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Friday, January 02, 2009


Taking Albertrani and Dominguez for Two Straight


Friday’s feature, a secondary allowances/optional claimer at a mile and a sixteenth has drawn a limit field, many of them hard hitting, some of them on the come. One of those that looks to be developing and will take some beating is likely post time favorite Flint River (7-2), a newly turned 4-year-old from the Pletcher outfit.

Not only did his last indicate he’s back in top form but also has a preference for the winter track, earning a figure indicative of another forward move given continued development. He’s sharp, as is the barn, fit’s the race shape nicely, well drawn and attracts the position conscious Rajiv Maragh.

But there’s another newly turned “older horse,” Numaany (6-1), who might have to overcome a poor draw, but is developing very well at this point, earning a new pace top on the Equiform scale last out with a competitive final figure.

With a strong effort to run back to, his winning late run in a Spa two-turner, he figures to move forward in his third start off a layup with Ramon Dominguez on the re-ride, who also teamed up with Tom Albertrani to win yesterday’s feature.

Numaany figures to use his tactical speed to try to establish position and he can kick on. Since he has a coupled mate with Dominguez named, one must scratch. If Albertrani opts for this guy, he probably thinks he has the goods to overcome the poor draw. His call, and ours.

Taking Numaany to win at 9-2 or greater and an exacta box with Flint River.

Running Totals: (336) 100-70-45. Total Dollar Return: $699.30 [win selections only]

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Thursday, January 01, 2009


Bear Market in the New Year


Due to technical difficulties, today's complete analysis of the New York feature race is unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and normal feature race coverage will resume Friday.

The play is taking Coli Bear to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with Zada Belle and Intentional Fever.

Running Totals: (335) 100-70-45. Total Dollar Return: $699.30 [win selections only]

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008


If Only Kipling Can Get a Good Trip…


The 2008 NYRA racing season comes to a close with the 13-furlong Gallant Fox Handicap and today’s renewal is fairly inscrutable. The horses with the best performance figures are questionable at the distance; the marathon specialists are a tad slow. So, who gets the trip.

Likely post time favorite Delosvientos seems to need the lead, is certainly fast enough, but may not have a sufficient pace ability to gain a clear lead. Not only does he should 124 pounds but recent was a program scratch in the Coyote Lakes prep for this. And there’s the layup, sometimes good and sometimes not so much.

A horse with excellent company lines and purposeful works for this is the classy ship-in Jade’s Revenge for Graham Motion and Jeremy Rose. He has tactical speed, an enviable record at the route and is very likely to be stalking comfortably as he’s suited nice by the potential race shape.

Newest super trainer Michael Maker, 30 percent efficient and a flat-bet profit for the season, is certainly fast enough and Maker reaches out for big-race Alan Garcia to ride Turfway shipper Canela. He has no form at the distance but the horses of super trainers never seem to tire, so who knows? And there’s the sharp Coyote Lakes winner Lorrcan who’s never been better than right now and can work out a similar good trip which helped him win that marathon prep.

Gary Contessa has a pair in here, the quick Malibu Moonshine who’s freshness might find him contesting the pace while mate Lord Kipling is working out a good trip beneath Ramon Dominguez. He has tactical speed, is another that suit’s the pace scenario here, and should benefit from his recent start off a layup following Contessa’s claim. A true marathoner, he showed a liking for the track when second to Lorrcan and worked sharp subsequently. He appears to have the most upside in this head-scratcher.

Taking Lord Kipling to win at 4-1 or greater and keying first and second in exactas with Jade’s Revenge and Canela.

Running Totals: (334) 100-69-45. Total Dollar Return: $699.30 [win selections only]

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