07/31/2013 12:33PM

Saratoga Day 11: July 31, 2013


12:45 pm: Fast, firm, sunny and 76 degrees at the Spa, where Day 11 begins the second quarter of the 2013 meeting. It's five degrees hotter down here on Long Island, which it took nearly five hours to reach yesterday thanks to horrific traffic over the Whitestone Bridge.

No carryover after Monday's down-to-the-wire drama. Here's rationalization to be grateful there's not a triple-carry: The sequence today includes a blind (leg 3) firster-fest, a field of eight 2-year-old fillies where six are making their debuts.

Eight of today's 10 races are for fillies, three of those for statebreds. The feature is the $100k John's Call at a mile and five eighths on the turf, restricted to non-winners of a graded stakes on the turf in 2013.

4:00 pm: Apologies: technical problems here, will recap later.