07/19/2008 11:12PM

Opening Day Lineup


--If you're keeping score, that's 10 races, including:
*Seven sprints at 5, 5 1/2 or 6 furlongs;
*Five grass races, two of them turf sprints;
*Four races restricted to New York-breds, including an $80k turf-sprint stakes;
*A field of 11 in the G3 Schuylerville.

--Standing ovations are in order for -- age before beauty -- 10-year-old Evening Attire and 3-year-old Music Note, two stirring winners at classic distances on Saturday.

Evening Attire made a rare out-of-town visit for the $250,000 Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park and came away an 8 1/4-length winner at $6.40 in his first stakes victory outside of New York. The 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner was scoring his 15th victory in 69 career starts and has earned nearly $3 million. The Greenwood Cup, a discontinued grass race, has been revived as a prep for the new Breeders' Cup Marathon, for which Evening Attire won an automatic starting berth.

Extra Credit: Name the two 9-year-olds who are the oldest horses to start in a Breeders' Cup race and the three 7-year-olds who are the oldest to win one. Answer below.)

As for Music Note, her 11-length victory over stablemate Little Belle in the Coaching Club American Oaks was an excellent performance. Last of five after half a mile, she took over at will around the turn and looked like she was rocketing away from the field through the stretch, running her two final quarters in an outstanding 24.22 and 24.17 for a fine final time of 2:01.66. Next up: A rematch with Proud Spell as Music Note goes for a sweep of the Mother Goose, CCA Oaks and Alabama Aug. 16.

Spotty as this year's 3-year-old males have been to date, this is starting to look like a bumper crop of 3-year-old dirt fillies: Eight Belles, Indian Blessing, Music Note, Proud Spell and Zaftig make quite a quintet.

The CCA Oaks earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 100 on a day at Belmont where only the figs were straightforward. It was downright weird being out there for the late races today, and not just because of the 95-degree haze. Due to the basement generator fire Saturday morning, the entire grandstand was closed, air-conditioning was out in dining areas, and numerous monitors were blank. Free clubhouse admission and parking are being offered for closing day Sunday, where there isn't a carryover but there is a mandatory payout in the pick-6.

[Update 1:03 pm: Sunday's card has been cancelled due to ongoing electrical problems at Belmont, specifically the lack of power and air-conditioning to the jockeys' room.]

[Update 4:00 pm: Belmont announced it would "remain open for simulcasting" after the cancellation of live racing, but its online and telephone wagering to do so have been shut down. The phone-betting recording says that betting "is now closed" and lists the hours it is open, including Sundays from noon to 11 pm.

Extra Credit Answers: The oldest horses to win a Breeders' Cup race were the 7-year-olds Cardmania (1993 Sprint), Elmhurst (1997 Sprint), and Miesque's Approval (2006 Mile.) The oldest to run were the 9-year-olds Bet on Sunshine (2001 Sprint) and John's Call (2000 Turf). Honorable mention to 8-year-old starters Better Talk Now, Chorwon, Friendly Lover and Kona Gold.

