DRF.com Blogs: Steven Crist http://www.drf.com/blogs/171/feed en 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> Saratoga Day 27: 8/17/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-27-8172014 It's hard to put much lipstick on yesterday's Alabama Stakes... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:28:56 +0000 Steven Crist 333607 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=0AlJeMLWyKUIodGdxUTBqUlJpSEkxSWRSN1RfTndYZEE&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-27-8172014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crist: Sword Dancer analysis http://www.drf.com/blogs/crist-sword-dancer-analysis Sunday’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer at 1 1/2 miles on the turf drew a field of seven, and six of them fit pretty neatly into one of two categories: three obvious favorites and three obvious tosses. Handicapping Columns Amira's Prince Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:06:54 +0000 Steven Crist 333592 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>Sunday’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer at 1 1/2 miles on the turf drew a field of seven, and six of them fit pretty neatly into one of two categories: three obvious favorites and three obvious tosses.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/crist-sword-dancer-analysis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 26: 8/16/14 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-26-81614 Saratoga has two graded stakes on the Saturday program: The G2 Lake Placid, which has scratched down to a field of four... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:03:14 +0000 Steven Crist 333502 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=0AlJeMLWyKUIodGdxNGtBRWxwRmxpR2wwX1M1bXVLNUE&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p> <p><strong>12:05 pm</strong>: Happy Alabama/Arlington Million Day. Saratoga has two graded stakes on the Saturday program: The G2 Lake Placid, which has scratched down to a field of four 3-year-old fillies, and the G1 Alabama, where CCA Oaks winner Stopchargingmaria looms a heavy favorite in a tepid field.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-26-81614" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crist: Alabama analysis http://www.drf.com/blogs/crist-alabama-analysis At first glance, the field for Saturday’s Alabama Stakes appears to be a weak one at the mercy of Stopchargingmaria. Handicapping Columns Stopchargingmaria Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:43:47 +0000 Steven Crist 333501 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>At first glance, the field for Saturday’s Alabama Stakes appears to be a weak one at the mercy of Stopchargingmaria.</p> <p>After repeated glances, it still looks that way.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/crist-alabama-analysis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 21: 8/10/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-21-8102014 I thought today's card was an entertaining one, especially if you enjoy 2-year-olds -- 5 of Sunday's 11 are for juveniles, including the G2 Adirondack and the G2 Saratoga Special. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:21:09 +0000 Steven Crist 332890 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=0AlJeMLWyKUIodDVUbkUyMVlISWdYOUt3aThMcV81Q0E&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p> <p><strong>1:05 pm:  </strong>Today is the first day of the second half of your Saratoga 2014.</p> <p>I thought today's card was an entertaining one, especially if you enjoy 2-year-olds -- 5 of Sunday's 11 are for juveniles, including the G2 Adirondack and the G2 Saratoga Special. </p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-21-8102014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 20: 8/9/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-20-892014 Day 20, the halfway point of the meeting, is not the most scintillating of Saturday Saratoga cards, with a single stakes race, three staebred events and four for maidens. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 16:02:50 +0000 Steven Crist 332803 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=0AlJeMLWyKUIodEM5RmRSUDdVVXliWFJOYlFUTGlPV1E&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe><strong>12:00 pm</strong>: Day 20, the halfway point of the meeting, is not the most scintillating of Saturday Saratoga cards, with a single stakes race, three staebred events and four for maidens. On the brighter side, the featured Fourstardave H. could be a good one, and there's an $88,472 pick-6 carryover from yesterday if you like that sort of thing.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-20-892014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Saratoga Day 19: 8/8/2014 http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-19-882014 The Saratoga meeting hits its halfway point this weekend (already?) in the midst of what has become a slight lull in the meeting... Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:59:32 +0000 Steven Crist 332677 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=0AlJeMLWyKUIodDRVbWhTbmRRenFLa2ZTZkN0RF9QSFE&output=html&widget=true" width="590"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/saratoga-day-19-882014" target="_blank">read more</a></p>