08/10/2014 1:21PM

Saratoga Day 21: 8/10/2014


1:05 pm:  Today is the first day of the second half of your Saratoga 2014.

I thought today's card was an entertaining one, especially if you enjoy 2-year-olds -- 5 of Sunday's 11 are for juveniles, including the G2 Adirondack and the G2 Saratoga Special. 

The first of them was the opener for statebred colts, and it ended as an intrmural scrimmage between uncoupled Chad Brown first-time starters: 7-2 Market Conduct (Super Saver) got through on the inside to outfinish Tiz Time to Shine (Tiznow).

Fun fact: At Friday's Hall of Fame ceremonies, MC Tom Durkin said after receiving a hearty ovation, "Let me say two words I have never used in a racecall: Thank you." So of course in today's first race, there was a horse named, yup, Thank You. Ran 4th.

2:55 pm: The power of beating favorites, even with second and third choices, is clear from these pick-4 and pick-5 willpays going into the 5th, after winners paying $9.10, $10.40, $9.40 and $7.80:

In the 4th, second 2-year-old race for maiden fillies going 8.5 f on the grass, 5-2 Mott second-timer Lady of Victory (War Front) and 35-1 Rodriguez firster Doukas (Kantharos) ran 1-2 around the track in that orderbefore ending upa nose apart in that order. Flying Tipat (Tapit) may have been best, rallying from behind a slow pace and racing greenly through the stretch to be beaten less than a length.

4:40 pm: Race 7 for 2-year-old fillies at 5.5f consisted of 10 first-time starters and was bet like a two-horse race between 8-5 PletchJer firster Blame Dixie and 5-2 Jimmy Jerkens firster Treasure. Those two, hover, had to settle for third behind 28-1 Asmussen firster So Cal, a $17k Flatter yearling who dueled with the favorite and inched away late.

Here's the late pick-4 play:

5:35 pm: Cavorting, a runaway winner of her debut against just three rivals last month, proved her 11-length victory was legit by beating a very good field in the G2 Adirondack. Angela Renee was second in a good effort, with the restricted stakes-winner Wonder Gal and Vivian Da Bling runnin third and fourth in a field of seven.

Cavorting ($9.50), a daughter of Bernardini and Promenade Girl, ran the 6.5f in 1:16.49 under Irad Ortiz. The Stonestreet Stables runner is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.

6:15 pm: I Spent It slipped through at the rail to run down the tiring speed and win teh G2 Saratoga Special over Mr. Z and W V Jetsetter. The race was run in 1:16.79, which was .30 seconds slower than fillies ran half an hour earlier in the Adirondack. The Special pace was much quicker, however: Nonna's Boy and Cinco Charlie knocked each other out with a quarter in 21.67 and a half in 44.65.

I Spent It, a Super Saver colt who sold for $600k as a March 2-year-old, was a debut winner at Belmont July 2. He is owned by Alex and Jo Ann Liebling and trained by Tony Dutrow, who completed a rare Sanford-Special double with different horses. Dutrow sent out Big Trouble to win the Sanford, but the colt was subsequently sidelined for at least six months with a torn suspensory ligament.

Looks like four of them are covered in the pick-6; otherwise, a $74k carryover to Monday, when the sequence consists of three maiden claimers, two claimers and a restricted stakes:

6:45 pm: 6-1 Days Ride nailed uncovered 13-1 Tiz Yankee at the wire to conclude the Sunday card and deprive us of a carryover to Monday. Boo. Days Ride completed a$1,338 pick-4 and a $26,446 pick-6. Unless there's a tempting carryover before then, I'll be back Friday or Saturday.

Brendan More than 1 year ago
Row-Zee going in HOF next year for her ride in R11SAR 08/10/2014
Brendan More than 1 year ago
Read the footnotes in the Equibase chart of R11SAR 08/10/2014 re Ms Napravnik, " lost her balance in the sadle then reached down to adjust the iron nearing the wire and was caught".
Rick Harrington More than 1 year ago
So, are you going to able to make a trip upstate this summer? I know earlier in the meet you were wanting to come up later in the meet.
Franck Rice More than 1 year ago
Wonder Gal's rider did not do her any favors.
Tom Callahan More than 1 year ago
Thanks and good luck -- skipped the Pick four as i had not a clue in the first leg. Keyed the 3 and 6 in the 9th, spread in the 10th with 13791011 and loved the 2 and 6 in the finale. Good hunting and thanks for the blog -- it's a pleasure to read.
hialeah More than 1 year ago
Phil making a run with 5 tied for lead in PGA. (repeat) what a horse race! Good luck in the twin features today. Always enjoyable with the 2yos.
Tom Callahan More than 1 year ago
Steve -- any thoughts on a Pick Four today? Perhaps better races to watch and learn from than play today, but some really nicely bred babies here.

[Posted play at 4:40 pm. Agree they might be better races to watch than play, but just in cas I'm walking around lucky, I made a spread play. -SC]

harpharper . More than 1 year ago
I didn't think Super Saver was a Super Horse even though he won the Derby. But his progeny are running lights out early on.
Nicholas Briglia More than 1 year ago
You are right, he wasn't. But you don't really have to be super on the track to be good at stud.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Super Saver does throw some good ones..