DRF.com Blogs: Steven Crist http://www.drf.com/blogs/171/feed en Cristblog: Belmont Stakes Day Preview http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-belmont-stakes-day-preview Here are my horse-by-horse thoughts on all 10 stakes races at Belmont Saturday... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:43:13 +0000 Steven Crist 385865 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe height="550" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oscfU29TZ-_95hr9NHw_uNq_NhPWNnMvkNyEIaPzw-o/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true&widget=true&headers=false" width="550"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Saturday, 11:45 am</strong> -- It's fast, firm and partly cloudy at Belmont Park and expected to stay that way until about 5 p.m. Then the possibility of rain jumps from 15 to 50 percent for the next three hours, with the Belmont Stakes scheduled to go at 6:37 pm.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-belmont-stakes-day-preview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cristblog: Friday Belmont Preview http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-friday-belmont-preview Here are my horse-by-horse rundowns on Friday's six stakes: The 1 1/2-mile Rags to Riches... Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:42:41 +0000 Steven Crist 385769 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Thursday, 6:30 pm</strong> -- Mike Watchmaker and I will be hosting a handicapping seminar at Belmont Friday at noon, in the Horsemen's Lounge on the second floor of the clubhouse. We'll be discussing the 16 stakes races on offer at Belmont the next two days, with an emphasis on the Belmont Stakes card.<br /><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-friday-belmont-preview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cristblog: Preakness Day Live Blog http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-preakness-day-live-blog The Preakness Day pick-5 consists of the Chick Lang, G3 Gallorette, Sir Barton, G2 Dixie and the Preakness.... Preakness Fri, 20 May 2016 23:27:30 +0000 Steven Crist 384116 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe height="480" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Cksikw3LZoYWDD5084X3xvwDXxqotJMswQ6PCYTp_38/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true&widget=true&headers=false" width="598"></iframe></p> <p>Saturday, 7:10 pm -- Exaggerator ($7.20) stayed closer to the pace than usual, made a run to power past 3-5 Nyquist in upper stretch, and drew clear to win the Preakness. Cherry Wine was up for second at 17-1, with Nyquist third and 8-1 Stradivari fourth.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-preakness-day-live-blog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Black-Eyed Susan Day 2016 Live Blog http://www.drf.com/blogs/black-eyed-susan-day-2016-live-blog Friday's card at Pimlico is not as rich or fancy as Oaks Day at Churchill, but the stakes racing is pretty interesting and makes for a dandy pick-5... Thu, 19 May 2016 19:31:12 +0000 Steven Crist 383998 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe height="470" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1j-Xrjc64XALrPqt2hlVidWKfLiRTzDmwONUmF29I8ko/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true&widget=true&headers=false" width="599"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Friday, 5 pm -</strong>- Go Maggie Go ($5.60), a troubled fourth in the Kentucky Oaks13 days ago, won a virtual match race with Kinsley Kisses and pulled clear late to take the G2 Black-Eyed Susan. Winning trainer Dale Romans ran 1-2 as his 50-1 Ma Can Do It was up late for second, with Kinsley Kisses third and Dothraki Queen fourth in a field of 12.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/black-eyed-susan-day-2016-live-blog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cristblog: Derby Day 2016 http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-derby-day-2016 The best horse won... Kentucky Derby Fri, 06 May 2016 20:11:31 +0000 Steven Crist 382972 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe height="490" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g7iToYA2LRhkdfZouW7tAhZVhKusCJW2tXvUpSTKBrc/pubhtml?widget=true&headers=false" width="599"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Saturday, 7 pm</strong> -- The best horse won.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-derby-day-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CristBlog: Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick-4 http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-big-applebluegrass-pick-4 Exaggerator ($8.80) trounced seven opponents to win the Santa Anita Derby and complete an interesting and largely formful day... Fri, 08 Apr 2016 19:31:14 +0000 Steven Crist 380776 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe height="340" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PYxmWzzHccBaJQ20TA_9q90QH37bxkxyCLXgdKg36mU/pubhtml?widget=true&headers=false" width="595"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Saturday, 7:00 pm: </strong>Exaggerator ($8.80) trounced seven opponents to win the Santa Anita Derby and complete an interesting and largely formful day of major stakes racing. Twelve of the 14 graded stakes were won at odds of 4-1 or less, including victories by seven morning-line favorites.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-big-applebluegrass-pick-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CristBlog: GP Rainbow Six 3/26/16 http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-gp-rainbow-six-32616 Saturday 7:15 pm: The Rainbow Six paid $89,456.54 for 20 cents to 147 winners... