Post by tenfurlongs on Jul 20, 2020 8:53:02 GMT -5
That's from 2019 Hoop. They've moved the Hall of Fame S. to Friday now, to start off sales week with everybody in town anyways. Laffit the third was on track covering the races, and I think his dad was in town for a visit. I can't remember who gave us paddock passes that day, but I was standing with Tod Marks, the photographer/writer for the Saratoga Special, and one of the NYRA media flacks who also had a camera. Just us three, waiting for the horses to arrive for some non-descript claimer early on the card. We kind of turned in unison, saw those two, and said "wow!" Two turf legends just leaning on the paddock gate talking about stuff. That was a cool moment. Wish I got a better picture, but the sun was right at us.
Race 1 - #7 Chief Justice. He's probably not (read: he's definitely not) beating Optimus Prime or Pravalaguna or Moscato, but he's going to fight it out with Gibralfaro for the spoils. Chief Justice came back sharp this year, winning a training flat at 12f before running second to Snap Decision, whom I think is the best runner in training in the US. Maybe some craziness will happen at 40-1 and he would make for a good third or fourth pick in the tri and super behind the monsters. (This race goes through Optimus Prime....nobody beats him if he runs his best race) Race 2 - #7 Call The Cat. Closes like crazy but rarely gets there. Maybe today. Race 7 - #4 Awillaway. Not sure how a horse who is 8 for 12 hitting the board on dirt is 30-1ml. He'll go off closer to 8-1 but still has a shot to outrun those odds.
Wish I had the cut and paste or photoshop skills of Bert Convy, Tim or Cherokee Scot. My pick today would have provided a great opportunity to include the logo of the Financial Stability Board, one of those international organizations that few have heard of but have a major impact on international finance by establishing and monitoring adherence to crucial standards. I don't imagine that those who named the horse had the FSB in mind when they submitted the naming request.
Instead, I'm left to wonder what a well bred horse trained by Chad Brown and owned by Klaravich Stables is doing dropping into a $16,000 claiming race for nonwinners of two lifetime.
Post by bobtailnag on Jul 23, 2020 10:46:16 GMT -5
No bet today. I was going to take More than Striking in the 10th but I don't want to jinks her. Striking is dripped again after being dropped last out and showed noticeable improvement in the early part of the race and is now facing even lighter competition today. At 15/1 he's well worth the bet. There will be others in the next few weeks.