08/10/2007 2:30PM

Hesanold@#$%&

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I finally took my first swing at a Saratoga carryover today, but you have to narrow somewhere and I chose to do it by sending 80 percent of my tickets through only Hesanoldsalt in the second leg. After seconds to Invasor, Corinthian, Flashy Bull and Papi Chullo, it seemed he had found a nice allowance field he could handle. But after making a menacing run at Minister's Bid and looking like a cinch to go by him, Hesanoldsalt settled for his customary spot and ran second once again. Grrr.

So I'm thinned down to a lone, thin backup ticket that starts out with a guess on two of the six firsters in the 6th race and doesn't get much thicker than that. For the record, you can root for or against the following:

Race 6: 3,4
Race 7: 3,7,9
Race 8: 1,13
Race 9: 6,7