07/29/2010 12:52PM

Day 6: 7/29/10


The sixth day and first Thursday of Saratoga 2010 features three $70k stakes, including the first steeplechase of the meet, and a one-day $35k pick-6 carryover that includes five grass races.

Thanks in advance for your patience as we all get used to the redesigned website here. My apologies for the delay in transferring over your comments on yesterday's post. You might want to refresh your browsers and bookmark this page to make sure your posts will be published going forward. If you have any comments or suggestions about the site, please email them to the newsite@drf.com.


1:15 pm: Sermon of Love, winner over the flat and runner-up in the NYTW last summer, won the inaugural jump race of the meet at 10-1, longest price of three Sheppard trainees that would have been coupled in the past.


2:15 pm: You knew there were no special firsters among these 2-year-old fillies when Sky Hosoya, Pletcher second-timer dropping from MSW to MC$50k, was pounded to 4-5, and she drew off to win by 9 3/4 in 1:03.66.

Sky Hosoya is from the first crop of Pletcher trainee Bluegrass Cat, the '06 Derby runner-up to Barbaro. Usually pays to follow the first-crop juveniles during summer 2-year-old racing, as the ones that can run are cracked out early to create a little buzz before the August and September sales. The opening-day Schuylerville, for example, included precocious 2-year-olds from first-crop sires First Samurai, Bandini and Too Much Bling. Other freshman sires to keep in mind include Aragorn, Bellamy Road, Bernardini, Congrats, Giacomo, Henny Hughes, Old Forester, Pomeroy, Rockport Harbor, Sharp Humor, Silver Train, Suave, War Front and With Distinction.


10:00 pm: My apologies for disappearing due to technical difficulties, and for the temporary unavailability of commenting.

I didn't get involved in the pick-6 carryover, which attracted $241,820 in new handle and returned $14,195 for four favorites and two 6-1 shots. I didn't get far enough in my ticket-making before things went haywire to be able to say whether I would have put the $15.40 and $15.80 winners on the same ticket. There were 142 live combos going into the finale, 57 of them on 13-10 Devon Rock, the heaviest favorite in the sequence and 12 of them on the victorious Karakorum Legend, the 6.90-1 fourth choice. Only one horse, 40-1 shot Bold Victory, would have caused another carryover, and he ran last of 10.

Don't forget to sleep in a little Friday: First post is not until 2:30 p.m. The plan here is to get the human-and-hound caravan to Saratoga going by 9:30 a.m., offload the household, and still make the double. Odds: Pick 'em. 


aolalex More than 1 year ago
Just testing. As Mr.Durkin would say on a sound check. Anthony Cantore please call security.
Bruce Friday More than 1 year ago
I used Steve's yearling sales "buzz" angle to hit the 4th race exacta at Newmarket yesterday. It was a Bernardini - Dynaformer exacta in the 2yo maiden race. Both of the horses were sold at the Saratoga yearling sales last year. Obviously both sires are well represented again at this week's sale. NYRA does a nice job of presenting the Euro racing in the mornings at Saratoga. Try it if you happen to wake up early.
lou More than 1 year ago
you always make me laugh when you talk about your caravan and the the odds for getting back and forth. thanks for the great writing
Fronti More than 1 year ago
Great job with the redesign, when can we get the new RSS feeds?
Mike More than 1 year ago
Showed up almost an hour to post on Thursday and there were no coupons left for T-shirts. I bet a good amount during the meet and do not spin and being shut out of the T-shirts is upsetting. Understandable if I get there at 3pm but advertising a give away and not producing borders on fraud. Complain to customer service and get the so what shrug. Been going to the track for over 30 years and first time I have experienced such lack of planning and indifference to customer service. Seems like the local media is giving NYRA a pass on this.
Stew More than 1 year ago
Steve, Don't know if this will reach you in time, but you can shave some time off your tranist and establish a new personal best by using exit 23 off Thruway, taking 787 north and connecting with Northway/87 via state route 7 (limited access freeway). Also, have you ever considered Taconic Parkway? No trucks, shorter from Long Island via Whitestone or Throngs Neck bridges and best of all, no tolls and the money saved can be invested in a .10 superfecta. Regards Stew
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey Steve- Here is an alternate route to avoid thruway interchange traffic. Take exit 23 on Thruway. Then take 787 north to exit 10.Take 7 West toward Saratoga. Two miles later you will pick up The Northway and be at exit 7 already. This saves you time and about 4 miles driving. You can go back the same way.Let me know if you try it.
fastjoey More than 1 year ago
Your news items lack bold subheads. It's not clear immediately when one item ends, another commences, i.e.: “I’ll get him a little racier and let him eyeball a workmate next time,” said Stall. “Although he probably won’t go any faster than he did this morning.” Discreetly Mine zips along In direct contrast to Blame’s work was the move turned in by Discreetly Mine just moments later. Discreetly Mine, winner of the Grade 3 Jersey Shore three weeks ago, zipped a half-mile in 46.57 seconds, completing his final three-eighths in 34.71 while never asked to exert himself at any point. Discreetly Mine will make his next start on Monday in the Grade 2 Amsterdam.
jim More than 1 year ago
other than the link to your blog taking a little time to load I really like the new site! sharper and easier to read. The only suggestion i would make is that the scroll over on the home page which brings up the links across the top is a little annoying.
Matt More than 1 year ago
Hey Mr. Crist what do you think of Flower Alley as a freshman sire?