09/19/2009 12:55PM

Juvenile Midpoint


Saturday's G2 Futurity and G2 Matron at Belmont are the fourth of seven pairs of graded stakes for 2-year-olds that comprise the NYRA stakes program for dirt juveniles:


The round-two winners are back as the favorites for round 4: Adirondack winner Worstcasescenario is the 2-1 ML favorite for the Matron and Saratoga Special winner D'Funnybone is 6-5 on the Futurity line. Each has one obvious principal rival today: Dashing Debby, who stopped as the 0.95-1 favorite in the Adirondack, will try to rebound in the Matron. Discreetly Mine, who took three tries to win a maiden race, looks second best on paper in the Futurity bu will have to overcome his third straight rail draw.

In Belmont's other graded stakes, the G3 Noble Damsel, Rutherienne appears to tower over six opponents while dropping sharply in class off four straight G1 or G2 efforts. She's only 1 for her last 10 but all of those were against stronger fields, including four seconds or thirds to reigning turf-female champion Forever Together. The Noble Damsel goes as the 4th while the Futurity and Matron are the middle legs of a $350k-guaranteed pick-4 on races 7-10.

The Belmont track looked pretty quick in today's first two races. Persian, an N2L $25k claimer, beat a 56-1 shot by half a length in 1:09.87 in the opener. In the second, Pltecher second-timer Condemned, a Speightstown 2-year-old beaten 16 lengths in his debut, went 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.49.

straightnstrong More than 1 year ago
I must have missed something in this article, i don't understand why people wan't the jock's agent to be banned from racing. Can someone explain what he did that was illegal or against racing rules? Thanks.
Joe Davis More than 1 year ago
I saw eeebayou's mention of that Del Mar race of Sept 6. Wonders of the Internet, I was able to view the race and the head on. Look, I know nothing of the rider or the horse, but it was a very weak ride and had the look of 'not today'. Jock appeared to be fighting the horse most of the race. I've watched at least 50,000 races in my day (probably more) so I trust my own eye, if nothing else. The horse runs a bit crooked (no not that way) and the jock may claim he didn't handle the turns or some other excuse. Thing is, why the hammerlock on the straightaway before the 2nd turn? Lost all position and momentum. Came again late, so doubt he was tired at that poin in the race. Thing is, there are hundreds of rides like that every day (all tracks). You can go crazy keeping track of them. I guess when the owner/trainer make a stink, the stews take their heads out of ......
ElAngelo More than 1 year ago
I agree with the multiple commenters that revamping breakage will probably just lead to a take out hike. Personally, I don't see the big deal, because place and show betting are barely worth your action most of the time anyway.
ML/NJ More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure about your analysis of the number of Canadian vs. American Grade One Stakes. Does it really matter if the Great Barrington Fair is resurrected and so the number of races run in the US increases?
prozacjack More than 1 year ago
...What a trainer tells a jockey is a "coded message" if you've got a shot at the top of the stretch,"go for it" if not, he may need a race.You do not say this kind of coded message to Jockey's like Russell Baze of Laffit Pincay,these two are there to win PERIOD. Vic Stauffer should be thoroughly investigated and IF found guilty be BANNED from racing along with Joel Rosario. This sport needs this kind of Hanky Panky like I need an also-ran, AND ANOTHER WIFE These top jocks make a damn good living and should NOT except a mount unless they are committed to give an ALL OUT effort to get that horse "in the money" and when FOUND not to be giving their top effort, should be suspended for MONTHS not days and FINED dramatically till it hurts. The integrity of this sport is at stake.I won't mention any names but a TOP jock had to leave Calif, because of his lack of effort or concern with trying his ABSOLUTE best. I have a STIFF list that works for me, remember the trainer has no idea who his opposition is going to be until entries come out, and that's when the games begin. Before I bet a horse, I ask myself if I was the owner would I bet a ton on this horse TODAY, because with a very perishable commodity there may NOT be tomorrow. And I fully believe when the "Green Light" is given an ALL OUT maximum effort will follow. LOL
rick More than 1 year ago
Steve, not sure if you can post this, but I sure found it to be good reading... http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/norman_chad/09/20/delware.gambling/index.html?eref=sihp
durkin_fan More than 1 year ago
I urge everyone to check out the "Inside Post Blogs" just above Steve's in the "blog's" dropdown menu. It's great to read about the nuances going on at the different tracks during the live cards throughout the day. Mike Welsch's posts at Calder are especially insightful and fun to read in the more current and informal setting than the print edition stories. His comments about track bias', betting coups, jockey rides and inquiry decisions give the reader a realistic feel for being at the track and voicing some of the thoughts of what the regular guy may be thinking.
rick More than 1 year ago
is it a surprise that breakage cash isn't getting to you, the bettor? in fact, I can't believe any of us thinks otherwise. with racing in such a cash pinch, and jurisdictions struggling to find cash to pay purses for an entire meet (cutting purse dollars/racing dates), this should be common knowledge. should it be changed? of course. will it? not in our lifetimes. this isn't the nfl, with an abundance of revenue, we're rooting for a sport that had it's heyday back at the turn of the LAST CENTURY. and shame on us for not demanding a change sooner.
jrzingg More than 1 year ago
leave the breakage like it is( do you really want to be payed in pennies) and lower the take out
John O' More than 1 year ago
[In NY] the breakage money aal goes to the state.I saw the figures on the nyswb web site and it was millions of dollars from nyra alone.