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:09:33 +0000 Steven Crist 379808 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Carryover </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p>[Update, <strong>Monday 3/28</strong>: The commenting function is now functional.]</p> <p><strong>Saturday, 7:15 pm: </strong>Fourth choice Appa ($14.20) won the finale at Gulfstream to cap a Rainbow Six that paid $89,456.54 to 147 winners.</p> <p>If that doesn't sound like enough for four double-digit winners and six losing favorites, remember that it's a 20-cent and not a $2 payoff. The $2 win parlay of the six winners amounted to $211,256, and the $2 Rainbow payoff (not that anyone had it 10 times) was effectively $894,565.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/cristblog-gp-rainbow-six-32616" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cigar Mile Day 2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/cigar-mile-day-2014 Today's featured Cigar Mile, the last of 10 races at Aqueduct, is the final Grade 1 race of the year in New York... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:41:19 +0000 Steven Crist 343103 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p>Today's featured Cigar Mile, the last of 10 races at Aqueduct, is the final Grade 1 race of the year in New York and the last until the Carter and the Wood Memorial next April.</p> <p>The Cigar Mile completes a pick-4 starting with a statebred allowance sprint and continuing through the last and longest juvenile graded stakes of the New York season, the G2 Demoiselle for fillies and the G2 Remsen for males, both at a mile and an eighth.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/cigar-mile-day-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BC Saturday Live Blog http://www.drf.com/blogs/bc-saturday-live-blog Happy Breeders' Cup Day. It's 25 minutes until the 1st at Santa Anita... Sat, 01 Nov 2014 16:52:58 +0000 Steven Crist 340924 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="470" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodDFwTWhsQ08tZ0FSRTZiSXNiUjQtQkE&output=html&widget=true" width="595"></iframe></p> <p><strong>12:50 pm ET</strong>: Happy Breeders' Cup Day. It's 25 minutes until the 1st at Santa Anita, only 2 hours and 15 minutes until the first Cup race, and a mere 7 hours and 45 minutes until trhe Classic at 8:35 ET/5:35 PT. Get comfortable.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/bc-saturday-live-blog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BC Friday Live Blog http://www.drf.com/blogs/bc-friday-live-blog Happy Halloween and Happy Breeders' Cup Friday. Not sure what's going to happen sooner... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:40:45 +0000 Steven Crist 340850 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodDZ3a0tqYlJfdXJfXzU3TWpuYXhiZGc&single=true&gid=0&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p> <p><strong>3:40 pm ET</strong>: Happy Halloween and Happy Breeders' Cup Friday. Not sure what's going to happen sooner: The first trick-or-treater at the door here on Long Island or the first of four Breeders' Cup Friday races, with the BC Juvenile Turf scheduled for 5:25 pm. I'm betting on a kid in a <em>Frozen </em>costume.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/bc-friday-live-blog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Belmont 10/11/14: A Small, Wet, Triple Carryover http://www.drf.com/blogs/belmont-101114-small-wet-triple-carryover Time was, a $138k Pick-6 carryover in New York would have been too high for a one-day carry and too low for... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:00:48 +0000 Steven Crist 338816 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p>Time was, a $138k Pick-6 carryover in New York would have been too high for a one-day carry and too low for a two-day carry. Now, it's what we start with for a triple carryover into today's rain-soaked card at Belmont. After being hit last Sunday, the wager eluded the public on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday cards.</p> <p>All of today's grass races except the G3 Knickerbocker have been switched to the main track, including 4 of the 6 Pick-6 races, which prompted 30 scratches from the original 64 entrants in races 5 through 10.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/belmont-101114-small-wet-triple-carryover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Super Saturday 2014 Notes http://www.drf.com/blogs/super-saturday-2014-notes Some notes on yesterday's two Super Saturday cards at Belmont and Santa Anita... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:49:47 +0000 Steven Crist 337589 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p>Some notes on yesterday's two Super Saturday cards at Belmont and Santa Anita:<iframe frameborder="0" height="560" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodFNBN0VLaE5XdTBoeWRzRU5pZlBDWlE&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/super-saturday-2014-notes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Rainbow Chasing: Gulfstream 9/11/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/rainbow-chasing-gulfstream-9112014 It's a mandatory payout on a somewhat goofy legal requirement. For arcane reasons, Gulfstream's racing from July 4 ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:06:57 +0000 Steven Crist 336037 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>12:05 pm</strong>: Ten minutes to first post at Gulfstream (yes, if you've been sleeping under a rock lately, they now race at Gulfstream in September, and 11 other months), where I'll be playing the Rainbow 6. It's certainly not due to the quality and importance of the card -- two maiden claimers, three conditioned claimers, and an N1x allowance -- but because there's a mandatory payout of the pool, which begins the day with $123k in the kitty.