07/28/2013 11:15AM

Saratoga Day 9: July 28, 2013


11:15 am: A rainy (but not yet an off-the-turf rainy) Sunday for Day 9, which features a $98,749 pick-6 carryover and the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes. Some light morning rain has tapered off and there's a "chance" of thunderstorms later in the day, but the turf is so firm that it's unlikely any races will come off the grass, especially since they're mostly early in the program (races 1,2,3,5,6 and 8 of 11.)

The compulsion to run 11 rather than 10 races on Amsterdam Day is a bit beyond me, and it led to a somewhat ugly middle of today's card, with three consecutive bottom-rung N2L claimers starting in race 6, which is where that carryover pick-6 begins.

Here are the pre-scratch "picks" they'll be putting up under my mug on "Talking Horses," which starts in half an hour in the Carousel: 1) 6-1-7-2; 2) 6-10-2-8; 3) 1a-4-9-6; 4) 8-5-3-7; 5) 3-2-12-9; 6) 1-2-8-6-5; 7) 4-13-6-3; 8) 12-7-1-11; 9) 1-7-4-3; 10) 3-2-6-1; 11) 7-9-1-3-8.


12:50 pm: Slowly but surely they're scratching the main-track-onlies from the pick-6 races so I guess we're staying on the grass. here's the carryover lineup including scratches that have been announced so far:


1:10 pm: Winning Cause, who had not tried the grass since his first two career starts, rallied strongly to run down Joha and win the $100k Sir Cat Stakes for 3-year-olds to open the Sunday card. Winning Cause, a Giant's Causeway colt owned by Alto Racing and trained by Todd Pletcher, made his last four starts on Polytrack, winning the Grade 3 Lexington at Keeneland April 20.

All MTO's now scratched from the 6th and 8th (chart above updated.) 


1:25 pm: Two late scratches from the 2nd: #3 Red Constitution and #4 Samurai's Honor.

2:45 pm: Back-to-back 13-1 winners in first two legs of early pick-4 set up some juicy willpays -- $10k for $143k -- even with 2-1 favorite Barrister Jim winning the third leg:


Times of turf races suggest persistent drizzle has yet to affect the courses. Harder to tell about the main track, where $25k maiden claimers needed 1:52.72 for 9f but it was a ragged group and they were strung out from here to Schuylerville at the finish.

3:15 pm: Pick-6 starts in 22 minutes. here's my play:


4:15 pm: Argggh. Had a good idea with 13-1 Mr. Woolman in the 7th and thought he had his early duel with 17-1 Meeker Avenue won, but Meeker Avenue ($36.40)came back at him and put him away to win the second leg and knock me out.

4:45 pm: Any whining now moot: Dissension just took the third leg of the pick-6 at 33-1, making a double carryover to Monday look very likely.

5:05 pm: If it does carry again, there will be a carryover of around $330k (today's handle was $405,874 on top of the $98k carry). Here's what the sequence looks like:

5:30 pm: Norumbega ($7.10), Janney/Shug/Tiznow colt who won Saratoga's lone 9f dirt race for 2-year-olds last summer, outfinished longshots Tiz Adonis and Kid Sidney to win at 9f as a 3-year-old. Midnight Taboo, 12th in Belmont and then scratched from Friday's Curlin for this N1x, pounded to even-money, flattened to run 4th after middle move.

6:00 pm: Forty Tales, who rallied from so far back to win the woody Stephens on Belmont day, did it again in the Amsterdam to nail 8-1 Mico Margarita by three-quarters of a length. Salutos Amigos was third with Mentor Cane fourth after setting sizzling (21.77, 44.49) fractions but blowing the stretch turn.

Forty Tales, a Tale of the Cat colt owned by Perretti Racing and trained by Todd Pletcher, ran the 6.5 f in 1:15.64 under Joel Rosario.

There is ONE live pick-6 ticket, to #9 Spin Chief, that would pay $330k. Otherwise, that's where the pool will start tomorrow:


6:30 pm: There's a $330,087 carryover to Monday's card at Saratoga after the one live combo failed in the finale. Thingamajigger ($10.20) took the nightcap as Spin Chief, the sole live horse, stalked from good position early but went very wide on the turn and faded steadily thereafter.

First post is 1.p.m. and the pick-6 starts with the 5th, scheduled for 3:08 p.m.

Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
Dissension, last out 1st on turf, ran 2nd and had best Beyer of 12 race career, now same distance, same level, same horses and back on turf, last out 12-1 today 35-1??? Wheeled him in 2nd leg of DD (3x) @ $1200+ and used in p4, stupidly singled Pletcher for his only loss of the meet in leg 2 then won last 2 legs of p4. Hopefully another Dissension again 2day, good luck. Any idea of weather today?? Thanks
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Maragh in the 5/8 to 1 range somewhere on Monday.
Tom O More than 1 year ago
I was the guy who was alive to Spin Chief (who appeared to get hurt) via $192 investment. Never so disappointed to win $1977 but when you consider it's about half of one percent of the score I was looking it, the pain lingers....As the barber might say, "Next." Good luck tomorrow. I can't even bring myself to look.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
congrats, I had 5 of 6 and singled Dissension as my "all or 5/6 horse) but missed Norumbega, I can say I bet Pletcher on his ONLY loss of the meet
Tom O More than 1 year ago
You too. I would have gladly split it with you.
David Schabell More than 1 year ago
I miss hearing the familiar Saratoga sound of the bell clanging in the background prior to each race. Is it simply that my hearing has departed me in my old age, or is it a matter of another cutback??? That was something very distinctly Saratoga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, it must be your hearing. I sit by the paddock every time and it still rings at 17 minutes to post .
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Doctor to Broadway producer Jed Harris: "There's nothing wrong with your hearing. You are not listening."
David Schabell More than 1 year ago
Thanks, it could be that the sound at our OTB is only on during the actual call of the race. Glad to hear it is still an "alive and well" tradition.
jfcsoup More than 1 year ago
Failed and looked injured
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
but back in the day angel woulda did such an acting job on kid Sydney that they woulda looked at it for a half hour...just sayin
orsch226 More than 1 year ago
steve, you pot committed for tomorrow?? [I'm in. And let's make it clear to non-cards people that you are making a poker and not a marijuana reference. -SC]
John Belmont More than 1 year ago
Steve, Get in the car now so you are fresh for a big pot tomorrow! Glad I passed today. Gullo horse was tough to have
kevin r More than 1 year ago
Colorme Kitten was my play of the day in the 8th. Close 3d......that and a token......
Tom Hofner More than 1 year ago
Steve Interested in your choice of the 5 in the 10th. Now that your C's are out, what did you see in the 5?.. [It was a mistake and fortunately a no-cost one since I'm in contention for nothing. -SC]