08/03/2013 2:20PM

Steven Crist's Saratoga graded stakes analysis: Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap


Sunday’s five-horse, Grade, 1 $400K Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap shapes up as a rematch of the five-horse ungraded $122K Iowa Sprint Handicap June 28. Gentlemen’s Bet upset 3-10 Delaunay that day, but I like Delaunay to turn the tables here.

Delaunay had a six-race winning streak come to an end that night at Prairie Meadows, but he broke several lengths behind the field. He then rushed up wide and fought with Gentlemen’s Bet to the furlong pole before understandably tiring. “No punch” was the chart comment, but I think there was a reason for that.

Delaunay breaks from post 3 today, outside the two other front-runners, a tactical advantage.

I’ll be rooting for Caixa Eletronica to pick up the pieces late and maybe get second. The admirable 8-year-old will be making his 66th career start and does his best in small fields with plenty of speed out front.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Arromanches win streak came to an end after he was claimed and went in to a stable that was 0 for 60 (it was the only time I bet against him) he then got claimed again and started winning again. I remember him well he was one of my favorites .back then there were a bunch of tough gritty racehorses in the handicap divisions like SAY FLORIDA SANDY,SPOOKY MULDER and others...in the current generation they would all be multiple graded winners...its very fitting that ARROMANCHES turned out to be a decent stallion even if he does not get the mares he deserves and stands for less than $2000 in Indiana.The appropriately named CAIXA ELETRONICA (Portuguese for A.T.M) is his best runner and a money making machine for repole who I believe claimed him earlier.the good news is CAIXA is not a gelding so with any luck we will see the continuation of this wonderful line of tough racehorses
Ricky Williams More than 1 year ago
G.B. looking like the real deal. He's going to be salty.
Hector Lebron More than 1 year ago
I'll probably be betting on Justin Phillip as it offers much more value.
David Alexander More than 1 year ago
Caixa is a throwback horse that reminds me of the old days when many horses ran often enough to become crowd favorites thus keeping horseracing a popular venue. It's "the pitch count " approach used now a days of running our horses so seldomly that helps the demise of our sport. Our heroes don't run enough; so the people don't come out to the tracks enough. I am convinced this is one of the major reasons for the waning interest in horseracing. ( Don't run them now, save them fot the Breeders Cup ) Dave or Divot 80
Ann Ferland More than 1 year ago
Caixa is an admirable sort, and his sire was one of my favorites back when we first started getting TVG on cable. Arromanches was 'only a claimer', albeit a tough, consistent one at mid-to-upper levels in NY, who won 31 of 71 starts from 2 to 9, and placed one in a stakes race. He had a significant win streak going at one time (7? 8?); watching that visually white gray horse run was a pleasure. I see Caixa is still an entire - hope somebody will give him some decent mares when he retires, even though he has lost more races than he won.
Mark More than 1 year ago