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/rainbow-chasing-gulfstream-9112014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 40: 9/1/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-40-912014 Saratoga 2014 comes to a close today with a 10-race card including the G1 Hopeful (race 4), the G3 Saranac (race 9), and a mandatory payout of the pick-6 (races 5 through 10) pool whether or not anyone goes 6 for 6. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:10:02 +0000 Steven Crist 335129 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodFkyblpwR2NqT3lkODVHVUZ2WUg0c1E&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p> <p><strong>12:10 pm</strong>: Saratoga 2014 comes to a close today with a 10-race card including the G1 Hopeful (race 4), the G3 Saranac (race 9), and a mandatory payout of the pick-6 (races 5 through 10) pool whether or not anyone goes 6 for 6.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-40-912014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 39: 8/31/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-39-8312014 Day 39, the penultimate card of Saratoga 2014, features the G1 Spinaway, the G3 Glens Falls, and the largest pick-6 carryover of the meeting. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:30:45 +0000 Steven Crist 335046 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="470" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodDAxTGdLQTZOZW10UkhIeDdrNm0ydmc&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p> <p><strong>12:30 pm</strong>: Day 39, the penultimate card of Saratoga 2014, features the G1 Spinaway, the G3 Glens Falls, and the largest pick-6 carryover of the meeting.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-39-8312014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 38: 8/30/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-38-8302014 And so it begins: Closing Weekend at the Spa, a three-day, 34-race farewell to Saratoga 2014... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:20:39 +0000 Steven Crist 334951 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="475" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodDFPeVItTjVnc0NMN2J5emQ4TU1Famc&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p> <p><strong>12:10 pm</strong>: And so it begins: Closing Weekend at the Spa, a three-day, 34-race farewell to Saratoga 2014. Today's card is above, and here are the lineups for the final two days of the meet:</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-38-8302014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 33: 8/24/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-33-8242014 Like statebred racing? If not, call it a day right now. All 11 of today's Saratoga races are for New York-breds... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Steven Crist 334329 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodGdqaTVLWFV5bnJjMnFELTNYZXVWNUE&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p> <p><strong>12:05 pm</strong>: Like statebred racing? If not, call it a day right now. All 11 of today's Saratoga races are for New York-breds, including six stakes races in the $150k to $250k range.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-33-8242014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 32: 8/23/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-32-8232014 They're off at Saratoga on a Travers Day that begins with the main track and turf courses labelled "good." Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:48:18 +0000 Steven Crist 334230 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodEdfbTF3cjFyRzZLZlYxaE5QSnpCOXc&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-32-8232014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 31: 8/22/14 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-31-82214 Muddy and off the turf for a Travers Eve card featuring as good a race as we've seen all meet: The G1 Personal Ensign... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:12:32 +0000 Steven Crist 334130 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="440" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodFI4a2NoSW1zUUViMndEOGIxMmJFNUE&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-31-82214" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 28: 8/18/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-28-8182014 Welcome to today's unscheduled, abbreviated blog. Day 28 was supposed to be a day off, but the $71k pick-6 carryover Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:21:59 +0000 Steven Crist 333689 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="440" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlJeMLWyKUIodG1iS1BBdmpTanF6c2hsalJwS0Y0aEE&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p> <p><strong>2:15 pm</strong>: Welcome to today's unscheduled, abbreviated blog. Day 28 was supposed to be a day off, but the $71k pick-6 carryover proved too tempting. (Day 28? The meeting ends two weeks from today? Is it me, or is it just flying by?)</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-28-8182014" target="_blank">read more</a></p>