08/29/2012 11:36AM

Saratoga Day 35: 8/29/12


12:37 pm: It's four on the dirt and then six on the grass for a fast, firm and sunny Day 35 where six of the day's races are for 2-year-olds.

There would have been a $299k carryover into today if the 3-2 fvorite, Lord Pipes, had won Monday's nightcap. He wasn't covered but 7-1 Miss Suwanee was, and she romped by 3 1/2 lengths facing males. Maybe it's just as well, as the all-turf sequence is a very tough one, with three juvenile grass races in the mix including the P.G. Johnson stakes for fillies.

There are two other $100k stakes on the Wednesday card, both restricted: The 6f David for 2-year-old statebreds, which goes as the 3rd with a field of five, and the one-mile Win for non-winners of a turf stakes in 2012, which is the 6th race and has a field of nine. The Win is the only one of the six straight turf races not at a mile and a sixteenth.

The card starts in 25 minutes with the only dirt route juvenile race of the meet, a maiden race at a mile and an eighth. Darley/McLaughlin second-timer Thane, fourth to stakes prospect Palace Malice in his debut, is the 1-to-5 favorite with 23 MTP.


1:10 pm: Norumbega ($17.40) ran down 1-to-5 Thane in midstretch to win the 9f baby race. The Tiznow-Meghan's Joy colt, beaten 10 lengths on the grass in his debut, ran the mile and an eighth in 1:51.86. Too soon to tell if/how much the track is faster than it was last Sept. 2, when Speightscity won this race in 1:53.08.

Norumbega, according to Wikipedia, was " a legendary settlement in northeastern North America, inextricably connected with attempts to demonstrate Viking incursions in New England. Like Cathay, it was a semi-legendary place name used to fill a gap in existing geographical knowledge."


2:00 pm: It didn't affect me either way, but I thought that was a bad dq in the 2nd where 5-1 Brazilian Court was placed second behind 4-1 runner-up Scofield. You can argue till the cows come home whether Scofield was pinning in Brazilian Court or Brazilian Court was bulling his way through a non-existent hole, but their bumping appeared to have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the race and when that is the case i always vote to leave it alone. Why punish the bettors who selected the better horse for something that could/should have been adjudicated with a jockey fine?


2:55 pm: Hearts of Red, 11-1 outsider in six-horse N2x filly field field where other five were 6-1 or less, successfully turned back from five routes to upset the 4th in 1:09.75 for 6f. WIllpays into the 5th, including early pick-4:


3:25 pm: Fredericksburg, who closed 15 lengths while running fourth in his debut behind Craving Carats, went to the front from the rail, shook off a sustained challenge from Winning Cause and pulled clear to win the 5th. Summer Shiner, third in the Craving Carats race while near the pace, came from far back today and was visually impressive rocketing past horses around the stretch turn and finishing best of all. Brickyard Kitten, forced wide from post 12, also contested the pace and held well for third in his debut.


4:05 pm: Swift Warrior ($10.20) caught Yield Bogey in midstretch and pulled away to win the $100k Win Stakes, with 14-1 Hoofit up for second over 6-1 Yield Bogey. Swift Warrior, a 4-year-old First Samurai colt trained by John Terranova, was making his first start snce April 1st and second since finishing third in the G3 Tampa Bay Stakes Feb. 25, a race in which Hoofit finished 10th.


4:30 pm: Juvenile turf racing, which had seemed more formful this year after a steady string on longshot winners last summer, reverted to throw-a-dart form in the 7th as 21-1 Sheppard firster Hedonemewrongsong beat 21-1 Hennig firster Coarsegold, followed by 18-1 Mott second-timer Sandsarita and 12-1 Kimmel firster Ruthie Ble Eyes next at 12-1. They combined for a $9,686-for-$2 tri and a $96,961-for-$2 superfecta. I detect the fhe faint scent of a carryover in the air.


5:00 pm: Guess it was just a matter of time before pople began importing European 2-year-olds to plunder our grass stakes even before the Breeders' Cup, just as they routinely do with older horses. Watsdachances ($9.50), Irish 2-year-old filly by Diamond Green coming off a maiden victory at Navan, won the $100k P.G. Johnson over 11-1 Broken Spell, 6-1 Tarafromthecape and 5-1 Da Mi Basia Mille for new trainer Chad Brown.


5:30 pm: Back-to-back Brown, as Gimme Credit ($4.70) got the job done in the 9th and Castellano remained seated all the way to the wire. Weird-looking race, as 31-1 Wihingonadream opened what had to be a 15-length lead between calls, turnd for home 10 on top before wilting yet hanging on for fourth. Cinnamon Beach ran 2nd at 45-1 with Dugan third at 14-1, and that' how a 6-5 shot keys a $10,567 superfecta.


The willpays:

Five of the 12 in the 10th are covered in the pick-6, at $24k to $73k. With the other seven, we'd get a $73k carryover to Thursday. Ooops, make that "other six" as uncovered #5 Stormin Esther was just scratched in the paddock.


6:15 pm: There's a $73k carryover to Thursday at Saratoga after 11-1 Corinzia, first turf after two dirt losses by a combined 57 lengths, won the Wednesday finale over 12-1 She Be Bunny.

Tomorrow's sequence is on races 6-11: After a sprint in the first leg, it's five straight on the turf, including the $100k Equalize for 3-year-olds (race 9) and the G2 With Anticipation for 2-year-olds (race 10). Yes, the With Anticipation really is a G2, the same as the Hopeful.