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."

Chris Evers More than 1 year ago
Gotta love Scanterbury Park
Russell Weber More than 1 year ago
Does anyone else think that Sept. 2, Labor Day is a bad day for NYRA to decide to upgrade their tote system??
horsesone More than 1 year ago
nyra could not wait for Tuesday to do that? always something
Rick Harrington More than 1 year ago
Perhaps they wanted a day or two to test during the gap between Saratoga and Belmont so that they're ready to go when September 7th comes.
W.G. More than 1 year ago
I think they have to do it tomorrow, especially if it is a two-night shutdown (also doing it Tuesday night) because of Rosh Hashanah being on Wednesday. This sounds like something that can only be done in-between meets.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
Sounds like any track going past 6:00 PM tomorrow won't be available and that may also explain why there are only 10 races on closing day instead of the customary 11, even with the earlier post time (12:30).
Rick Harrington More than 1 year ago
They were warning through the program and on-screen messages that United Tote tickets NEED TO BE CASHED at the Aqueduct/Belmont/Saratoga windows by 6PM tomorrow.

[They didn't exactly say that. They said "for faster service," please cash them by tomorrow. The tickets and vouchers are of course still valid beyond Monday, but you may have to go to a special window to redeem them. -SC]

Rick Harrington More than 1 year ago
Yeah. You're right. It was "For Faster Service", so I'll alter my message to say that they're recommending people cash their tickets before 6PM Monday before they undergo tote upgrades.
Angie Rossi More than 1 year ago
Steve, The early pick four paid $387.50. I did the math and it appears to be an underlay. Maybe my math was wrong. Could you please verify? TIA

[Your math is right but you're forgetting that Shmooz Talker was effectively under even-money in the pick-4 because the favorite was scratched at the gate and he inherited all that money as the new post-time favorite.-SC]

Angie Rossi More than 1 year ago
Thanks that explains it. Have a great evening!
JJIII2 More than 1 year ago
Thx for ur opinion on scat daddy u saved me some money. I have the 1&2 in the next leg didn't use pletchers horses. Shame on me but have coverage in the final two legs.good luck.
john More than 1 year ago
The turf courses at the Spa have produced the biggest bias I've ever seen on the turf in my 68 years on Earth. A major set of plays at Belmont will be to toss out every single horse that wired on the grass at the Spa.
ML NJ More than 1 year ago
Interesting comment !
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
Anyone know why John Imbriale is calling today? Just surprised that Durkin is not calling given it is the next-to-last day of the season?
Mike Jarboe More than 1 year ago
He just wanted a day off. Due to return tomorrow.
Mike B More than 1 year ago
I think TD wanted a head start on the Thruway
Pie Cliff More than 1 year ago
steve nice start for your pick6
Elliott More than 1 year ago
Steve: Glad to see your "As" are similar to my caveman although I have less coverage. Good luck!