08/10/2014 12:21PM

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.