YESTERDAY July 27, 2014
With an uncertain weather forecast and a slew of turf races scheduled for Saratoga on Monday afternoon, I'll focus on the late daily double, a sequence involving two dirt affairs.
Sunday at Saratoga, Antipathy had her breakthrough effort, becoming a graded stakes winner when she took the Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap by two lengths over Stanwyck in the mud.
Handicappers familiar with ground-breaking author William L. Quirin’s speed points recognize the term “E8,” which describes early speed horses with the maximum eight points. There are three fillies with that designation in the Grade 2, $200,000 ...
Wicked Strong, Tonalist and Kid Cruz - the top three finishers from Saturday’s Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes - all came out of the race in relatively good order and all will be pointed to the $1.25 million Travers Stakes here on Aug. 23.
Now that race 4 is transformed from 1 3/8 miles on turf to 1 1/8 miles in the mud, the second-time starter Shopping Spree becomes much more interesting to me.
How will I play today? I will try to beat the morning line favorite, #3 ANTIPATHY, in today's featured ninth race, the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.
Antipathy deserves to be the betting choice in Sunday's Grade 3 Shuvee off her terrific third in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on Belmont Stakes Day.
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga.
July 26, 2014
Equipped with blinkers for the first time in a race, Wicked Strong showed a new dimension by pressing the pace and, to his trainer Jimmy Jerkens’s delight, he ran straight and true for the entire race, defeating Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist by 2 1/4 ...
Flashy American, second best to the heavily favored Authenticity a year ago, takes another crack at the Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap as the top-weighted entrant at 118 pounds.