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.


Buzz Nottingham More than 1 year ago
Just returned home to North Carolina after enjoying the first 10 days of the Saratoga meet. I have 2 complaints. I was surprised to not find the parlay and pick 6 tickets that were always available in years past. It seems that all race tracks are encouraging patrons to use SAMS to punch their own tickets. Why then, take away one of the best tools for self-service? It seems that at Saratoga obtaining the will pays is very difficult. One infield board is used exclusively for current race daily double possibles, which are continuously changing, instead of showing double will pays and pick 3 and pick 4 will pays. Yes, I'll be back next year hoping some minor improvements are in place.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Steve, Sharpen your pencil its a great card. Whitney is the best race/field in a long time every horse is RESPECTED! unlike those CA grade 1's
Edward More than 1 year ago
Who decided to start carding the stakes race as the 6th race on mid-week Saratoga cards? What a terrible idea. I have decided to leave everyday after that race when I would be their if I wasn't stuck looking at god-awful claiming races. What is this Del Mar? The wed, thurs, cards this week are an embarrassment.
mikedelg More than 1 year ago
some people just love to complain. its the weirdest damn thing ....
W.G. More than 1 year ago
As noted in another post, someone noted the possibility of weather models called for possible T-storms when it was drawn last Saturday. NYRA sometimes runs a turf feature earlier under those circumstances. Other possible reason I mentioned below.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daily Saratoga blogs will resume Saturday, August 3rd What, I'm not supposed to eat for three days?
David Schabell More than 1 year ago
Ahhh, you just do this to make us appreciate you - lol!!! I must admit that I must be addicted to the blog. Seems I check to make sure it's not up and running at least three times a day. Hurry back!!!
ML NJ More than 1 year ago
Ditto here regarding the Throgs Neck. I grew up in Roslyn Hts and almost never took the Whitestone. These days I only take to visit someone I know in Whitestone. All my other LI visits are via the Throgs Neck or Manhattan depending upon traffic.
Paul Lewis More than 1 year ago
i still have a couple of Delaware River Bridge Tokens ~ : )
hialeah More than 1 year ago
Under: everything that's old is new again; we get "technical problems". Can relate as when it came time to pound that Mott horse on Monday - with everyone else - everything froze. At least he went to 8/5, rather than 5 or 8 to 1. Relateable nonetheless. Construction and deconstructing the NY stakes schedule - not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steve, not sure what highway your taking south but can you get to the Throgs Neck Bridge? No construction going on there- should save you some time to handicap.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Considering how much off-the-books money is sloshing around, someone's going to get the profitable idea of a car ferry between some point in the east Bronx to some point in western Long Island so that the Whitestone can be by-passed. With the electronics that exist, drivers using a web cam showing the traffic density on the bridge can decide whether or not to pay $25-$35 one way to avoid the no-go bridge. (The inevitable Drexel P6 scam instincts will them prompt the ferry owners to permanently display a web cam feed of the bridge jammed up 24 hours a day.) *** There's an ad to the right on the screen with Al Franken in it. Is it for a remake of Trading Places, in which he co-starred?
W.G. More than 1 year ago
Funny, but some excellent points as well!
matt More than 1 year ago
Steve: Any updates on the Saratoga P5? I have spent several nickels lately on west coast synthetic track P5's and look forward to taking my bankroll back to dirt. Thanks -Matt
W.G. More than 1 year ago
Steve noted in Saturday's blog that they hope to have it in place this Wednesday (I had asked about it Saturday night because I was watching the feed from Yonkers Raceway on Yonkers Trot night there and asked about it because Yonkers already has its P5 going). While I'm at it, do they plan to have a consolation payoff if no one hits all five or do they plan to do it as Yonkers does and have no consolation and carry the entire pool over to the next day? [I actually said the original hope was for it to be ready by Whitney Day (Saturday 8/3) -SC]
W.G. More than 1 year ago
I know, I caught the mistake AFTER I wrote that.
Rick Harrington More than 1 year ago
I think Saratoga Harness does no consos when the Pick-5 isn't hit there. Not 100% sure. Wonder if it's a NYSRWB thing.
T More than 1 year ago
Looks like NYRA came through again, NOT. No Pick-5 at Sarotaga this year. Now scheduled for the start of the Fall Belmont Meet Sept 7. Way to go NYRA. At least you are consistent. Consistently bad!!! Well, I guess I will have to start looking at the Del Mar Pick 5. Bigger pools and less weather issues as a bonus.