12/23/2008 1:46AM

Sugarplum Carryovers


Done shopping? Then you can get to work on Friday's two big carryovers: A 2-day, $159k headstart at Aqueduct, which reopens Friday after being dark since Dec.14, and a $227k carry at Hawthorne that has been building for 18 days. Here are the wintry lineups:

It's not as if there's a lot of parimutuel distraction between now and then. Six tracks (CRC, Pen, Pha, Sun, Tam, TuP) are open Tuesday but there's no Thoroughred racing scheduled anywhere in the U.S. either Wednesday or Thursday, when even the OTB's are closed in New York.

The early pp's are up for both Aqu and Haw and the two seeded sequences look like skullbusters. Full fields before scratches, two maiden claimers at Aqueduct, and three straight $4k or $5k claiming filly sprints at Hawthorne. Get cracking.

Friday is also opening day at Santa Anita, where a nine-race card includes three straight stakes races starting with the 6th: 12 Cal-bred 2-year-olds in the $125k California Breeders Champions Stakes; Gio Ponti vs. 12 in the $100k Sir Beaufort for 3-year-old turf milers; and seven 3-year-olds -- including G1 winners Colonel John, Georgie Boy and Into Mischief -- in the G1 $250k Malibu.

Into Mischief earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 95 winning last year's Hollywood Futurity by 1 1/4 lengths from Colonel John. This past Saturday, Pioneerofthenile won that race but earned a Beyer of only 86 -- the lowest in at least the last 19 years, a span during which the average winning fig has been a 99 -- after running the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.95. Half an hour later, the older G2 winner Zappa ran the same distance in 1:40.65 winning a N3x allowance race, earning a 99.

Pioneerofthenile matched the 86 he received in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, when he ran fifth, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, by Midshipman.

The most impressive winner at Hollywood last Saturday was the 3-year-old Rail Trip, a Jay Em Ess/Ron Ellis/Jump Start colt who won his Nov. 7 debut in 1:07.94 for 6f, good for a splashy 102 Beyer. Rail Trip returned Saturday to score by an identical 3 1/2-length margin, this time getting 6.5f in 1:13.92, which translated to a 101 Beyer. 

Walt More than 1 year ago
Amazing that Monticello is the only track anywhere running on Christmas Eve. That reminds me of 30+ years ago when my late father stopped at OTB in Manhattan on Christmas Eve to bet a triple (as trifectas were called in those days in New York and were by NYRA up to 1995 I believe), and hit it for over $2,000 for a $3 wager (triples/trifectas were $3 wagers at the harness tracks in those days). One of the most memorable Christmas Eves I can remember. I also remember another Christmas Eve a couple of years later when Yonkers actually ran a "studio" card just for OTB (the track was not open to patrons at all) that took 90 minutes to run with the entire program shown on WOR-TV (Channel 9, now WWOR-TV) that night. How times have changed. In more recent years, Philly Park would race on Christmas Eve, and in some years was in fact the only track open on Christmas Eve from my memory.
Rick Marks More than 1 year ago
VERY nice touch by DRF to distribute Friday, December 26 edition on Tuesday AM. With all the down time, I just might cap 5 of the 7 tracks in the NY edition (sorry Calder and Laurel).
Tom D. More than 1 year ago
I agree with Mark c. about Tampa Bay Downs. I wrote last year to appeal to the people upset with Stronachs Gulfstream to give Tampa a chance. Unlike NYRA employees who constantly have their hand out, TBD workers go out of their way to help, their pleasant, and aren't expecting a tip for giving directions to the bathroom. There isn't a Sizzler type buffet to over pay for (Gulfstream.) Plenty of outdoor seating to escape the northern winter that was such a draw for the old Gulstream. Parking isn't a hassle, unlike Gulfstream who last Fla. Derby had given their parking spots to the construction of stores and condos for people who will never live there and stores no one will shop at. Gulfstream does have better simulcast areas and hot chicks for bartenders. At TBD, you don't want to use a teller as the old timers collect their dimes! The racing isn't up to the caliber of Gulfstream but they have full fields and a great turf course. AND! This Sat. Eibar Coa will be there. A chance to get Coa'd in person! Wonderful.
arizonadave More than 1 year ago
Los Al Jockey Sam Thompson passed away yesyerday the 24th from an injury after a race on the 20th. very sad.
hammer More than 1 year ago
From frigid chicago: perhaps Hawthorne does not get the same accolades or buzz as Arlington, but for local players, it offers nicer folks, fuller fields and bet-friendly staff.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Give it a rest - literally, not insultingly. This is the time of the year when NOT watching and wagering results in rejuvenation. Merry Christmas to all!
High Limit More than 1 year ago
Merry and a Happy Mr Steve, and crew...
trenton Ralph More than 1 year ago
Merry Christmas Steve, Are you doing any updates today for the bigA ?
Barry More than 1 year ago
Steve, just a quick question-I noticed in some claiming races there were veterinarian scratches. I thought in Claiming races you could enter horses no matter what their physical condition ( Caveat Emptor). Are there different levels of physical condition to be met depending on the race?
Plod Boys More than 1 year ago
Rodman ensures nice P6 price. Triple vs. plod & a vs. plod winner first asking.