09/11/2009 11:10AM

Rainy Return to Belmont



It's a wet and windy opening day for the 33-day Belmont fall meeting, with today's four scheduled grass races (5,7,8,9) already rained on to the main track and no relief in sight: The forecast is nothing but rain through Saturday night.

Earlier this week, the G2 Bowling Green was moved from today to Sunday in anticipation of last night's heavy rain. First there's tomorrow's G1 Garden City for 3-year-old turf fillies, which could end up being the only race left on the grass. At least the two favorites have handled wet courses before: Gozzip Gal, the division leader and G1 American Oaks winner, won the G2 Sands Point at Belmont May 30, leading through a squishy 1:15.78 en route to a 1 1/2-length victory in 1:51.24 for 94. Maram, last year's BC Juvenile Fillies Turf winner and still unbeaten in four starts, won the G3 Miss Grillo on a yielding course last Oct. 1 in 1:46.12 for 8.5f.

Saturday's co-feature is the G1 Ruffian Handicap for older dirt fillies, which has been buried early on the card as the 4th race, presumably because Seventh Street will be odds-on a field with just five betting interests and no tri or super.


My only possible live viewing of the opening-day card will hinge on the willingness of JFK airport bartenders to tune in the OTB channel as I wait through a likely rain delay of my light to Toronto. I'm headed for the Great White North for (free) seminars at Woodbine at 11 a.m. Saturday and at the Greenwood OTB at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

My flight is scheduled to leave at 2:40 pm; I make the over/under 4:30.

Diceman More than 1 year ago
Hi Folks, Slow day! I've been to Churchill Downs on many Novemebr days and it can be Cold, Wet and of course, produces a Sloppy Track! I love CD and it's ideal for a Breeders Cup (BC) in late October but never in November! How can any serious Handicapper or Racing Fan forget the miserable conditions and Sloppy Track at Monmouth Park in 2007? I folded my sizable money stake and never made a bet in two days! Realistically, Sanita Anita is OK and the proper venue for the Cup. The Scenery is Spectular, there are many nearby Hotels and Excellent Restaurants, and the Transportation Facilities, including Air/Land are more than adequate. The only reservation from a few but dwindling negative voices is the Synthetic Track. Actually, the Track looks like Dirt, feels like Dirt and most Horses and Jockeys are comfortable and safe racing over the strip. The race times are Fast and the Speed and Closers all have an equal shot at winning! The Turf Course is excellent and appeals to Euro and US Horses. The On-Track amenities are also fantastic! So what is there not to like? Bottom Line: My Wife and I will be at SA for the Breeders Cup this Fall. After the races, will skip over to Las Vegas for our favorite casion action - Slots for Her, and Craps and Blackjack for me! We will never be closer to Paradise than a combined trip to SA and Las Vegas! Frankly, as a group that loves our sport, let's stop complaining and nit picking. Enjoy our brief life on Earth to the fullest! Every morning I wake up, I pause and thank the Good Lord for another winning day! Good Luck and Good Health! Diceman
robert ginnerty More than 1 year ago
Gary, for your information, American horses have attempted the Arc : Career Boy (1957), Carry Back (1962), Tom Rolfe (1965) for example. I was fortunate enough to see the race in 1957 as I was stationed near Paris in the service.
tim212 More than 1 year ago
IF memory serves me Churchill did not bid on the Breeders baised on a buisness decision.Another example of the sport we love shooting itself in the foot. tim212
ML/NJ More than 1 year ago
I guess then NYRA looked at the 2072 they got for Belmont Fall Meet Opening Day and decided it must be due to the throngs of us watching at our kitchen tables in NJ, and so they decided to cut off the track feed that we with NJ Accounts have become accustomed to. No cups at the spring. Lights out on the Toteboard. Limiting posting of results to about 15 seconds. No track feed on my computer. I've pretty much been an NYRA defender, but there are limits.
Walt P. More than 1 year ago
kjm: It may be more likely the New York State Racing and Wagering Board won't let NYRA show the video on 4NJBets.com. Does anyone here try to wager on some of the other tracks in New York State through them (i.e.: Finger Lakes, Yonkers, etc.)? If the other New York state tracks are not on there, then it would be becauee the NYSRWB isn't allowing 4NJBets to carry the New York signals (and if so, perhaps out of some ridiculous and irrational concern that people who actually live in New York state, but have New Jersey addresses they can use would do so and then see the New York track signal online illegally). I would not know because I live outside the affected area altogether (though I believe Philadelphia Park's cable TV show I believe also is not allowed to carry NYRA's signal on it, quite possibly because that show is also available online to PHONEBET account holders).
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
KJM - Just remember, we here in N.J. are captive members of New Jersey Account Wagering - Part of a state run agency that each year loses losing millions of dollars trying to do what TVG et al does profitably - And we've had far worse experiences with NJAW than you'd ever dream of encountering with NYRA, were you to live in New York State. Since June 1st, 2009, when I've attempted to activate my NJAW "streaming videos," the ENTIRE system crashes. The entire Internet connection vanishes. Like clockwork. "Hello, Blue Laptop. Fancy meeting you here. Again." This came in the wake of dozens of other problems, major and minor, that this sad-sack outfit has created in the past three years. NJAW's assistance with fixing the latest problem? Pathetic. Hopeless. No video? Sorry. No betting. My account balance is currently $0.12. Which is what NJAW is currently worth.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Hey, Steve! You can come back! There's no military draft (as of yet) for Afghanistan!
dan c More than 1 year ago
If the Breeders cup wanted to see a great matchup they would move the event to Churchill downs where it should be every single yr. At Churchill you would get Zenyatta vs Rachel and Icon Project, you would get See the Stars, you would get the REAL turf sprinters going 5 1/2 NOT 6 1/2.....you would get REAL turf racing with Golidkova vs mastercraftsman,and all the other euros instead of many trying the classic.....you would get the BEST 2yr olds not the 2nd tier while all the east 2 yr olds get put away. You would get REAl championship DIRT racing. Just blame it on the fires and move it, there is still time. I bet Jess would even help pay to relocate it.....
saratogabill More than 1 year ago
I see that the guaranteed pick 4 pool was short by about $38,000, so I assume NYRA "made up" the difference and payoffs were somewhat inflated. What would the payoff had been if there was no guarantee? It seems that the guaranteed pools run short on rainy days and there are lots of off-the-turf scratches. I didn't play it, nor would I have had it, but I'm wondering if anybody jumps in just because there's a "positive expectation" similar to a pick 6 carryover.
KJM More than 1 year ago
For those who posted about no NYRA live video at 4NJBets.com, I received an email from 4NJBets.com today informing me that NYRA won't allow them to show the video. No other explanation was given. I have since emailed NYRA that I will not wager on NYRA races if there is no live video. Of course they probably don't care anyway. If I get any response from NYRA, I'll post something about it.