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Thursday, August 20, 2009

D’Funnybone Redux

D’Funnybone’s Chances No Laughing Matter

The most interesting thing about Saratoga juvenile racing is that youngsters ship from all over to test their mettle at America’s Racetrack. The way we look at the G2 Saratoga Special at 6-½ furlongs for colts is a battle between a California shipper and a Florida shipper with new connections: Zip Quik vs. D’Funnybone.

Zip Quik (4-1) is trained by Patrick Biancone, who signed a piece of paper stating I will be a good boy. As for his horse, he’s never taken a backward step on performance figures and has three races worth of experience. He might fly after coming off those California synthetics into Saratoga.

D’Funnybone (7-2) is making his first start for the Pompa-Dutrow team after a private purchase following a fast, impressive score at Calder Race Course. D’Funnybone is coming off a game second in the Frank Gomez Memorial, a change of pace effort indicating some maturity following a frontrunning debut win.

Rick Dutrow is 32 percent profitable with new acquisitions and is working with extreme purpose at his Aqueduct base before shipping north with Edgar Prado on the re-ride. The Gomez has produced a next-out winner from two subsequent starters.

Taking D’Funnybone to win at 5-2 or greater, an exacta box with Zip Quick, and adding fast-working Tiny Woods to the trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (484) 144-99-66 Total Dollar Return: $994.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Adirondack a Thing of Beauty

The second half of the Spa 141 race meet begins with the G2 Adirondack for two year old fillies going 6-½. It features the tough-trip runnerup in the opening day Schuylerville and yet another Jess Jackson purchase off a fast and impressive debuting filly at Calder race course last month.

The horse to beat is Beautician (3-1) who, after being forced to check dramatically, finished strongly for place too late behind the impressive and undefeated Hot Dixie Chick. While trainer Ken McPeek is having a rough meet, this miss ran well and McPeek is profitable in second-time Lasix scenarios.

Interesting that Jackson bought Dashing Debby from a fast, visually impressive Calder debut knowing that he had Hot Dixie Chick in the barn. Maybe because the latter runs in his wife’s name or maybe, like Rachel Alexandra, she’s a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro. Either way, she will be a tough out.

Taking Beautician to win at 2-1 or greater, boxing her in the exacta with Dashing Debby. Trifecta players can add late running Camille’s Appeal (5-1), an uncoupled Asmussen filly, and fast working Sassy Image (8-1) to their trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (484) 144-99-66 Total Dollar Return: $994.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 17, 2009

Targeting Troy from Afar

Today's featured Troy Stakes at 5-1/2 on the grass features a horse that has been carefully pointed toward this. Storm Treasure (10-1), who has raced well when fresh in the past, has been training methodical and quiakly at Churchill Downs for his return to Saratoga. Take him to win at 8-1 or greater and key him in all money positions in the trifecta with razor sharp Awakino Cat (3-1), classy veteran Atticus Kristy (5-1) and turf-sprint specialist True To Tradtion.

Written by John Pricci


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