07/30/2010 4:06PM

Day 7: 7/30/10


4:30 pm: Hope you took the over on today's travel time. Crawled up the Cross Island. Wilted on the Whitestone. Twenty minute wait just to get through the Albany tollbooths. At least the two best greyhounds in the whole wide world took it a lot better than I did, and are now happily exploring their new home for the next five weeks while I try to get caught up on Day 7.

Filed a Sunday column before I left, expressing the hope that Rachel Alexandra would finally run in a Grade 1 race this year and go in the Personal Ensign Aug. 29 -- and arrived to find that very plan was announced this morning without my help. Great news but I'm not sure I'll get to see it live and in person: We give back the house that morning after the Travers, and this year's landlord has another tenant coming in at 3 pm that day.

So the early double I missed paid $13.20 to those combining Unaccountable ($3.70) with the very cleverly-named Moshe Diane ($7.20). It was clever enough for owner-breeder John Berendt to name a daughter of the one-eyed Pollard's Vision after the late eyepatch-wearing Israeli military leader Moshe Dayan, but then reader Irv pointed out a second layer: Moshe Diane is a daughter of Lady Mondegreen, and a mondegreen is a misheard homonym, like Mairzy Doates for "mares eat oats," or "Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear" for "Gladly the cross I'd bear" -- or Diane for Dayan.

The third went to Persistently, the Phipps filly who was second in the 2008 Matron and Frizette but just 1 for 8 since. The nine-furlong N2x race for older fillies drew just four starters and was odd in two respects: All four led at some point during the race, and the toteboard showed a 7-5, an 8-5 and a 9-5 shot in the same race.


6:00 pm: Looks like the commenting function is now working at least for yesterday's and today's posts. The ones from the first few days up here should be restored soon.

Great finish in the 6th race, with Arch Support grimly hanging on against a swarm of closers. The first five finishers were just three-quarters of a length apart and the first eight under the wire were separated by less than two lengths.

Given that, the six-furlong fraction for the race and the final 5-16th's time it implies seem particularly unbelievable. If Arch Support really went the first 6f in 1:15.59 and stopped the timer in 1:44.45, that means she came home in 28.86 and six others finished up even faster. These are 2-year-old fillies, six of them first-time starters. Not buying.


 7:15 pm: Person of Interest, 2-1 favorite in the nightcap win pool and the only pick-6 will-pay under $10k, scratched at the gate. The second shortest pick-6 was the $10,494 to the victorious Bishop of Nola, but you didn't get scratched into the winner in either the pick-4 or pick-6 because AE Soldier Field was the 2-1 post-time favorite. Before the scratch, the pick-6 to Soldier Field was paying $28k to two potential winners, but after the scratch the eight live tickets to person of Interest were transferred to him so the payoff would have been just $5247.

I'll be doing Talking Horses in the Saratoga Carousel at 11:45 a.m. for Saturday's Diana/Jim Dandy card (and Sunday too.)  Streaming video available at this link and I'll see you back here shortly thereafter.