07/27/2014 12:12PM

Saratoga Day 9: 7/27/2014


12:15 pm:All six grass races at Saratoga Sunday have been moved to the main track after heavy rain hit Saratoga late last night and this morning. Like off-the-turf racing? Have I got a card for you.

Since most off-the-turfers are run at either 7f or 9f when rained to the main track, today's racing will now consist of five 9-furlong races, four 7-furlong races and one 6-furlong race. The off-the-turf fields are mostly short ones after 46 scratches so far.

The main track is labelled "muddy" at this writing. No word yet on tomorrow's four scheduled grass races, three of them sprints.

1:40 pm: Pair of four-horse off-the-turfers tostart the day. At least the rest of today's races all still have from 6 to 8 unscratched horses.

In the opener for 2-year-old fillies, 4-5 Breen second-timer Sunday Sonnet outran 6-5 Pletcher firster Amy's Image from start to finish, covering the 7f in 1:25.85. In the 2nd, Electro Peg also scored on the front end, laying down sleepy fractions of 51.98, 1:17.36 and 1:42.50 en route to 9f in 1:56.09.

There is a one-hour telecast starting at 5 p.m. on NBC of the Haskell at Monmouth, starring Untapable and Bayern, which is slated to go off at 5:44 p.m. That's real, full-strength NBC, not  ($7.60) over darnley Bay for $14.60.NBC1 or NBC Sports. 

2:10 pm: High Dollar Woman, 5th to Angela Renee and first-race-winner Sunday Sonnet at 6-5 in her debut, ran more to expectations today,dueling early and then drawing off to win the 3rd in 1:11.63. The Super Saver filly, trained by Tony Dutrow, was a $675k March 2-year-old purchase.

3:20 pm: The 4th and 5th proved as easy as taking the only two main-track-onlies in each race and boxing them. In the 4th it was Lunar Rover ($6.80) over Aslan for a $23.60 exacta, and in the 5th it was Lotsa Noodles over Darnley Bay for $14.60. 

Lotsa Noodles completed an overlaid pick-4 of $506 (for winners who paid $7.70, $5.80, $6.80 and $7.80). The pick-5, adding a $3.90 winner of the 1st, came back more than double the parlay at $1,126.

Preliminary Beyers for yesterday's graded stakes: 100 for the Amsterdam (Coup de Grace) and 98 for the Jim Dandy (Wicked Strong). Friday's Curlin Stakes (V.E. Day) got an 88.

3:50 pm: Here's the pick-4 play:

Looks like it's started raining again upstate.

4:20 pm: Tacones (4-1) and Golden Cheetah (6-`1) topped an 11-12-13 finish to the 7th, good for a $51.50 exacta and $189.50 tri for the horses with arguably the best dirt form.

5:00 pm: River Rocks was a front-running runaway winner of the N2x 8th and may be ready for stakes company. The Western Pride colt is now 2 for 2 as a 4-year-old. His winning time of 1:23.37 was more than two full seconds faster than the afternoon's three other seven-furlong races (1:25.85, 1:25.73 and 1:26.73.)

Flashy American at 5-2 and Antipathy at 3-1 opened as the favorites for the upcoming G3 Shuvee, with Stanwyck and Hot Rocks both 4-1.

5:25 pm: Antipathy ($6.40), who almost pulled off a 30-1 upset when a close third to Close Hatches and Princess of Sylmar in the G1 Phipps last time out in her stakes debut,  became a graded stakes winner in her own right with a pace-pressing victory in the G3 Shuvee. Stanwyck, first time out since April, made a big bid on the turn but settled for 2nd with Hot Rocks third. The time was a moderate 1:52.80 for 9 furlongs, including a final furlong of 14.09 for the winner.

Antipathy, a 4-year-old A.P. Indy filly bred by Darley and owned by Godolphin, is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin..

Looks like 5 of the 8 in the off-the-turf finale are covered in the pick-6, at payoffs from $7k to $37k:

6:05 pm: Lucky Nancy E., one of only three uncovered horses in the Pick-6, sprinted to the front and scored a nine-length victory in the finale at 8-1 to conclude Sunday's card with a $37k carryover to Monday. I'll take a look.

Bill Keating More than 1 year ago
Reminds me of the 80s when Laz Barrera would herd most of his string east to Saratoga and then down to Belmont for the Fall Championship meet. That was when there was that super-important Belmont meet before it was supplanted by the Breeder's Cup. Now Belmont can't even get the Breeder's cup despite having by far the best turf infrastructure for fairly deciding international races. Can you imagine deciding the three million dollar Breeder's cup turf on Del Mar's seven furlong bullring? Those California horses were fast. Put one on the track at Saratoga against an East Coast horse whose "figs" proclaimed the horse an even match and the California horse would just run away with the race laughing. That fall Belmont meet. Affirmed versus Seattle Slew. Spectacular Bid against no one when no one would race against him and he won a walkover. Geez, second place money in the Marlboro or Suburban was a lot more than pocket change. And Forego impossibly closing from the next Galaxy, kicking in the afterburners, and somehow finishing with his nose in front. Those days are gone, but we'll always have Ruffian.
Rick Harrington More than 1 year ago
Heads up for Monday players: Rained again pretty good last night into this morning. All turf races have been moved to the dirt.
Lou Cocker More than 1 year ago
Best 3YOs are located on the west coast: California Chrome, Shared Belief and now Bayern
billybudd16 More than 1 year ago
says you.
Jeff Brown More than 1 year ago
the filly has it
Dale Tillotson More than 1 year ago
Maybe just as well your home Steve. Todays scratches and all you would of done is eat eat eat and had dining info for the entire meet, or in some instances meat. Recover well, get strong. I enjoy the blog.
Chris Colcord More than 1 year ago
Do you stay monogamous to Saratoga on Blog Days or we'll you be making a little side bet on the Haskell?
horsesone More than 1 year ago
Steve, who do you like in the Haskell? [I'm not betting the race but I'm a big Untapable fan and also fascinated to see if Bayern can stretch out. -SC]
Lou Cocker More than 1 year ago
Wow, Bayern really stretched out today. His last two have been outstanding.