09/01/2013 11:45AM

Saratoga Day 39: September 1, 2013


12:45 pm: The Grade 1 Spinaway, the Grade 3 Saranac, and a $139k pick-six carryover are the main attractions for Day 39, where the main track is sloppy and five of six scheduled grass races will be run on turf courses rated “good.” Only the 6th, a conditioned claiming race, has been moved to the main track. The day's first four races are on the grass, so the main track is still sealed.

No changes thusfar in the Spinaway, which drew a field of nine including the deadheat winners of the opening-day Schuylerville, Bahnah and Brazen Persuasion, and the impressive debut winners Stopchargingmaria and Sweet Whiskey. The Saranac has a field of seven led by Notacatbutallama.

A third stakes race, the $100k Speed Boat for turf fillies including G1 winner Samitar and Ruthenia, was carded as the 1st of the day, apparently so it would be seen by as few people as possible.

The pick-6, scheduled to begin at 4:06 pm with the 7th race, includes the two graded stakes, and four of the six legs are on the dirt. A reminder: Whether or not it is hit today, there is a mandatory payout of the pool tomorrow, when the closing-day post time for a 10-race card is 12:30 pm.

1:15 pm: Samitar prevailed in the $100k Speed Boat, running down a loose (6f in 1:13.89) Baffle Mein upper stretch and scoring by a long neck in 1:44.41. Samitar, a 4-year-old Rock of Gibraltar filly owned by Martin Schwartz and trained by Chad Brown,won the G1 Garden City last fall and was fourth in the G1 Diana last time out.

The Speed Boat seems an odd name for a grass stakes. The race honors a Man o'War filly who won the 1932 Adirondack and 1933 Test here and never raced on the grass. Of course neither did her sire, whose name is attached to a Grade 1 grass race at Belmont.

2:33 pm: Cayambe, 2-1 favorite on board, just scratched with 1 MTP for 4th race. Looks like you'll inherit Shmooz Talker in pick-4's...

2:40 pm:...and if you inherited him, you won, as Shmooz Talker came through as the new 8-5 fave.

The 8th race was just taken off the turf and will be run at seven furlongs on the main track. . ML favorites Eddy's Time and Done Smoking are scratched and MTO La Java will run. Here's the lineup for now:

3:50 pm: Here's the pick-6 play:

4:15 pm: Recepta, 2-year-old Speightstown filly who sold for $410k as a yearling, made an impressive debut winning the 7th. Bet down to 2-1, she sat third behind Premura and Spanish Gold, overtook them in upper stretch, opened daylight and was taken in hand late. Good for NYRA for carding it as the first leg of the pick-6 so everyone could see that a Jimmy Toner firster being bet to 2-1 (more meaningful than a Pletcher firster being 8-5) is probably a serious runner.

4:50 pm: Dreadful 8th race (7f in 1:27.75), compromised by entire field with no dirt form being switched to main track in mid-afternoon, won in final stride by Rice firster Scat Away over 8-1 Echluath. Manhattan Kitty, 19-1 at the time, was scratched en route to gate.

5:20 pm: Five Iron ($12.40), top fig off last but allowed to go off fifth choice, led every step of the way to win the Saranac. Notacatbutallama, 2-1 fave,made arun at him in upper stretch but then flattened out and Joha was third. Five Iron's 6f in 1:10.90 and 9f final time of 1:48.21 raises question of why Race 8 had to be switched to main track so late.

5:55pm: Sweet Reason, who won her debut off a fast pace in the slop, got both of those factors in her favor again today and she was much the best winning the G1 Spinaway by 5 3/4 lengths. The $185k Street Sense yearling was the first Grade 1 winner for her owner, Treeadway Racing, and trainer, Leah Gyarmati. Stopchargingmaria was second with 23-1 Dancing House third and Sweet Whiskey fourth as the 9-5 favorite. Brazen Persuasion, dead-heat winner of the Schuylerville, refused to leave the starting gate but the stewards decided after an inquiry that there was no equipment malfunction or starter interference.

6:30 pm: Nevada Kid, entered as a rabbit for his stablemate Fast Falcon,almost saved the day for the 6-5 Nick Zito entry, but could not hold off 3-1 Abraham down the stretch, settling for second as Fast Falcon was a poor fifth losing his 14th straight start.

Can't post the willpays because they're all screwed up again on NYRA Rewards site but it appears from the tv scroll that 7 of the 9 in the maiden-claiming finale are covered, all but #3 Cebu and #6 Gingee, at prices ranging from $74k to $524k. Even if there's no carryover, remember that tomorrow is a mandatory pool-payout even if no one goes 6 for 6. I'll be playing.

6:45 pm: Speaking of NYRA Rewards, simoplayers be forewarned:Just noticed a message on their site saying that "Due to tote upgrades, the following tracks will not be available Monday, September 2: Del Mar, Golden Gate, Yonkers, Presque Isle, Emerald Downs,Portland Meadows, Hastings, Mountaineer, Remington, Indiana Downs, Louisiana Downs, Scanterbury [Canterbury] Park."