08/29/2010 2:51PM

Day 33: 8/29/10


SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Some Travers Day preliminary Beyer Speed Figures:

Uncle Mo(5th): 102

Dynaslew (G2 Ballston Spa): 99

Rapport (G3 Victory Ride): 103

Rightly So (G1 Ballerina): 100

Discreetly Mine (G1 King's Bishop): 93

Afleet Express (G1 Travers): 105

Beyer Associates judged the track to be faster for the early dirt races on the card (the 1st, 2nd and 5th) than for those thereafter, but used the same variant for the four dirt stakes races.

Here are those will-pays a few of you requested for the Travers/Personal Ensign double, of interest not only if you played it and are alive but also if you're trying to guess how today's feature may be bet:


The pool for the wager was a mere $116, 476, so we're talking about something like only $15k in live wagers.


3:45 pm: Speaking of small pools, if there's no carryover in California or New York, the Pick-6 pickings are slim for carry-chasers. Here, according to the NYRA Rewards website, are the top 5 carryovers up for grabs in North America today:

1. Elllis Park: $2,482

2. Arlington:  $1,826

3. Woodbine: $1,173

4. Louisiana Downs: $541

5. Delaware: $245


4:30 pm: And here's that Travers win photo you asked for. Doesn't get much closer than this:

7:00 pm: Well, there's a $100k carryover into Monday. Anything else interesting hppen around here today?

Rachel Alexandra, at least the 2010 version, sure doesn't want to go a mile and a quarter. Her defeat to Persistently, who had a route victory over the track but hadn't been mistaken for a stakes horse since her 2-year-old season, was not without some merit: She turned back Life at Ten, the most accomplished older dirt filly in the east this year, through a solid and pressured pace, and when she spurted away from that one in upper stretch, the roaring crowd thought for a moment it was seeing the Rachel of old. But the 2-5 favorite was weary, needing just over 27 seconds for her final quarter, and 21-1 Persistently was persistent to run her down by a length.

No word yet on the future of the 2009 Horse of the Year. Even if she races again and tries to go out on a winning note in a race such as the Beldame, it's hard to imagine the long-awaited showdown with Zenyatta ever taking place, as the latter is being pointed for the BC Classic at 1 1/4 miles, a distance it seems unlikely Rachel would try again.

We talked a lot about Persistently in this space two years ago, when she was an impressive closing sprinter in her first two career starts, then ran second to Sky Diva as the even-money favorite in he  Frizette and fifth in Stardom Bound's BC Juvenile Fillies. But she'd raced in only allowance races since then, winning two of eight starts including a 9f route over the track last time out. She appeared to have been entered in the race to help fill it out and perhaps so the Phippses could have a runner in the race named for their undefeated champiion Personal Ensign.

Persistently keyed a $78k late pick-4 and the $100,848 carry. There was one conso winner announced at $47,062, which makes no sense given the 75/25 carryover/conso split. Canadian currency? [Update: According to a mutuels official, the one conso may have been sold in Panama, which could be the source of the discrepancy.]

The crowd was announced as 23,347, which was 5,333 more than turned up the day after last year's Travers.