06/26/2009 3:06PM

Jugheads?

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While the Irresistible Force should have her way in the Mother Goose, and the Immovable Object figures to stand firm in the Vanity, it is tonight's third race at the Meadowlands that is the true race of the week. 

Jugheads?  On FormBlog?  Sin!  Sacrilege!  Hear me out.  If you're into the bizarre, like Jose Canseco in a mixed martial arts match against a Korean giant, you'll love this.  Tonight's third race is a mile pace...on the turf!  Weather permitting, and that's a big if with all the rain we've had in the New York/New Jersey area, the pacers will take to the Meadowlands grass course for the first time in 30 years.  Harness racing on turf is fairly common in Europe, Scandinavia, and New Zealand, but is basically unheard of in the United States. 
I'm no harness handicapper.  Heck, I'm the worst thoroughbred handicapper on this blog.  But, I just feel the need to dope out the race.  So, here goes.

KEEPTHEPEACE N earned a "no factor" comment for his even fifth-place finish two weeks ago, but he sat in all the way around, and never really got a chance to partake in the proceedings.  Last week, he was out before the half, and tried to grind first over.  That's not an easy trip, but Keepthepeace N kept on to finish second behind the heavy favorite.  He's taking a fairly dramatic step up in class, but the last race was promising.  Wouldn't it be fitting if the first turf race in 30 years goes to the legendary driver John Campbell?

Also usable are ONEDIN LEGACY N, and DIAMOND JACK.  The former went first over at the half, and kept on determinedly to the wire against similar $15,000 claimers last week.  Diamond Jack left for the top last week, was shuffled to the three hole, stayed in entering the final turn, but soon found Onedin Legacy's cover.  He failed to finish with that one, and may be more effective setting the pace.

As for the thoroughbred stakes races this weekend, I think they'll be chalky, but I do like SUNDAY GEISHA in the First Flight Handicap at Belmont on Sunday.

More importantly, who do you fancy this weekend?  I want to know.

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With that said, do you think a similar workout report for other states, like New York, is something that needs to be looked into?  It definitely helps with first time starters and layoff horses.
matt

I don't have a problem with more information.  If handicappers don't want to use it, or deem it irrelevant, they can always filter it out.  Any information that can help the bettor should be published, and I have been a vocal advocate of a DRF-run workout report for many years.  It's fallen on deaf ears, but one could always hope.  You would think such a product would aid handicappers looking at unraced maidens as well as runners returning from long layoffs.

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Dan –
Meadowlands? That's odd, as a fairly reliable source was said to have seen you in Buenos Aires...
tinky

LOL.  I have never met Maria Belen Chapur, and if I did, I must unequivocally state that I did not have relations with that woman!

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I agree that Bruno does fine work.  He usually is the anchor guest on a morning radio show.  If that show is available over the web, maybe you can give out the URL so the rest of the nation can tune in.
rr

I believe that Bruno contributes to Jason Levin's radio program.  You can find archives here:

http://www.racingjason.com/

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does anyone know what's up with Payton D'Oro and California Flag?
Kyri

Payton d'Oro finished second as the favorite in the Susan's Girl Stakes at Delaware over sloppy ground on June 20.  California Flag returned to the worktab on June 21 with a three furlong drill in 37.40 handily at Hollywood Park.

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BSF for Queen's Plate at WBO on 06/21/09?
Thank you in advance.
RandyTO1

RandyT01:
The DRF website posts recent Stakes Results and Beyers on the left side of the page.  Eye of the Leopard got a 92 Beyer.
Zan the Man

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Going to wait for cayman to post the official HandiGambling results before I name a winner. 

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Enjoy the weekend.

Dan