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YESTERDAY August 19, 2014
Shared Belief, who will put his unbeaten record on the line against a strong group of older horses in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Sunday at Del Mar, had his final work on Tuesday morning, a half-mile in 49.60 seconds at Golden Gate Fields.
Only a handful of challengers are expected to face the outstanding turf miler Obviously in the Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Mile, which joins the Pacific Classic and Pat O’Brien on Sunday’s card.
There may be a few linchpins on which you can key your multi-race wagers, including one at the very start.
All-sources handle is down 5.3 percent, while ontrack handle is flat, through the first 28 days of the 2014 Saratoga meet compared with last year.
Stakes-winner E L Titan has been absent from the Grand Circuit this season, but that is soon to change. The 3-year-old male trotter is getting ready for the Simcoe Stakes and Canadian Trotting Classic, both at Mohawk Racetrack.
Is Sunny Desert ready for her best effort off the layoff? That’s the key to solving Thursday’s $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga.
Big Macher will attempt a sweep of this track’s major races for sprinters when he competes in the Grade 2, $300,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes on Sunday.
Assateague, winner of the Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx last out, will be forced to miss Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes due a bout of colic, trainer Michael Matz said.
Competitive Edge, a very impressive debut winner here on July 26, worked five furlongs in 1:00.13 Tuesday morning as he continues preparations for a start in the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful here on Sept. 1.
Graded stakes winners Grace Hall and My Wandy’s Girl, who were expected to run in Saturday’s Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga, will both miss the race due to physical issues. The racing careers of both are also in question.