're even more of a contrarian than I am and are trying to beat either one, but watching them race is a treat and they're both part of multirace wagers that should attract big pools. Saratoga's guaranteed $500k pick-4 encompasses the Hattie Mosely Stakes, the Grade 1 Test, the G1 Whitney and a full field of New York-bred maidens.

And yes, the Hattie Mosely is indeed named for the original proprietress of Hattie's Chicken Shack, where I'm headed right now for my daily bread (plus coleslaw and fried chicken.)


2:15 pm: Finger Lakes heroine Lisa's Booby Trap, ambitiously entered and then scratched from the CCA Oaks, returned in today's 3rd, the $70k Loudonville Stakes, and swamped four opponents with a six-length blowout in 1:09.64. The daughter of the obscure Florida stallion Drewman (by Unbridled) won her three starts in Canandaigua by a combined 36 3/4 lengths and passed her first class test in her stakes debut today. She returned to the winner's circle amid a roar usually heard only after weekend graded stakes.

Owned and trained by Timothy Snyder, who reportedly turned down a $400k offer for her and says he won't sell at any price, Lisa's Bobby Trap was an absurd 12-1 on the morning line but opened at 4-5 and paid $5.00 as the 3-2 favorite.


4:00 pm: It looked 3-to-5 that we were going to have the first dq of the meeting. Head-on replays of the goes, 5th clearly showed victorious and much-the-best Pelican Lake slamming into the rump of tiring She Wears the Best as Bridgmohan swung her out on the turn, and it looked like a pretty automatic takedown. But the stewards left it alone, announcing a few minutes later that in their judgment, the incident "did not alter the outcome of the race."

I'm Switzerland on this one. I can see the viewpoint of those who say a foul is a foul is a foul and when you bang your horse into another one, you're supposed to be taken down. If you don't take one that blatant down, the thinking goes, you're giving the jockeys a license for rodeo riding.

On the other hand, how is the betting public served by taking down a much-the-best winner and placing her behind a clearly already-tiring horse who was beaten a dozen lengths, and not because of the bump? Why redistribute almost a million dollars if the stewards are right and the outcome of the race really was not affected?

I can argue it either way. Feel free to do the same.


5:23 pm: So who should you bet in a race named after John's Call, who 10 years ago won two Grade 1 races as a 9-year-old gelding while trained by Tom Voss? Hoof those in today's field: w about....a 9-year-old gelding trained by Tom Voss?

Only one of those in today's field: Always First, who just won the John's Call Stakes, paying $44.60 and ensuring a carryover into Whitney Day.




mr.sunday More than 1 year ago
33 % of the race is remaining to be run and the nostrostewards have decided that the outcome of the race was not affected. Okay Please give me the same courtesy the next time my horse knocks another horse into the grandstand.Thank you.
Henry B More than 1 year ago
The stewards in NYRA racing are the same as WWE wrestling. They are not consistent. It seems like they have an agenda other than getting the race result correct.
RRslew More than 1 year ago
He'll have to get bigger boots to stash his cash in now! Great story. If he has been around that long, and turned this filly around, there are many owners that could use his services! It will be interesting to see if anyone approaches him, with there Acquisitions.
rick More than 1 year ago
5th race---was a clear foul by everyones account and the winner should have been placed 4th behind She Wears The Best. The owner got screwed of purse $ and anyone who bet the tri, super, or even a show bet got screwed. This was a clear foul and sends the wrong message and that you put the other riders and horse's in harms way and although the betting public got shafted the purse money should be held and distributed correctly.The stewards are a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rules are rules. Perhaps Shaun would of had to check up a little to wait for time to clear and that could have affected his getting up in time. What the hell, make your own path. By the way, not having room is part of racing and a horse is not entitled to a place on the track occupied by another horse. Perhaps the owners of the fourth place finisher we deprived of third place by their horse being slammed 10 feet sideways surely taking a gasp of his breathe away in the process. I think its reasonable he could have finished third as the third place finisher was staggering a little. Perhaps they should just enforce the rules as written, quit guessing what they think might or might not happen and we can confine our debates to whether or not their was any interference as opposed to whether or not the blatant interference "affected the outcome". This sport is suffering because no one is thinking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How could the judges or anybody determine that the bump wouldn't affect the outcome of the race at the top of the stretch? The horses have to travel 1.7 furlongs or 1144 feet to the finish line. The bumped horse might have had a chance at a better placing if he wasn't smashed into. How many times have we seen horses retreat around the far turn but come back with a nice run when they straighten out. Just because the horse appeared to be stalling doesn't mean he can't find his stride in the stretch. Where the infraction took place was too far away to decide if it would have impacted the outcome of the race. But the stewards someone managed to use their psychic powers to determine that it didn't affect the outcome of the race. Did anyone hear the boos that erupted when Durkin announced the no change?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The worst call I can remember with the bump that occurred in the fifth race how can you not take down the horse, these type of decisions hurts the horse racing game. As a bettor that no call is sicking.
Paul S. More than 1 year ago
As the holder of a LARGE - and I mean LARGE - ticket on Harlem Rocker a few Novembers ago, who was DQ'd at double digit odds for an incredibly "ticky-tack" foul, I am utterly amazed at the non-call yesterday. I always thought one of the major reasons for a DQ was to **PROTECT THE HORSES** from physical harm by overzealous riders doing whatever they want in raceriding. Now, apparently we're being led to believe that the main reason for DQ'ing a runner is "whether it affected the outcome of the finish of the race?" PUH-LEEZE!!! BTW, this DQ didn't matter to me (bet wise) in the least.
Henry B More than 1 year ago
That was another bad call by the stewards that I was a victim of. That is a total of three against me (vineyard haven, Harlem Rocker, and today's call) I am tired of the stewards inconsistant calls that have been going against me. It has cost me thousands of dollars.
wayne lemieux More than 1 year ago
Did anyone comment on the 7th race at prairie meadows? The winning horse helens rowdy boy was 50-1 morning line. The horse had not raced since 10-13-06. The hose had been running in NW2 7500 claiming. The purse was a 30,000 stake race going 2 furlongs. The trainer was 0 for 31 and the jockey was also 0 for. There were no publised works. The horse won the race by open lengths and paid 6.20 to win!!! The race time was 20.82 which is world class time for quarterhorses let alone thoroughbreds...
Annie B. More than 1 year ago
I was there and i think it was an owsome horse!!!!! he almost break the record, he is a beatiful horse i was really sorprice, i think no body though this horse had a chace to win this race but he did and very well, now we got to wait and see what other sorprices he has for us! Good Luck for Hele's Rowdy Boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The other problem is how can they know that the two wins the race if forced to check or steady in behind the two frontrunners? They want to let the true result stand but allow the rider to make a reckless move that very well could have dropped another rider. Not something to be encouraged.