Larry Thiel More than 1 year ago
I don't have a preference for stretching out or the turnback move, but for god's sake do something. If your horse is finishing sixth every race. Don't just keep sending him out there. Try something different.
ktalbany More than 1 year ago
I had a field day playing Sar/Dmr doubleheaders in '04,'05,and '06. Last year I won at Saratoga, but got eviscerated at Del Mar. Guess which track I won't be playing this year? I'll also avoid Arlington--another one of those poly-wanna-cracker tracks.
Ryan More than 1 year ago
Actually, rolling DD's on ALL races this year at the Spa.
RocEnite More than 1 year ago
Flipper I know you like those big super payouts.I sure would of liked to cashed the third race at evangeline last saturday..9-13-14-All pays 173,241 dollars.The tri paid almost 50,000. I know its not saratoga but the supers do pay well if you hit one. RocEnite
Steven_Crist More than 1 year ago
tim, Here are the complete naming rules (scroll down to Rule 6), which deal with re-using names in as little as five years under certain conditions: http://www.thejockeyclub.com/registry.asp?section=3#six Bochalls, Great catch. Elmhurst was indeed 7 when he won the 1997 BC Sprint. (Hesabull, the runner-up, was only 4.) RocEnite [re comment below], Check the pools on that 3rd race at Evangeline 7/19: There was only $23,100 in the super pool for that race, so while the payoff was correctly expressed as $173,241-for-$2, there were only two winning dime tickets sold, paying $8662 each. The tri pool was only $32,995, so the $49,441-for-$2 payoff means a single winning $1 ticket was sold at $24,720.
Flipper Dawson More than 1 year ago
To Tom_R and all others figuring out superfecta prices. This goes back to last Sat. at Woodbine in Race 5. Superfecta pool was $35754.00 The payoff was listed at $262,901.30.We know this is impossible. The latest super takeout at WO is 26.3 %. Multiply $35,754.00 by 26.3, and this is the takeout for the track.(about $9403.30.) Take the takeout away from the pool amount and you get $26,290.13 which is what the player got. So!!!!!! He took the whole pool!!!! With $2.40.!!! Steve C. is sharp on the figures, and now I'm getting the hang of figuring out the pools. Anyway, I did some work on his picks, and they were not quick picks. When someone like the player hits this close to home, it jars me a bit. I think the lowest bet at 'Toga is $1.00. Can anyone verify that before you set sail for Lake George???
Flipper Dawson More than 1 year ago
The Preacher's Horse A Preacher wanted to raise money for his church and, being told there were fortunes in race horses, he decided to purchase one and enter it in the races. However, at the local auction, the going price for horses was so steep he ended up buying a donkey instead. He figured that since he had it, he might as well go ahead and enter it in the races, and to his surprise the donkey came in third. The next day the racing sheets carried the headlines, "Preacher's Ass shows" The Preacher was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the races again and this time he won! The papers said, "Preacher's Ass out in Front" The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Preacher not to enter the donkey in another race. The newspaper printed this headline, "Bishop Scratches Preacher's Ass" This was just too much for the Bishop and he ordered the Preacher to get rid of the animal. The Preacher decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby convent. The headlines the next day read, "Nun has the Best Ass in Town" The Bishop fainted. He informed the Nun that she would have to dispose of the donkey and she finally found a farmer who was willing to buy it for $10.00. The paper states, "Nun Peddles Ass for Ten Bucks" They buried the Bishop the next day
bochalls More than 1 year ago
How old was Elmhurst when he won the BC Sprint? Thought he was old as well...maybe it was Hesabull, who ran 2nd, that was the old guy. The Shaughraun runs opening day at the Spa!!!
Flipper Dawson More than 1 year ago
Looking back on the weekend: I still am reeling from the big Sat. score where a customer at the OTB in Oshawa (run by Woodbine) hit the superfecta in Race 5 which paid him $26,290.13, playing a 20 cent superfecta. His ticket cost the minor sum of $2.40. The post-time odds on the 4 horses were 27-1, 16-1, 47-1, and 7-1.Track was fast, at 6 furlongs. At this same venue, I have not seen many people playing the 20 centers, but that's almost all I play. The previous high payoff in this method was in Texas, where a lady took just over 20 grand on a dime superfecta. (she won the whole pool.) What does surprise me is that WO made no mention of this hit in their news section re horse-player news. I have a tendency to pout, and I thought I would be the first to hit this wager. I went over his wager very carefully, and I know now what he did to win it. ---------------------------- Re mud caulks on Sunday, two horses at Fort Erie had the shoe changes. The first one just ROCKETED out of the gate, led by 8 at one point, and won by 2 (led all the way), paying $7.00 even. The second one clipped heels on the backstretch, dumping the female rider (apprentice)and then ran on his own behind the regular horses. --------------------------- On Sunday, my BEST BET of the week (VIC'S PICK) took the lead after the gate opened, and won fairly easily, paying $6.20, as the post-time favorite. (I still dislike faves), but he had about 9 reasons why he would win. ----------------------------- To the VIRGIN QUEEN, and others who have been asking me for the Secret Play, I will post it, but time does not permit that right now. --------------------------- Se Saratoga wagering menu, here it is: Exotic Wagering Format $1. Daily Double on races 1 and 2, 6 and 7, and on last two races. $1. Additional Double on 2nd and 3rd races when Steeplechase is first race. $1. Exacta on all races. $1. Quinella on races 2 and 4. $1. "Rolling" Pick 3 begining on 2nd race. (except for race that starts the late pick four) $1. Pick 4 on races 2-5 and last four races. $1. Pick 4 on races 3-6 and last four races when Steeplechase is first race. $1. Trifecta on every race with 6 or more betting interests. (stakes, allowances and handicaps with 5 or more betting interests will offer trifecta betting) $1. Superfecta on last race. (Two additional superfectas on selected races daily) $2. Pick 6 on last six races. $1. Grand Slam begins on race 5 (9-race card) and race 6 (10-race card). Takeout Information Win, place, and show: 15% Daily Double, Quinella, and Exacta: 17.5% Trifecta, Superfecta, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Grand Slam: 25% Pick 6: 25% (15% on non-carryover days) --------------------------- Best of luck at Saratoga. Hope you all cause a shortage of $100.00 bills.
Virgin Queen More than 1 year ago
the preachers horse..rotfl i.e rolling on the floor laughing.