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Sunday, March 22, 2009


Up the Creek Without a Good Play


Racing office in a slump with many small-field features of late. Today some nice looking three-year-olds will race one mile and 70 yards. The two fastest on performance figures here are The Prince (8-5) and Monk’s Creek (7-5). No surprise, and no real opportunity to make money.

While I think the linemaker has the right favorite, my feeling is that The Prince will be a shorter price at post time. First, he’s faster by a fairly significant margin. Second, he attracts Ramon Dominguez from the pole position.

But Monk’s Creek is more interesting. After breaking his maiden at 5-½ furlongs at the Big A in November, he shipper to Florida with the ‘A’ group of McLaughlin horses and showed significant improvement while moving up in class and distance at 7 furlongs, not easily done.

Now it’s back to New York with a bullet work in the holster for an outfit that’s a profitable 25 percent efficient first time going long. Further, he has a chance to catch up with his main rival figure-wise since he’s had twice as much recovery time and The Prince is coming off a big top.

Taking Monk’s Creek to win at 7-5 or greater and using him on top in exactas with The Prince and Cellar Dweller (4-1), who has competitive figures and two turn experience.

Running Totals: (387) 119-81-52 Total Dollar Return: $826.20 [win selections only]



















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Saturday, March 21, 2009


Shipper’s Talent No Secret


Finally, another graded stakes, this one the G2 Distaff for filly sprinters going six furlongs, and perhaps a filly or two that might wind up in the Distaff Sprint at season’s end.

Most while of the group is in various stages of development, there’s no doubt that Secret Gypsy (9-5) is already there.

By definition, she is the fastest of these ladies on the Equiform scale. She’s quite used to dealing with a hot pace, goes well fresh, as does her trainer, Ronny Werner, who’s profitable in the 90-day layoff scenario.

Besides, for Robbie Albarado to give up mounts on his winter home circuit to come up and ride this miss, clearly he doesn’t want her to get too far away. His end of the winning purse will be more than $9,000, and that’s worth anyone’s time.

After that, it’s wide open, many of ‘Gypsy’s’ rivals run virtually the same figures. Zada Belle, while improving, seems to stub her toe vs. better competition. Todd Pletcher has Awesome Ashley moving in the right direction and Royal Michele ships up from Laurel, the winner of the G2 Barbara Fritchie last time out, so who knows?

Stuck in a bit of a rut, taking what’s available. Betting Secret Gypsy to win at 3-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (386) 118-81-52 Total Dollar Return: $822.80 [win selections only]

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Friday, March 20, 2009


It’ll Be Awesome, Dude


A little old school mixed in with new age and a pick of Awesome Chic in a highly uninspiring New York feature for fillies and mares going a mile.

Hello Poochi Pooh, Sherine and Spritely’s best races going long are on the lead. Powergirl hasn’t raced in over a year has a seven-pound apprentice assigned to ride.

That leaves Awesome Chic (6-1) who can rally going long and one who comes off a new pace top sprinting.

Trainer Enrique Arroyo is having a good winter, takes over the training of this filly and switches to five-pound apprentice Erick Lopez, riding at a worthy 14 percent at the current meet.

Going for the gusto, such as it is, in a terrible race to solve.

Taking Awesome Chic to win at 5-1 or greater and an exata box with the much improved Hello Poochi Pooh.


Running Totals: (385) 118-80-52 Total Dollar Return: $822.80 [win selections only]

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